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  1. Hasegawa's F-4s have been around for a while now, but I think they are still beautiful kits. I'm building mine with an Aires cockpit and exhaust set. I also have a Wolfpack nose correction set for the EJ variant. I'm still undecided on the color scheme. Tempted to finish it as a colorful 'Okinawa Phantom', but it might end up as a simple low viz bird. I really enjoyed working on the Aires pit. This is my first resin cokcpit set. Painted with Tamiya acrylics followed by an dark oil wash. Unfortunately most of this will be hidden once in place. Exhausts More to come (hopefully). Thanks for looking.
  2. The 1/48th McDD F-4B Phantom II announced by Academy (ref.12232) should be out for the third quarter of 2012. Source academy homepage: http://www.academy.c...i...&pCode=4918 V.P.
  3. I'm sure there are a few F-4 lovers out there. I have posted these elsewhere. ..... Martin
  4. Hi, There is a lot of knowledge about the Spey Phantom on this site, some of it from people who actually worked on them in service. I thought I would start this thread to pick people's brains and allow others to learn a bit too. To kick off I'm keen to learn more about dummy Sparrows... I have read that the Spey Phantoms carried dummy Sparrows in the forward bays: "...as fuel was used, in fact the F-4K/M became dangerously close to having a C of G problem in certain conditions" The thing is I cannot seem to find any pictures of early FG.1 with them, and frequently these aircraft in RN service have empty bays. Was it only really an issue later, or with the RAF preferring wing tanks. Was this partly off set by the FAA preference for the centre tank. Was this why the RN preferred the centre tank. (Did they even or is that another dubious fact?) I am having to collate info from various sources to jump to these scanty assumptions and if someone hands on would like to correct me I would be delighted. Not just from a modelling point of view (no Spey Phantom will ever have a C of G problem now sadly) but more to improve my knowledge of what is rapidly becoming my favourite aircraft. Thanks.
  5. F-4 Armaments Set 1:72 Eduard Brassin This set from the Brassin arm of Eduard seems to offer a one stop shop to tool out you 1/72 F-4 with missiles and dumb bombs. The set offers 4 Sidewinder AIM-9B, 4 Sparrow AIM-7E and 18 Mk.82 bombs. The sidewinders have the rear fins moulded on and the front ones as photo-etch. The Sparrows have the rear fins moulded on, with the front ones in resin. Both missiles have photo-etch exhaust parts. The bombs have three types of fuse each all in resin. The parts are all upto Eduard's usual standard, with crisp castings and should pose no problems. Full decals are provided for the missiles & bombs. Although for the F-4, many other aircraft carried these weapons. Conclusion This is a great weapons package from Eduard. These parts should enhance any F-4, or other kit you can think of. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Hi everybody; after a couple of propeller builds, here I am back to a jet, and in 1/72! A few words to introduce this project: almost one year ago, I started the build of a Hasegawa 1/72 F-4 J Phantom II, this one: It was my first serious venture in 1/72 scale, and was a lot of fun. I learnt a lot from all the people who followed that WIP, and one in particular is Gene K; former USAF F4 pilot, he has been very helpful both in terms of technical info on the AC and in terms of modelling tips. Long story short, we became friends an I offered him, as a sort of way to thank him for the great help and as a tribute to his career, to build a model of one of the F4-s he has actually flown. He suggested the subject of this build, and not only that: he has actually donated me the two kits I'll be using for this, plus a lot of extras. Basically, following Gene's guidance, I'm going to modify an F-4 J Hase kit to become an F-4C, with the addition of parts coming from the greatly detailed MONOGRAM kit and a few aftermarkets (and some scratch building, of course ). This thread is going to be co-hosted together with Gene, and we'll go into more details in the next few posts. For now, what I have is: a completely cleared workbench (that is something totally new for me ) the kits Hasegawa parts to be added/modified: Nose sensor Stabs Seamless intakes, Gene's patented method Monogram parts: Tanks, pilons, gunpod etc Speed brakes and arrest hook Cockpit (amazing detail for a 1/72 injected kit!!!) Pilots!! One half fuselage has already been "treated" by Gene prior to sending me the kits, as an example to follow. He has also noted indications on the kit plastic Aftermarkets: Specific decals Stencils; these have been donated by another friend, Silvano (Phantom61 here on BM) AC Profile and most important thing: Now Gene will go into more detail about the project and the aircraft. Enjoy! Ciao
  7. WUT? test build: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/blog/160511 parts: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10358199
