The Armistice Challenge - 1/48 F-4J Phantom build

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7 months 1 week ago #31 by Viperbuilder
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The Armistice may be at risk now from not going ahead. Similarly, the IPMS Nationals will also be at risk if the pandemic continues to spread.




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7 months 18 hours ago #32 by IAN
Small update:



Rear section metalwork done with Alclad & AK Xtreme lacquers. Will seal them with a clear coat tomorrow then get back to work on the cockpit - need to sort-out the pilots combing and add the gunsight then scratchbuild some details for the narrow section behind his seat. Also need to add all the latch & lock mechanisms to the sills.

Stay tuned. Stay well.


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6 months 3 weeks ago #33 by IAN
Last week I finished the pilots combing with the Eduard gunsight mount and some plastic card. At the end of the build I'll take the canopies off the fuselage and add the Airwaves etch latches and frames.:







This weekend I managed to get the wings on, intakes on... fair amount of filling and blending:









Next I'll mask the glare panel, then attach the radome, undercarriage legs and wing pylons.


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6 months 3 weeks ago #34 by Fritz
Looking good fellas. Keep the pictures coming through

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Tamiya 1/48 F-117A
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6 months 2 weeks ago #35 by IAN
Phantom progress now halted as I'm out of glossy white and that's obviously what I'll need next:






As you see it now, it's wearing two light coats of Tamiya white primer. The drop tank and elevators are primed too. When we emerge - hopefully unscathed - from Level IV, I'll be able to restart, until then this project is in a holding pattern.

Got another build I'm tinkering with and now this one is parked, I'll look for something else to keep me going. I never have more than two 'active' builds on the bench as I'm a bit stupid and get easily confused nowadays.


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2 months 2 weeks ago #36 by IAN
It's back....














I have no idea whatsoever if the 'pre-shaded speckling' is going to work, but if you don't try a new idea then you'll never know, right ? - stay tuned, this could be the best thing since sliced bread or the worst thing since the '58 Edsel....



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2 months 2 weeks ago #37 by Craig Sargent
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That’s looking good.

My only concern would be the darkness of the panel lines against the very light mottling. Given a light colour, the mottling will disappear under the paint long before the panel lines do.

Have a look at Gary W’a 1/48 F-8 Crusader at www.scalespot.com to see how dark he did it. Little too much for my liking but you’ll see how much he did it to get a reasonable tonal variation.

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2 months 2 weeks ago - 2 months 2 weeks ago #38 by IAN
Well that happened !

Mixed my own Light Gull Grey and shot two light coats:






After I finished panicking, took a deep breath and slightly adjusted the tones in the mix and then shot two more - the last was so thin, it was more like 'dirty thinners'.






....much happier now, the speckling and pre-shading still visible, but my phone/camera isn't up to the task.

Stay tuned.




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2 months 2 weeks ago #39 by IAN
Main painting finished-up this afternoon:









All Tamiya acrylics. Next some touching-up and a couple of light gloss coats.

More next week - have a great weekend all and keep safe especially 'up North'.



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2 months 1 week ago #40 by Fritz
Coming along nicely Ian

In Progress:
Tamiya 1/48 F-117A
Hasegawa 1/48 TA-4K
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2 months 1 week ago #41 by Craig Sargent
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Looking very good. I haven't even finished the cockpit on mine yet. Think you may win this challenge on failure to complete :D

Too many other things taking my attention off this sadly.

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2 months 3 days ago #42 by IAN
I've known you the best part of eight years, Craig, I'm sure you haven't given-up just yet ;) . So here it is all decalled-up.






About seven hours over five sessions. Next I'll seal them in with a couple of thin coats of (home brewed) satin varnish which will hopefully give me a good base to add the weathering effects.

More next week. Best from the 'Naki.



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2 months 3 days ago #43 by Craig Sargent
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Not so much given up as focus has changed. I’ve been wanting the YAV-8B done for some time and so have been focussing in getting this one down the production line. F-4 not gone, but not on the bench. It’s just waiting for me to paint the rest of the cockpit.


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Tamiya 1/48 Martlet IV conversion
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2 months 2 days ago #44 by Fritz
That YAV-8B Looks nice!

And Ian, Your Phantom looks amazing! Come out nicely with all the decals on.

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1 month 3 weeks ago #45 by IAN
Fathers Day yesterday, so was able to add the oil weathering to the undersides:







Paynes Grey, Burned Sienna and Raw Umber. About two hours or so simply dragging the 'dots' and blending them by dry-brushing and luck !

