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– part of Pen & Sword’s highly successful Flight Craft series
96 pages with 100 colour illustrations
A major section of the book is devoted to scale modelling the F-4 in different scale and featuring some exciting and unique colour schemes.
A first for scale modellers everywhere – a book aimed at scale modellers of all levels interested in building the F-4 Phantom II.
Extras include a reshaped HARM pod to represent a Pave Penny pod (from the Monogram F-16C kit), and 600 gallon underwing tanks from a Hasegawa F-2B kit. The laser guided bombs are the spares box.
I used Humbrol and Model Master enamels for the paint scheme (Hu121, Hu 119, and Model Master Sky Type ‘S’ for the upper surfaces, and Hu 127 for the lower surfaces and weapons). The decals are from Isradecal. The pilot figures are from a Hasegawa accessories set.
Here’s my Tiger Meet F-15E Strike Eagle, based on the Tamiya 1:32 scale kit.
The kit itself needs no introduction but I decided to use aftermarket decals (Two Bobs) for their excellent Lakenheath-based options.
Adding to this, a ‘Tiger Meet’ scheme was applied as seen on a photo of a 494th. ’Panthers’ FIS aircraft in previous years.
She’s painted in Mr.Color acrylic lacquers: Gunship Grey, Orange/Yellow and White and AK Extreme Metal enamels for the NMF.
Humbrol enamels were used for all the finer detail work including the hand-painted ‘Tiger Stripes’.
The model was finished with a light coat of Mr Superclear matt and satin varnishes straight from the rattle can.
I hope you enjoy viewing and thank you for doing so.
I’ve added a Reedoak crew, a complete eduard cockpit equipped with a set of Quinta decals squeezed into the kit, Reskit and KA mix exhausts, eduard rockets and Quickboost pod up front.
Painted in countless thin layers with Tamiya and Gunze acrylics followed by oil paints from Schmincke and Talens in order to create a somewhat realistic weathering for a navy plane.
Hope you like it…
She’s an OOB build apart from the kit’s plastic pitot which was replaced with a piece of nickel/silver wire cut to length.The kit-issue decals were used and performed perfectly with only Micro Sol being used.
She was painted and finished with a mix of Humbrol and Xtracolor enamels and satin Varnish. A classic kit and a classic clean finish. I added homemade plasticard intake covers as a final touch.
Raised details and not as high-tech as most modern kits of today but one I found to be extremely modeller-friendly and an absolute pleasure to build.
I hope you enjoy viewing and thank you for doing so.
Here’s my model of the F3H-2 Demon made from the HobbyBoss kit. The scale is 1:48 – hope you all like it?
This is my build from the amazing F-4C Academy kit in 1:48 scale.
Hope you like it!
As I already had to mix these curious Japanese blue tones, which are described in the F-2A article elsewhere in the Readers Gallery, I started this Hasegawa 48th scale kit of the F-4EJ Kai in JASDF 8 Sqn service, which was rereleased recently.
Besides the Hasegawa kit I used True Details seats, the Wolfpack flaps and slats and Cobra afterburner cans. Otherwise I added the small stripes on the radar nose peculiar to the “Kai” version. The two anti-ship missiles came from the JASDF Weapons set from Hasegawa, whereas the decals are out of the box. And these decals were the only nightmare on this build, as they insisted on silvering. I rarely have such problems with decals in recent years. My system of having a Klear gloss surface and applying the decals also with Klear normally works easy and perfectly. Not so with these Hasegawa “bastards”. I overcame this after making endless small holes in each decal with a small needle and applying Microsoft Sol on each of them. That took several hours/days, but in the end saved the work invested so far.
I hope you like the result.
Maybe a F-2 two-seater or a T-4 will follow soon.
Here is my 1:32 F-4E Phantom “Arizona Chicken” made from the Tamiya kit.
Hope you like it…
This here is my build of the Hasegawa F-4E in IRIAF markings. A lot of hours went in this one. Aires cockpit and exhausts, Icarus decals stencilling set (which took ages to apply), master pitot tube, resin AGM’s, resin exhaust covers and stabilizers from an Academy Phantom. The decals are from Modeller decals in Iran.
Have a great day, Jeroen B.
And another one of my builds! This time it’s a Hasegawa F-4E in Hellenic Air Force trim. I managed to get the Aires cockpit in, which is dreadful and some resin exhausts, also from Aires.
The paints used are Gunze and Alclad metals and coats.
Hope you like it!
It´s a refurbished Hasegawa F-4 E with slatted wings.
The decals are from CAM pro.
Otherwise I did some weathering, added an exercise bomb disperser from a Hasegawa weapons set and a Sidewinder training round. The Sidewinder launch rails are from a Monogram F-4 kit, as they are a better representation of the real ones. Resin seats were also added.
Best wishes Jurgen J.
I love the Tamiya Phantom kits – still the only really decent kits in this scale, they aren’t perfect but they fit together better and are most accurate for variants covered.
This is the Hobby Time (Hasegawa) 1:48 boxing.
As of this morning, we have finished our F-4E adventure that we started installing on November 23rd. Endless thanks to my dear brother Cem DO ĞUT for his logistics support, thanks to my dear Cem DOGUT brother for his logistics support. Thank you 🙏 🙏 🙏
Also a thank you to our brother Levent BURAK KARA…. Looking at the F-4 model that he made, I revealed this model, thank you… thank you may you live long 🙏🙏
Made from the SWS (Zoukei-Mura) kit, with DXM decals.
