My Entry: Hasegawa F-4J Phantom USMC

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aww shucks you guys ::) ;D

This kit is really well engineered...it took maybe an hour to almost completely finish the body/wings and it needs just a few touch-ups with mr. surfacer

 

JMac

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:)

Looks like you've made some great progress Hodges. Nice.
 

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Ummmm... where are the splitter plates on the intakes? ???
Hodges said:
aww shucks you guys ::) ;D

This kit is really well engineered...it took maybe an hour to almost completely finish the body/wings and it needs just a few touch-ups with mr. surfacer

 

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ShutterAce said:
Ummmm... where are the splitter plates on the intakes? ???
They're coming! You really thought I'd forgotten? Give me some credit here ;D
 

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Hodges said:
ShutterAce said:
Ummmm... where are the splitter plates on the intakes? ???
They're coming! You really thought I'd forgotten? Give me some credit here ;D
Sorry. I've been known to start test fitting and then before you know it the glue comes out and then... ;)
 

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I haven't had too much time to work on this build, but I'm back at it and just about ready for paint. I just have to deal with the canopy, which was a bit scratched up. I'm going to give it a future bath and then once it's on I can move on and start getting some paint down.

 

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There is something wrong with that picture !!!



Your Cutting Mat is too clean !!! LOL






Awesome work on the Seats.... and the Bird looks really nice !

Keep up the good work !
 

Chris S

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Looking really neat Hodges ,I like the seats too they turned out great ;)

Chris.
 

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Well, I'm happy, because I finally get to start painting.



(just a start)
 

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Alright! I got nearly all the paint work done (finally).






The lighting on this one is terrible! And note that I put the other (one-piece) canopy in place just to mask the 'pit so I could get the painting done.



All that's left is the radome (off-white) and the bare-metal parts around the exhaust.
 

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Looking good! You are going for an open canopy then when finished? I also used the closed canopy as a mask but then stripped it clean. I'm still not sure what I want to do with mine. ???
 

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That's right Ace! Actually I think I saw you do that and that's where the idea came from :) I had tacked on the other one all nice and masked up properly but some glue leaked out along the seam in some places, and I was having a hard time aligning them in the closed position. The lower outer frame of each piece has to be masked off and painted black as well, so I just popped them off and I'm going to clean them up and deal with them separately.
 

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Definitely looking like serious progress here
 

Chris S

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Tremendous !! You used the preshade really well ,looks fantastic :) looking forward to seeing it decaled up ;D

Chris.
 

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Hodges - that is one beautiful pre-shade job. Looks great. Can't wait for the rest of the colours and decals. Which aircraft/scheme are you modelling?
 

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Thanks everyone!

JMac I'm building this scheme:



A VMFA-451 Warlord, ciirca 1978 (stationed Beaufort SC), with BuNo 153821.
 

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I just about finished paint (alclads will go on very last):



I proceeded to apply a clear coat in prep for decals, and I wasn't too happy with the results. The thinner I used with the clear gloss seems to have melted the base coat a tad, just enough to let the pre-shade through too much for my taste (I had been pushing it before).





Or I might be imagining it. Either way, it's simple enough to fix. What do you guys think? Should I go back over with a thin coat of the grey to tone down the shading?
 
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