images by Mike Reeves
1/48 scale F-4E Phantom is available online at
This is Hasegawa's F-4E in 1/48 with just a few "add
The first addition was a KMC F-4E model cockpit. I
also added the new RIO console provided by Eagle designs. After painting
this was inserted into the fuselage.
The face pull down curtains were scratch built with
The fuselage came next and I added the Eagle designs
seamless intakes. These didn't go as well as I had hoped. After about 30
hours of sanding puttying and painting over and over they wound up getting
the KMC intake cover treatment.
I used the Verlinden Cannon and Radar Dish. Getting
the dish to bend in the correct manner was not easy and I'm still not
completely happy with the result but it is one of the good "close enough
is good enough" situations..
The wing was next and I wanted the front slats
deployed. Now this became the biggest nightmare of the whole kit. After
cutting out the corresponding panels in the wing one (I'll call it a)
"slat plug" was not going to fit right but the other did. After a lot of
contouroing I got it to fit but then came a problem with the wings fitting
the fuselage. I had to brace the interior of the fuselage with 3 pieses of
sprue to spread the fuselage out to meet the wing roots.
I added KMC USAF pylons and I used Monogram anti sway
braces as they have more of a curved inner surface to meet the arch of
tanks and ordanance. I added the Eagle Designs chaff and flare dispensers
on the inboard pylons as instructed and then these were added to the wing.
The Missiles were from Eagle Designs. I only used one
AGM-142 Popeye as I could not get two missiles to line up correctly and I
don't have any pictures of a line aircraft with 2 mounted in any case. I
do have a photo with two but it's a publicity shot. On the other
had I did have a photo of a Kurnass taxiing down the runway with one
mounted so this seemed a more likely load. The Python 3 is also a Eagle
The base of the refueling probe was a Eagle designs product but I decided
to scratch build the rest of the probe as they were a lot of casting
problems in my copy.
I was going to use the KMC burner cans that have the
covering already applied but there was no way there were even close to
fitting so I made my own. I really liked the way they turned out. I took
some heavy gauge aluminum foil, the stuff you would use out on the grill,
covered them, and then cut off the excess. I then primed them and painted
them red. I followed this with a wash and a drybrushing.
Now finally came the of painting. I was really jacked
about using my new Iwata HP-C airbrush that Scott Brown conned me into
getting. Well after 3 plus hours on one small section I was ready to throw
the thing out the window. I wound up borrowing Mike Reeves new Iwata
Eclipse and things went a lot better.I was able to finish my second paint
job on this model without much trouble. I came to learn the hard way I
needed to replace my 21 year old badger compressor that has never been
Now came my first and last gloss coating experiance
with "FUTURE" the stuff is great on canopies but I will never again use it
to gloss coat. It took 5 coats to get a smooth enough finish for
decaling.I used the Cutting Edge sheet for the markings and these went on
without a problem - one of the few times I can say that with this model!
I always like to add my little signiature to a model
and I usually dress up a flight helmet and as you can see in this case I
painted the visor cover yellow and added al those tiny little squares
"That was fun!" but it turned out real nice in the end.
So after a year of pulling my hair out I must say I
did have a good time with this kit and I learned a lot, so there is
something to be said about that.
I even managed to take a third place at the IPMS
Nationals this year in Chicago with it.
You know what they say "A blind squrrel finds a nut
every now and then"!
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