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1:48 EF-4C Phantom II (Tamiya Conversion)


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On 10/9/2023 at 6:51 PM, Cliff C said:

Amazing detailed and precise work.  Thanks for taking the time to photograph and share. 
 

-Cliff

 

On 10/9/2023 at 10:43 AM, jenshb said:

This is some of the crispest and cleanest modelling I've ever seen...


Thanks very much! I appreciate the kind words!

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On 10/10/2023 at 8:51 AM, ST0RM said:

Jaw dropping details, Rich. The intake plugs were a project in themselves. 
Looks fantastic. 

-Jeff


Much appreciated Jeff!

 

Mailbag:

New from ResKit are these 1:48 USAF style inner wing pylons. They’re exquisite. The bomb rack detail is especially impressive (note the cannon plugs tucked away inside the rectangular opening). 
 

Originally, I was going to adapt the Zoukei-Mura pylons. But my mind has been changed, not to mention blown, by this offering from ResKit. They’ll make for wonderful additions and save me a lot of time.

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And from Fundekals here in the U.S., arrived this comprehensive and extremely well researched set of stencil markings: a decaling tour de force, ideal for this project.

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2 hours ago, RichB63 said:


Much appreciated Jeff!

 

Mailbag:

New from ResKit are these 1:48 USAF style inner wing pylons. They’re exquisite. The bomb rack detail is especially impressive, as seen in these photos. 
 

Originally, I was going to adapt the Zoukei-Mura pylons. But my mind’s been changed (not to mention blown!). These 3D printed accessories from Ukraine are wonderful and will save me a lot of time.

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And from Fundekals here in the U.S., arrived this comprehensive and extremely well researched set of decals. These are perfect!

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The detail on those pylons must be amazingly good if you consider them instead of doing your own scratch-built version.

 

I would have a hard time deciding between leaving the pylons alone or mounting the ordinance, hiding that intricate detail.

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49 minutes ago, cruiz said:

 

 

The detail on those pylons must be amazingly good if you consider them instead of doing your own scratch-built version.

 

I would have a hard time deciding between leaving the pylons alone or mounting the ordinance, hiding that intricate detail.


Thank you!

 

Yes, it would be a shame to hide all of that detail. But to not include Shrike missiles on a Wild Weasel build seems equally reprehensible!
 

It’s a tough call.

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7 hours ago, RichB63 said:


Much appreciated Jeff!

 

Mailbag:

New from ResKit are these 1:48 USAF style inner wing pylons. They’re exquisite. The bomb rack detail is especially impressive, as seen in these photos. 
 

Originally, I was going to adapt the Zoukei-Mura pylons. But my mind’s been changed (not to mention blown!). These 3D printed accessories from Ukraine are wonderful and will save me a lot of time.

24ZGAS5.jpg

 

LHfrK7J.jpg
 

tJ7KS7Q.jpg


And from Fundekals here in the U.S., arrived this comprehensive and extremely well researched set of decals. These are perfect!

KSZcAe7.jpg

Z6CHfp9.jpg

 

97oqRfh.jpg
 

8Ak3qFj.jpg

Amazing stuff, Rich. The 3D printed accessories are real game changer. Unlike resin casted parts, I'm guessing there's no shrinkage to worry about. Can't wait to see what you do with these.

 

 

-Elmo

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On 10/12/2023 at 7:46 PM, wardog said:

Amazing stuff, Rich. The 3D printed accessories are real game changer. Unlike resin casted parts, I'm guessing there's no shrinkage to worry about. Can't wait to see what you do with these.

 

 

-Elmo


Hi Elmo,

 

I have zero experience with 3D printing (or traditional resin casting for that matter).


What I’ve gleaned from others is that a slight amount of shrinkage does take place (with 3D prints) during the initial cure process. However, it’s more predictable and consistent compared to traditional casting and therefore more easily compensated for in the design phase.

 

Never say never, but I don’t see myself getting directly involved with this aspect of the hobby, as exciting as it is. I’m too stuck in my old fashioned (read: crude) ways! But I’m glad others have as it is rapidly advancing the state-of-the-art in scale modeling. As you say, it’s a game changer!

 

Rich

 

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On 10/13/2023 at 9:08 AM, RichB63 said:

What I’ve gleaned from others is that a slight amount of shrinkage does take place (with 3D prints) ... .

:coolio:

 

How goes it on this magnificent build?

 

Gene K

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2 hours ago, GeneK said:

:coolio:

 

How goes it on this magnificent build?

 

Gene K


Hi Gene,

 

First off, thanks for the kind words (and clever photoshop work) from last October - much appreciated!

