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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?????