I started to build modern fighter after a long interval. Probably it’s my first time of F- 4E Phantom II. I had been stocking for quite a while and the boxes became terrible.
Phantom II is big on a 1/48 scale. It was slightly distorted when the left and right fuselage were combined and it did not suit well. I kept keeping it for quite a long time, so I’m not sure if strange power has been added or whether it is from the beginning. I can compare it if I made the same kit of Hasegawa several times in the past. I think that it has probably been somehow a distortion if crimping firmly strongly. I think that the distortion will be corrected if I crimp it firmly.
Because it is an old kit, the mold of the cockpit panel is splendidly done, but there was no decal. It is all brush painting. I like cockpit decals as it looks good and easy to stick.
I injected the adhesive evenly and glued strongly. It seems no problem as it is not much distortion.
The bottom angle of the tail wing is 23 degrees. It needs a delicate angle adjustment, it looks like this when looking at actual photos.
One of the selling points of this kit is this one piece canopy. If you make the canopy in the closed state, it seems to be easier to make than the clear parts divided into four. I was polishing with a compound as it was a bit scratched. I do not like this kind of work very much. I have no perseverance so scratches are left in half way.
Since the decal was yellowed, I had experimented with direct sunlight to improve yellowing. When it is irradiated too much, it becomes rustling and shattered in water, so needed it moderately. At this point, there are no options for the 30th-anniversary painting. I wanted to paint camouflage paint after a long absence, so change to this. Perhaps it is possible to get only a decal about 1,000 yen with customer service.
So, I used a Microscale Decal, try to select marking from this. It was not included small decals but it seemed like the minimum necessary change. I want to complete it somehow to use Hasegawa’s caution decals. However, the description on this Microscale is rough and difficult to understand. Since these items are purchased by Phantom II mania, it is only the minimum necessary information, and after that the modeler searches and interprets oneself.
Many people are crying at the yellow tint of Hasegawa Decal. Has it improved recently? If it improves, I think that the rank of Hasegawa is two steps up in me. No, of course, I always thank Hasegawa. When the decal is irradiated with sunlight for several hours, the white part is impossible, but the rest changed to usable. Shark teeth are yellowing compared to the characters on the keyboard. Or maybe it is not white from the original. It is unnatural for only the shark tooth to yellow.
I carved the whole panel lines included the disappeared by filing. Perhaps some of the parts are very old. I tried to connect it delicately and carve it straight, anyway I could connect them. It is camouflage paint, so no need to worry so much.
The cockpit is like this. I tried to add seat belts and paint small panels and as fine as possible.
Metallic paint around the engine nozzle. I would like to blow the Silver at the end. This is how I thought about painting order. The truth is that I don’t want to do much masking on the metallic surface.
I don’t have paint #311 gray FS36662, the color of the aircraft’s bottom at hand, I have to go buy it. For the time being, I’m painting missiles and sticking decals…. Now I’m preparing to mask the jet engine and ready for basic color painting.
When I use too much shadow, using two colors of green like this three-color camouflage, coloring border becomes very difficult to understand. After all, I do not have much shadow effect because of repeatedly blowing over and over?
Well, the three colors camouflage and fuselage underside is finished. The atmosphere of the courageous appearance of the Vietnam War came out. Three airbrushes were fully operated, painted gradually by narrow blowing, so I didn’t mask except the engine and nose. Four colors in total with tri-color camouflage and gray on the lower side, it’s convenient to use four airbrushes at the same time, but I think one of my brush 0.5mm is too thick. It seems to be in a painting posture like something like a multi-armed deity. Cleaning up all the airbrushes is awfully troublesome. It is completed after sticking decals and attaching landing gears and missiles, it is halfway to completion.
I thought it’s OK, even if the landing gear compartment at the bottom of the fuselage was still gray. Actually, since the color tone is quite different from white, I painted white later.
I was able to choose from five kinds of marking in the Microscale Decal. Marking of the stripe was the first hope, so I first stuck from these. If it fails, it is possible to change to other choices on the way. Retouching of the surface is necessary but somehow succeeded. The red line in the center of the fuselage, they should have included it in the decal as well. I thought it’s very easy to stick the decals of this belt, but in reality, it was pretty difficult to work, hard to fit the patterns and fit the curved surface.
There are unexpectedly many parts on the bottom of the aircraft to be installed after painting. I have to retouch the adhesive marks later. But I think it’s getting better.
I thought the F-4 Phantom probably would not be big after completed, but I checked the length that was the same as F-15 Eagle and F-14 Tomcat. Phantom II, I started to make it easy feeling, and I was surprised at this size, but it was completed anyway, it might be able to complete the F-15 as the same difficulty.
Considering the decal, there are many adjustments to change the painting pattern. I think there are quite a few mistakes for that. Well, I did as much as possible with materials that I can use now.
Silvering has occurred in some places such as the decal on the tail wing. After all, it is better to blow clear once after basic paint? I thought that it was no problem with a semi-gloss overcoat. One of the silvering reasons, I could not use Mark Softer so aggressively because it is rather delicate decals. I did not use the decals sold separately, so I did not understand the feeling.
I personally satisfied the cockpit because I painted it with a brush to a fine part.
Unfortunately, when the canopy masking was peeled off at the final stage, the leftmost side of the tip was slightly whitened. Perhaps the adhesive flowed in during gluing, not painting. I mixed black and clear of enamel paint and made a color like clear smoke and recovered. It became a little better.
The marking was “Spunky VI” F-4E Phantom II – 34th TFS / 388th TFW Korat RTAFB Thailand. During the Vietnam War, this team had air-to-air missions and bombing missions from Thailand’s Korat US Air Force Base. The 388 TFW was characterized by the shark teeth marking. This is a fairly flashy marking, I wonder it reduces the effect of camouflage paint?
There is no detailed explanation on the Microscale manual, there is a part judged from Hasegawa’s painting manual, etc. It may not be accurate painting. But the camouflage paint of the phantom and the shark teeth are pretty good and I like them well.
I thought that it was difficult to understand the green two colors of tri-color camouflage for a while, It would be nice to know the difference between the two colors by overlapping the colors with airbrush many times.
I did not like this marking of a Sherman tank as childish, after making Phantom II, it is pretty good looking enough to make it again.
Weapons are four Sparrow air-to-air missiles and four Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles.
It is regrettable that the decal has become wrinkled slightly when coating the whole body and that the pinout marks such as missiles are not completely disappeared. I want to pay close attention when I make an airplane model again. It is strange that there are a lot of things to notice after completed.
I managed to finish it as it was, I feel like I’ve worked a bit better. I think whether camouflage painting with an airbrush finally went well.
I thought F-4 is big when I was taking the photo, the Eagle and Russian Flanker I made earlier were 1/72 scale. I have Revell F-15E, maybe it’s the almost the same size as this model.