1/48 Phantom FG.1 (Group Build)
This is the 1/48 Hasegawa kit built OOB with the exception of the decals, which came from Aeromaster. The 48 FG.1s built for the Royal Navy are the most unique Phantoms of all. The RR Spey engines necessitated a redesign of the fuselage. The intakes are 25% larger then those on J-79 powered F-4s and are squarer in shape. The rear fuselage is a bit deeper, and the a/c required two aux. air intakes on each rear fuselage side. Unlike Spey powered RAF Phantoms, the 48 FG.1s were equipped with the tall, telescoping nose gear seen on my model. This increased the angle of attack to get these big birds off of the smaller British carriers. In the end, only 892 Sq. ever operated the a/c at sea due to budget cuts. This model represents one of the planes that was "zapped" overnight by USN squadron VF-171 on a visit to NAS Oceana in 1978. Unique look to say the least! I included a couple of pics with plane parked next to it's Sea Vixen stablemate. Now we need a Scimitar and a Gannet! I painted it with Mr. Color and Tamiya lacquers, along with Humbrol enamels. Thanks to Greg K. for getting the group build going and giving me an excuse to build this one!