  8. In watching giemme's WIP of a 1/72 F-4C, I've been adding some info on the F-4, at least as I knew it in the 1980s. Sometimes I get carried away and can kill a thread with too much extraneous information, so this topic is to relate some info that giemme's thread has brought to the front of my little brain without dragging his thread way off course. The 6510th Test Wing at Edwards AFB maintained a relatively large fleet of F-4 variants for flight test support: RF-4Es for the USAF Test Pilot School curriculum, an F-4D used a a "Pacer" aircraft for pitot static calibration flights of other test aircraft, and a flight of F-4Es for the Cruise Missile safety chase mission. All of the F-4s were fair game for use as safety or photo chase missions against F-15s, F-16s, B-1s, etc. They were also used as radar targets for F-15s and F-16s, sometimes carrying electronic threat simulator pads such as ALQ-188 variants. Cruise missile chase was a rather unique mission... The Air Force Flight Test Center inherited a flight of early model F-4Es when the Thunderbirds gave up their Phantoms in favor of T-38s because of the 1970s oil "crisis". These aircraft had several modifications that would have to be removed to turn them over to operational units. It was just easier to turn them over to Air Force Systems Command, which was used to operating modified and odd-ball aircraft. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-0319%206512ts%2019840730%20cr_zpscgfnm7hu.jpg The long-range missions would consist of up to six F-4s and a KC-135 tanker. The first chase pair would meet the launch B-52 near the launch point (ALCM) or orbit the submarine launch point (SLCM) in the Pacific. The tanker and other chase aircraft would loiter at points along the intended missile path to the impact or recovery location. The F-4s would follow the missile as it went through its paces, when fuel would become low, they would radio for the next pair to rendezvous and pick up the chase, once the new pair were chasing the missile, the relieved pair would head for the tanker, this tag-team act would continue until the missile crashed, was "terminated", or impacted on the range target. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-0377ALCMchase.jpg Take-off http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-0377%206512ts%2019850528%2013_zpskskyo79i.jpg The upper wing surfaces were painted white to facilitate finding the team chasing the missile waiting to be relieved, since most of the chase was as low-level and the air refueling and loitering was done at around 25,000 ft. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-0377%20850518%206512ts%2018_zpshycxr9ro.jpg Note that the white extended below the wing leading edge. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-0289%206512ts%2019840831_zpsltx8heyq.jpg Note '289 sports a small grey deer silhouette on the splitter plate. Denotes a "kill" after hitting a deer on landing at Eglin AFB while on a cross country mission. For a while, the aircraft had the legend "DEER SLAYER" on the cannon fairing in two-inch high black letters. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-02896512ts84083106.jpg Over the mines near Boron CA http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-03298407286512ts.jpg Returning from Dugway http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-0289%206512ts%2019840831%2014_zps1j4xom5q.jpg Final approach in the lead http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-0289%206512ts%2019840831%2012_zpshopgrhsv.jpg Final approach on the wing after a training mission (no external tanks) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-0284%206512ts%20850124%2037_zpslrcbl2sb.jpg roll-out http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/Phantomtoo/TestOps/66-0319%206512ts%2019850121%2023_zpslmbiqn83.jpg Sven
  9. Currently in progress after being rescued from the shelf of doom is a Tamiya F-4J. I bought the kit in around 2001 and it has been around a bit, started in Germany, then to Africa, then Borneo, back to Germany and now down under. The Black Box (now Avionix) pit was originally painted with enamels, but I was not happy with the finish, so it has been stripped back down and restarted using Gunze and oils. Currently I am finishing off some detailing work on it before it receives a gloss coat, a detail wash and then matt coat to complete. The intention is to finish it as either an F-4J or F-4S in one of the Heater-Ferris schemes.
  10. Rockin' Rhino upgrade set - For Eduard Kit 1:48 Eduard This two brass fret set is for the new kit from Eduard. The set contains Cockpit coamings, interior details for all wheel wells, inside faces of the gear doors, sissor links & brakes lines for the landing gear, end plates and inside sections for all canopies + mirrors, sparrow and side winder missile ends, fuel tank fillers, and bomb fuses. Recommended to bring an already excellent kit up a notch. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Source: http://www.academy.co.kr/6q/board_news_main.asp?pMenuId=BOARD00002&pCode=6225 For its home market Academy has just released a ROKAF F-4D version (ref. 12300) from its recent McDD F-4C Phantom II USAF Vietnam War. This boxing is already available at various Korean ebay sellers. http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_from=R40&_nkw=1%2F48+F-4D+Academy&LH_PrefLoc=2 V.P.
  12. Hello! As a late christmas gift, let me introduce my finished F-4ETM. Actually its done for a while, but I had no time to shot some almost good pics and write this text, thanks for my exterminations examinations. Whatever... Some of them made with and without flashlight, I can not decide which tone is closer to the real.
