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  1. Hi once again all, I just couldn't resist posting a few more Phantoms. These are from the 110st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Missouri Air National Guard. They were taken at Lambert Field, alongside St. Louis' main airport. In addition to the F-4s you can see that they operated T-33s as well as maintaining the Govenor's Convair. As always, I hope you like them Martin
  2. Hi again all, I've slipped back to Phantoms for another brief journey in to my memory bank and slide files. This time I get away from the Nation Guard and sample the U.S. Navy reserve and U.S.M.C. Reserve. These were taken, again early morning, around the Dallas Naval Air Station and cover the three based F-4 units. Like my visits to the ANG site the units were preparing for the morning's operations. The Marines had just started to get active as my mate and I got to their ramp. As always I hope you like them.
  3. Zoukei Mura next Phantom will be 1/48 McDD F-4C/ D Phantom II Source: http://hobby.dengeki.com/event/381679/ V.P.
  4. Hi again all you Phantom lovers! I've found some sunshine in the form of images of F-4Ds taken during a visit to the 170th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Illinois Air National Guard at Capital Airport, Springfield, Illinois in May 1982. Note the fresh-painted machine with wrap-around camouflage in the final image. They need little introduction so here goes: As always, I hope you like them Martin
  5. After the FG.1 (link) , Airfix is to release in October 2018 (?) a 1/72nd McDD Phantom FGR.2 kit - ref. A06017 Schemes: 1) XV466 D, No1435 FLT, RAF Mount Pleasant November 1991 2) FGR.2 XV469 H 2 Squadron June 1976 3) FGR.2 Phantom XV408 92 Squadron RAF Germany Source: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2018/mcdonnell-douglas-fgr2-phantom-1-72.html V.P.
  6. Hi all, I believe I'm right in saying that there are a few Phantom lovers on this site? ;). Well, I've left the Thud behind for a short while and scanned a few shots taken during one of my trips around the Midwest in May 1982. The subject here is the F-4Cs of the 113rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Indiana Air National Guard. They were based at Hulman Field, Terre Haute. Sadly the aquadron, now an "Intelligence" unit, is without aircraft. From the images below you can make out that the weather wasn't kind and therefore with Kodachrome 25 in the OM1d I struggled in the low light. Occasionally, though, the sun popped out and blessed us with a little brightness. Bright or dark, though, the subject was great and my mate and I were given free access to the active ramp. I hope you F-4 lovers like these: Apologies if I have posted any of these before. I'm losing track of what I have and what I haven't put in front this great audience. Martin
  7. Hi, I’m planning to use PE seatbelts for my new 1/48 Academy F-4C project. I found this on Hannants https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ED49060 “Fabric” will be better than PE. But i’m not sure about it. Is it easy to work? Any experience? Thanks Enis
  8. A render of one my all time favorite jet, my not quite completed model of the F-4B, seen in the colours of VF-111 Sundowners. One of the most colourful paintchemes for the american F-4's. This image was made during christmas holiday. Looking at it now, it occurs to me now that perhaps the top surface colour could be a little darker grey and the bombs look a little funny with a somewhat boxy nose... it seems the me and Mr.Spook needs to get back to the drawing table again. It shouldn't be too hard to fix.
  9. 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.
  10. Huaco scale models is working on a - very - big Rhino, a 1/18th McDD F-4E Phantom II kit. Sources: https://www.facebook.com/HUACO-scale-models-346004535810082/?fref=gs&hc_location=group https://www.facebook.com/pg/HUACO-scale-models-346004535810082/photos/?ref=page_internal V.P.
  11. 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.
  12. alhenderson

