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  1. Well, the F-4J came after the F-4C & F-4D and the F-4B was issued as a F-4N 🙂. I think we all expected Academy to at least continue on to the F-4E due to the RoKAF connection but, considering the amount of time since the F-4J was released, it now looks a remote possibility. A Photo Phantom Phamily was on all our wishlists but I doubt these were ever a consideration for Academy. I made a RF-4B from their F-4B kit using the Avionix RF-4C nose: We'll probably have to wait for Zoukei Mura to work their way around to the RF-4s, but that could be a looonnng w
  2. There are also early 4TFW markings on Microscale 72-198. Based on the comments above, they aren't too great: the 334TS badge has the wrong colours and doesn't have any lettering; the TAC badges has the wording in yellow but aren't well defined. The sheet and artwork are definitely of the time but along with the early 4TFW F-4Es, still has schemes not seen elsewhere such as the distinctive Sharkmouth used on the 43CW F-4Es at William Tell '76 and a Norm 76 F-4F in 35TFW markings). For reference here's a scan of the 334TFS profile from the Microscale instructions: On the
  3. You''re not the only one Gabor; as an engineer it's fascinating to watch this kit develop and for Fine Molds to freely share their progress. I can only imagine how this is generating extra interest for the company's newest releases. As a relatively niche manufacturer, perhaps this is part of a plan to increase their market visibility. Hopefully the interest being shown in their F-4EJ means they'll be able to link up with more distributors outside Japan creating more sales so increasing the chances of more variants. This particular picture is intriguing. The lower anode block has wh
  4. I agree Gene; having just caught up on the new pictures, like you, I'm looking forward to see how the forward fuselage is done. It might even be moulded as a single upper section with a standard lower section as seen on most kits? The breakdown does seem to allow for both a short nose option and the potential for a RF-4 similar to the way Hasegawa does it. I've also been thinking about how we get to a soft wing with the kit; how about the Revell F-4F? The Revell kit can be picked up relatively cheaply and as the slat actuators and the outer wings are separate they could be easily a
  5. Hahaha, no worries Gene 👍 I did wonder why you mentioned the engines in response to the rear cockpit bulkhead!
  6. Gene, thanks for the stabilator photos. Hopefully there are two sets, the other without the reinforcing plates; maybe in the 'standard' kit. It'll be a pain to have to remove them for early F-4Es. it's bad enough doing it on the Hasegawa kit without alll that fine rivet detail. If the shapes are confirmed to be off, can we convince Jeffrey to downsize his excellent 1/48 ones? I think they're needed anyway; the Academy kit's suffer from the same issue as their 1/48 siblings, the Airfix FG.1 set is woefully underdetailed and who doesn't hate that annoying pin Hasegawa decided to use simply so we
  7. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that there's potential for the J79 short nose versions to appear. A Spey powered jet is probably too much to dream for though. The way the parts are laid out surely indicates that they are considering expanding into the other marks. It's a good pointer that a lot of research has gone in when we finally have a near vertical aft bulkhead in the rear cockpit. If Fine Molds do do a full Phamily these could potentially be the definitive 1/72 F-4s. A little off-topic, but related, jump forward to about 2:15:30 in the video linked by Craing and Ge
  8. You may be on to something there Gene. I've done some sketching (although scribbling would be more accurate given my artistic abilities) of possible shapes and it looks like part 19 could indeed be a lower component of the intakes. There also appears to be two recesses which would be to clear the aft end of the Sparrow wells 🤔 If it is, the parts breakdown in the area could be, interesting... The pylons look fantastic considering they're 1/72. The general picture of the frame also seems to have knocked my theory of a one piece fuselage on the head. The large part to the right has t
  9. I think the view of part 13 may be looking at the inner surface of the front cockpit coaming. The cut-out could be for the HUD for the Kai. I'm sure it's the part to the left of the outer wing below the rear IP in this picture : Part 19 is the big mystery for me - could it be a support for the fuselage, perhaps where the compressor faces attach or maybe a lower spreader for where the jetpipes locate to give the correct exhaust angle? Talking of the fuselage, I believe the kit may have a this as one piece, as in the Academy F-4 kits. The layout of the aft fuselage sug
  10. Hi Dutch, I'm certain it's from an Otaki Tristar. You can see the parts layout here: https://www.airlinercafe.com/photo_2845.details.large The numbers also match those on Frame C : https://www.airlinercafe.com/photo_4102.details.large The shapes of the landing gears are almost identical to those in the Eastern Express Tristar kit but the parts layout is different. HTH, Jonathan
  11. The best 1/144 L-1011 by far is the Authentic Airliners one: L1011-100. They are expensive though and only made in small batches so it's best if you request notification so Kurt can determine the demand and order a run to be manufactured. They can sell out fast so be quick if you want one when they become available. The same applies to their 727s: 727-200. I recommend their window and detail sets: A-A Decals even if you decide to build a different kit. As the A-A kits don't come with markings, Delta Widget liveries can be obtained from 26Decals. As an alternative to the Authentic
  12. Hi Everyone, If you're looking to buy this F4H-1 conversion be aware that Kevin, the owner of Brigade Models is very much one of the 'old school'; no website or electronic payments, selling via snail mail order or at shows. He does advertise in Scale Aircraft Modelling though (and maybe other modelling magazines) with a contact e-mail: brigademodels (at) btopenworld dot com . I got my pair at ScaleModelWorld when it was first released. I have heard that the main nose section is difficult to cast as the moulds only last a few sets, which could explain why Hannants rarely have stock.
  13. The EE and Fly kits are not the same, the Fly kit is a few years older and has been reboxed by several different companies. The EE kit is a brand new tooling, released last year. Here's an excellent comparison of these three 1/144 DC-9 kits on AirlinerCafe by Jodie Peeler: https://www.airlinercafe.com/forums.php?m=posts&q=10551 which shows the Fly kit is a bit longer than the others so you might have to account for this with the cheatlines and windows. The Airfix kit is still a decent option and although not currently available is probably the one that people have several in the stash
  14. Hi Luigi, Thanks for the clarification about your reference to the RF-4EJ 👍. Its incorrect use is just one of those seemingly self-perpetuating erroneous 'Phantom Phacts' from a long held assumption (another example is the one about there being 12 'thick wing' RF-4Bs built instead of the correct amount of 10), that I find frustrating. The slatted RF-4E is indeed a rare beast there were only 16 made, 8 for each Air Force. The Turkish jets are serial numbers 77-0309 to 77-0316 and the Greek ones 77-0357, 77-0358 and 77-1761 to 77-1766. Incidentally the Turkish Phantom los
  15. Hi Luigi, I agree that it's probable that some F-4E/EJ kits may mistakenly have had unslotted stabilators put in the box to confuse the issue. I think the belief that early F-4EJs had unslotted stabs might have come from pictures of the Photo Phantoms being mixed up with the fighters due to the similar paint schemes since the RF-4s retained the plain leading edge stabs and it's not the easiest thing to identify from most angles. Here's a link to the excellent Aviation Archives blog with an posting of an illustrated McAir report: F/RF-4 Phantom II Manufacturing Illustrations for Ja
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