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.
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.
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 of 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 of 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 in in, anyway I could connect them. It is camouflage paint, so no need to worry so much.
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, the 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 are 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 troublesome. It is completed after sticking decals and attaching landing gears and missiles, it is halfway to completion.
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 should have been included 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.
I thought the F-4 Phantom probably would not be big after completion, 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 with the same difficulty.
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.
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 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 an 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 the airbrush many times.
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. Strangely, there are a lot of things to notice after completed.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.