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Default Academy 1/48 F-4C, Col Olds

I just started into this over the weekend. Looks to be a nice kit...though some of the assembly sequence is a bit questionable.

It starts with the cockpit as usual and then the NLG wheel well assembly...where I immediately knocked the NLG door actuator rod loose. Luckily it landed on the work bench and is in stowage until the final assembly sequence.



I shot the tub gray and masked the console and instrument panels for dark gray paint. This is kind of a tedious process, but I find it easier and more relaxing than painting the instrument casings individually with a fine tip brush...I can never get them sharp enough. Masking them off and shooting them with a thin layer of paint looks much nicer in the end.



The sidewalls, surprisingly enough, have no detail provided. I dug into the spares box for some circuit breaker panels and boxes to busy up the sides.



While all that mess was drying, I cleaned up the fuselage assembly. I love how Academy broke down the parts on this kit, no centerline seam to clean up. However, the refueling door panel area needed a little fillling and seams removed. I used plastic card to fill one seam, and CA glue the others. Prior to sanding on it I "back braced" the panel so that it wouldn't crack or break free during the process.

When all was said and done, I re-scribed panel lines and re-riveted lost rivet detail with my "Rivet-R".





The steps following the cockpit assembly takes you to assembling the MLG wheel wells and main strut installation. I don't like the sound of that last part, but after dry fitting and looking things over, I really find no alternative but to go along for the ride and just be cautious of those MLG struts from then on out.
I do like the way the struts fit into the assembly, very solid and uncompromising alignment. Here they are assembled but unpainted;



Along with the lower wing and MLG wells being joined, they have you getting the exhaust and intakes attached as well. I got the intakes together and glued in place, as well as the exhaust. Through dry fitting, I found that I can glue the exhausts in place during final assembly and not have to worry about having them in the way during painting;



Finally, it was time to get back to the cockpit. This is about where she sits at the moment...masking removed and ready for a dry brushing, detail painting, and a wash;

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Nice progress. I'm looking forward to the end result, going by the SHAR you built recently, this Phantom will be a good 'un too.
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Default Cockpit details

Whitey,

I'm building the Academy N right now and was shocked not to see any sidewall detail as well. I had an old Blackbox F-4B cockpit, which has more than enough detail. I was able to chop up the side pieces and got them to fit without too much of a hassle. Check it out if it isn't too late.

I just read this thread for the first time and couldn't help but hear a thick Boston accent in my head.

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Work looks good so far. I'll be watching this one

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...where I immediately knocked the NLG door actuator rod loose. Luckily it landed on the work bench and is in stowage until the final assembly sequence.
I did the same on a B model I'm working on. I wish they had engineered the assembly different. At least I'll know better on a future build.
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Whitey,

I'm building the Academy N right now and was shocked not to see any sidewall detail as well. I had an old Blackbox F-4B cockpit, which has more than enough detail. I was able to chop up the side pieces and got them to fit without too much of a hassle. Check it out if it isn't too late.

I just read this thread for the first time and couldn't help but hear a thick Boston accent in my head.

Chris
Haaa...haaa...thanks dude.

Yeah, nice kit but not sure why they left the side walls empty. Oh well.

I'm still idling on with the project...last few weeks have been busy with graduations and the Warbirds airshow down in VA. No big plans for the holiday weekend (other than raising a glass to the fallen) so I should get the cockpit done and some major assemblies put together.
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