  13. Goood evening ppl! My brand new project is this Turkish ETM Phantom. While I waiting for get the correct color for my Sparviero I started something different. As can be seen on the photo, I going to use the HDL's decal sheet. I was thinking about buying a resin cockpit and ome whatever but I guess that'll do for a good and quick joybuild. I want to build this one: My plan is to load it to the maximum. What is for sure is the two underwing droptanks and four AIM-9 on the underwing pylons and I am thinking about to put on the centerline frop tank and two or four Sparrows. Three drop tanks and eight AAMs imposing, isn't? As I see they useing the same drop tanks, that the Revell includes. Anyway the quality of the moulds remembers me to the old Heller and Kovozávody Prostějov kits... And so on. Flush everywhere. I dont know what happened to the Revell. Anyway fits well thanks God.
  14. Eduard is to rebox, as Limited Edition release, the Academy 1/48th McDD F-4B Phantom II as "Good Morning Da Nang" - ref.1186 - and as "Phantom Bicentennia" with Brassin resin adds on, HGW fabric seatbelts and Furball decals. Academy new 1/48th F-4C and F-4D will follow. Source: http://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/InfoEduard/archive/2014/info-eduard-2014-01EN.pdf Box art? Anyway Vietnam era VF-84 F-4B markings were different. See here: http://www.almansur.com/jollyrogers/phantombones Looks like a F-4B with VF-84 F-4J markings... V.P.
  15. Having recently built an Academy F-4EJ (same kit) I know the failings of this kit before I begin, this should make it easier to plan ahead and correct things before assembly. One of the major things I need to do it rescribe the entire kit as it has a mixture of raised and very lightly engraved lines. I havent decided which decals to use yet. I have the supplied Revell decals but I also have the spare decals from the Academy kit.
  16. Hi all. I like to go berserk this year and start a new GB every month or so in the attemp to finish more than a handful of kits with so-so success till now. Out of my three options (Sageburner; Raspberry Ripple and Alcock and Browne) I choose "Alcock and Browne" - mainly because the super simple one colour livery (the rest is decals) and the prominent Union Jack on the tail. Base kit is the Hasegawa F-4 in the Revell boxing with decals from CAM, Eduard interior, Quickboost seats, Two Mikes 150 Aero 1 tank (will be used as baggage pod), Red Roo Skyhawk 150 gal tanks and Alley Cat seamless intakes: Maybe I will add Aires exhaust nozzles which I have in my stash for another subject and maybe an Aires cockpit - but I fear this will involve too much work (time...) so I guess I will leave it with the Eduard set. Any comments/warnings/info/etc. welcome :-) Rene
  17. I'll be using the Academy kit but using the Japanese markings from a Revell kit.
  18. This is probably a long shot, but I'll give it a go..... After buying the Hasegawa F-4EJ for the two tone blue scheme, I found that the stencils included in the kit are black and won't show on top of the paint colour. The box art and all photos I can find show white stencils. Does anyone know if/where I can get a set of the correct colour? Thanks, Si.
  19. A quick OOB build. Hope you like it.
  20. Revell is currently displaying at the IPMS USA 2014 Convention a test shots from their future 1/32nd McDD F-4G Phantom II "Wild Weasel" kit - ref.85-5994. It is also reported that there's an option for the F-15 windscreen in that boxing. Source: https://www.facebook.com/cybermodeller?hc_location=timeline V.P.
  21. Tanmodel (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234967245-tanmodel-172-148-132-projects/) has started its research to produce a 1/32nd McDD F-4(E) Phantom II kit Source: https://www.facebook.com/tanmodel/photos/pb.288722731315995.-2207520000.1425047566./352291618292439/?type=1&theater V.P.
