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Both are beautiful builds though I favor the 892 Squadron markings. A very nice collection indeed!

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Great stuff. What a fantastic pair of phantoms you've got there and makes a nice comparison of the squadron markings. I've just finished off one of the new Italeri Fujimi reboxes as an RAF FG1 and tend to agree that despite its age it's still a great kit and looks better than the deeper panel lines of the Airfix offering. If anything the Fujimi lines are a little bit faint under a couple of coats of paint but look more restrained and realistic. I've got another original Fujimi 'yellow bird' to do at some point so thanks for the heads up on the decal faults. I'll probably look for some aftermarket ones 👍

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You can never have enough Phantoms!

I think that makes us Phantom Phanatics🤪

Found this on Wikipedia 

Nicknames[edit]

An F-4F on display described as the "World's largest distributor of MiGparts", because of the high number of this type of enemy aircraft shot down

The Phantom gathered a number of nicknames during its career. Some of these names included "Snoopy", "Rhino", "Double Ugly",[157] "Old Smokey",[56] the "Flying Anvil", "Flying Footlocker", "Flying Brick", "Lead Sled", the "Big Iron Sled", and the "St. Louis Slugger".[158] In recognition of its record of downing large numbers of Soviet-built MiGs,[159] it was called the "World's Leading Distributor of MiG Parts".[157] As a reflection of excellent performance in spite of its bulk, the F-4 was dubbed "the triumph of thrust over aerodynamics."[160] German Luftwaffe crews called their F-4s the Eisenschwein ("Iron Pig"), Fliegender Ziegelstein ("Flying Brick") and Luftverteidigungsdiesel ("Air Defense Diesel").[161]

Reputation[edit]

Imitating the spelling of the aircraft's name, McDonnell issued a series of patches. Pilots became "Phantom Phlyers", backseaters became "Phantom Pherrets", fans of the F-4 "Phantom Phanatics", and call it the "Phabulous Phantom". Ground crewmen who worked on the aircraft are known as "Phantom Phixers".[3]

Several active websites are devoted to sharing information on the F-4, and the aircraft is grudgingly admired as brutally effective by those who have flown it. Colonel (Ret.) Chuck DeBellevue reminisces, "The F-4 Phantom was the last plane that looked like it was made to kill somebody. It was a beast. It could go through a flock of birds and kick out barbeque from the back."[162] It had "A reputation of being a clumsy bruiser reliant on brute engine power and obsolete weapons technology."[163]

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Absolutely outstanding.

Those planes really are top notch. The six pack shot is a joy to behold. The photography is more than a bit good as well.

 

Tony.

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12 hours ago, gengriz said:

Enough phantoms for now - a Buccaneer (HERMES - 801 Sqn) is nearly ready for decalling!

No such thing as enough Phantoms (or Buccaneers, for that matter ;) ).

 

Thanks for posting these!

 

Cheers,

 

Andre

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Wow!!!!!  That`s a nice collection.  And to think you could add even more to it.  I look forward to your upcoming Buccaneer!!!!!

 

Phabulous on the Phantoms too!!! :goodjob:

 

Mike

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Awesome job. For my money the 892 NAS "Omega" Phantoms were the most beautiful planes ever to grace a carrier deck. I built that same Fujimi kit years ago, sadly lost in action*, but am given to understand that the same moulding is now available in an Italeri box so might revisit.

 

*Pics still exist though! https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/threads/1-72-faa-phantom.24327/

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Superb models there, nicely done.……… although shouldn't that be Phascination?!...……. 😉😁

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I remember all the excitement when these Fujimi kits first came out in the late 1980s which coincided with my posting to Hong Kong 😀. I've lost count of how many of these kits I have bought over the years and although most have been passed on as I have largely moved up to 1:48 scale I simply could not part with all of them and kept a couple back. I'm glad I did since the Airfix kit has not fully met with my expectations. After all these years the Fujimi kit stands up to the test of time and you have done a great job to reinforce this view - to factor in the use of a brush for the finish is equally impressive. I had a chuckle too at the photo showing the 228 OCU jet with the Blue Tail. I produced this very model as a retirement gift for one of my former colleagues who had spent many hours as 'ballast' (as the pilots used to call them) in these jets.

 

Anyway, great models, great finish....Well Done, Sir !      

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