With Geoff Coughlin
And here’s a quick look at my finished model…
- Xtradecal sheet (X72296)
- Brassin resin wheel set (672174)
- Aires resin FG.1 British Phantom jet exhaust (7358)
- eduard FG.1 Phantom pre-painted photo-etch cockpit detail set ((73625)
- Aerocraft resin intake splitter plates with dorsal grills.
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My plan for this build was simple – try and add as much detail and finish this Phantom as if I were making one in 1:48 scale. Not as easy as I initially thought but great fun for sure and definitely a modelling challenge and you can decide how successful I was, or not, in achieving that goal! (See above photo)
Taking a look at the real aircraft, XT597 is a fantastic subject given it’s red/white/blue scheme and add to that it’s 25th Anniversary markings applied for the International Air Tattoo, RAF Greenham Common in 1983 – it’s a winner!
Interestingly enough, it had completely by-passed me that XT597 has a very different nose cone fitted that has a flatter underside and is broader too. Although XT597 looks very forlorn in the following photos, the aircraft is being preserved and restored as we speak which is very good to hear. I’m very grateful to Michael Storey for sharing these images with us – take a look at that nose profile.
You have two choices with the Airfix kit, buy a resin replacement from Freightdog Models (FDR72120) or adapt the kit part, which I did do in the end having been very careless with my razor saw! The resin replacement is ideal and is recommended. I should have realised earlier in the build that a different nose was required and so remember to do your research (I’m normally better than that!!).