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  1. SapperSix

    1/18 P51C Mustang "Lopes Hope 3rd"

    Soooooo...I ordered some nice knitting needles and a few colors of yarn. Anyone interested in making some socks? This has to be the most amazing thing I have seen in regards to modeling. Wonderful to watch.......
  2. And so it begins. This will be my first real attempt, top to bottom, to recreate a RF-4C to the best of my ability. Lots of research and after market items bought to make it right. The line up of after aftermarket effort is the longest I have compiled ever: AMS Resin RF-4 Photo-flash Dispensers GT Resin RF-4C Resin Cockpit Set GT Resin ALQ-101V(1) ECM Pod GT Resin ALQ-71 ECM Pod (for F-4 Phantom II) Scale Aircraft Conversions - Phantom II Landing Gear Full House Paint masks for McDonnell RF-4B/RF-4C Exhaust nozzles for EARLY McDonnell RF-4C Phantom. Late weighted Wheels for McDonnell RF-4C F.O.D. Version II. With DECALS McDonnell RF-4C Auxiliary Air Intake and the Door for McDonnell RF-4C -Decals - McDonnell F-4C Phantom II in Viet Nam war Part 1 F-4C 64-0829 20/05/1967 8th Tactical Fighter Wing; 2. RF-4C 69-0349 Udorn. Thailand 1973. 14 TRS -Custom Decals donated to me. Thank you very much Tony!! -Various Instrument and placard decals from AirScale -Decals - Speed Hunter Graphics Big Scale Early Phantom Stencils for the RF-4C -Detail and Scale VOL. 43, RF-4C Phantom II I suspect this build will take many months as my real life is sure to interject. Plus, I want very much to take all that I have learned and put it into this aircraft. If it all works out I will not want to give it up upon completion. If you have any information or input I would be glad to hear it. The amount of experience on this site is vast and daunting. Updated 11/3/2018
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    1/32 Revell RF-4C 14th TRS

    Lots of work over the course of the last couple days. I was away for a bit and missed my workbench dearly. Clearly I am addicted. Lots of attention to the forward fuselage and cockpit. The cockpit is secured with the side instrumentation fitted and glued. I will take some close ups when I am done with all the extra wiring. I glued and filled the lower section, front landing gear bay, of the forward fuselage. It was a bit of challenge and required a fair amount gap filling. I am finally to the finer points of smoothing and re scribing. When the lower was fitted it was clear that the upper cockpit section wasn't going to align well with the lower. While there wasn't much of a gap, the plastic couldn't be affixed so that both sides were level. So there was much more putty and sanding than I had hoped. The front landing gear bay itself fit very well to the lower fuselage section and required little attention after gluing. The auxiliary air intakes had a lot of metallic experimentation done on them and came out well. The camera isn't doing them justice, rather my inability to take proper photo's. The aux air intakes were fitted with the red "boarders" cut from bulk plastic, edges filled and painted red. Out of shear luck, the doors that came with the aux air intakes match up to the modifications wonderfully. I did a ton of wiring to the bay of the main landing gear after I did the aux intake work. Pictures upon completion. Lots of parts painted red. A second coat awaits some parts. The red tail of the 14TRS and the photo flare box received their first coat of red. I also started the detailing of the landing gear, pylons and the ECM pods. She is starting to take shape.
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    Yep, ANOTHER CORSAIR!

    If I may so bold Gaz, I dont think the engine produces HP for John. Just more corsairs, of which I am of great appreciation.
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    Yep, ANOTHER CORSAIR!

    John, I do truly enjoy your well done, well thought out builds. This build was nothing less than excellent. There is a few corsairs in my future. I assure you I will be looking at many of your builds as my template. I look forward to your next corsair build and have also enjoyed your P-47 and -40 builds -Frank
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    Rivet-R Mini has left me speechless!

