I was challenged recently by a very good friend to step out of my comfort zone and build a jet of some description. Now I have always liked the look of the Phantom, know nothing about them! Also heard very good things of Zoukei Mura so thought I would bite the bullet and jump in!
So much expenditure later we are here!!
Aircraft modelling is impressive and I have a lot of respect for those who can creat beautiful clean crisp works of art.........but I know nowt of how to model em, so this will most likely end up a pile of poop!
Looking the kit over its rather nice, along the lines of Tamiya quality, very nice detail, but the lack of seat belts was odd, thus the HGW efforts, wonder how much fun they will be, got to be easier than PE versions!
The office is the place to start apparently, that's now ready for paint, decals whichever proves the easiest option, and seat belts of course, now do I paint first and add belts or add belts before paint?
I'm guessing this is the wheel well?
And decided to give it a dry fit to see how it sits together in the fuselage
That is a cracking choice of a challenge fella.......everything looks hunky dory from here matey, as for pile of poop.....i don`t think so somehow, there are some excellent wingy builders on here that will be only to willing to help with any advice.........thankfully......i`m not one of `em
Looking forward it, Vlad! The "Sierra"-----last of the Navy's Rhinos. Love 'em.
"You watch the world exploding every single night Dancing in the sun a newborn in the light, Brothers and their fathers joining hands and make a chain The shadow of the Wicker Man is rising up again......" ------"The Wicker Man", by Iron Maiden
Vlad this looks excellent so far! Great fit and perfect assembly so far. Looks like you're meeting the challenge with flying colors!
As for your question: paint the cockpit first and then add the belts. That way the seat is already painted and you don't have to try and work the paint under the belts. Also, painting the rest of the cockpit won't cause you to break off the belts. If the belt attachments are P/E, I recommend something like Gator Grip Glue to attach them; CA can tend to bulk up around an attachment.
I tend to use decals on my instrument panels, but then I also build in a smaller scale. If the details are clear and detailed enough, feel free to paint them using a IP pic from the Rhino's cockpit. There are pics out there to use for reference.
Finally, yes, that is the wheel well under the cockpit as you suspected.
I hope all this helps. Hopefully a more experienced 1/48 scale aircraft builder will be along to give even better advice.
Nice start on this Bird Vlad. You'll enjoy this,I'm sure. I have the J version on the go from ZM,and it goes together quite well. Re the belts,I would stick them on once the seats have been painted,and before you install them in the 'pit.
Thank you all for the comments on this one guys, I have taken your advise regarding the application of seatbelts, they will be fitted after the seats have been coloured in!
So this is where i have now encountered a problem, not with the kit but with the Hataka paints I bought, I tried using them on the wheel wells, first off it didnt spray well at all!! then decided to dry superfast in my AB and was problematic to clean out! cheesed off would be an understatement!! so until I can source a different brand of paint with the correct colours....... she is parked up!
Expect this one to come back round at some point in the future!!
Bugger . Have you tried Vallejo? They have some paint sets for certain stuff and to be honest I like them. They a little getting used to, but after that they're fine. If you do go for them, you can thin them glas cleaner, never use IPA. Or you can get the Vallejo thinner and flow improver
Yes, tried Vallejo, don't mind them for some things, but tending to use more lacquer based paints these days, I find it gives a harder smoother finish. But with that said I will definitely keep them in mind due to ease of sourcing etc