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Wild Weasel Overhead: 1/72 F-4 Phantom diorama


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I have always admired the F-4 Phantom as one of the first truly multi-role aircraft.  And it's simultaneously gorgeous and ugly.  Not sure how that works, but it does.  Anyways, I built this one up from an ancient Hasegawa kit, and I tried a few new techniques on it and learned a heck of a lot.  Unfortunately I couldn't find any decals for the Wild Weasel unit I wanted to represent, so I ended up using the kit decals, which weren't too bad for a 40-year-old kit.  Most of us won't know the difference anyways.  I also like a fully-loaded aircraft, so the missile load might be a bit on the extreme side, but I like it that way.  I decided that I wanted it flying over a scenic base, and then I decided the base needed to be even more scenic, so I tried water effects and some 1/285 scale patrol boats from GHQ.  I had a ton of fun with this build, and I hope you all like it.

 

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Not ugly at all! For me one of the most attractive jet fighters, beautiful and potent as so brillantly depicted by your model. Superb diorama that you created there!

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Thanks for the kind words, everyone!  It was my first time using clear resin for water, and I had also never tried small-scale forest before.  It didn't turn out precisely as I had hoped, but in some ways it exceeded my expectations.  Next Phantom I do will be on a carrier deck, though.

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Amazing work. I love the diorama. It does my heart good to see someone else is willing to exercise a little artistic license to build it how they like it. Sometimes it's more rewarding building to your likes. I often build spurious markings to appease my desires and lessen pressure from the accuracy police.

 

Great job. Especially on the water effects. That's hard to do.

 

Ron

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On 11/3/2022 at 4:17 PM, ErikT said:

Thanks for the kind words, everyone!  It was my first time using clear resin for water, and I had also never tried small-scale forest before.  It didn't turn out precisely as I had hoped, but in some ways it exceeded my expectations.  Next Phantom I do will be on a carrier deck, though.

 

It turned out exactly how it is supposed to be! I'm really jealous: the muddy water, the waves in front and after the boats (is that called a wake?) is fantastic, even more as this is you first try. 

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A great finish on the Phantom ... and you really do get the sense of scale with the little boats.

Good job!  👍 

 

Keith

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