F-4S Phantom II
Images by Lutz Degenhardt
scale F-4J Phantom is available online from Squadron.com
Here is my F-4S Phantom II by Hasegawa. I initially
intended to build it with some Superscale decals for a three-tone grey
camouflaged aircraft I had on the shelf for quite a long time.
But after looking closer to the decal sheet and painting
instructions of the kit, the colourful paint scheme turned out to be too
enticing. So this model was built ‘out-of the box’ – including decals.
Basic assembly was the same as on my previously built
F-4J (see the earlier article on HyperScale)
with the respective differences for an F-4S – covered completely by
Hasegawa’s instructions and parts.
I used the one-piece canopy for this model, and it
requires some dry-fitting together with part D35 (rear canopy fairing)
before this is glued to the fuselage. But even with careful preparation
and D35 in the correct position I was not satisfied with the fit of the
one-piece canopy. My next Phantom will have open canopies again.
No ordnance was used on this kit. Only the 600 gal.
Centerline fuel tank was fitted.
Most of the large areas of dark blue on this aircraft
are provided as decals, but I prefer spray painting whenever possible
and Hasegawa offers all the smaller decals needed separately, thus
making the decision much easier.
Painting sequence was also the same as on my F-4J, of
course with the exception of the dark blue, which was painted last. I
used Revell’s Gloss blue No. 51. The only blue decal used is the one for
the fuel tank and in comparison the colour’s match is very good. FS16440
Gull Grey is XTRA-Color.
The two sizes of white stars were also spray-painted,
using an etched-metal stencil template originally made for use on US
armour. This worked very well though it is a little bit tricky to get
all the stars in the correct position.
The paint scheme is a commemorative scheme by air artist
Don Spering for the aircraft’s retirement ceremony in 1991, when it
served with VMFA-321 “Hell’s Angels” as part of Detachment ‘A’ of Marine
Air Group 41, when they transitioned to the F-18. Note absence of nearly
all small stencilling on this aircraft.
Although I am used to Hasegawa decals and all the
preparations (gloss paint coat, Micro Set/Sol) were as usual, I suffered
from a lot of silvering this time, so there had to be some drybrushing
and even some real over-painting in some of the inflicted areas. So I
was even happier with my decision to have sprayed all the little stars
on the dark blue areas.
So I am still here with the Superscale decals the kit
was bought for. If they will ever be used, I do not know. But there is
no doubt that this was not my last of the Hasegawa Phantoms. I will make
many more, especially when the F-4B becomes available again.
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