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Academy F-4B sprues & Work In Progress

New Academy 1/48 F-4B

Well, and here it is. For the last 7 to 8 weeks in a row, 1 of our most visited pages (followed by the Trumpeter 1/200 Bismarck) has been the Academy 1/48 Phantom F-4B. I’m pleased to announce the pictures of the sprues. They are in a large size format so you can enjoy them better. This page will not only showcase the pictures of the sprues for the Academy F-4B, it will also feature its work in progress which will start this week.

If you are subscribed to our newsletter, you will only receive one notice. This same page will be updated but you will not receive notifications via emails with each work in progress update. My suggestion, bookmark this page and come back often. I will do my best to have a daily update by 7PM CMT.

I want to express my sincere thanks to Paul over at Hub Hobby in Richfield, MN for hooking me up with this kit.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

You can see the finished Academy F-4B model here.

 

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Another week, another update. Here are some pictures of some of the sub assemblies made to the Academy F-4B during the last few days. At the time I’m posting this, the model is currently on the final stages of decals and stencils. All sub assemblies have been coming together very nice until I found a gap on the wing to fuselage front section (see pictures below). No big deal, it was quickly fixed with A+B Epoxy and 30 minutes later I was touching up the area with paint.

As you can see on the pictures, there are clamps used to hold the intake covers. I found no major fit issues on this area but at least on my copy clamps were needed to hold the pieces in place until the cement had dried. The clamps will help give the covers a little bit of concave shape while the cement sets.

Stick around for the last installment of this build hopefully by the end of this week.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It was said and it was done!
The upper fuselage fits the lower fuselage with absolutely no problems whatsoever. Based on the initial dry fit test, I concluded that as the Tamiya 1/32 Phantom II, both fuselage halves would be painted in their respective colors separate and then assembled together.

This saves a lot of time and masking tape and you can see the fit quality on the picture below. There will be some minor masking, but only to create a soft demarcation between the white and Gull Gray. It will be done at low pressure with my AZTEK airbrush, so this wont be a messy step.

Both halves were glued together from the inside using Tamiya Extra Thin Cement with a Touch-N-Flow needle. The Touch-N-Flow (needle only), was the best $6 I ever spent in this hobby 😉

This doesn’t seem like a big update on this build. But only in pictures. There are sub-assemblies around my studio that have been painted already. Once I put them altogether, this kit will be on its feet soon.

Cheers!

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Another day, another update on the 1/48th Academy F-4B Phantom. The pictures don’t show a ”considerable” progress. I’ve been working on this model kit skipping some assembly steps and going back and forth thru them. The well wells have been painted with Tamiya XF-2 Flat White from the inside so when they get painted from the outside nooks and crannies get evenly coated.

Since I have to use clear gloss to protect the base paint from the enamel wash, there is no point in painting the wells gloss white. No point from the premise that flat colors stick stronger to the surface and dries faster.  The lower fuselage sub-assembly is comprised of 2 parts, B-1 and F-40. There are no support tabs from the inside on either parts. Considering the size of these parts, there is little glue surface which can be a potential headache during final assembly. As you can see on the red arrows, I did used .010 styrene stock from Evergreen to reinforce that area.

So far, this model kit has been a pleasure to work with. Dry fit tests shows outstanding fit to the point that I’m considering painting the lower fuselage separated from the top one. That’s the way I did it with the Tamiya F-4J 1/32. I have not found any issues with parts misalignment or poor/fair fit.

Sponsored or or not, I’m not here to sugar coat any build.  This kit so far has been a dream build. I found the hard way that I shouldn’t have committed the ejection seats with glue to the cockpit tub. There is some advice about it on the instructions. My mistake.

Stay tuned folks!

 

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Here is my first update on the Academy 1/48 F-4B.  The cockpit tub is very simple on the kit but it comes to life via detail panels. For the tub I did used Model Master Acryl Green Zinc Chromate as a base color. It was followed by a coat of AK Interactive Worn Effects fluid (AK-088), which shortly after received the final coat of Acryl Dark Gull Gray.  Then some scrapping with a toothbrush was done on the high traffic areas revealing some wear and tear.

On the real Phantom cockpit, there isn’t a lot of colors around the control panels. But to break that monotone, I painted knobs and switches with a toothpick using flat enamel red, yellow and white using the classic Testors square bottles.

The ejection seats are very nice in my personal opinion. They have nice surface detail on the side panels of the seat, however they look quite bland without seat belts and harnesses.  For the price of this kit and overall quality, I believe that a small fret of photo etched seat belts wouldn’t hurt. What you see on the ejection seats is not dry-brushing but rather a home made white artist oil wash.

I usually use seated pilots, either display the model cockpit closed or both. Not this time! I had in my spare box some lead foil from Verlinden. I also had a brand new set of 1:43 seat belt buckles also from Verlinden (0065). They might not be the same exact ones but hey, it is better than nothing 😉

Questions or comments are more than welcome below.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

At the risk of sounding overly exited, the new Academy F-4B features beautiful surface detail, extra nose cones and Academy went the whole nine yards with the provided ordnance. If you have ever built a 1/32 Tamiya jet model, like the Phantom F-4J, you will feel at home detail wise and molding quality.

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George Collazo
George Collazo
George has been hosting review sites and blogging about toy collectibles, travel, digital photography and Nikon digital imaging since 1998. His first model kit build was a Testors 1/35 DODGE WC-54 in 1984.
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