    Detailing a 1:72nd RAF Phantom FG.1

    I recently got a Fujimi 1:72nd Phantom FG.1 kit in an attempt to re-ignite my modelling passion from some years ago. Since it arrived, an impending house move has come into play, so it's likely going to stay into the box until the new year now :-( However, doesn't mean I can't make plans. I was wondering if I should invest in any of the after market detailing kits that appear to be available for the likes of cockpits, exteriors, ejection seats etc. I really want this kit to be as good as I can make it, and seeing the quality of the builds on here had inspired me. However, I have to be realistic - I have not done any modelling for 20 odd years so I ain't going to be winning any prizes. Are any of the kits, such as the QMT exterior detailing kit, worth getting hold of? What exactly does that kit get me? It's hard to tell just by looking at it.. Thanks, Al.
  13. Old Viper Tester

    6510 Test Wing ALCM Chase Mission

    I wasn't sure whether to put this topic here or in the photography forum where I usually post. This one has a lot more words than images, so thought it should go here. Between 1977 and 1987, flight test of the AGM-86 Air-Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) was accomplished for full-scale development of the missile and subsequent upgrades. Many test launches took place in the Western Test Range off the California coast, the missile threading its way between population centers to impact on one of the land test ranges in the western United States. A typical mission would have the missile follow a pre-programmed mission profile, going “feet wet” near Vandenberg AFB, through the Sierra Nevada mountains into the Edwards /China Lake operating airspace, then north to targets in the Utah Test and Training Range near Hill AFB. Safety chase aircraft were required to accompany the ALCM along its flight path to ensure the missile didn’t deviate from its programmed profile or to ‘mark the spot’ if the missile crashed at some point during the mission. The safety chase mission was assigned to a dedicated group of aircraft under the 6510 Test Wing under the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB. The aircraft were flown by the 6512 Test Squadron (Test Ops). Between four to six aircraft were required, depending on the mission profile, plus a spare, and a tanker. The aircraft selected were F-4Es and comprised what was often referred to as the ALCM Chase Flight. Normally, finding such a group of similarly configured aircraft on the Edwards ramp would be difficult, but the 6510TW had inherited the F-4s previously operated by the USAF Aerial Demonstration Squadron, AKA the Thunderbirds. These F-4Es were relinquished by the team in the wake of the 1973 ‘oil crisis’ in favor of the T-38A. The aircrafts had no radar fitted, the original short cannon muzzle fairing was retained with the aperture faired over, the rear most fuselage fuel tank (tank 7) was isolated to carry smoke oil, and several other modifications that made them less than desirable for operational Phantom units. The only modification needed for the ALCM mission was a missile destruct radio control unit in the rear cockpit to be activated if the missile deviated from the planned flight path towards, say, a population center or a condor preserve. These aircraft were USAF serial numbers: 66-0286 66-0289 Note: in 1984/85, ‘289 carried a deer kill on the left splitter plate in light grey. 66-0291 66-0294 66-0315 66-0319 66-0329 – Note this jet had a production “long” cannon muzzle fairing during this time. 66-0377 An ALCM chase mission basically consisted of two aircraft at the launch point. They would watch the ALCM separate and launch from a B-52, then proceed to chase the ALCM to monitor the flight path and watch for any anomalies. In the meantime, up ahead, at altitude, would be the KC-135 tanker with additional chase jets in tow. These F-4s in the tanker formation would take fuel as necessary to stay ’topped up’ ready to replace the chase birds when low on fuel (“Joker”). This is what the relief birds would look for: Hence the white upper wings – easier to spot than a full camo jet or the missile itself against the terrain. The relieved jets would climb and join the tanker formation for aerial refueling. The procedure would continue until the ALCM reached the target area or its flight was terminated. Markings Already mentioned the white upper wings. The white on the wings wrapped around the leading edge and wing tips. Before 1979, these jets wore standard SEA camo with the light grey undersides. The blue tail band with the white borders and X’s was indicative of the 6510 TW. The national markings were in full color. No tail codes. Between 1979 and 1981, the aircraft received the wrap-around camo treatment and all but ‘377 carried segmented/stenciled national insignia. ‘377 retained the full color star and bar. Some aircraft had black canopy rails yet few carried crew or maintainer’s names. The “ED” tail codes were applied in late 1982. In 1984, someone had the idea to name the jets after Snow White and Seven Dwarfs. Unfortunately, they started with “DOPEY” on ‘291. The name was in black two-inch block letters on either side of the nose cannon fairing. Before any other names could be applied, the wing CO went out to fly ‘291. When he saw the name that was the end of that. I mentioned the deer kill on ‘289. On a deployment to Eglin AFB the jet hit a deer on the runway when landing. The deer was taken down the left side going between the main gear and the external tank…. lost the gear door and killed the fuel tank. The deer didn’t survive either. When we went to pick up the jet (on the way back from the Piper Enforcer visit) the Eglin maintainers had painted the silver deer “kill” on the left intake splitter and the name “DEER SLAYER” in 2-in black block letters on the cannon fairing. When the dedicated ALCM chase mission went away, so did the camouflage. I left Edwards for a posting in London in 1985, by the time I returned to Edwards in 1988, all of the F-4s had gone “albino” – overall white with red conspicuity markings on the wingtips and tail surfaces. They had also been formally redesignated as NF-4Es. And ‘329 got its short muzzle fairing back… Your humble scribe with the DEER SLAYER - “Hero” portrait for the squadron photo album – many years (and pounds) ago. Thanks for looking, Sven
  14. Old Viper Tester

