Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn - Phinished 23/12

Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn - Phinished 23/12

Postby ArabJazzie on Tue 04 Oct 2011, 9:49 pm

Hi all,
Had internet problems over the weekend and batteries ran out on the camera so photos tomorrow to kick start my first build for this GB.

As i mentioned previously, i spent my phormative spotting years looking over the phence at Leuchars watching Phantoms of 43, 111 and later 64 sqn/228 OCU and have always wanted to replicate them. Having built 228s flagship XT900/CO in 1/48th, the next one is from the most recent boxings of the 1/72 Fujimi Phantom FG1 built OOB as XV574/Z of 111 sqn.

Sprue shots and start tomorrow.

Arabest,
Geoff.
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Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn

Postby ArabJazzie on Sat 08 Oct 2011, 2:45 pm

Hello again,
Well just what can i say about the best Spey Phantom available in 1/72? For me its the only game in town, this being 1 of 3 i have in the stash.

Decals are by Cartograf.
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Hope to get things started later today but probably no updates for a week or 2 as 4 Morrocan Texan IIs, and a pile of Orions are tempting me!
Arabest,
Geoff.
I work with Tommy the pilot!
ArabJazzie

Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn

Postby ArabJazzie on Thu 13 Oct 2011, 11:24 pm

A wee start for me with something i dont normally do!

The cockpit is wearing its decals, although i have a feeling they aint 100% accurate, but its a start for me anyway!

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Apart from that, a few bits have been fabricated to address a slight problem with the fit between the fuselage and wings to hopefully avoid filler. If i get time over the weekend, i should have something that looks like a Phantom on the table.
Arabest,
Geoff.
I work with Tommy the pilot!
ArabJazzie

Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn

Postby Deacon on Fri 14 Oct 2011, 7:54 pm

Good start Geoff. :clap:

Alan
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Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn

Postby Craig on Sat 15 Oct 2011, 10:41 am

Looknig good! :clap:
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Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn

Postby ArabJazzie on Fri 21 Oct 2011, 11:27 pm

Hi all,
A wee bit further on with this and should be able to throw some paint at it very soon! This was the state of play earlier this evening.

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Having built my fair share of these, i knew some of the pitfalls with it. Dry fitting found the usual gap at the wing root so out came the spare sprue to gap out just behind the intakes. Still to be dealt with are 2 sink marks just in front of the auxiliary doors near the engine exhausts plus the usual issue with the intakes not being quite 100%. I seem to remember a step on the panel that contains the nose gear bay but this time it just needs a bit of blending.

Hope to have another update tomorrow.
Arabest,
Geoff.
I work with Tommy the pilot!
ArabJazzie

Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn

Postby ArabJazzie on Wed 09 Nov 2011, 10:21 pm

Hello again people,
Been pottering along with this one and have managed to address some of the problem areas with this kit. Nothing too much to cause problems but a bit annoying to deal with because of the curves in some places! The intakes on the nose were a right pain as all they were on the sprue was a block of slightly shaped plastic that had to be adjusted to suit. Think ive done a no bad job of them though. :dunno:

So it was into the spray booth with 3 others and out with the primer earlier tonight and made it to this stage.

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More paint over the next 2 days as im off and fingers crossed for a finish soon.
Arabest,
Geoff.
I work with Tommy the pilot!
ArabJazzie

Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn

Postby Deacon on Thu 10 Nov 2011, 1:33 pm

Nice canvas for the fun to start. :clap:

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Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn

Postby ArabJazzie on Sun 13 Nov 2011, 11:33 pm

Deacon wrote:Nice canvas for the fun to start. :clap:

Alan

Hello again,
Well after battling the airbrush over the last few days, i managed to get some paint on another 2 Spits, a SpitHawk and this. Mostly used Xtracrylics but found the greys to be a bit prone to blocking the nozzle. Got there in the end after the Humbrol MSG didnt look right, resprayed with XA, a couple of touch ups and painting the engine area by hand.

