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Hello all.  I wanted to take a moment and show you  all of the models you fellas have helped me build since March 2020.  I have one space left in this location and that will be filled with my current build underway, the F-4 Phantom.  I built the Mustang right before and think it came out really cool.  It remains a bit tacky so I think I did not wait long enough between coats of the gloss.  I abandoned my goal of building the Phantom and painting/marking as a USAF Thunderbird.  The decal set I bought required you to close all of the landing gear locations and other places that are modeled “open”.  Then you would have to cut out around each area as required, glue tabs back on, etc.  This presented too much of a task for me since I would have had to cut off all of the tabs used to model the gear down.  Also, when I bought the model I completely missed the whole clear nose thing (which is actually pretty cool though).

Thanks for allowing me to post pictures of my models, the advice here has been instrumental!

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That's some mighty fine work there over the last 18 or so months! I'm guessing they're all 1/32 scale? Could you tell us what scale and kit each one is? Inquiring minds need to know! And congrats on a great looking collection of builds!

 

GIL :cool:

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Thanks very much Gil, I had great remote teachers. I continue to be amazed by the models that you and others post on this forum, the results of real masters.  My goal is to build a complete model without a stupid mistake 😀  So far so good on the Phantom.

The models are all 1/32 scale by Tamiya.  I‘ll post back later when I‘m home with more specifics.  I‘m missing a WWI plane so that is my next goal.

Stuart

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So far I have built the Tamiya 1/32 scale of the F-16CJ Fighting Falcon, P-51D Mustang, Spitfire Mk. VIII, F-14A Tomcat, Mosquito FB Mk. VI, F4U-1A Corsair, and am underway on the F-4E Phantom II.  Rather than a WWI plane I think the Trumpeter 1/32 TBM-3 Avenger is next, my first steps away from Tamiya.  It will be my first painted with only 1 color.

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Thanks very much Mark, you’ve been a tremendous help to me (and my models😀).  You and all of the other experts who participate in this forum have been gracious and patient with my questions.

I was at Oceana and watched a legacy flight with an F-18, P-51 and Phantom, what a wonderful sight.  When one of the pilots in our area told us they used Phantoms for target practice my heart sunk 😒

Stuart

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That’s a beautiful collection of your work! Very nicely done!
 

 

 

I was at Oceana and watched a legacy flight with an F-18, P-51 and Phantom, what a wonderful sight.  When one of the pilots in our area told us they used Phantoms for target practice my heart sunk 😒
 

Unfortunately, that has been the fate of many post war fighters that were still flyable and not sold off to other nations since the ability to turn them into radio control drones was invented. They get turned into target drones and end up shot down in live fire exercises. Great experience for the shooters, but sad to think of the airframes lost.

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Thanks to everyone for the very kind words. I do love how the F-16 turned out (I put you guys through the wringer on that one) and the detail on the underside of the Mosquito makes it one of my favorites. The P-51 and Phantom though are planes I’ve been in love with since I can remember. When the pilot told me about the target practice that was the first time I had heard of it and I agree it is sad. 
 

BTW, I looked through the instructions for the Trumpeter Avenger last night and found out some significant research will be needed to paint the interior parts. I found the conversion chart for the brand/color of paint referenced but yikes!  No color chart at all?
 

Stuart

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Good afternoon all,

I wanted to post updated progress on the F-4E.  As you can see I had to fill the spaces at the top of wing/fuselage interface.  The space is nicely filled, I’m happy with the profile.  Any recommendations for smoothing out the excess just above and outside of the interface on the fuselage and wing?  I’m worried it is going to mess up the painted surface.

Stuart

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