    You made me do this Ernie!!! I have since used the heck out of these tools and wonder how I worked some of my prior modeling challenges without them.
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    1/32 Revell RF-4C 14th TRS

    Finally putting together a few of the sub assembly's in to the fuselage. The Camera's were eventually left to be good enough as I kept learning and gaining ability to make them better, soon they were good enough. They were not going to be exposed so further detail and enhancement was not going to give any returns just skills. All the wiring and detail wont be seen but I learned a lot about modifying stock parts and and have become way more confident. I had to fight the camera structures to make them fit so that they were aligned with the view windows. In the end they lined up pretty well. This is the front wheel bay wiring/hydraulic lines. A little bit of custom parts created from the plastic card stock. I used both an aluminum and copper tape to tryout creating conduit joints. They both worked pretty well and were easily formed and cut to make whatever form was need. Just about to primer. I put some time in to test fitting the cockpit and front instrument panel. Had to create a new base for the front instrument panel and work on positioning and fit. I hope to have that installed by the end of the weekend. We will see...
  8. I have spent a pretty good sum of money on a RF-4C Project I have been working on. Time away from the family, from what was already limited. Having said that it has been a great kit and one that I am learning a lot on. I was building the RF-4C for a person that claimed they had flown the plane. Unfortunately, they have turned out to be a liar. They were outed by some other interested parties and its been a bummer to say the least. In the mean time I have a partially built RF-4C that could use a good home. As I am in the military I will be moving later this year. I had build it with someone else in mind and would like to keep it as such. If you know a deserving veteran or organization that would like the RF-4C build to be continued with them in mind please let me know. Its not too late to change course on the exterior color scheme. In the mean time I am going to continue building. Happy modeling to you all! -Frank
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    Good Deal Alert! F-5E & F-5F cheap! AGAIN!?!?!

    Cant...stop....buying.....models...ahhhhhhhh!!!
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    1/32 Revell RF-4C 14th TRS

    Thank you very much. When I was younger I built 1/72 and 1/48th scale phantoms. It has been something like 20 years since my last phantom build. In many ways this is also for me as much as it is for the pilot. The revell kit isn't as good as others on the market. In the end it will look like a phantom....I phase in and out to being that kid that's just happy to build and to up and coming bolt counter. And in that spectrum I will enjoy, as I hope you do..... Thanks for the kind words Ernie. There will be no cats in my build area....
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    1/32 Revell RF-4C 14th TRS

    Cant stop now I have in too deep....Thank you Peter. Thanks Harv. Its been a real trial.
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    1/32 Revell RF-4C 14th TRS

    Thank you Barry, and thank you for your help. Thank you sir. I have seen you work, I am but a shadow... Thank you Bill. Much appreciated. Thank you. When my mind is blown I sit for a bit and sip fine scotch whisky, hopefully it will work for you. Indeed your work is fantastic. Thank you.
  13. I own the crease bro...bring your weak sauce....I will slap that away like it was stuck in winter molasses... I crack myself up.... my stickhandling would have you cross eyed, then you’d trip on the goal line and bump your little head on the crossbar. My wristshot is as unexpected as it is fast. No windup, just an easy flip, and you’ll still be going east when you shoulda been going west.
  14. I have it on good authority that Ernie is Canadian.......Is this even allowed? I mean, what the heck, we let anyone in here. I will be sure to give Ernie an endless rash of shi....poop every chance I get. I question his hockey playing ability....Look what he did to his F-5, and blames it on the cat. oh, yea....... (Congratulation Ernie! Don't tell anyone I said that...)
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    1/32 Revell RF-4C 14th TRS