  22. My contribution to the KUTA VII GB is a pair of F-4 Phantoms which have been stalled for a while. Starting with this old ESCI 1/48th F-4J which is pretty well all painted and was to have been marked as a VF-74 machine aboard the USS America in 1972. Lot of detail work still to do and I would like to try using a wash for extra detailing. It was supposed to be a quick and easy build but I got distracted by a Kitty Hawk F-101A Voodoo! And the second Phantom is one that is so close to completion except for a huge mistake - the front wheel well is the wrong way round and the cockpit tub is in the wrong place! So a little bit of remedial work to do on this F-4K but hopefully worth it as she does look pretty good already. When these are done I can start work on an Academy 1/48 F-4B with a clear conscience Michael
  23. F-4F Phantom II "WTD-61 Flight Test" 1:32 Revell If you have not heard of the F-4 phantom where have you been for the past 56 years! The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II was conceived as an all-weather, long-range fighter bomber for the US Navy. It has been in service for over fifty years now and is still serving with distinction with air forces around the world, although active users are now becoming fewer. More than five thousand Phantoms were built. The F-4F is a simplified, lightweight version of the US Air Forces highly capable F-4E, built specifically for the Luftwaffe however these aircraft we not to be fitted with "Beyond Visual Range" weapons so were limited to gun and sidewinders for Air-2-Air combat. The Luftwaffe's F-4Fs were upgraded under the Improved Combat Efficiency (ICE) programme in the late eighties to early nineties. The main changes under ICE were the introduction of the APG-65 radar (as in F/A-18 Hornet) and AMRAAM. Germany finally retired its phantoms in 2013. One of the last Phantoms to Fly in Germany was one from the Flight Test Centre. This was painted in an attractive Black and Orange scheme with the words "Don't let me Die I want to Fly" painted on. This aircraft is the subject of the latest re-box from Revell. The Kit Revell's 1:32 Phantom now dates back to the 1990's. Even though the outer box on this kit was sealed the inner bag had been cut, and loose parts were everywhere in the box? There are parts in the box to do earlier phantoms and all the parts for am ICE Phantom if you wanted to source other decals. Parts come on a massive 10 separate sprues in a light grey plastic, and a clear sprue. Construction starts with the ejection seats. Here Revell have provided a new sprue for these parts, with those on the main sprue not being used. New eight part seats are built up and these should look good in the cockpit. Once the seats are made up the cockpit is then assembled. For the instrument and side panels a combination of raised detail and decals is provided. Rudder pedals, control columns and throttle levers are added. Once the cockpit is made up it is placed inside the two halves of the front fuselage and these can then be joined. Once the two halves are joined the front wheel well is built up and added to the front underside missle well part, the gun muzzle and side air intakes can then be added. The modeller then has the choice to close nose up; or to have it open. An appropriate antenna for the APG-65 is included if the modeller wished to use it. Once the front fuselage is completed the modeler then moves onto the main fuselage. A representative front face for the engine fans is added to the middle of the main fuselage (though it should be said there is no representation of any intake trunking at all in the kit). Once the bulkhead with the fans is installed the main fuselage sections can be joined. The fin cap is added to the main fuselage parts along with the rear stabilisers (though suspect most modellers will leave these until the end). Next construction moves onto the main centre wing section. The lower centre section is one part with the main wheel wells moulded in. The top inner sections of the wing are then added to the bottom section, this sub assembly is then attached to the main fuselage. Next the main and front fuselage sections are joined together. Tere does not appear to be much in the way of reinforcement to this join so the modeller may wish to add some. The Splitter plates and intakes are now added. Following this The outer main wing panels are constructed. These consist of an upper and lower panel with a separate leading edge slat. Once these are made they are attached to the main wing. Next the engine exhausts are made up and added to the main fuselage, along with the arrestor hook and tail cone. The next sub assembly to be made up is the front landing gear. Main and weighted wheel are supplied. The main leg is curiously supplied in two parts with a join which does not look to strange with normal glue so care will need to be taken. The completed gear along with the doors are then added to the fuselage (I suspect most people will leave the doors until last). Next its onto the main gear. Again normal and weighted wheels are supplied. The mains look a lot stronger than the nose wheel. Main gear doors and under wing airbrakes are then added. To finish of the model a variety of external parts are added. Various intakes, aerials, pylon, fuel tanks etc are added. Both early and late centre line tanks are included but the flight test Phantom seems to have flown without this tank. The canopies can be added at last in either the open or closed positions. If you pose the canopies open then a boarding ladder is included in the kit. Finally it should be noted that a full set of Sidewinders, AMRAAMs, and an ECM pod are included in the kit which are not used. The Canopy The canopies all come on one fairly large sprue (well it is 1:32) They are clear, distortion free and should pose no problems. Decals Unsurprisingly the only decal option in the box is for the box top, the Flight Test bird. 2 Decal sheets are provided for the checks, one massive one which covers the entire bottom of the box; and a smaller supplemental sheet. Design of the decals is by the French company Syhart who seem to be doing a lot of the latest Revell "special" sheets. They are printed in Italy for Revell, and like all of their recent decals appear to be very good. Care will need to be taken to get a smooth paint finish before applying the large decals. Conclusion Even though this kit is getting on a bit now, its good to see it in this scheme. You get a lot of plastic for your money, and will end up with some spare parts if you have any other large Phantom kits hanging about. The kit will make a large imposing model when built up, and its one which will not break the bank. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
  24. F-4D pics taken by Darwin at the SAC Museum
  25. F-4J (UK) Phantom ZE360 (Oscar), origionally DoD Bu number 155574, pics taken at the Manston Fire Training Centre by Alex (Akcy190) This is one of only 2 F-4J(UK) aircraf to survive, the other being in Duxford in USN paint.