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Cold War (1950-1974)
Discuss the aircraft modeling subjects during the Cold War period.
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F4 phantom-sundowner
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Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 09:12 AM UTC
Its been quite a while since i have done any aircraft, especially a jet powered aircraft. I actually won this kit in a raffle at a model show. i upgraded the cockpit to a resin cockpit, which didnt fit quite the best, so i had to do some persuasion to making it fit, and then had to alter the front landing gear bay to make everything work.
Not too many pictures, but here ya go. P.S. the worst part is the amount of decals...something like 400+




Joel_W
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Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 08:40 PM UTC
Jessie
Nicely done. Just the right amount of weathering for a well maintained, operational aircraft.

I also built the Academy 1/48 scale F4-B Sundowner when it 1st came out. Great kit. Took almost 10 days to put on all those stencils.

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 09:11 PM UTC
the decals were the worst part, other than trying to fit the cockpit
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Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 11:38 PM UTC

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the decals were the worst part, other than trying to fit the cockpit



Jesse,
the decals if I remember correctly were by Cartograf, while the stencils were done in house. I did kind of cheat and cut the tail decal into 3 pcs.

It's the end results that count, and your Sundowner looks great.

joel
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Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:19 AM UTC
hindsight says i should have cut the tail decal, but i didnt. it went on pretty good actually. significantly better than i expected
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Posted: Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 02:11 AM UTC

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hindsight says i should have cut the tail decal, but i didnt. it went on pretty good actually. significantly better than i expected



Jesse,
Then what issues did you have with the Cartograf decals?
Joel
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Posted: Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 03:08 AM UTC

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hindsight says i should have cut the tail decal, but i didnt. it went on pretty good actually. significantly better than i expected



Jesse,
Then what issues did you have with the Cartograf decals?
Joel



i didnt really have any issues, but there is just so many of them. the tail decal, just because sheer size, was nerveracking, but i didnt really have any problems with it.
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Posted: Friday, March 02, 2018 - 03:47 AM UTC

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hindsight says i should have cut the tail decal, but i didnt. it went on pretty good actually. significantly better than i expected



Jesse,
Then what issues did you have with the Cartograf decals?
Joel



i didnt really have any issues, but there is just so many of them. the tail decal, just because sheer size, was nerveracking, but i didnt really have any problems with it.



Jesse,
That's good to hear. It took me what seemed like forever to get 90%+ of the stencils on.
Joel
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Posted: Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:48 AM UTC
it definately helped define my love for decals, or the lack thereof