McDonnell F-4C Phantom II (1/48, Eduard)
This build came out of nowhere when Eduard issued limited edition Good evening Da Nang. SEA camo scheme is notorious, so I decided to go for genuine light gull grey over white scheme, which have seen early days on Vietnam War.
There was a lot of areas to fix in order to build correct airframe. Eduard box comes with Academy plastic, some basic PE sheet and wheels, seats and nozzles from Brassin range. I’ve added seamless intake trunks, positionable stabilizers, early inboard pylons, auxiliary intakes and correct variant of ejection seats.
Model was painted with Mr. Paint colors including the roundels, airframe number, letterings and symbols on the drop tanks. Only a handful decals was used. All the stencils (over 500) are courtesy of HGW wet transfers.
Ordnance was chosen according to pictures of the airframe from winter 1965-66 using M117 bombs from Brassin range and Aerobonus MER/TER adaptors. AIM-7 missiles are out of the box as the Brassin counterparts does not fit on the Academy/Eduard model.
Weathering is rather subtle with focus on common wear and tear. I’ve used mostly oil paints, filters and a pencil.
It was a challenging build, almost threw it away several times, but now when I know the flaws and issues, I will definitely come back for one more in the future.
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