Tamiya F-4EJ model kit in 1/32 scale
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[ Step 28 ]
The whole model was checked for small gaps and puttied. The cockpit openings were closed with Scotch tape. Adding putty in areas, fill up any gaps and flaws. You can remove putty with nail polish remover without damaging the surfaces as no sanding is needed. Only in areas where you need some "built-up" putty, sanding is appropriate.
of the putty and polishing the model, it was given a light grey base coat.
This revealed eg. that the intake splitter plates needed some extra filler
as seen below...
[ Steps 29 +
30 ] Wing tips
Please note that the "tilt angle"
as moulded on the wing tip of the Tamiya kit is much too large! It
should be 13 degrees and not 24 degrees ! This was corrected with the reduced
angle. Some sanding and work is needed to fill up the resulting gap. Also
putty is needed.
These tip corrections will vastly
improve the look of the F-4 model.
[ Step 20 ]
[ Step 21 ] Lower fuselage area
The wheelbays were detailed with sprue and rod as the kit bays are a bit bare.
Also, the nose wheel bay on a real F-4 has quite some tubing and wiring! Seen here are the added details. The nose leg was fitted first before adding details.
[ Step 33 ] Canopies
The kit canopy frames would greatly benefit from adding details and the Eduard set comes in handy here. take care when removing the transparant parts from their sprues! Use a fine razor saw.
Note that F-4 has mirrors fitted inside the canopies.
Now, the entire model was given again of light grey coat (Humbrol 127) with the airbrush to get a smooth surface.
This shows that the finish is OK now.
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August 4, 2007