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This week, on "This Old Phantom II"...

Hello everyone! I hope this finds you and yours in good health and spirits this week!

So, it's been a couple weeks since I've posted any progress on the RF-4C project I;m working on to benefit the East Mississippi Veterans Memorial Foundation. I'd like to say my progress was a bit more striking, and something you could readily see. Right now I'm working on correcting any shape errors I can find and getting the 3D mesh ready to "unwrap". This is the time to make sure everything is "A-Okay". Any mistakes I catch later would mean a total re-do of the texture mapping, which is very time consuming and oh-so-not-fun. But, we're an easy trot to home plate now with just a few more tweaks.

McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II

One of the things I did this week was adjusting the angle of the engine exhausts. I had then nearly vertical. I think this looks more correct now. While I was back there I remodeled the exhaust nozzles a bit because I really didn't care for how the first pair turned out. These will bear a bit more work, but I'm nearly happy with them now.

McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II

I also took time to make adjustments to the arrestor hook and the way the parts of the plane surrounding the engine exhaust nozzles blend into the bottom of the fuselage. It's a bit difficult to see, but the shape is better, and smoother, where it joins with the fuselage. I also had to rework the bottom of the plane a bit afterward to make everything smooth out down there (it's kind of like buying curtains, then deciding you need new carpeting to match... Ha!) You may notice that I added three more camera bay windows in the nose of the plane. In addition, I made the landing gear lights which you'd see on the leading nose gear door. Those will be more evident once the plane is fully painted/textured.

McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II

And a center line fuel tank. Not totally happy with that one. It looks too similar to wing tanks. I'll remodel this and turn it into a 600 gallon fuel tank soon. The cockpit details are looking all the business, aren't they? Now all we need is a pilot and a WSO for the back seat.  I'll be working on rigging them into the cockpit soon!

So, it's moving along and nearly ready to be painted! I'm psyched!

McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II

With that I'll close. I hope this week will be kind to everyone. I'm certain only good things are ahead! Until next time my wish is for all of you to have a safe and healthy week. Take care!


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