    Lots and lots of detail work. Wiring has certainly been the focus. I have been looking at everything wiring. And when it comes to the phantom it has a few wires. The cockpit wiring has been created and some installed. Some wiring from the pictures below will be ripped out and replaced as information has presented other, more realistic, options. I am waiting on getting a smaller drill set. Much of the wiring on the back deck comes in from the fuselage. The design of the GT Resin Cockpit requires that after I install it in to the fuselage then run the wiring coming in from the vertical portion of the back deck. Also the WSO instrument panel will have to be permanently affixed prior to additional wiring. So it will be a multi stage process to complete the cockpit as a whole. I started making harnesses and installing as sets and ran in to some problems. I eventually stared running each wire individually. I have made plans for all of the landing gear bays and of course the landing gear. Below is where I am now. Actually its time to take a break from the cockpit detail work and move back to the camera's. I plan to do some wiring and install the cameras in to their cradles in the coming week. Once I have done that I can think about installing them in to the fuselage along with the cockpit. I will need to work out the cockpit side panels as they dont seem to fit the cockpit in a intuitive way. I have been trying to make sense of the cockpit side panels by dry fitting them with little luck to this point. I have yet to install some detail on the ejection seats and in the cockpit in the interest of simplifying future construction. And hopefully increasing the survival probability of the more fragile bits. As usual I appreciate any and all input. I do need to make note to the many that have offered me information during this build. I do very much appreciate it!!
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    1/32 Revell RF-4C 14th TRS

    I am trying to get the wiring configuration for the whole of the Cockpit for an RF-4C. I know some of it wont be seen, but I am using the whole of the operation to practice wiring as discipline. This a close up of some of the wiring I have been doing. All of it can be replaced/rerouted upon verification of the real thing. Or, I can leave it depending on whats discovered. Any wiring information will be much appreciated. -Frank
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    MY 2018 builds

    Those are rookie numbers, got'a pump those numbers up!!!
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    MY 2018 builds

    Nicely done John! Very good builds all around. -Frank
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    Jug-gernaut P47D in NMF

    Its amazing how the wiring makes an engine10 fold better. Excellent work all around. -Frank
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    1/32 Revell RF-4C 14th TRS

    Thank you Peter, Next time I will have all the wiring to scale and better equipment. It sure has been fun though. Thank you for your continued kind words. -Frank
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    1/32 Revell RF-4C 14th TRS

    Thank you Barry, I sure appreciate these. Its never too late as some guy might need them as well. Luckily, I already had them. My issue was the bulkhead, and having the right stuff in general. This plane serves a great lesson for me. By far the biggest project. But its part of the path as I move towards becoming more and more detailed in my future builds. -Frank
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    1/32 Revell RF-4C 14th TRS

    Thank you Gaz...you are very much correct, I would rather dream of such things. I just bought a visor with lighting and extra magnification. Now I am having a problem registering the location of the object, my hand and the brush. All in due time. My wife bought me some great single malt and some new drinking glasses. I am sure my vision and coordination is going to improve tonight.....
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    1/32 Revell RF-4C 14th TRS

    GT Resin seats Harv.
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    1/32 Revell RF-4C 14th TRS

    I hope everyone had a awesome Christmas. My wife bought me an Iwata HP-CS as my Passache's are getting pretty old but still reliable. I cant wait to give this baby a go. I am talking about the airbrush. I have been very focused on the MK7 Ejection Seats. Paging through the referenced and versions I finally settled on these: I have been spending the last week or so making extra bits out of copper wire, fishing line (10LB), extra photo etched sprues, and some parts from ReedOak. My eyes are blurry and I have literally been dreaming about Martin Baker ejection seat variants. I am still not done but am eager to show you my progress. The seat on the left is the "stock" seat prior to all my custom bits provided as a comparison. I do need a real camera as my phone camera is failing to catch the detail. I have been learning a I go. I have found that knowing what medium to use at a given time is commonsense only once a few mistakes are made. Copper and or lead wire doesn't take to curves as natural as monofilament does, but monfilament doesn't like tight curves an creates a great amount of tension when trying to make tight turns. Therefore compromise must be achieved as progress is made. The picture below is supposed to be the same wire that goes across the back of the seat. I used two different materials as I discovered fishing line more pliable. Off to eat some Prime Rib.....
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    1/32 Revell RF-4C 14th TRS

    Gaz, Thank you. Pictures of the finished product to come, tons of extra's. My eyes are blurry from all the bits. I have been dreaming Martin Baker seats... -Frank
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