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  1. Lt Victor Kovaleski was a pilot with VF-161, flying F-4Bs from USS Midway at the tail end of the Vietnam War. In January 1973, 6 months before I was born, he had a bit of a mixed week, achieving two "lasts". On 12 January 1973 Lt Kovaleski, with Lt(jg) Jim Wise in the back seat, was flying F-4B 153045 on a combat air patrol. Kovaleski and Wise were vectored to intercept a VPAF MiG-17 flown by Liu Kim Ngo. After a brief dogfight, Kovaleski got into a firing position and blew the MiG-17's tail off with a Sidewinder. Luu Kim Ngo got out, but his parachute failed to open. This was the 197th and last MiG kill of the Vietnam War. Two days later Kovaleski was flying F-4B 153068 with Ensign F.H.Plautz in the back seat when their aircraft was hit by 85mm anti-aircraft artillery. The aircraft began leaking fuel and they ejected. Kovaleski and Plautz were both rescued. This was the last US aircraft lost to enemy action in the Vietnam War. So Victor Kovaleski achieved the last MiG kill of the Vietnam War and was flying the last US aircraft shot down in the Vietnam War, both in the same week. I'm going to build one of the two aircraft involved in 1/48, using the Academy kit. I haven't decided which one yet - I have a Furball decal sheet which includes both of them - one the one hand the last kill seems like the greater achievement, on the other hand at least nobody was killed when 153068 was shot down. But I'm not going to start for a couple of weeks, and I won't really have to decide until I get to the decalling stage, so I've got plenty of time to decide.
  2. Announced (sort of) on their FB page. https://www.facebook.com/Hong-Kong-Models-Co-Ltd-1375731456009809/timeline/ Cheers, Andrew
  3. Hi, Just finished this F-4B in VF-51 Screaming Eagles CAG Colors. This jet Killed one MIG and displayed the 4 MIG kills the squadron scored on its last Vietnam cruise. The kit is the new Zoukei-Mura F-4J kit with the following additions: Accessories used: Eduard Brassin F-4B wheels Master Metal Pitot tubes and AOA Sensor Eduard Brassin Seats w/ PE Furball Decals - They Fit Perfect! Scratch Built items are: Chin Pod Fin Cap Thin wing including the wheel well and speed brakes Non-Slatted Plain Elevator F-4B WSO left side panel F-4B WSO Upper and Mid forward Instrument Panel Scratch built Canopy sills, Breaker bar Short Exhaust Nozzle, Trim, Exhaust tube, and burner assembly Intake fans. (The Kit supplied full engines were not used)
  4. As 1/72 Hasegawa F-4N kits are easier to get today than their F-4Bs I'd like to know, whether slatted tailplanes and ECM fairings above the engine intakes are the only external differences to be retro-modified when aiming to model the F-4B. Cheers Michael
  5. Hi guys! This is my another project in 1/48 - Eduard (Academy) Good Morning Da Nang. I have started it some months ago and now decided to continue my build here. I'll be very glad to hear any comments of my work. P.S. I beg you pardon but my english is not very good now because I've got out of practice for a long time!
  6. Hey everyone and here's the latest from me, finished for the Phantom GB here on Britmodeller. Yes, it's Airfix's ancient (1971 issue) F-4B Phantom that I think I bought out of sheer nostalgia and also after reading the excellent Osprey book pictured below (which has the kit's wingman on the cover). The full WIP thread is here but to recap: Kit: Airfix 04013 F-4B Phantom 1/72 Details: Some panel lines rescribed, Eduard Zoom photoetch for the kits seats and cockpit (which was scratchbuilt) Paint: White from a rattle can, all other paints Revell Acrylic, brush-painted. Johnson' Klear, Flory Models Wash, W&N Matt varnish Decals: Mix of Airfx kit for the Stars & Bars and Afterburner decals for squadron markings, A/c: VF-21 'Freelancers' of Lt Dave Batson & LCDR Rob Doremus, Callsign 'Sundown 102', USS Midway, 17 June 1965 - Mig 17 shotdown. Definitely not the most detailed or accurate F-4 kit out there by a long way but it was the first time I used etch, first time I built an F-4 and I had a lot of fun with the build. She might be a little too Matt in finish (hard to tell when most of the pictures were B&W) but I'm happy how the old girl cleaned up and I think she looks like a Phantom! Thanks for looking and until the next time! Dermot
  7. Hi everyone, I'm in with this old relic, also pulled deep from the stash. I think I bought it in a fit of nostalgia and never considered building it...until now and will be my first Phantom! Markings will be from Afterburner decals for one of the first Mig kills from Vietnam. Will give it a little bit of a attention and just have some fun with it. Really looking forward to this GB! All the best, Dermot
  8. My marker for this GB, the Academy 1/48th F-4B Phantom II, with a choice from the kit decals VF-111 'Sundowners', or the Furball 'Air Wing All Stars - Phantoms Part Two', or Warbird Decals USAF F-110A or VMFA-321. Some modellers are getting excellent results with this kit, this is my first attempt. I am more used to the old Esci and Monogram products so this will stretch me a bit Michael
  9. McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom Seamless Intakes AlleyCat 1:48 The Academy F-4B Phantom has already been praised for it’s detail and accuracy, but there are always areas that need upgrading in any kit. This new set from AlleyCat provides the modeller two seamless intakes along with separate splitter plates. The parts are made of white resin and are very nicely moulded, with fine panel lines, sharp edges and smooth intakes. There is a small amount of cutting to remove an area of the kits lower wing, but this is well described in the instructions, including a diagram of the offending area. The intakes need the fan face end to be cleaned up, removing the moulding lugs, before the kits fan faces can be attached. With this done the intakes are then fitted as normally along with the splitter plates once they have been removed from their moulding blocks of course. Conclusion Another very easy conversion set from AlleyCat that not only look good but alleviate the problems of trying to remove the seam from the inside of the kits parts. These should be able to be used by almost every modeller and I can heartily recommend them. Review sample courtesy of
