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  1. At the IPMS/USA 2017 National Convention Zoukei Mura confirmed Source: https://www.cybermodeler.com/special/ipms_usa/ipmsusa2017.shtml V.P.
  2. Finemolds is to release in August 2020 new tool 1/72nd McDD F-4EJ Phantom II kits. Source: http://www.finemolds.co.jp/202006-08NEW.html - ref. FP37 - McDD F-4EJ Phantom II JASDF - ref. FP38 - McDD F-4EJ Phantom II JASDF Connected or not to the Platz project? https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235037980-172-mcdonnell-douglas-f-4ej-phantom-ii-new-tool-by-platz-release-in-2019/ V.P.
  3. Hello all, Biting off more than I can chew no doubt, but here is my second entry (well second thread anyway ) for this Group build, actually consisting of two kits....as you can probably tell from the title... and you have probably also deciphered that it's a pair of F-4 Phantoms for Close Air Support (CAS). If you didn't know, you do now! Both Academy kits, one USMC, the other USAF. First up, F-4B 152258 of VMFA-323 'Death Rattlers' in 1967: Aftermarket: I'll be using Eduard etch, Eduard Mask, Quickboost FOD covers, Brassin MK.77 Napalm canisters, Hypersonic Models ejection seats, a mixture of Eduard, Microscale and Academy decals along with some MK.82s (the kit ones look a bit off to me) and twin shot Zuni rocket pods from the spares. She'll be fully loaded for a Close Air Support mission - 6x MK.77 (stay with me on that one), 6x MK.82, 2x Zuni pods on the inner AIM-9 rails and 1x fuel tank. Another Osprey book for some reference: Regarding the Napalm, check out the below showing the some Marine Phantoms with 3x MK.77s on MERs on the outer pylons: https://danangafb.blogspot.com/2017/06/jun-6th-f-4-phantoms.html The above is the jet I'll be depicting, although sporting a black nose during an earlier tour in 1966, I'm going to do mine with a white nose as per the Eduard instructions during 1967: The second kit is Academy's F-4C, marked as 64-0776 of the 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing 'Gunfighters' based at Da Nang during 1967. 64-0776 shot down two Mig-21s on the 22nd May 1967, using an AIM-9B and 20mm cannon mounted on the centre fuselage station. This jet is now on display at the Museum of Flight, in Seattle, Washington (I had a trip here planned for next month, but you know what got in the way). Aftermarket: I'll be using Eduard etch, Hypersonic Models ejection seats, Quickboost FOD covers (from the spares), Top Notch camouflage mask, New Ware paint mask and the fantastic Furball Gunfighter Phantoms decal sheet. Close up of the decals and scheme: She carries 3 red stars for some reason... I'll also be adding the Gunfighter badge, as Furball suggest this would likely have adorned the jet before it was transferred to the 347th TFW in 1968. I'll be loading this one with 6x M117 750lb bombs (Hasegawa, from the spares), 4x AIM-7 Sparrow, 2x fuel tanks and 1x SUU-16/A 20mm cannon pod. A lot of building across the 3 kits for the GB... hopefully I can get them all done! Cheers Dave
  4. 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.
  5. Hi Phantom Phanatics two new 1:48 pylon sets are now available from Hypersonic Models and partner shops! Outer pylons, Air Force type, for Zoukei Mura kits, with separate sway brace pins and of course the correct outboard cant: https://www.hypersonicmodels.com/product/f-4-phantom-outer-pylons-air-force And a centreline pylon, designed specifically to fit on/around the moulded on ejector rack on the ZM kit. Separate stabiliser bolts and sway brace pins allow for best fit and maximum flexibility. https://www.hypersonicmodels.com/product/f-4-phantom-centreline-pylon Thank you very much for looking, I hope you will like these new sets Cheers, Jeffrey
  6. Hello everyone, I have been a long time lurker on this forum but have decided to post my first finished kit since 2016. The kit is Academy's 1/48 F-4B/N "VMFA-531 Gray Ghosts". The Academy kits has great surface details but some construction choices seemed a little overly complex and lead to some fit issues, other than that the kit is great. The seats are resin (I don’t remember the brand, I've had them in my stash for years) with photo etch from Eduard. The model is painted with mainly Vallejo air paints and coated with Humbrol clear and then Tamyia matte spray. Im really happy how the kit turned out considering its been 3-4 years since my last kit and this one is substantially better, there is however still some room for improvement such as the paint coat I don’t think came out well because it was very coarse even after layers of clear, but overall I'm pretty happy how it came out. Any criticism or tips will be much appreciated, thanks y'all!
  7. 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
  8. I just came across this ad in the latest issue (May 2020) of Model Airplane International -- finally! Looking forward to this even more than as the FineMolds F-4EJ. ZM will have seven long nose variants: F-4 Early (hardwing) and Late (slats); F-4EJ and EJ Kai; F-4F and F ICE; and G. Gene K
  9. Something I did a while ago. It’s the USS Oriskany, running carrier operarions at sundown somewhere. A F-4 is on the approach for landing. There is parked A-4 Skyhawks on the starboard side on the flight deck. Oriskany is configured here as she was in the 70’s., with angled deck and new radars. New catapults and a closed bow. Everything is modelled in Modo with a little touch up in Photoshop. All, except the beautiful sundown - that can’t be replicated better than mother nature does it it might look a bit dark but it’s intentional.. t
  10. Zoukei Mura next Phantom will be 1/48 McDD F-4C/ D Phantom II Source: http://hobby.dengeki.com/event/381679/ V.P.
  11. Here a 1/48 Phantom f-4e in 32nd TFS markings based at Soesterberg (Camp Nieuw Amsterdam), Netherlands . Resin cockpit and exhaust and mr color paints. It's said the squadron was the only USAF unit authorized to use the Royal crest of another country. Some info on the 32nd, now inactive, if anyone is interested: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/32nd_Air_Operations_Squadron http://wolfhoundsusaf.com/ Have a great day!
