I will never understand what took the manufacturers so long in 1/48th scale for such a ubiquitous aircraft . Essentially all we've had are the ancient (but OK) Monogram and Hasegawa early phantoms. I am looking forward to the F4C model to build the type I worked on at RAF Bentwaters in the late 60s. Hurray for Academy, no scribing, sanding, filling, etc. (well not much comparatively).
The one that has the burner cans. Looks like it's been chemically blackened, but there are spots of bare copper showing. And from the looks of the mold the afterburner sections are slide molded (they're right on the edge) so they'll be one-piece with no seam. This looks like it'll be a neat kit, I just hope they get the basic shapes right.
Jim Atkins (Login jimatkins) HyperScale Forums 184.108.40.206
Saw this done- scared the hell out of me.
August 6 2012, 5:17 PM
Worked in a small shop making precision electronic housings and dental stuff. Next door was a moldmaking shop. They had an EDM setup. Very impressive, and this was a relatively tiny one. I remember seeing graphite electrodes for machining.
Twentynine Palms CA
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx
F-4N's during Eagle Claw. Pretty sure I've seen at least one pic of a VMFA-531 F-4N with Limas on board, probably the earliest pics I've seen of them operational. Yeah, I know it;s not a B, but it shows the family did carry them, so it's not beyond the realms (but along with the other options it DOES point to a family). Now for the real question. . why on earth do the catapault hook points as separate parts on a B wing?
That's the *only* way a new tool F-4B makes any sense
August 6 2012, 6:39 PM
If they're planning a whole new F-4 family. Doing a single-use tool for a 1/48 F-4B is utterly suicidal economically. If they do a bang-up job on it, and it's the basis for a whole new family of accurate (and it better be a sight better than Hasegawa's) F-4 family, then it makes sense.
But come to think of it, what other F-4 variant regularly carried the AIM-9L/M?
Maybe a little more respect for Tamiya-san is in order?
August 7 2012, 11:14 AM
Tamiya-san (Mr. Tamiya-san is like saying "Mr. Mr. Tamiya") is Japanese, not a bit player in a Charlie Chan movie. The Seiran at Udvar Hazy wouldn't be sitting there looking like it does now without Tamiya-san's money, so a bit of respect might be in order.
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