Airfix F4B Phantom

Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

April 29th, 2018, 2:25 pm #1

The old kit built pretty much OOTB. I did some minor work on the wing pylons since AIrfix provides a somewhat unusual mix of pylons and weapons in the kit, especially for a Vietnam era Navy plane.  Airfix has revised the kit a few times but the original version built just a B or, as I recall, a C/D,  Later on they added new nose caps and afterburner cans to cosmetically model the B, C/D, E and J, although Airfix ignored changes in the wheels, wing, and tail.  The kit itself is not bad (for a 50 year old kit) but has some tricky fit areas around the lower fuselage (common in Phantom kits),  The biggest problem is that it lacks the small, triangular, windows that are between the front and back canopy covers.  Using the kit parts and fixing this is hard since the center area that is molded solid, is a bit underscale so you can't carve out or paint on the windows. The easiest fix would be to cut the center section off of the fuselage, and replace the whole canopy with a one piece molding from another Phantom.  I didn't bother with any of this, though. The model was painted with Tamiya Pure White spray paint, with the Grey being a mix of Tamiya acrylic jar paints to replicate Flat Gull Grey.  The kit decals were used, and they were not too bad.  My main complaint with them is that while opaque and fairly well printed, they were stiff and not really responsive to any known decal set/solvents.  Some of the smaller markings are grossly oversized.  A couple of the photos were taken before I painted the black anti glare panel on the nose, and the canopy frames.  The overall paint job and decals are not meant to model any one particular jet from an exact time-frame. I noticed some variation in the color demarcations, white nose/black nose, anti glare panel, etc depending on the time-frame and I just wanted what I thought looked good to me. IMG_0068.JPG IMG_0070.JPG IMG_0087.JPG IMG_0092.JPG IMG_0088.JPG IMG_0086.JPG
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Joined: January 12th, 2013, 1:23 am

April 30th, 2018, 3:55 pm #2

Very nice Phantom!  Great work on an old kit, and I like that you have retained the stand feature.  Thanks for sharing here.
Best regards,
Kem
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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

April 30th, 2018, 8:25 pm #3

Thanks ! Truth be known, for some reason I just pictured this kit being on the stand and I had the proper stand just laying around.  
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Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

May 1st, 2018, 8:27 pm #4

Sweet !

That brings back a lot of memories - I built 3 of these kits over time - and I wouldn't mind building another one, even with all the "problems" it has... but it scores big time in the nostalgia and in the fun department 🙂 !

You have done it proud - very smooth and clean finish... showing great care was taken during the build

... and these markings are still one of the most attractive ones ever put on a Phantom

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Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model. 
Puts me on a par with God
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Joined: May 29th, 2006, 5:17 am

May 2nd, 2018, 11:54 am #5

Very nice work!  I find myself often selecting an "old" model of a plane over a newer, more detailed version of the same subject.  Your project and photos kinda show the "why" of it...great job!
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Joined: January 28th, 2007, 3:49 pm

May 2nd, 2018, 9:02 pm #6

Good job, witha very nice finish. It recalls nice memories. This Airfix kit was my first Phantom and I was very happy with it. I would love to build another one f I could find it.
Cheers
Luigi


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Joined: April 13th, 2015, 3:43 am

May 4th, 2018, 6:13 pm #7

Nice job on that classic kit. I must have a fondness for it as well, as I have 2-3 in the stash waiting to built.
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Joined: March 22nd, 2018, 7:25 pm

May 12th, 2018, 3:19 pm #8

I love these markings, I can see why Airfix chose them.

Another beautiful job.
I'm not retro, my stash got old. ~John Krukowski
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Joined: November 15th, 2005, 7:52 pm

May 30th, 2018, 7:29 pm #9

Very nice looking Phantom!  I like the markings as well.

Cheers,
Rick
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Joined: April 20th, 2018, 5:03 pm

June 9th, 2018, 4:01 pm #10

That's a razor sharp build of an Airfix classic. Very nice indeed.

Can I add icing to your cake please?
 I went for the black nose on mine, I think I prefer the white version you went with, it seems more in period somehow.

Tony.

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