1/48th F-4 Phantom
So I’m idling away the time with a Monogram (Revell) F-4 Phantom, (copyright 2010)…and I have another F-4 Phantom (from Revell, so the box says, copyright 1987) so I figure I have mix n’ match “extra” parts. Wrong. These two kits – supposedly from the same manufacturer – can’t be any different if they tried. They are no where NEAR alike. Nothing is ‘interchangeable’…not one thing.
The “newer” one is the kit with the red/white fuselage stripes and black/white “invasion” stripes and the really old one is the “Chuck Yeager” edition. There’s no way these two kits came from the same molds.
The one depicted is from the ‘newest’ Revell-O-Gram mold (the one with the stripes). As is the case with most of my stuff, this represents no particular aircraft, simply what I thought “looked the part”. I’m thinkin’ I’ll utilize those stripes I mentioned earlier for the other Phantom. As an aside, Phantoms, regardless of scale, don’t need nose weight.
Not surprisingly, it isn’t up to par with Tami-Gawa’s stuff, but it killed some time. The cockpit is relatively sparse and therefore closed up – and those canopy pieces didn’t fit real well, either. I used the old “tried-and-true” method of camouflage by simply draping an old rag over an already painted airframe and a hand-held “mask” for smaller areas. Works for me.
Another one of those “…good from far, but far from good..” builds. I’m trying to get back into “the zone” before I start on my Tamiya 32nd Birdcage Corsair. I’d like as few mistakes as possible in that build. Well….few-ER mistakes. Sigh.
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