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18 minutes ago, ya-gabor said:

I am not the type who wants any new release at the very first opportunity or even earlier than that.

 When you said, "At last it is here!!!   : )    : )    : )", I assumed your new-release anticipation was relieved.  :hmmm:

 

Looking forward to your builds!

 

Gene K

 

 

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23 minutes ago, GeneK said:

 When you said, "At last it is here!!!   : )    : )    : )", I assumed your new-release anticipation was relieved.  :hmmm:

 

Looking forward to your builds!

 

Gene K

 

 

 

 

Me too!!!!  : )  : )   : )  There are some things made or prepared but not much really to see.

 

Sorry for the moment all the work with my ejection seats . . .  So no time really for anything else. : (  : (

 

Best regards

Gabor

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Here are some more images of the new (for me) FineMolds F-4C kit. There are of course new sprues to make the Short Nosed version.

 

Just seen that not all are here. : (   : (  Sorry!   Will have the rest in few days time.

 

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Apart from the solid plastic sprues on the clear frame there is a replacement windshield to go with the different geometry of the forward fuselage.

 

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The canopy is not tinted!!!!!!!  It is only the January sun which made it look like this on the photos!  : )   : )

 

To go with the kit I have also ordered one of those Nano set for the Martin-Baker ejection seats. There are four sprues to make up four ejection seats but you will also get some extra parts to differentiate between alternative lock systems. It is sad that the garters are given as a flat item but of course if you had them in oval or circle shape then there would be no possibility to add all those fine surface details on them. It will be fun to paint the straps! While on the 48th scale version that “ring” on the left shoulder is given as a true ring, here a backing surface was added. After all this is 72nd scale and there are limitation on what the injection moulding machine can achieve. Anyway as a trial I drilled it out and cleaned it with a scalpel. Looks a bit better.  

 

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Now we have three versions of the stabilizers in FineMolds inventory. From here on a lot of combinations can be made. It is unfortunate that only in Japan can one order separate sprues on their own from the maker. I would certainly have few ideas on what I would like as extra here at home!

 

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Stay Safe!!!!

 

Best regards

Gabor

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Hi Gábor,

 

I am glad that I could help you with the kit. The delivery was really fast!

So good to see you back in the topic and hope you enjoy building the Phantom. 
 

Take care! 😊

Pali

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9 hours ago, ya-gabor said:

The canopy is not tinted!!!!!!!  It is only the January sun which made it look like this on the photos!  : )   : )

Thanks for mentioning that, Gabor! I did wonder if there was some tint to the plastic when I first saw your photo, but you've successfully reassured me! I think I'd like to see some of your January sun at the moment; mine's a bit ouchy burny at the moment!

 

cheers,

Andrew.

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Here are some other sprues for the F-4C Phantom which I forgot the first time around. Actually only the engine exhaust sprue M is new. The wing tips were already used in the Early E version. Just like with the stabilizers, there are now three different wing tip versions in FineMolds range to do some cross kiting.

 

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The engine exhaust show an even better detail both inside and outside in comparison with the F-4E engine exhaust from the earlier kits. Parts look really exquisite for the scale.

 

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The bonus set in the first release kits of the Short Nose versions are the Tamiya designed pilot figures. They are nice. But I have to say that I was after this particular decal sheet for the ANG versions at that 1982 William Tell meeting. So have no idea what will do with the pilots, although there is just something here that I most certainly will try.

   : )  : )

 

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The part that I really like are the different ejection seat straps in the Nano set NA10. WOW there is some really fine detail there (what can you expect from a FINE Molds company, sorry, could not resist it)

 

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One has to remember that all this detail on straps in 72nd scale. One can see the stiches.

I did give it a try and it is possible to do some more bending and twisting of these parts to make them really look fabric like. I know there are some photoetch parts, there are even painted photoetch but they are all flat and not easy to work with, paint chips off, and look very strange . . . There is the Quinta version of printed straps, which could be OK but not really what I am looking for. On the other hand all the instrument panels the Quinta way are superior to anything else. I know others are also trying the 72nd scale 3D printed instrument panels but most have failed and decided to stick to larger scales only.

I know the Nano set is extra and one has to buy it separately but it does look very nice!

 

 

 

Of course nothing is perfect. Had a look in the box and one of the disappointments was the nose cone. Not exactly a short shoot but the tip of the cone looks strange as if the molten plastic stopped short at the very end. OK, nothing great and it will not make the kit unbuildable, but . . .  A bit of superglue and some sanding will make it better. 

Not really visible on the photo but wonder if it is the same with others who have this kit or other Short nose versions.

 

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Stay Safe!!!

 

Best regards

Gabor

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3 hours ago, GeneK said:

 

New decals and great box art. FM is on an Iranian kick ? - https://www.finemolds.co.jp/FP/72936.html

 

Gene K

Simple, it is something different from the usual schemes.

The fact that they still have the Tomcat operational is something else. But for the moment I look forward to this F-4D. I did not get the first release, simply since it wasnt interesting for me. But did buy the F-4C.

This time I should get this Iranian version of the D. Look forward to it!

 

Speaking of the Iranian IAF, would love to build a MiG-29 with that Eagle head on the tail. It looks very cool!

 

Best regards

Gabor 

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On 4/13/2022 at 12:07 PM, ya-gabor said:

Simple, it is something different from the usual schemes.

Yes, and that dynamic box art should help sell out that "limited release".

 

Something else somewhat unusual is the deployment of Snakeyes in a climbing bank --  as the boxart apparently shows.:hmmm:

 

Gene K

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