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F-4N Phantom II VF-151 "Vigilantes"

Fujimi 1/72nd Scale Kit



This is an old Fujimi kit dated from 1989 which I picked up at a show one weekend whilst rummaging through a box of odds and sods. This took me back to when I build a couple of the old Airfix Phantoms as a kid and would like to build another for posterity.

One of the clubs monthly competition themes was aircraft, so this was the idea subject for my model. After some delibaration, I came up with the idea of building the model in flight. Also whilst reading the instruction sheet, I discovered that the kit had the option of building it either with or without the external fuel tanks. This is when I came up with the idea of modelling the Phantom just after dropping its externals.

The model was basically built as per the instructions, except the undercarriage areas needed modifying to accept the doors in the closed position. With the fuel tanks, I removed the cradles from them to represent the tanks being dropped. As I did not have the correct grey in my paint stock, I mixed it up from Revell's new waterbased acryllic paints and airbrushed the model. After all the decals were added, I sprayed a couple of coats of Johnsons Klear mixed with Tamiya's flat base for the satin finish. Weathering was created to represent the aircraft in a combat zone with the air full of dirt and smoke.

The base was made originally for a 1/18th die-cast car from MDF with the edges routered. After painting the base black and clearing it, an arial photograph was downlowded from the internet, printed on an A4 sheet of photo paper, trimmed and glued to the base. The stands are made from aluminium rod which I turned up on my mini lathe. The aircraft is mounted to the stand with some steel wire and glued into place.

Just click on each image to view the large version.

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