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Got a bit more done on this. The intake splitters were bothering me, so I thought I'd have a crack and sorting them. The bottom shape was ok, but the top was just too rounded. So I've just let in a bit of card and re-shaped it. Quite happy with the result, look a lot more accurate, I think.

I'm not sure who Mr Fumiji got to engineer this kit, but he needs shooting. I was just going to ignore the inside of the intakes, but I thought I couldn't make it much worse!! And as you can see, if you like sanding, this is the kit for you. There are literally mm gaps on the underside to fill!!! View attachment 63795View attachment 63796View attachment 63797View attachment 63798View attachment 63799View attachment 63800View attachment 63801

When was the finish date again...????? :smiling3:

Cheers, Neil

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The splitters look a lot better after your modification.
 

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August I think is the end date Neil. No worries, I will be later too.
 

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A nice bit of work going into this.

You have until the last day in August so loads of time....

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Some work going into this one Neil and all good
 
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Your certainly getting on top of this one Neil, great work on such a difficult kit. Cheers Derek
 

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Neil, if you had told me this was the Airfix kit I would have believed you, with the exception of that huge step under the intakes. The sanding, the filling... Great work mate, I bet you can't wait to get some primer or paint over that horrid white plastic. Soldier on mate!
 
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A bit of progress. Wanted to try and fill the gap between the cockpits, so I've chucked some odd boxes, gauges and wiring in. Probably horribly over scale but should do the job once it's painted up. Also started making some framing form the centre piece . The one shown is the forward most one, I think the rear is just a plain arch. If anyone knows any different, please let me know ! View attachment 64144View attachment 64145View attachment 64146View attachment 64147View attachment 64148

Cheers, Neil

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Are they frames for the canopies Neil? That void between the cockpits is nicely filled.
 
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It's official, I'm mental.........I've just started masking the inside of the canopy !! The reputation of this kit goes from bad to worse, with the option of a closed canopy out of the window due to a rather less than perfect fit. So I'm going to spray the innards matt black-ish. The saving grace is that it seems a relatively straight forward job, apart from the front piece.

I'm really, really, really not looking forward to the paint job - I'm already thinking about alternative schemes.....we'll see.

Oh, and Joe, the frames are for the middle piece, between the two canopys. Not sure that its the same arrangement on all Phantoms, but I have good photo reference for mine.

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Back again !! OK, so canopies masked. Due to the bad/odd fit, I'm having to do the pilot/rio glass off the airframe. A bit of a pain, but there you are. Shown with the first coat of black on for the inner frames/seals, it's now all ready for a first coat of primer.

Also modded the burner cans a little, along with correcting the front gear bay door.

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Cheers, Neil

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Some great mods and very nice work Neil. I bet you can't wait to see the back of this one, but keep up the great work
 

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Nice work Neil. Race you to the finish! :smiling3:
 
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Hi all, sorry for the delay, but here's a bit of catch-up. Most is self explanatory. Opened the gap on the hook, only to find it looked a bit stupid, so cut it and remounted it. Addressed the small forward intake. I was trying to ignore it, but it didn't go away, and in the end wasn't as bad to fix as I thought it was going to be.

The rest is just paint really. The metal work at the back is a bit basic, but it's come out ok and I'm quite happy with it. :smiling3:

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So, topcoat is going on, so if nothing else, it'll look shiny !!

Cheers, Neil

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Looking like a Phantom now Neil.The undercarriage looks quite well detailed.
 
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To be fair, it's about the best bit of the kit, Dave. I've added a little to the front leg, but nothing to the rears. The overall external detailing is quite good, but you just loose a load of it sorting out the bad fit!! As it happens, I've just done the decals to the front canopy and found it's actually lop-sided, which kinda explains why it doesn't fit properly......

I read in one of the mags that the Fumiji Phantom range is going to be made available in this country again, and apparently had a good reputation..........I wonder if I got the " Friday afternoon " limited edition????? :smiling3:

Cheers, Neil
 
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