Hasegawa 1/72 F-4EJ Kai
Finally finished another of my Phantom builds. I used a set of dry transfers for the stenciling and panel numbers (at least 50 hours of effort – details in the build thread). Don’t know that I want to do that again! Added some pilots and some details to the cockpit. Painted using GS JASDF Ocean Blues set (a tad different shades than the paints I used for the F-2B). I broke off the nose probe during stenciling, but the stencil set had provided a metal probe so I added that back. Vallejo metals used for the metal work.
I have to say I think this bird is one of the prettiest Phantoms in existence (though it’s kinda hard to use that word about the Rhino!) 🙂 With all the gray and camo schemes, this scheme just stands out in my mind. I chose the gray tanks to add some additional color to the blues (from reference photos).
I used a water-based panel line wash, though the engraved lines of the Has kit are pretty shallow. Some of my stenciling work actually pulled the dry “plastic” panel lines out of some of the grooves when I pulled the tape off, so had to touch up a bit – last time I’ll use that brand of wash (secured some Mig washes). I used an oil filter to dirty up the underside rear, and oils and pastels to add more dirt, grime and weathering. I tried to restrain a tad, because the JASDF folks tend to keep their charges pretty clean. I did use oil dot filtering to fade the paint, as fading does seem to become noticeable on these birds.
More details in the World of Phantoms build thread (in the WIP-Aircraft group): https://imodeler.com/groups/work-in-progress-aircraft/forum/topic/world-of-phantoms-1-72/
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