  12. The model I've always wanted to do. It's nice, it's old, but I always like the Phantom Italeri. I am pleased with the end result. Here's the picture.
  13. 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. 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. Take-off 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. Note that the white extended below the wing leading edge. 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. Over the mines near Boron CA Returning from Dugway Final approach in the lead roll-out Sven
  14. Anyone know which unit this Phantom belonged to ? I know it was an early Gull grey over white phantom that was repainted in theater. That explains the bad paint erosion on the sides. The codes were either painted over or zapped out of the photo by censors ? Help is graciously accepted. Dennis
  15. I'm currently involved in a duel with a mate of mine involving some VF-84 planes. I'm building the Eduard 1/48 F-4B/N from the 'Millenium Phantom' kit. I stumbled upon an omission in the instruction which I after a long and hard search found the solution to. ' So as to help you avoid the same situation here's a teeny weeny bit of help: The same part is not shown in the instructions for the 'Good Morning, DaNang' boxing either. Cheers Hans J
  16. Hi friends , my last completed model. It is a Monogram's model in the Accurate Miniatures box. I am pleased that the model is made, so here's the picture. Enjoy.
  17. This is the Monogram F-4D that, although an older kit (plastic helpfully stamped “1985”) is accurate and with some really nice detail moulded in, especially in the cockpit. The Monogram kit features fine raised detail, and generally goes together well with the exception of the intakes that take a bit of work but nothing ridiculous. Having read that the Monogram decals were a disaster when new (and the intervening 30+ years won’t have helped) I finished my Phantom with HiDecal decals for a Texas ANG machine in the Euro1 scheme, adding some Eduard Brassin AIM-7Es and AIM-9Js, and a SUU-23 from a Hasegawa weapon set. I painted the gun pod in the ADC gray more often associated with the 147th Fighter Interceptor Group F-4Cs to contrast with the Euro1 Scheme, which was only worn by their F-4Ds for a relatively short period. The HiDecal markings worked well, with good colour coverage in the tail flashes. The only problem was that one of the tail codes disintegrated on application so substitutes were found from an old set of Modeldecal post-war RAF 12” codes; the typeface isn’t 100% accurate but a pretty good match. The rest of the airframe markings came from an old Hasegawa sheet.
  18. 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 Sources: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2018/mcdonnell-douglas-fgr2-phantom-1-72.html https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/mcdonnell-douglas-fgr2-phantom-1-72.html V.P.
  19. Hi everyone, and happy upcoming new year! First time modeller, new member. Wanted to share this out of the box build using the simplest tool setup I could find on a side-table in my uni room. Kit went together just using the Revell contacta glue, Revell aqua color paints thinned with tap-water, and a £5 brush pack. Decals were applied using Revell's decal fix to form around the detail. For a first attempt, actually quite happy with the result, definitely inspires to keep going! Next step might be to use some Milliput superfine putty for the gaps, and use Revell's Aqua color mix for the thinning as opposed to tap-water. Looking to stick to brushpainting with acrylics, personally think it might be more enjoyable and much easier to setup/maintain, you can listen to music while you're at it without a rattling compressor nearby, not to mention I've seen some astounding results with them like the works of @PlaStix here on the forums. Looking forward to all the feedback!! Cheers, Ed.
  20. F-15C 80-0009, 54th Tac Fighter Squadron from Elmendorf AFB F-15C 82-0025, 54th Tac Fighter Squadron from Elmendorf AFB F-4G 561st Fighter Squadron F-4G 69-7220, 190th Fighter Squadron, Idaho Air National Guard from Boise ANGB RF-4C 65-0823, 190th Fighter Squadron, Idaho Air National Guard from Boise ANGB RF-4C, 69-0357, 67th Recce Wing from Bergstrom AFB RF-4C, 67-0452, 3246th Test Wing from Eglin AFB RF-4C, 65-0854, 106th Tac Recce Squadron, Alabama Air National Guard, Birmingham ANGB F-4F, 72-1253 of JG72, supplementing WTD61 at Point Mugu for AIM-120 testing as part of the Improved Combat Efficiency upgrade program. F-4G 69-7208, 90th Fighter Squadron from Clark AB. These jets were actually being transferred to George AFB as Clark was, or was being, closed down and the 3rd Wing assets being re-distributed around the USAF. RF-4C 66-0423, 196th Tac Recce Squadron, California Air National Guard from March AFB RF-4C 63-7742, 196th Tac Recce Squadron, California Air National Guard from March AFB Thanks for looking, Sven
  21. 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.
  22. F-4D pics taken by Darwin at the SAC Museum
  23. 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.
  24. At Shizuoka Hobby Show 2018 Platz is to release a new tool 1/72nd McDD F-4EJ Phantom II kit - ref. Sources: https://www.facebook.com/modelartinc/posts/1960234187384789 https://www.facebook.com/modelartinc/photos/pcb.1960234187384789/1960233957384812/?type=3&theater V.P.
  25. 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
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