Back in the saddle again

After a mostly build-less first quarter I am back to building.  I’ve been working on an Monogram F-4D Phantom that I started many moons ago.

A ways back (before I can remember) I decided to build a Monogram F-4 with a KMC cockpit designed for a Hasegawa kit.  I started by rescribing the fuselage.  As mentioned previously I don’t know what it is that draws me to Monogram kits with raised panel lines and causes me to want to rescribe (when I can by perfectly good kits from other manufactures with etched panel lines).

For those of you in the know, the Monogram kit’s cockpit has the seats integrated into the molds so there has been a lot of hacking of cockpit out of the monogram kit to make the KMC fit.  But I’m getting there!

That coupled with the problem that the Monogram front wheel-well is integral to the bottom of the fuselage and lower wing meant I had to do a bit of carving, filing, and plastic/resin removal to make it all fit.

The KMC set is sweet!  Here are some initial pictures of the cockpit so far.  Still some more detail painting and highlighting and clean-up to be done.


Ah, good to be back!