 

Been jamming away on this:

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It should be finished in a week or two, at which time I’ll post a comprehensive update.

 

Again, thanks for your interest in the project!

 

Rich

 

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Have you been able to get back to this grand build, Rich?

 

Gene K

 

On 2/2/2024 at 4:46 PM, RichB63 said:

It should be finished in a week or two, at which time I’ll post a comprehensive update.

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On 4/15/2024 at 8:36 AM, GeneK said:

Have you been able to get back to this grand build, Rich?

 

Gene K

 


Hi Gene!

 

Thanks for rattling my cage…how quickly 2 weeks turns into 2 months!

 

Regarding the ALQ-119 pod, I suffered some setbacks during the painting stages resulting in not just one, but two, strippings and redoings! Luckily, no harm done. 

 

Hopefully more pictures soon.

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Getting there…

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It just needs a few more decals and the mounting hardware.

 

The scratch built AN/ALQ-119 (V10) will mount to the FWD RH Sparrow Missile trough.  

 

Plenty of 1:48 -119 pods have been produced over the years, both in after market form and as kit supplied accessories. The best one to date is a 3D printed beauty by ResKit. Like most of the others, it depicts the later, more common version with the chin extension. 
 

I needed an earlier variant (without the droopy chin). I started to backdate the ResKit pod, but later abandoned it after my attempts at fixing a subtle, but nevertheless noticeable, bow along its length failed.
 

So it was back to the drawing board, which dictated building my own pod from scratch.

 

Although comprised of over 4 dozen individual parts, the pod’s basic shape was established with just 3 pieces of plastic stock as seen here:

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From there, it was just a matter of refinement with various shapes and forms.

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The four radiator packs, upper fairing and electrical conduit are in place. The 3 small stubs pointing out the side are coolant fill ports. The delicate ancillaries await installation.

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Plan views

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A mix of Mr. Hobby ingredients supplied the color.

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more to follow 😊

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I am not sure which term you prefer, artist or craftsman, but you are next level.  The approach and execution are

second to none and I love watching your projects, it’s simply inspirational

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Fasteners, lots of fasteners…

Over 200 HGW 1:48 rivets, individually applied, depict the pod’s myriad fasteners. Going against the instructions, I peeled away the overlay of clear carrier film first. In this way, the moistened rivets float freely (and separately) off the backing sheet. A pointed cotton bud is used to transfer the rivets, one by one, to the model. As with most decals, you have only a few seconds to maneuver them into position. 
 

Wash, rinse and repeat, for what seemed like an eternity!

 

Some modelers describe this kind of repetitive, time-consuming work as therapeutic. I found it to be nerve-racking and tedious. But after a while, momentum builds. And this helped me see it through to completion.

 

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The stencils and other markings are mostly from the ResKit set. They’re well researched, finely printed, thin and respond favorably to Microscale solutions. I did trim the carrier film right up to the edge to improve their appearance.

 

The three stainless steel bands are simulated with chrome decal striping from the ANYZ range.


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Happy, but mostly relieved, to have this pod finished…it certainly tested me!

 

Thanks for tuning in.

 

Rich

 

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And this is 1/48... I'm taking my toys and going home

Beyond my skill level by any measure, but such work is a pleasure to behold!

F&@king Awesome

Andy

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@ExchefAndy @Cliff C @A-10 LOADER,

Many thanks gents for taking the time to post…your kind words are most appreciated!

 

I mentioned earlier that the pod was entirely scratch built. More precisely (and honestly) it’s almost entirely built from scratch. The asymmetrical nose piece presented a shape challenge, at least for this modeler. So I adapted one from an Academy Phantom kit.

 

ResKit provided the two C shaped pads that sit atop the pod which will offer support for the sway braces.

 

And, as mentioned already, the decals were variously sourced, mostly from ResKit.

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For bonus points, can anybody spot the missing fastener in the photo above?

 

Throughout the decaling process, I was constantly losing HGW rivets, especially as the pod became more festooned with them. After a while, there was no safe place to hold it!

 

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At the risk of opening my mouth to prove my stupidity... is it above the rear USAF decal at 45 degree angle?

 I honestly don't know how to do the arrow things, and I'm just using your photo for reference!

Andy

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8 hours ago, ExchefAndy said:

At the risk of opening my mouth to prove my stupidity... is it above the rear USAF decal at 45 degree angle?

 I honestly don't know how to do the arrow things, and I'm just using your photo for reference!

Andy


Winner, winner! 


 Fixed. I’ll probably lose a few more when it comes time to install the pod, lol!

 

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Pretty amazing stuff. Although now You're in trouble. You have to make the rest of the model looking better than the pod. 😉

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