1/48 Luftwaffe F-4F Phantom

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1/48 Luftwaffe F-4F Phantom

Joined: February 27th, 2005, 12:37 am

July 9th, 2018, 11:25 pm #1

Our club is having an F-4 Phantom build, so I built this one. This is based on a color rendering by Lou Drendel in his 1977 SS book "Phantom II". I used a Hasagawa 1/48 F-4EJ kit for the build, leaving off the optional recce pods and later ECM gear. The German F-4F was essentially a stripped down F-4E without Sparrow missile capabilities when they were first bought. Since the drawing in the book shows an unarmed plane, I built mine that way, and saved some work too! I had a spare True Details F-4 resin tub and some resin seats, so I added those. I also scratchbuilt some intake covers which not only block off the too short intakes, but add some color too. Steel tubing was used for the pitot tubes in the tail fin and on the nose.

001 (2).JPG 002.JPG 003.JPG 004.JPG 005.JPG 007.JPG 008.JPG 006.JPG The camo was done using paper masks with bits of tape on the back which lifted the paper just off the surface. That help give a soft, tight edge; though some touch up was needed from getting the airbrush to low and spraying a bit under the paper masks in spots. The markings came from spares box. The only trick here was many of them were 30-35yrs old and didn't have much adhesive left! I had to "Future" many of them in place, which not only set them, but also help suck them down into the panel lines. The panel lines were done in pencil, while the grills were accented with Tamiya wash. The NMF areas in the rear were done in Alclad Dark Aluminum and Titanium, while the exhaust cans were simply sprayed with Metalizer buffing Jet Exhaust.

I've been meaning to build this Phantom for a couple of decades, so it's fun to have gotten this one done! Comments, critiques, and questions welcome. Cheers!

GIL
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Joined: October 25th, 2004, 1:51 pm

July 9th, 2018, 11:35 pm #2

Nice. I like the scheme a lot!


Brandon
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Joined: May 11th, 2005, 3:20 pm

July 10th, 2018, 10:13 am #3

NNNNNNNNNNNNNICE !
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Joined: July 29th, 2005, 2:12 pm

July 10th, 2018, 1:16 pm #4

Wow. Flawless paint and a very attractive scheme. Beautiful job, Gil!
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Joined: March 22nd, 2018, 7:25 pm

July 10th, 2018, 2:57 pm #5

Yes beautiful job on a beautiful jet. It really looks nice in this scheme.

I agree about the fod covers adding a splash of color too, and they tie in nicely with the nearby red in the Richtofen badge which also compliments the red in the fin flash and the fuselage stripe. It all ties the room together. :)
I'm not retro, my stash got old. ~John Krukowski
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Joined: June 28th, 2005, 12:03 am

July 10th, 2018, 3:25 pm #6

What a beautiful build and finish. I love that Camo work. Suberb!!

Frank
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Joined: January 11th, 2015, 2:04 pm

July 10th, 2018, 4:46 pm #7

Nice scheme, paintwork and modelling. Well done sir!
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Joined: October 30th, 2005, 1:44 pm

July 10th, 2018, 4:49 pm #8

Wow! Superb Phantom ,so beautifuly done . I love the paint work, very attractive camo paint scheme, excellent work. 
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Joined: August 19th, 2005, 11:48 pm

July 11th, 2018, 10:33 am #9

That is top notch Gil!
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Joined: June 13th, 2010, 2:35 am

July 12th, 2018, 12:15 am #10

Outstanding painting work.
Congratulations
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