    Edwards ALCM Chase Phantoms

    The rest of the story here: Thanks for looking. Sven
  15. At the IPMS/USA 2017 National Convention Zoukei Mura confirmed Source: https://www.cybermodeler.com/special/ipms_usa/ipmsusa2017.shtml V.P.
  16. Afternoon All, First post on here. When I was a teenager I was a prolific modeller and thought myself not too bad at the whole thing. That, however, was 20+ years ago (which is being generous). I built myself a Red Arrows Gnat a few years back to try and get back into the swing of things, which was OK but didn't really inspire me to anything greater. For some reason I'm now thinking I want to build a Phantom. Grew up at RAF Leuchars so it naturally needs to be an RAF machine, probably a 43 or 111 sqn FG.1. In that era it should probably be a grey scheme, although I quite like the earlier camo. Having done some reading on here, I see that the Fujimi kits are the ones to go for. I've found one on Hobby Link Japan for £15 plus postage. It's the "Silver Jubilee" FAA machine and also has 43 and 111 markings. Does anyone know what scheme the RAF ones are? From the decals I'm guessing its camo? I guess there's always after market decal sheets. Is this Hobby Link site a decent one? They look OK, but then it's easy to get a website to look OK :-) Towards the end of my period as a modeller I painted everything in gloss and then varnished to get the decals to look better. Can't remember the name of the paint now - think the tins had yellow labels. I assume a similar thing still exists today? I only ever had a cheap spray gun which was frankly rubbish so I never ventured into that game. Any recommendations for reasonably priced spray kit? May not be worth it, though, if I only ever build this one thing and then realise I'm not that fussed any more... Thanks for humouring me! Al.
  17. 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
  18. F-4 Phantom Outer Pylons (US Navy) 1:48 Hypersonic Models F-4 Phantom Outer Wing Pylons (US Navy) (HMR48028) This is a set of Navy type outer wing pylons designed to fit the Zoukei Mura Phantoms (J and S). The set comes with separate sway brace pins so the modeller can adapt them completely free to the specific store and correct outboard angle (in case of MER or TER installed). Conclusion One thing common to a lot of F-4 kits is that they expect the modeller to use the outer tanks, however many phantoms flew without these and MERs / TERs could be loaded as long as the weight limits were kept. This set remedies this omission. While designed for the ZM kit there is no reason they can not be used on other kits. Jeffrey's attention to detail is legendary, and it shows in every set he makes. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  19. Hello, After some time, I adhere to the next completed model. Kit from Eduard built without options.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. I'm sure there are a few F-4 lovers out there. I have posted these elsewhere. ..... Martin
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. WUT? test build: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/blog/160511 parts: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10358199
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