More soon.


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1 month 2 weeks ago #46 by IAN
...finished yesterday:




Will post more pics separately later on:


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1 month 2 weeks ago #47 by Craig Sargent
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Looks very nice. Well done.

Actually spent some time on mine yesterday. Hoping to get cockpit and engines painted today, so I can start to clean up the kit ready for painting.

Always more “fun” when you leave it until the last minute. Do we know if Armistice is still going ahead?

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1 month 2 weeks ago #48 by IAN
Thanks, Craig. 'Knew you couldn't / wouldn't give-up on yours, mate ;)

No idea if the show is still happening - the absence of any info to the contrary is good news, but like everything else just-now, it's all about what happens with the Covid-19 situation, right ?



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1 month 1 week ago - 1 month 1 week ago #49 by Craig Sargent
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Been making some reasonable progress and getting close to closing this up for paint.

Eduard cockpit surrounds added. Strangely, these are not included in the kit and I had to buy the etch separately from the etch included


Cockpit is almost done and just masking up etch to paint the rest


Fine Molds brass pitots added to the tail


Stores underway. Centreline tank ready for paint, but having to modify all 4 underwing pylons for carriage of TERs as Phantom pylons are configured quite differently between air-air and air-ground missions. Brassin Snakeyes assembled and have had a Mr Surfacer textured ablative coating added.


The annoying thing is I've spent a good part of an evening having to ream out the rear of the Eduard resin exhausts as they are not wide enough to fit the provided resin/etch fan faces and flame holder.

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Hasegawa 1/48 F-4J Phantom
Tamiya 1/48 Martlet IV conversion
Eduard/Hasegawa 1/72 Liberator GR.V
Hasegawa 1/48 TAV-8B Harrier conversion
Trumpeter 1/32 A-10A Thunderbolt
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4 weeks 1 day ago - 4 weeks 1 day ago #50 by Craig Sargent
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Nats is not going ahead, so means I can now focus on Armistice build again. But there has been a "hiccup". So there is bad news, but then there is good news.

Bad news: The Eduard/Academy kit has been fighting me all the way and was probably not a great choice. It has too many issues left to sort and not enough time left to sort them. I'm not going to get rid of it, but I have definitely shelved it for this endeavour, and for the foreseeable future.

Good news: The Hasegawa kit is a much easier build, and fits better with spirit of the challenge anyway. So change of kit and change of subject aircraft.

The Hasegawa kit already had the Cutting Edge seamless intakes glued in place, but the port one had issues which is why I shelved this kit as son as I fitted the intakes, way back when. So I have pulled out the Hasegawa F-4J and managed to carefully break the superglue holding the troublesome intake in place, without any damage, fix the issues and re-attach. This model had the Aires cockpit, wheel wells and exhausts in the box to be added, so I had removed the corresponding kit parts and have no idea what I did with them.

So after a furious week of evenings of modelling, the Hasegawa kit is progressing very rapidly, but this time, the model will be in-flight. I have closed up all of the gear doors (very disconcerting that a large shim was needed between the Aires resin main gear doors on both sides to get them closed), including correcting the nose gear door, added Fine Molds brass pitots to the tail, closed up the engine auxilliary intake doors under the fuselage, added some square stock for the stand, removed all of the formation lights and fixed the shape of the wing bulges over the gear mounts.

I now need to get the cockpit glued in position and painted - this was installed as a loose fit so I could close up the fuselage and get that dealt with and will position the cockpit later.

Here is the underside shot with me holding the main wing and drop tank in place.


Here is the new subject aircraft with 5 x MiG-28 kills (waaayyy before any Navy puke even got close to one :woohoo: :whistle: ) from April 1978

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Trumpeter 1/32 A-10A Thunderbolt
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3 weeks 6 days ago #51 by Craig Sargent
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Trying to get the intakes finished so I can start on final prep for painting (as well as still having to sort cockpit, and the resin Cutting Edge splitter plates were not a great fit. I want to use them because they have the bleed air slots at the back that are missing from the kit parts. Found the best way to get them to fit was to remove the mounting tab and 1mm from the rear, then reprofile back to same trailing edge shape. Original on the right, updated on the left.


The other thing that annoyed me was the lack of splitter plate support struts so I used some appropriate sized Contrail strut stock and created them which improves the overall look of the front end. These will still be very visible with the splitters in place.

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3 weeks 6 days ago #52 by Craig Sargent
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Job for today - get cockpit painted and installed. Looks like I have a few small repairs to do first.


