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F-4EJ Kai Phantom - The Last of it's Kind ZM 1/48


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3 hours ago, Kaireckstadt said:

Great work Rob! This will be a stunner in the end! 

Thanks Kai, the Kai Phantom is truly an extreme colorful bird and I don't regret the detour into jet territory. Painting and decaling reminds me a lot of car modelling, with the desired glossy and sharp contrasting finish in mind.

Cheers Rob

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Thank you Phil, indeed, preparation is the key to glossy and metallic finishes as well. It has been a learning curve for me, beginning with some car and bike models, where I learnt a lot. Last year, I added polishing to my skills and tools and it did a wonderful  job on glossy surfaces and clear parts. 
No need to be jealous about the surf / modelling thing. We had sand storms for over a week, where the air is polluted dangerously with ten times more dirt and germs and whatever than the worst Berlin road in winter time. Besides, since a week, we try to have the garden looking like it looked before the storm and there still is no end in sight. The beach was the only place where there was no storm miraculously. It was surfing or staying home for more days without opening windows or doors.

Cheers Rob

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I definitely choose rigging a WWI aircraft, than stenciling a modern jet. In this case, at least, the decals are great and the supplied decaling plan is very helpful. Nonetheless, it's painful eye straining work :icon_eek:. I managed to apply the upper fuselage and left side stencils. Normally, I cut my decals without guiding numbers, but not in this case, where it really helps to have the numbers present.

Cheers Rob

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18 hours ago, harv said:

WOW stunning !!....harv :popcorn:

 

10 hours ago, Vandy1 VX-4 said:

Dam that is a sweet looking build 

 

7 hours ago, kahunaminor said:

Phreaking awesomeness!

Muchas gracias hombres, the Kai Phantom really sports a very stylish outfit. Until stenciling time, I thought about building a second one with yellow livery (which will be released soon by ZM), but after this one, I have to rest my eyes.

Yesterday, I noticed that while drying thoroughly, my painting idea for the external tanks was not good enough. The transparent blue, based on sparkling silver developed a slightly greenish tint. I sprayed two more layers of thinned transparent blue and now I am where I wanted to be. The match is good enough now. On pictures and even to the eye, it's hard to tell the difference, because of the glitter effect, which looks differently from every angle you look at it. The final gloss will be polished to match.

Cheers Rob
 

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Rob

Brilliant paint and decal work - simply stunning! Unfortunately I can not agree that I would prefer rigging a WWI biplane rather then applying all the stencils on a modern jet, especially the F4’s which seem to have more then most. Your progress is amazing and no question, your Phantom in simply looking stunning.

Keep ‘em comin

Peter

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21 hours ago, Martinnfb said:

Magnificent shine 

 

17 hours ago, GusMac said:

The colour match on the tanks looks spot on there Rob. I've seen the yellow one that's coming soon and it does look tempting but I'm not sure I could cope with so many decals.

 

17 hours ago, GazzaS said:

Really shaping up nicely, Rob.  Good work on those stencils and decals.

 

11 hours ago, Vandy1 VX-4 said:

Yes the Drop tanks look better now!    I didn’t think it could get nicer looking 

 

45 minutes ago, Bomber_County said:

The only way I coped on mine was to cross them out on the diagram as I did them. Looking amazing Rob.

 

3 minutes ago, Peterpools said:

Brilliant paint and decal work - simply stunning! Unfortunately I can not agree that I would prefer rigging a WWI biplane rather then applying all the stencils on a modern jet, especially the F4’s which seem to have more then most. Your progress is amazing and no question, your Phantom in simply looking stunning.

Muchas gracias amigos, I'm pleased that you like my work.
@GusMac, the yellow Kai is as beautiful as the blue one and the stenciling, err, it has to be done, at least the decals are great, as is the decaling plan.
@Bomber_County, I did the same, as it takes time to check and re-check stencil placement and you have to switch between decal sheets at times.

Cheers Rob
 

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