1/72 Hasegawa F-4E Phantom II / Kurnass 2000
Started back in late Feb or early Mar (who can remember that long ago now…), this was the second of 2 Phantoms I started simultaneously (along with the EJ Kai already posted). The kit was typical Hasegawa late-version, with lots of interchangeable parts in the box to accommodate whatever version was intended, meaning there were some janky seams and parts fit issues.
Pretty much out of the box except for the armament, and the riveting work I did. I used Rafael AGM-142A Popeye missiles and an AN/ASW-55 data link pod from the Skunkworks IDF weapons set, and sawed off the end of the Popeyes and used a large diameter clear sprue to add the clear heads. I scratch built the forward sparrow bay sidewinder launcher, used only for AIM-9 missiles, and an AIM-9 from a Hasegawa Weapons set. I did swap out the wing tank for the separate pylon and wing tank from an older kit (probably an Italeri kit), because I needed the other matching pylon to mount the data link pod. The kit wing tanks are molded to the pylons. The refueling probe was a white metal that Hasegawa provided in the box. (I had to order a resin probe for the later IDF RF-4E I’ll build).
Painted with Akan paint set for late IDF camo scheme. This was my second time with Akan paints, and although they sprayed pretty well, I had some issues with the paint not looking the same shade when I had to come back and touch up a few areas. I’ve never had that problem with Tamiya or GS paints, but then again, I have not been using an airbrush very long. Vallejo Metal Colors for the metal work. Decals came from Cutting Edge (really nice, and enough left over for the gray RF-4E I’ll do soon…), and stencils from two different stencil sets. References were a bit mixed on how many stencils ended up visible on the Kurnass 2000, so I went for most but not all of those available.
Weathered with oil filter washes and oil dot filtering, AK weathering pencils, pastel chalk powders, and Tamiya Weathering sets. Panel line wash was The Detailer water-based wash.
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