Iconic Fighter Plane Model: Hasegawa 1/48 F-4S USMC Scheme
This is one of my favorite models of my favorite jet fighter in one of my favorite schemes. Through most of my childhood, and early adult life, I wanted to do one thing. Fly F-4s for the USMC. I could not think of a cooler thing to do. Well, what happened? I got close but no cigar. Thats a long story for another day. Well, if I could not fly one I wanted to make a decent model of what my F-4 could of looked like. I wanted this model to have that rough rider, rag-tag, hard working look that I envisioned my F-4 would of looked like back in the early 80s prior to a transition to F-18 Hornets. It had to be a mean looking fighting machine. So with all my passion and enthusiasm I put this model together. I built this Hasegawa kit about 8 years ago and I no longer own it. It was sold off a few years ago. I came across these pictures so thought I would post them. I recall using a few after-market kits to enhance the base model such as a resin cockpit set, and resin exhaust nozzles. I also recall using a significant amount of exterior PE to insure it had the changes that a late-model Phantom incorporated in the "S" variant. I also recall this was the 1st model I built that had the low-vis Navy/Marine camo, and the 1st time I had attempted to weather a model in this scheme.
In summary I was very happy with the outcome but for some reason never made another. I have the newer 1/48 Academy kit of the F-4 sitting in my stash just waiting to be built. I also collected several after-market accessory packs to enhance the model. I will make sure I post build photos if I ever get around to making her. It would most likely be done in the traditional Navy high-vis scheme decals that come with that kit.
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