Miramar Road Posted December 26, 2022 Share Posted December 26, 2022 Hello everyone. It's my first time posting here on this board here. I just wanted to post my progress on Zoukei Mura's hot new kit of the F-4G Wild Weasel Phantom. It didn't take that long at all to paint the cockpit, prep the internal components and glue the fuselage together. Fit was quite good, save for the part on the bottom where the front of the lower fuselage meets with the intakes. I used thin strips of wide styrene glued to the front of the steps created by the join to help blend in the join to the fuselage and rescribed any panel lanes that were lost. I added some wiring to the back of the WSO's instrument panel to give that spaghetti factory look to what exists back there. To hide the seam in the exhaust cans I too some lengths of Plastistruct half-round styrene pieces and sanded them down to make them look like the raised lengths within the burner cans. Intakes were put together, then I just applied putty and sanded the seams away with bits of Godhand #240 and #400 thin sanding sponges CA-glued around the tips of disposable chopsticks. Then I sprayed the interior with Mr. Surfacer Acrylic White 1000 when I was satisfied with a smooth-enough finish within the intakes. BTW, don't bother sanding the inner-rear portion of the intakes. That part will be totally invisible when you install the intakes into the fuselage. It will just save time and prevent any further joint pain in your hand from forming. I decided to spray the interior front intakes area with the colors I needed. I'm building this bird in the colors of a 3rd TFW F-4G based at Clark AFB in the Philippines during the mid-80's. The SEA wraparound scheme is by far my favorite USAF scheme, especially with a sharkmouth and low-viz insignias are involved! The paints used are from this fairly new brand of acrylics from Japan called Vic Hobby. They were offering a set that gave you all the colors needed to paint the USAF SEA scheme. After spraying on the colors I have to say they are really nice paints! They take longer to dry than Vallejo paints, but give a much smoother, tougher finish than Vallejo IMO. Highly recommended paints if you can find them. Best of all you can dilute and clean them out with water. I also wanted to show some of the details ZM included with their F-4G kit, particularly in regards to the slats and the belly-strap. I compared it to their F-4S, another project I have had in the works for a while. As you can see the design of the F-4G slats reflect more the style used by the USAF. The F-4S has deeper, more curved slats while in contrast the USAF-style slats are flatter. Also, the proper, shorter wing fence is present on the G-kit in comparison to the longer one on the S model. I also noticed some subtle differences between the shape of the belly strap on the S in comparison to the G. ZM definitely did their research here and didn't just shift parts from the S kit into their G kit. They actually tooled new parts. Good work guys. Finally, I have added slime lights from the Fine Molds Nano-Aviation line of plastic upgrade parts. ZM includes these, but the Fine Molds parts are much thinner and nicer detail-wise. I also kept the slats on the inner wing closed by snipping off the actuator arms and sliding in some styrene strips to cover the small gaps on the underside of the wing where the antenna bumps meet the slats. My only real complaint of this kit is I wished ZM allowed you the option to close the slats, but it seems they want to keep them open. In these photos I still have the main wheel bays painted but I stripped the paint. The finish didn't turn out as well as I wished so I am going to respray these areas. In the meantime I am working on the ejection seats, wheels and landing gear as I wait for SpeedHunter to release their decals for early Wild Weasel Phantoms. Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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