Hasegawa 1/72 F-4B Phantom II
VF-84 Jolly Rogers during their 1965 VN tour. Backdated to an early bird, no ECM antennas and un-slotted stabilators. Several details from scratch but I also used photoetched sets, resin weapons, TERs, wheels, afterburner cans, ejection seats and cockpit mirrors, aftermarket decals (with several errors on the graphics) and turned metal probes.
This pair were started in 02/19, by 09/19 I set this one aside in order to finish the F-4S, by late 12/19 I went back to this B-bird to finish it up. So in total, these Rhinos took me a little over 14 months.
My observations about this kit are the same than in the previous S-bird since it is the same basic mold. Hope you like it.
This is an unbelievable build, Ruben. It is hard to believe that you were able to pack all of this detail into a 1/72 model. Especially when you check out all of the stencils all over the plane.
Thank you, yes, lots of stencils, 2 sessions to place them.
Beautiful! I served on Indy many years after this, and shared the flight deck with VF-84 on Nimitz and Theodore Roosevelt again, many years later. So, I have a soft spot for any model that has one, but especially both! And a Phantom! Excellent!
Lucky you! I like you liked it.
An excellent build, from the ordinance to the intake covers! There's an old film you might want to check out, Ready on Arrival, It's got VF-84 on Independence in the Tonkin Gulf early in the war.
Ready on Arrival is a great film!
Unbelievable. I am in Awe.
Thank you M. Cleaver.
That is a phabulous phantom.
That's an astonishing job, Ruben! At first I thought 1/72 was a typo, as this looks a superbly built 1/32!
All the best!
No typo, but lots of time and eye strain.
Very impressive and a pleasure to view
Thank you very much.
Well done, Ruben. I honestly thought it was 1/32 when I first saw it.
I don´t have the space for 1/32 jets, maybe I could venture in one or other in the future.
Ruben, there's a competition trophy for this build in your future. Remarkable work. ALL good, but especially impressed with your weapons completions; superb.
Thank you for your best wishes and compliments.
Thank for sharing this little work of art! You pulled out all the stops.
You´re most welcome.
Great. A very inspiring job, Ruben.
Thank you, as I was inspired by other modelers´ work, I hope I can do the same for some people.
Thank you for your appreciation.
Thank you for visiting this post.
That is a real beauty! I'm in the middle of two Hasegawa 1/72 Phantoms now (E and EJ), and it takes work to clean them up nicely! Well done.
My samples showed already the age in the molds, most of the surface had to be rescribed and I ended up adding more details and correcting some others. Wish you the best with yours.
This is just amazing! A real delight to study your masterpiece!
Thank you for watching.