Hope you like it…
The model depicts an F-4EJ Phantom, 37-8312, belonging to 304 Hikotai, 1985…
Hasegawa’s 1:48 F-4EJ Phantom provided the basis for this build. Surface detail was added, as well as some extra detailing to the cockpit. The TDU-10B tow Target System came from a Hasegawa weapons set, although this was further modified. Decals in the main came from the box, apart from the aircraft nose and tail codes which were added in the form of a stencil created via a Silhouette Portrait cutter. MRP paints used throughout.
The attached images are related to the Academy 1:32 kit of F/A-18D which I made recently.
This kit has an amazing quality and accuracy. I have spent approximately 100 hours to made it. I just send them to you to make them on-line. Hope you like them.
With Warm Regards
Hope you be fine.
I am “Mehdi Nader”, a professional modeler who is living in Iran, Tehran.
I am one of your website’s fan. As the matter of fact, recently I’ve finished
a Revell 1:32 F-4F Phantom II WTD 61 “Flight Test” kit. Actually it took around 35 hours to be made.
I just wanted to share its pictures to you too .
Thanks & Regards, Mehdi Nader
This is yet another Revell F-4F Phantom in 1:72nd. This is my fifth model and is painted to represent aircraft F-4 IRIF (Islamic Republic of Iran). My opinion is the Iranian camouflage is one of the best colour schemes applied to any F-4. (What do you think?)
The ICE Phantom is a major upgrade for the F-4F, and finally gives the aircraft a BVR capability with its APG-65 radar and AIM-120 missiles.
Nice model of one of my favourite subjects, and I was very pleased with the results. Model was built in about 10 days in May and I built it with all restrictions.
In my country is lack of buying facility results in boycott. The boycott is unfair because that causes hurt to all people not to government. (Specially artists)
Mohammad Adl from IRAN 2013 Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is one of my own aircraft dioramas – it’s in 1:32nd scale. The F-4J Phantom is Tamiya’s lovely model of the US Navy variant.
The scene depicts an F-4 of VF-151 “Vigilantes” onboard USS Midway CV-41 circa 1979 about to be prepared – flighted etc, before being launched on a CAP mission.
Hope you like it?
The cockpit and ejection seats were enhanced with Quinta Studio’s 3D decal sheet and using these products for the 1st time, I found them to be a revelation, being easy to use and producing a very pleasing, realistic result. The paints used were AK’s Acrylic 3G Special Set, US Navy & Marine Corps Aircraft Colours 1945-1980. These were thinned with Tamiya X-20A Thinners and sprayed quite nicely. The same company’s Extreme Metal was used for the metallic areas of the kit. To replicate the canopy seals, I used a New Ware “Advanced” Kabuki Mask Set. Weathering was carried out using various oils and pastels. Decals were those supplied with the Kit.
This is the Tamiya 1:32 kit, which is starting to show its age, not sure why they include the screws for fitting, but anyway, she went together rather painlessly. I used resin ejector seats and engine cans, with quite a lot of Eduard brass in, the pilots were from PJ productions, again my thanks to Jenifer @ JS miniatures for the lighting rig, and programming the chip.
Main decals were from the colourful F-4J Phantoms, very nice, more than could be said for the kit decals, they were dreadful, and I had to delve into my spares box, good old spares.
The armaments were Eduard but only the Sparrow and Sidewinders, I was going to use the Eduard kit on the bombs but the kit ones worked nicely. She was all painted using Tamiya paints.
Here is another of the stunning pieces by Hong Hwan Jang. Some incredible weathering on show here. Note the incredibly subtle airbrush work to get that authentic US Navy low-vis finish. Simply inspirational work. Thanks Hong Hwan.
This is the beautiful1/32nd scale Tamiya kit. It’s almost entirely from the box, the only exception being the Eduard cockpit set. Paints used were a mixture of Vallejo, Xtracryllics and Tamiya. The decals are from the kit and I had not seen them applied to a kit in any scale until I used them on mine.
Here’s my Tamiya F-4J Phantom II in 1:32 scale.
I spent a long time on the base using mostly AMMO of Mig Jimenez, AK weathering products and you can also see other small accessories like leaves, grasses etc.
Glad you like it.
Aftermarket: Barracuda Studios resin wheels, Barracuda decals and cockpit stencils.
Painted with custom mixes of Tamiya acrylics. Weathered with oils and enamels.
James DiCesare (Dickerson)
VBF-6, USS Hancock (Cv-19), March 1945.
This is the Tamiya 1:48th scale boxing that includes a tow tractor and two figures.
The deck is part of an Eduard injection moulded item. Basically what came in box created the diorama.
It is a former Iranian Aircraft being delivered to South Vietnam still in its desert camouflage and used in these colours. The scheme was taken from the book “Fall of the Flying Dragon” from Harpia Publishing.
See you! Jürgen Jaacks
After having a bunch of F-5 kits laying around in my cellar for some years now the release of the wonderful AFV Club F-5 E/F in scale 1:48 triggered me to start an F-5 series; and here is the first one. It is an F-5B in a Canadian Aggressor scheme, which is included in the kit. The kit is no longer available, as Classic Airframes unfortunately disappeared from the market last year or so. Whereas the basic layout of the kit is more on the basic side, the resin parts included really make the difference and make effectively almost as good as the new Kinetic kit. Assembly took some dry-fitting of the parts, especially the resin parts. The colours are rather odd, but exactly that makes the difference of the scheme. I used Xtracolor paints: X39, X107 and X133.
After all the work invested was honoured by a medal from the folks from IPMS Winnipeg at SMW 2012. Thanks!
Here is another of my recent Kinetic builds. This is the 1:48 F-5B in VNAF markings.
The mechanism to open/close the canopies were completely scratch built. A pair of resin ejection seats and photo etch mirrors were the only aftermarket parts I used.
The model was painted with Hataka paints from the orange lacquer based range over a black primer from Alclad.
Again the kit decals are very good and gave no problems at all.