Hasegawa 1/72 F-4B Phantom II

March 28, 2020 · in Aviation · · 35 · 3.5K

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.

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35 responses

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. Unbelievable. I am in Awe.

  5. Beautiful work.

  6. That is a phabulous phantom.

  7. 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!

  8. Very impressive and a pleasure to view

  9. Well done, Ruben. I honestly thought it was 1/32 when I first saw it.

  10. Ruben, there's a competition trophy for this build in your future. Remarkable work. ALL good, but especially impressed with your weapons completions; superb.

  11. Thank for sharing this little work of art! You pulled out all the stops.

  12. Great. A very inspiring job, Ruben.

  13. 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.

  14. This is just amazing! A real delight to study your masterpiece!

  15. I've built "a few" Hasegawa Phantoms over the last few decades, so I can truly appreciate all you've added to the se kits to make your masterpieces!
    Gene K

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