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Tamiya 1/48 Martlet IV conversion
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3 weeks 3 days ago #53 by Fritz
Coming along nicely Craig

In Progress:
Tamiya 1/48 F-117A
Hasegawa 1/48 TA-4K
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Hasegawa 1/48 A-4M

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2 weeks 5 days ago - 2 weeks 5 days ago #54 by Craig Sargent
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Moving this thing along to try and get it done before November. Tamiya F-14 pilots have been promoted to F-4 pilots. Arms still to be positioned appropriately to fit the cockpits. RIO left and pilot on the right. Getting the multi-part canopy to fit together and then fit the cockpit opening was all kinds of fun. Now that is sorted, slowly dressing out the canopy interior with parts from Aires, Eduard and the kit to make sure all of the framing and equipment visible from the exterior are in place.


A lot of the rest of the time has been adding little bits that Hasegawa seem to have forgotten. I replaced the kit pitots with Fine Molds ones, the tail light with some red clear resin, and have now also added the raised pivot points on the tailplane pivot plates.


Drilled out and added the missing spine formation light and added the photo etch antenna from the Hasegawa photo-etch. You can also see the corrected shape of the bulge on the wing over the wheel well.


With the intakes in place I have been tidying up and detailing this area. This photo shows the splitter plate support struts I added to good effect. You can also see the corrected lights on the nose gear door, the two nose antennae added from the Hasegawa photo-etch, and added formation lights under the intakes Hasegawa missed (as did Cutting Edge on their resin). Still some tidy up to do here.


Once the pilots and canopy are in place, and the wing join cleaned up, I can start on painting

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Tamiya 1/48 Martlet IV conversion
Eduard/Hasegawa 1/72 Liberator GR.V
Hasegawa 1/48 TAV-8B Harrier conversion
Trumpeter 1/32 A-10A Thunderbolt
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2 weeks 5 days ago - 2 weeks 5 days ago #55 by Craig Sargent
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I've also been working on the stores and will be replicating the configuration I have of the jet in the image above. I've rescribed the centreline tank (the Hasegawa kit has the tank with raised panel lines - a throwback to the earlier 1/48 Phantom family they did where the F-4J had raised panel lines). Also working on detailing the two inner wing pylons. I've added some scribed detail on the underside of the wing where the outboard pylons attach to show the attachment points as the outer wing pylons are not present on the aircraft.

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2 weeks 3 days ago #56 by Craig Sargent
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Now that assembly of the model exterior is complete, need to finish installing the cockpit. Base colours painted and wash applied ready to start painting some details.


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Tamiya 1/48 Martlet IV conversion
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Hasegawa 1/48 TAV-8B Harrier conversion
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2 weeks 18 hours ago #57 by Craig Sargent
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I see an air crew and I want to paint them black.*

Ready to get some colour on the aircrew. As mentioned these are the Tamiya 1/48 F-14A aircrew repurposed for the Phantom

*with apologies to the Rolling Stones


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2 weeks 16 hours ago #58 by IAN

Craig Sargent wrote: I see an air crew and I want to paint them black.*

*with apologies to the Rolling Stones]



Not accepted, man....





Seriously, great progress, Craig, looking forward to seeing it in a coupla weeks.



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2 weeks 15 hours ago #59 by Craig Sargent
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It will be there, whatever state it is in by then.

Accom is booked, along with a Hobbiton tour for Friday arvo.

We’ll (myself, Richard, Lance and Lauren) get away late morning and should be in Cambridge by dinner Friday.

Hoping to have 3 finished for the comp - see how we go.

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5 days 19 hours ago #60 by Craig Sargent
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Still plugging away and getting closer. Hope to start paint this weekend, all going to plan. Realise we are down to less than 2 weeks to go.

After going back to the reference photos, I realised that the aircraft in question did not have the pylon adaptors on it, or the sway braces, so I removed all of those, and also took the opportunity to rework the AIM--9 launch rail adaptors on the starboard pylon. If you compare this photo posted earlier and the one I took today, you'll see the difference

Here's what they used to look like:


And here they are after the rework and ready for paint. Much happier that these match the photo now. I've also finished up the baggage pod from a Phase Hangar Resin 150 gallon drop tank with all of the access panels filled and the baggage pod access doors scribed. This is glued to the pylon ready for paint.


Here is the pylon and baggage pod reference pic


And this is a great shot I found online showing the pylon with the adaptor in place and no rail for reference.

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Tamiya 1/48 Martlet IV conversion
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