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F-4B Phantom II VF-111 "Sundowners" NL 201- Tamiya 1/48


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Hi everyone,
I will participate in this GB assembling this wonderful Tamiya kit:

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to make this aircraft:

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The NL-201 (BuNo 153019) was an F-4B Phantom that belonged to the VF-111 Sundowners embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) during the Nov 1971 to Jul 1972 cruise to SEA. Using the callsign, 'Old Nick two-zero-one', the aircraft was flown by all the squadron pilots and Radar Intercept Officers at one time or another during the cruise, but on 6 March 1972 it was flown by Lt Garry Weigand and Lt(jg) Bill Freckleton. When they launched off the USS Coral Sea that afternoon and headed toward North Vietnam they had no idea the mission would ultimately end with their engagement and shoot down of an enemy MiG-17 aircraft near Quang Lang airfield.

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Source: www.usscoralsea.net

A quick look inside the box:

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The difference between the color of the cockpit FS36270 (Gunze H308) and the decals is very noticeable, so I decided to cut out the decals with a scalpel.

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Here are the decals applied before assembling the cockpit:

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I applied the decals

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The "Sundowners" tail marking drove me crazy ... and the final result didn't satisfy me ...

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so I decided to remove the decals and paint the marking ...

 

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49 minutes ago, Rod The Fixer said:

The "Sundowners" tail marking drove me crazy ... and the final result didn't satisfy me ...

I'm not surprised! Not to your usual standards Rod, I'm sure you can make a great improvement.

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wow, great work!

 

what happened to the tail markings?

did you mask on top of the decals?

 

i am sure painting it will work out just fine!

animo!

 

 

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