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F4H-1 Phantom Prototype Brigade Models


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Hello Phantom Phans.

This WIP is for the forthcoming Brigade Models conversion set for Academys F-4B into the prototype F4H-1. I have obtained from Kevin a pre production test shot of the mouldings as seen at SMW this year. This does not include canopies or decals as they are not ready yet.

Availability of the set should be March next year. Kevin has agreed to add a second seat so later small radome aircraft can be built. Any changes for this will be up to the modeller, as the main purpose here is for a first flight aircraft.

Also, there are no instructions (I suspect I may be writing them now).

 

Onto what you will get. This first picture shows what you get. This first pic shows the parts, except for canopy, decals, and the pitot probe, which I do have.

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This pic shows where to cut on the wings (for the perforated airbrakes) and the fuselage.

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Close up of the wing where the airbrake goes. Note that either the wing can be cut, or alternatively, the resin part could be used as a master to drill your own holes in the wing.

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Here is a close up of the fuselage cut point.

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And the cut made.

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Another part that needs cutting is the forward under fuselage (part F40)

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The resin intakes and the kit trunking is being joined. Some fettling may be required for a perfect fit.

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Airbrakes being sorted.

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Airbrakes fitted. Note that the gap is my fault, not the kits (my cutting skills still need work).

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First look at the front fuselage. The black parts are kit parts. They mate to the resin perfectly.

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That is all for this introductory part.

 

Ted

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6 minutes ago, phantom said:

Depending on the price I am very interested. Any decal info?

The decals have not been produced yet, but it will only feature the 1st aircraft at the first flight according to Brigade Models.

Price is about £37.99 and available from Hannants UK.

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Progress on this one has been a bit slow due to other commitments but here as promised is the next instalment in the prototype Phantom (just in time for it's 60th anniversary).

 

This shows the completed cockpit (minus seat) installed in the fuselage. The Academy parts were used for panels in the front, while I left the rear panel devoid of instrumentation.

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I've started assembling the fuselage here, with the internal details being added.

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Here I am putting thge fuselage upper half on, and attempting to mate the Brigade Models parts to the rest. The cut I made on the fuselage was not accurate, but is easily sorted. In this case it is probably easier to leave a gap to fill later, but I'm sure everone building the kit will have their own ideas.

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The Brigade Models arrestor hook is shown here. Later it was to drop off, and still needs refitting.

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Here is the Mcdonnell seat shown with a Martin Baker Mk 7 seat for comparison. The kit will include 2 seats for those wishing to do the prototype later in life, or a later airframe, though extra work will be needed for that option.

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This shot shows the seat installed, but I then took it out again to avoid damaging it.

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Here I have removed the lower pitot tube as it was not fitted until later in the program.

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Here I have painted the grey and white parts of the fuselage.

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One thing missing from the conversion is an additional fairing behind the arrestor hook. First is the standard look to the area, the rest of the shots show the fairing in whit milliput.

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Next is the undercarriage legs being added. Straightforward enough, exactly as per Academy standard.

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Thats as far as I have got so far.

 

Ted

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I'm a huge fan of the F-4 Phantoms. This is definitely a "Game-changer" as far as the F-4

is concerned. Your process and results are working and looking good so far. I take-it the

scale of the model is 1/72? I'll be needing some information on ordering one of these.

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On 3/5/2020 at 3:49 PM, The Underdog said:

I'm a huge fan of the F-4 Phantoms. This is definitely a "Game-changer" as far as the F-4

is concerned. Your process and results are working and looking good so far. I take-it the

scale of the model is 1/72? I'll be needing some information on ordering one of these.

The Brigade 1/48 F4H-1 resin set is currently available for backorder from Hannants. (They get a few in every month or so.)  While you are at it, purchase a Master 48079 B-58 brass pitot tube as well as a substitute for the bent resin pitot in the Briagde box.

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5 hours ago, Dutch said:

The Brigade 1/48 F4H-1 resin set is currently available for backorder from Hannants. (They get a few in every month or so.)  While you are at it, purchase a Master 48079 B-58 brass pitot tube as well as a substitute for the bent resin pitot in the Briagde box.

 

Dutch,

Thanks for the reply and helpful information with the links. It will be very cool in having

this Phantom model as part of the collection!

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Dave Klauss needs to come out of the hidy-hole he's been in since 2009, lol.  I missed out on getting the Cutting Edge conversion set by a matter of weeks.

 

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