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 🙏🙏
Currently the best kit of the F-111 in this scale. The kit has a very detailed surface, well detailed wheel bays and fully extended flaps and slats. Even the two ECM pods under the fuselage including their pylons are included in the kit (but not mentioned at all in the instructions).
The construction is straightforward with only a bit of putty needed here and there. Only the cockpit tub including seats came from Blackbox (instrument panel from the kit) and the nozzles are from ResKit. Especially the ResKit set is a vast improvement over the kit parts and is highly recommended for any F-111 in scale 48.
I choose to build a bird from Operation Combat Lancer, the disastrous first operations tour of the F-111 in Vietnam in 1968 in a “high threat load” with two MER (with 12 Mk.82 bombs) and two ECM pods. Markings came from the Caracal set 48139, for the stencils I used the extensive kit decals.
I remembered building the Airfix one when I was about 12. (a long, long, time ago!!) I wanted to build the Airfix one, but alas, that goes for silly money. So I picked this up for £15, for it’s day it was very well detailed with a full interior, but I was not bothered with that and so I only put in the cabin floor and seats, which can be seen if you concentrate.
Fit was as you would expect (terrible) and I had to fill every gap on the model, but guess what, I thoroughly enjoyed it!!
Hope you like it.
The kit out of the box cockpit area is mainly lacking in a good pair of Martin Baker Mk.7 ejection seats. I replaced the kit items with a pair of resin replacement seats. I also had in the spares box some left over etched items from previous Phantom builds. I added these to what is already good for its age kit cockpit.
Other extras added to the model were a pair of resin rear wheels. These replaced the inaccurate kit items. The weapons again came from the spares box and were modified to represent training rounds. Paint was applied through the airbrush using Hataka orange line paints. The decals and markings are aftermarket items. These depict an aircraft from the RAF of number 92 squadron 1987.
Weathering was then applied to give the aircraft that in-service look. I also made a simple base to display the model. The SUU underbelly gun supplied with the kit was mounted on a scratch built trolley I made after looking at reference photos of the real thing.
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.
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.
The paints used are Gunze and Alclad metals and coats.
Hope you like it!
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.
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.
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)
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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?
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.
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)
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.
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.