F-4J Phantom II
by John Darlington
F-4J Phantom II
images by Craig Sargent
scale F-4J Phantom II is available online from
Here are two pictures of my Tamiya 1/32 scale F-4J
Phantom taken at one of our Auckland (NZ) IPMS meetings (thanks to Craig
Sargent for the shots).
The Phantom is finished as "Silverkite 211" of VF-92 (Silverkings) from
USS Constellation, in which Lt Curt 'Doso' Dose & LtCdr Jim 'Routeslip'
McDevitt achieved a Mig kill over Kep Airfield near Hanoi on 10 May
1972. I have a framed print by Phillip West of this aircraft (titled "Silverkite
211") on final approach to the carrier following this mission, and this
inspired me to obtain the Fox One decals for this aircraft.
I used the Eduard PE set for this model which is well worth the extra
cost and adds quite a bit to an already awesome kit. Seats are the kit
items with harnesses added from the Eduard set. The kit nozzles were
replaced with Cutting edge ones which looked marginally better. The only
criticism of the Tamiya Phantom kits (and I know this has already been
said many times), is the intakes but I took the easy way out using
Reheat FOD guards, which fit like a glove, no glue needed. I also found
the red adds a striking bit of colour to the model. Paints used were
Tamiya enamels and Xtracolour light gull grey which looks just right.
Testors and Humbrol metalizers were used around the tail area. Light
weathering was carried out using inks in the panel lines and some pastel
streaking. I wanted it to look clean without being pristine.
I bought the kit on special for NZ$99 (about US$46) but by the time I
bought all the aftermarket goodies it was probably back up to it's
original price.... I think the term is AMS....Hmmmm.
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Last Updated 03 November, 2002
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