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The F-4D Phantom; Operation Linebacker I
Topic Started: Sep 24 2017, 11:22 PM (1,037 Views)
RJ Tucker
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I found a started Fujimi F-4D Phantom II kit on the shelf of doom. I've decided to build it as a laser bomber in the 1972 Linebacker campaign in the final throws of US involvement in Vietnam.

I'll build this Phantom along side the EC-121R aircraft. When I paint, most of the time goes to mixing and thinning the paint and cleaning the airbrush. Once the paint is thinned, it's shelf life is finite, so it’s either used or tossed in a few weeks! Time spent actually blowing paint was minuscule compared to the prep and clean up. This way, I get twice as much done in one painting session. This is really efficient for the small paint jobs like cockpit colors, gear wells, landing gear, bombs, etc. When one model’s sub-assembly is setting or drying, I work on the other one. I split the projects when it comes time to decal and final assembly. Works for me!

When Fujimi released their British Phantoms, they updated the cockpit making it a gem. IMO, it's just behind the Monogram Phantoms in detail; inexplicably, Fujimi didn't update the US versions with the better cockpit. So, I made a resin copy of the cockpit from the Fujimi F-4K kit.
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I cut the combing off the fuselage just ahead of the pilot. I'll add a better rendition from a Hasegawa kit. The aft canopy will cover the gaps behind the WSO.
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The ejection seats are Verlinden F-4 seats. They're a little undersized, but so are the kit seats. The face curtain handles are painted wire.
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Some of the paint has been rubbed off testing the fit. So like the real thing, it's tight.
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Up next is painting all the white parts on this kit & the EC-121R sharing the work bench.








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EXCELLENT RJ!!!!!! One can NEVER have enough Phantoms!!!! Keep me / us updated on your progress. ^_^
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RJ Tucker
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Not much progress to report on this kit. I got the white painted, and I'm working the fuselage seams. (AGH!)

The issue with gloss paints on small scale models is the "toy" like appearance a really shinny finish has. So my favorite technique for painting gloss colors on small scale models is:

- paint the area with light coats in the flat color until the surface is completely covered.

- thin the gloss paint with 50% -60% thinner. It will be water thin and translucent.

- Spray over the flat coverage until the color looks damp.

When dry, if the finish isn't shinny enough for you, add another light coat: repeat until you're happy with it. The finish will be a soft gloss/satin look that's not too shinny avoiding the toy appearance.


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Workin' on it; fill...sand; rinse...repeat.
Edited by RJ Tucker, Oct 8 2017, 11:30 PM.

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Logged some modeling time this week-end. I got the intakes, wings & bottom glued to the fuselage.

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As you can see below, some pretty bad gaps around the bottom the fuselage where the intakes, center fuselage & wings come together. That gap behind the missile wells is common to every Fujimi Phantom I've ever built.

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I'll place styrene strips in the gaps & sand them smooth. Much filling and sanding in my immediate future me thinks. :-/

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RJ Tucker
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Just like the EC-121R; but with twice the pix!*

Filling....and sanding..... filling...... sanding..... filling.......UGH! :-/

Pix when I've accomplished something interesting. :bh;


* just think about it; it'll come to ya'.

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I finished the filling & sanding. I've moved on to the sub-assembles.

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My favorite filler is Mr Surfacer primer. I apply the primer with a tooth pick & let it dry. I, then, moisten a piece of paper towel with eco-friendly lacquer thinner & wipe off the excess. This formula of thinner doesn't attack the plastic, so I don't obliterate the details sanding.

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The gray primer filler is hard to see; notice the white styrene strips in the fuselage gap.

Next, I'll complete the cockpit, install the canopy & mask in preparation for painting. This project will sit idle until the EC-121R kit catches up & is ready to paint.







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looking good RJ!
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Some really good quality modelling going on, glad you put a picture of the Eco thinners, was going to ask what it was when you had the picture a few weeks ago with the bottle top showing it.

I am fairly sure we do not have that here in Australia, if we do, I've never seen or heard of it.
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Nov 7 2017, 10:08 PM
Some really good quality modelling going on, glad you put a picture of the Eco thinners, was going to ask what it was when you had the picture a few weeks ago with the bottle top showing it.

I am fairly sure we do not have that here in Australia, if we do, I've never seen or heard of it.
Graeme,

According to the label, the "eco-friendly" lacquer thinner contains acetone, ethyl acetate, & methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) with less then 1% petroleum distillates. Regular lacquer thinner contains petroleum distillates, ethyl acetate, methanol & toluene.

Next time you're in a store's paint department look for the solvent with MEK etc & without petroleum distillates.

Hope that helps!

Good luck!

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Still working to catch-up the EC-121R, so they're both ready to paint. The F-4D is ready and waitng, waiting, waiting..... to paint. If you're familiar with the Fujimi F-4 series of kits, you know the cockpit combing molded into the fuselage halves looks nothing like the real thing. Here's the part from the Hasegawa kit:

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Looks much more realistic; doesn't it? I'll spray the combing flat black, assemble the cockpit then start the camouflage.

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Graeme H
Nov 7 2017, 10:08 PM
...glad you put a picture of the Eco thinners, was going to ask what it was when you had the picture a few weeks ago with the bottle top showing it.
Me too. But I assumed the photo of the can was a bit of a joke - eco-friendly lacquer thinner?!! That sounds a bit like "biodegradable nuclear waste". Substances like acetone, ethyl acetate, & methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) are hardly eco-friendly. The impure science of marketing, huh?

Nevertheless, great work on the Phantom. I have a few Fujimi F-4s (and some Esci which I reckon are nice kits too) to be finished in Vietnam colours & markings (mostly using Wolfpak decals) so I'm following this build with interest. I didn't know about the updated cockpit - something to add to the memory bank.
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I did an F-4D long ago. I need to do another Phantom sometime.
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Graeme H
Nov 7 2017, 10:08 PM
...glad you put a picture of the Eco thinners, was going to ask what it was when you had the picture a few weeks ago with the bottle top showing it.
Me too. But I assumed the photo of the can was a bit of a joke - eco-friendly lacquer thinner?!! That sounds a bit like "biodegradable nuclear waste". Substances like acetone, ethyl acetate, & methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) are hardly eco-friendly. The impure science of marketing, huh?

Nevertheless, great work on the Phantom. I have a few Fujimi F-4s (and some Esci which I reckon are nice kits too) to be finished in Vietnam colours & markings (mostly using Wolfpak decals) so I'm following this build with interest. I didn't know about the updated cockpit - something to add to the memory bank.
Nope, no joke; that's what the product can looks like straight off the shelf of Home Depot. Weather it's, really, "eco-friendly" or not, it DOES NOT etch the plastic and dissolves lacquer & enamel based paints. What's not to love?! :yipee:


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This model is in continual hold mode until the EC-121R catches up to start painting.

I did finish the cockpit using the Verlindin seats, Hasegawa and kit parts.

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Masked canopy parts are in place; I'll fill the gaps with white glue then paint.

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Been awhile; I got frustrated, so I laid modeling aside for awhile. I played with my grand daughters, caught up on a few movies I've want to see, and read a couple of trashy novels with no redeeming value to my betterment or enlightenment.

Rained this past week-end, and I couldn't resist the siren call of the model bench. So I embarked on a marathon painting binge.

I painted the EC-121, the Phantom and some pieces/ parts.

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The bottom color is a 50%-50% mix of Model Master enamel camo-gray and flat white paint .

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The LGBs and afterburner cans are, also, MM paint. I'll spend the coming week painting and masking the topside camouflage scheme.

Over the hump and now it's down hill to the finish!

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