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Kurt H.

Hasegawa F-4S USMC Detailed build

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On 2/8/2019 at 6:22 AM, Dutch said:

Kurt, Outstanding work there.  I am really learning a lot. I like the way you made the pylon mounting receptacles from aluminum tubing.  Makes for a sturdy mounting later, as you said.  Keep up the great work.  Semper fi! Dutch  

 

Thanks Dutch.

 

I am still moving along slowly with this build, between a few other builds, and studying for an Exam.

 

I got the mounting wires in the pylons and I had to assemble the inner pylons. This was a total PITA ... but they do look much better than the kit pylons

 

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After messing with the "wings" on the inner pylons, I finally figured out a way to glue them in place so they would be flush with the wing. I put a piece of black baremetal foil on the wing, so the glue would not leak through and stick to the wing

 

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I held the "wings" in place and used a glue looper to apply thin CA to attach the wings to the pylons. 

 

I also had a challenging time removing the pylons from the pour stubs, ans getting the contour correct. On oneof the outer pylons, i got it wrong ans as I sanded and scraped, it got worse.

 

I will try to take more pictures to illustrate. I assembled the centerline fuel tank tonight and I will need to work on positioning the tank and inserting the wires.  This is harder than I imagined. But I am learning and stretching my skills.

 

 

 

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Posted (edited)

This one did not make it to Chattanooga... It kept getting pushed back.

 

After I got home from the Nats, I decided to push this one forward. I decided to test fit the intakes and the wing and ughhhh

 

 

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Big step on the lower wing.

 

I got frustrated and ordered a set of intakes from a different company, which fit a little better but I realized I had to do more filing, sanding, etc

 

I ended up with this, I worked on the left intake, so the right side as you are looking at it. I know this is not a great picture that does not portray how it looks, but it is the best I can do one handed.

 

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With enough clamping it just might work. before I glue the intakes to the fuselage I need to pre-paint the area behind the splitter, and see if I can find a reference to see how far the fuselage color extends into the intakes. 

Edited by Kurt H.

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Does your kit include the PE belly strap? If not, Flying Leathernecks and Steel Beach make vinyl straps. Man, the steps created by those intakes look soul-crushing! Is it too late to use kit parts and just use intake plugs? I'm putting the finishing touches on a Hasegawa F-4J and the kit intakes fit pretty decently.

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The kit has the PE belly strap, I also have the steel beach strap. It was soul crushing with the first test fit.  The kit intakes can still work but they too had a step, just smaller. I am just not sure if a phantom would ever be loaded with bombs and have the intake plugs installed. I even considered cutting the internal part of the resin intake and gluing it to the kit intake, but that will probably be harder than it looks.

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2 hours ago, Kurt H. said:

The kit has the PE belly strap, I also have the steel beach strap. It was soul crushing with the first test fit.  The kit intakes can still work but they too had a step, just smaller. I am just not sure if a phantom would ever be loaded with bombs and have the intake plugs installed. I even considered cutting the internal part of the resin intake and gluing it to the kit intake, but that will probably be harder than it looks.

Are you doing a carrier-based squadron? I'd think the odds of it sitting loaded with intake plugs would be higher aboard ship, but I'm no expert.

 

Edit: Nevermind, you're doing a USMC F-4S...so no carrier deployments.

Edited by picknpluck

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I like your pins for the pylons, clever idea.

I have this in the stash and had planned it loaded for training, still no BSU-86/b tails yet in 1/48

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On 8/20/2019 at 8:19 PM, picknpluck said:

 

Edit: Nevermind, you're doing a USMC F-4S...so no carrier deployments.

I did not know that... You learn something new every day.

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