F-4B Phantom,VMFA-122 1967/68 Danang. Hasegawa 1/72.
‘If one gun pod is good, three are better’. Primarily flying ground support missions, It was decided to sling three 20mm gun pods under their F-4’s. Being that F-4B/J’s could only carry the pod under the center line station, being Marines the maintenance people improvised and managed to wire the outer wing stations for the pods. At times unreliable, when all the pods worked ‘ the recoil felt like you were backing up’.The reference that I used for this build was Lou Drendel’s USMC Phantoms in combat. There are some interesting narratives in it told by the Marine flyers involved.
The build is Hasegawa’s 1/72 F-4B/N. I like the modular construction, and the way the intake ramps are separate parts. They even included pitot tube that are in the outer walls of the intakes, They were a bit of hazard when you dove the intakes checking for FOD and such on the real thing. The gun pods are from the spares box. I managed to get a set of CAM decals from Hannants.
I’ve included pictures of some F-4 artifacts that I’ve hung onto over the years. A work unit code book that you used to fill out maintenance forms and a set of cards to guide you when you performed inspections on the plane. There also a shot of paradise of Phantoms
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