Teeth and Fang, 153030 QF-4N, 1/72 Fujimi.
The Navy converted a number of F-4N’s into drones, Utilizing them not just as targets but also to test new equipment and weapons. Capable to fly with a pilot or NOLO, no live operator. At the end of it’s useful life, about 5,000 hours it would then be expended as a target. Bureau number 153030 was spared this, besides being the last Navy F-4 to fly, last flight August 4 2004, it ended up on display on the USS Midway museum in California. Doing research on 153030 I came upon a photo of it flying with a Tomahawk missile, Thinking that it might have launched said missile I did a search and acquired 1/72 scale examples. It wasn’t until later that I discovered that it was only flying chase to the Tomahawk. I took liberties and hung one on a pylon anyway.
The build is Fujimi 1/72 F-4B/N. Decals come from Aeromasters, I forget who made the Tomahawks. Paint is Testors rattle can light gull gray and gloss orange.
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