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1/48 McDonnel FH-1 Phantom

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Managed to find a rare CollectAire resin 1/48 FH-1 Phantom and built it. Typical of CA resin kits...plenty of fit problems and needing a LOT of gel superglue and epoxy putty to fill and smooth the wings (designed to be folded) and nose parts (designed to be open and show the guns).

The real problem is that the kit decal sheet fractured on me. They were high quality InvisaClear decals that I've never had a problem with before. I was able to save a couple of small ones and replace (mostly) the rest from the spares box, but that really sucked my enthusiasm right out of the room. After that, I just finished it up, minus seat belts, antennas, and wing lights just to get it done and over with. The markings represent the Flying Leathernecks jet demo team.

The good news is I have a rare addition to my 1/48 collection with the first Phantom...but it ain't going in any contests! Here's a few pics of the build and the finished model.

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Anyway...onward and upward! Comments, critiques, and questions welcome, as always!

GIL :smiley16:

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You're still a braver man than I Gunga Din! What a magnificent looking model; I would consider it a contender. That is such beautiful work!

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That’s A LOT of work Gil. For as rough as it looked when you started, it turned out amazing. Absolutely love the paint scheme. 
 

Chris

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