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F-4D Phantom

by Steven St James


F-4D Phantom


 available online from Squadron.com




Here is my 1/48 scale Hasegawa F4D. I  had lots of friends on HS send me information about how to convert an F-4J to an F-4D. In the long run, I ended up kitbashing both kits and having a little fun.

I'd been wanting to do a Vietnam-era F4D with SEA camoflauge for quite a while. The thing is, there wasn't a kit I was really happy with. Not that there is anything wrong with the fine stuff Monogram does, It's just that time constraints keep me from everything I want to do nowadays. The Hasegawa J kit already has recessed panels and beautiful detail. So I went with most of the "J" kit, the Radome and the tail from the D (no slats).

I heavily sanded the chin pod to achieve the look that the early chin pads.

For Armament, I used the Early GBU 2000 pounders on the inboard stations and the MK82 Snakeyes for the outboard stations. I honestly don't know if this was a viable load and wasn't looking for total reality, just fun.

The paint is the usual....Flat Black Tamiya paint as an overall primer, then Gunze paints on top of that, then to lighten each of the colors with a lighter shade of the same color. (EX: Tan was mixed with a lighter shade of tan...green with a lighter green, etc).

I used an old Superscale decal sheet for the markings and changed some of the numbers.

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Model, Text and Images Copyright 2001 by Steven St James
Page Created 28 November, 2001
Last Updated 28 November, 2001

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