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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

 

Introduction

 

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.


 

Construction

 

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.

 

 

Painting and Markings

Paint

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

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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Page Created 3 March, 2009
Last Updated 3 March, 2009

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