Feature article by Gary “Biff” Vivian
A note from Geoff…
Really pleased to be able to welcome Gary to SMN and his first great contribution, the Hasegawa FG.Mk.1 Phantom II depicting No.111 San RAF “Treble One” in 1:48 scale.
I love this black scheme because it brings back such great memories of trips to many air shows back in the 1980’s and ‘90s. It was at RAF Mildenhall that I saw “Black Mike’ XV582 in the static park – a beautiful evening too and I shot the last few pics I had left on my roll of film – sadly not the best quality camera, but the best I could afford at that time. Anyhow, here are 4 of those photos that I think compliment Gary’s great build article that follows – hope you like them…
Over to you Gary…
• Aires cockpit, wheels and Spey engine set
• Meng missile set numbers SPS-043 and SPS-044
• Eduard ‘remove before flight’ printed photo etch tags and FOD intake covers
• Montex masks were used on the canopies.
• Lifecolor for cockpit and details
• Alclad metals and enamels on main airframe and missiles
• Tamiya X-22 clear to seal
• Windsor & Newton black, white and dark brown oils for weathering
• Final coat of Lifecolor satin clear.
The kit Hasegawa No. 07441 is, if I’m reading Scalemates right, dating from 1988, reissued in 2016 with new decals. First inspection has a fairly detailed cockpit (for its age) and restrained panel lines and riveting. The paint and decal guide for the kit on the box is included separately from the main instructions.