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  1. J.A.S.D.F. F4 Phantoms

    Very nice of you to say so - thank you. As much as I love a grey Phantom or indeed any colour of Phantom, the different schemes used on the RF4s are a dream. Clearly the JASDF had enthusiasts in mind when they opted for the various paint jobs !
  2. Moody AFB Open House - the locals

    Terrific images and thanks for sharing! I love the Mustang with the two A10s. Was the base open to the public ahead of the show?
  3. J.A.S.D.F. F4 Phantoms

    Thank you all very much for the generous comments and compliments! They are very much appreciated and I'm glad you're enjoying them. I've got a few things on over the next several days but I'll look to post some more images once my time is freed up.
  4. Iruma J.A.S.D.F. Airshow and rehersal

    Cheers Martin, It was very nice to see them and the sun played its part perfectly by showing off the colour schemes at their best.
  5. Iruma J.A.S.D.F. Airshow and rehersal

    Thanks Simon, I found Japan to be a fascinating place and if variety is the spice of life then there is plenty of it in aircraft terms.
  6. Iruma J.A.S.D.F. Airshow and rehersal

    Cheers Robert - much appreciated. I have seen shots of US F16s in Korea and C17s in the US all start up and taxi down the runway in a show of strength which they call an elephant walk but to me there is something about the C1 that vaguely resembles and elephant. Maybe it's the chubby behind or more likely I'm clutching at straws. Either way it was great to witness. The Blue Impulse put on a very polished display and made a nice change from European teams.
  7. J.A.S.D.F. F4 Phantoms

    Those would look spectacular! I suspect like many of us I much prefer the camo varieties to the all grey versions.
  8. J.A.S.D.F. F4 Phantoms

    Oh my word, that is double doh! It rather puts my collection of around 50 Fujimi 1/72nd F4s in the shade.
  9. J.A.S.D.F. F4 Phantoms

    Many thanks - I was quite pleased with how they came out. I chopped off the nose from the first one which was very disappointing and therefore for the second ensured that I had zoomed out enough to catch the whole aircraft. Seeing the second one with 'burners on chasing after the first reminds me of the RAF's publicity shots of an F4 climbing out into the murk having been scrambled on an intercept.
  10. J.A.S.D.F. F4 Phantoms

    Thank you for all the complimentary comments and I'm pleased you're enjoying the shots. I particularly like the variety of colour schemes that adorn the RF's especially as there isn't that many of them and they all belong to one unit.
  11. Iruma J.A.S.D.F. Airshow and rehersal

    Cheers Mark, it was quite special and being able to see it from two locations was very nice. I think I fired off over 100 shots as they approached from head on and took off.
  12. J.A.S.D.F. F4 Phantoms

    I'm feeling one of those Homer Simpson "Doh!" moments coming on! I stopped going into the kit swap several years ago and now I'm seriously regretting it! Thanks for letting me know the likely source.
  13. Iruma J.A.S.D.F. Airshow and rehersal

    That sounds hilarious! By chance we met some fellow UK enthusiasts at Hyakuri prior to the show and who went inside. They made it to the crowd line but it was rather cramped. Having seen the elephant walk on the Monday I was tempted to go inside as much to experience the atmosphere as anything else but with the viewing position that we had to see the elephant walk for a second time then I have no regrets about staying outside.
  14. Iruma J.A.S.D.F. Airshow and rehersal

    I agree. Even at Hyakuri the grey F4s seemed very clean as do all of the T4s that I've seen not to mention the U125s and the executive jets which I guess you would kind of expect. It was a good show and I loved every minute of it. Not just the flying but the atmosphere around the fence and the friendliness of the locals. We gave away our step ladders at the end of the day which caused some initial bemusement and then smiles.
  15. J.A.S.D.F. F4 Phantoms

    Thank you Jinxman, very kind. Along with the tan and green RF4 the blue is a favourite of mine.