Hasegawa's 1/72 scale
F-4J Phantom II
by Satoshi Hashimoto
McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II
Hasegawa's 1/72 scale F-4J Phantom II is available online from Squadron
Here is my Hasegawa 1/72 scale F-4J Phantom II representing Bu.No.155541ag "Love Bug 1".
This aircraft was flown by Lt.Col. Sam D'Angelo & Capt. Ken Strayhorn,
United States Marine Corps VMFA-334 "Falcons", Chu Lai, Vietnam, Spring 1969.
When I started to make this F-4J, I limitted the number of main points for detailing.
Ejection seats, busy wiring behind the rear instrument panel, and tail section.
I think that Hasegawa's Martin Baker Mk.7s are a good basis for further detailing so I just enhanced them with some plastic rod, metal wires and lead strip.
The overhead face curtain handles are made with fine brass lines.
Re-creating the F-4's "busy office", I had to pack a lot of enamel wires into the tight space, but, it was something that I really enjoyed.
For the tail section, I was pleased to have the help of the Aires resin nozzles. You can almost feel
the massive power of a pair of J79-GE-10s through these intricate resin parts.
I added undulations to the heat-resistant panels with plastic and lacquer putty.
Some inlets and the fuel dump vent mast were added from thin aluminum sheets and brass tubes.
As always, Mr.Color & ALCLAD II lacquers were used for the basic painting, and Tamiya enamel
with turpentine for the weathering washes.
Tamiya "Weathering Master" is used around the tail.
A thin coat of flat clear and polishing cloth were used for the non-specular gull gray.
Decals were chosen from FOX ONE's "USMC PHANTOMS IN S.E. ASIA"
and stencils from IsraDecal and HOBBYDECAL.
My blog, "Vapor Trails" - http://ryukin.blog82.fc2.com/
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2009 by Satoshi Hashimoto
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