  10. McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom Detail Sets 1:48 Eduard and Brassin Continuing Eduards releases for the Academy F-4B Phantom are these two sets. The first is a new style set of fabric seatbelts and the second, in their Brassin range is a set of replacement wheels. Seatbelt set, - (49064). The set comes in the standard flat pack style with card backing and contains a small sheet of fabric belts, which are made in conjunction with HGW, with enough parts for both seats, including the shoulder straps, lap straps and seat cover. There is also a small sheet of pre-painted etched nickel which encompasses items such as the buckles, ejection handles for both upper and lower positions and the quick release unit. There are a couple of spare buckles should you lose them when fitting. Brassin Wheel Set – (648 114). Does exactly what it says on the packet, and that is providing a complete set of new wheels for the F-4B. As is usual for Brassin these wheels are beautifully moulded with pin sharp details and only the slightest clean up required when the small webs attaching them to the moulding blocks are removed. As an extra bit of detail to the potential diorama, Brassin have also included six yellow chocks which will only need some thin wire or thread attached and the six chocks placed in position. Of course you will have to check references to ensure the correct colour as they are also to be seen in black or red. Conclusion Another great pair of sets from Eduard and their subsidiary Brassin that not only provide extra detail for the model but also help provide visual enhancements for a diorama, what’s not to like. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom 1:48 Eduard Etch Sets for Academy To compliment the already released etched flap set, Eduard have now produced two new sets for the Academy F-4B Phantom. Each set comes packaged in the usual poly sleeve with protective card inserts. Interior Set (49644). This set comes on two sheets, one partially pre-painted and wholly self adhesive, the other standard relief etched brass. There is also a small sheet of acetate for the HUD glass. The detail on the kits cockpit parts needs to be removed first otherwise the etched parts will not stick well. The unpainted parts include the HUD frame, the rear cockpits starboard sidewall with additional small details fitted to it, and backing boxes for the front and rear cockpits. The pre-painted parts are for the front and rear instrument panels each with backing plates which have the instruments painted on them. A drop of Klear or Aqua Gloss will help give the impression of the instrument glass. Then there are the side consoles, and various auxiliary panels on either side of the main instrument panels. The layering of the parts does give a good impression of depth greatly improving the look of the cockpits. The second sheet is unpainted, but due to the relief etching process does have some lovely detail which will look great with some careful painting and dry brushing. The parts include several details for the between cockpits bulkhead, rear cockpits panel structure, pilots rudder pedals, circuit breaker panel, cockpit sills, plus upper centre and rear bulkhead details. The windscreen and both canopies are fitted with new frames, whilst the canopies are also fitted with sill details and rear view mirrors. Seatbelt Set (49605). As the name suggests this set provides a complete set of seatbelts and other straps for both seats. The seat squab covers are also provided plus a pair of replacement upper and lower seat firing handles. A nice touch is a number of remove before flight tags which will give an extra splash of colour for the competed model. Zoom Set (49644). Is the basic set for those who don't want to add too much extra detail to their models but just enough to lift it from the norm. This set has just one sheet and this is the same as the partially pre-painted sheet mentioned above. Conclusion These sets may not be very large, but they do provide some very useful and colourful details for both cockpits. The pre-painted parts look really good and will save on an awful lot of hassle trying to paint the same areas with such detail. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  12. F-4B Phantom Airbrake set 1/48 Eduard Etch Set for Academy The Academy F-4B Phantom seems to have been very well received by modellers, but there is always something that aftermarket companies find to add to the finished model. Eduard have done this with the release of a very nice etched airbrake set. Naturally comprising parts for both airbrakes they have come up with an arrangement which not only gives an improved scale thickness of the outer skin, but also provides the internal airbrake structure by producing the airbrake in three sections, each folded onto each other in a concertina fashion. The internal airbrake bay is also provided with an internal skin and there are detail parts for the actuators including the small rollers on the actuators end where it is attached to the airbrake. Conclusion This is a very nice and useful little set. Simple to use and fit, it looks like it should just drop in, but I’m sure there’ll be some fettling needed. I do like the way the internal structure has been designed and look forward to using them on my F-4 build. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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