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Whirlybird F-4 Phantom family

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During one of my frequent mind trip for a "new project" (and the consequence waste of money) I realize the need of a F-4C Phantom.

Obviously an hard-to-find/out of production/expensive kit, as usual. In this case the category is "expensive".

Before spend 30+ euros, does anybody have an idea as good are these Whirlybird phantoms? I can't find any photos.
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They are excellent. You won’t be disappointed.

I haven’t yet built mine but they are very well cast with lots of very fine detail and a photo etch set. Decals are good too - lots of choices for the C. Vacform canopies. I can’t remember about weapons. Shape I believe is good.

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The masters were based on the LS kit with the nose modified to the earlier style. It's good but we still need a lot in plastic.
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ajmm wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:17
They are excellent. You won’t be disappointed.

I haven’t yet built mine but they are very well cast with lots of very fine detail and a photo etch set. Decals are good too - lots of choices for the C. Vacform canopies. I can’t remember about weapons. Shape I believe is good.
Thank you very much for the infos. If you would like to show us some photos of the kit I think it can be useful for the forum users.
BigReg wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:22
The masters were based on the LS kit with the nose modified to the earlier style. It's good but we still need a lot in plastic.
David
Don't mind, David. A week later than I bought the kit, someone will announce a new one in plastic. It happened several times with my purchases.

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Here are some pictures of the parts, including a comparison of the wings and fuselage of the LS kit for comparison.

I haven't included the decals. Mine are for the F4J(UK) and are very good indeed.

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Thank you very much David you're very kind! Well after this comparison I think I must give a second chance at the LS model. It's not so bad. But probably they don't have the C version.

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It's not a difficult conversion. Just chop off the nose and add the radome off a J. I have made casts I resin for mine.
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BigReg wrote:
Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:24
It's not a difficult conversion. Just chop off the nose and add the radome off a J. I have made casts I resin for mine.
David
Did you address the difference in the engine exhausts between the F-4C/D (J79-GE-15) and F-4E (J79-GE-17)?
The engine exhausts on the F-4C/D are shorter than on the F-4E.

I have a "Lilliput Air Force" F-4 short nose conversion for the LS F-4E kit but he did not supply the engine exhaust corrections for the F-4B/N, F-4C/D variants.
http://www1.odn.ne.jp/citropen-cafe/lil ... tml#resins

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Hi Joel. Not really I just shortened the F4E cans. Close enough for that project.
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BigReg wrote:
Fri Jul 17, 2020 22:42
Hi Joel. Not really I just shortened the F4E cans. Close enough for that project.
David
I can see that would be close enough. I will have to give it a try.
I want to do a USMC F-4B using the LS F-4E kit and the "Lilliput Air Force" conversion. Want to load it up with Heroes Models LAU-10 Zuni rocket pods and MK82 Snakeye bombs.
Got some OzMod napalm cans to add too.
Pity that Platz/F-Toys have not got around to releasing the F-4C/D Combo liked they did with their F-4E and F-4J,
Thanks for the reply,
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