Sadly i cant say the same of the F-16 for the other GB, the wing problem is putting me off!!! Anyway here are some pics.

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Now i need to paint the metal panels on the tails, future, decals, cut up the main gear doors, assemble and fit the u/c and it should be finished. But not till next weekend!
Arabest,
Geoff.
PS, Just purchased another of the boxing that Deacon is building! Wont be built as an FG1 though!
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Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn

Postby Craig on Thu 17 Nov 2011, 12:36 am

Very nice! Lovely sharp spray job, very nice indeed!
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Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn

Postby Deacon on Fri 18 Nov 2011, 2:19 pm

Beautiful Geoff. As Craig said, very sharp. :clap:

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Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn

Postby ArabJazzie on Mon 21 Nov 2011, 11:35 pm

Cheers chaps,
As we are over half way now, i hope to be finished this soon and be able to spend more time on the F-16. I have now started the decals and managed to get to this stage with the help of Micro Sol and Set.

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More of the detail decals to come but im not 100% happy with the roundels as they stand out a bit.
Arabest,
Geoff.
I work with Tommy the pilot!
ArabJazzie

Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn

Postby Unknown74 on Tue 22 Nov 2011, 11:47 am

Given the chance I take it you'll be hoping to do XV571 'A' of 43 Sqdn if the chance comes about? In whatever scale is available.
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Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn

Postby Craig on Wed 23 Nov 2011, 11:29 pm

Looks good mate! Roundels look good to me, would think they'd be fine after Klear and matting down?
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Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn

Postby Mr Flibble on Thu 24 Nov 2011, 12:28 pm

Looking good, Geoff - nice finish on the black spine.
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Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn

Postby ArabJazzie on Fri 02 Dec 2011, 1:38 am

Thanks for all the comments chaps.

Managed a wee bit more on this over the last few days after recovering from the dreaded manflu! I really hate putting on all the small stencil decals but i am pushing on. I am even brave enough to say that i may have more bits on it by Sunday.

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Arabest,
Geoff.
I work with Tommy the pilot!
ArabJazzie

Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn

Postby ArabJazzie on Sun 11 Dec 2011, 4:56 pm

Hi again,
Didnt get the time to push on with this but last night managed to get as many stencils on as i was happy with.

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But sat down at the table today, lost the centre canopy part so had to recover one from a stalled build. Then all the other parts just seemed to fall into place and got to here. One bit of a problem was with the rubber tyres. I couldnt understand why the ones in the box were too big for the hubs. It then dawned on me it was a set from a Tomcat i had lost a few years ago! :facepalm:

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So a final push over the next week should have me an easy life by next weekend!
Arabest,
Geoff.
I work with Tommy the pilot!
ArabJazzie

Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn

Postby Deacon on Sun 11 Dec 2011, 5:13 pm

This is looking superb Geoff. :clap: :clap:

Made me chuckle over the mistake with the Tomcat tyres. :grin:

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Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn

Postby Craig on Thu 15 Dec 2011, 9:32 pm

Looks Phantastic mate! :biggrin:
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Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn

Postby ArabJazzie on Fri 23 Dec 2011, 11:15 pm

Hi all,
Well its to the stage i want it at so here is XV574/Z of 111 squadron at Leuchars.

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More in the Phinished section. The original plan was to build another one but ive been enjoying other builds so more of that later.
Arabest,
Geoff.
I work with Tommy the pilot!
ArabJazzie

Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn - Phinished 23/12

Postby Deacon on Sat 24 Dec 2011, 12:52 am

Well done Geoff, really nice build mate. :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn - Phinished 23/12

Postby Craig on Tue 03 Jan 2012, 8:50 pm

Lovely! 111 Sqn markings really do look bang on :cool:
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Re: Phantom GB - Zulu of 111sqn - Phinished 23/12

Postby Prime77 on Wed 11 Jan 2012, 3:52 pm

That is a really tidy build Geoff.

You should be really proud of that one. :clap:
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Matt
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