The Phantom of Yeovilton!
This is my version of the FG. 1 Phantom, deployed with No. 767 Naval Squadron and stationed in Yeovilton, built completely unadorned from Airfix’s lovely 1/72 kit.
Not usually a jet-builder, I had to make one of these. Apart from the Phantom’s perfect design, the Royal Navy deployed the plane in its best livery; dark sea grey makes this beast look like what it was – the heaviest plane deployed on an aircraft carrier.
My second trip back to modeling is largely nostalgic, and the planes I build were the ones I remember my dad and big brother making. Plus, growing up in the South of England, Yeovilton was one of my first experiences at an air museum. Not sure how much I appreciated it at the time, but Airfix know what they’re doing to get my generation back in the game: iconic aircraft, engineered beautifully and inventively.
Whatever the inaccuracies, I enjoyed making this almost more than any other kit I’ve made in the last couple of years – even the hundreds of stencils!
You’ll have to excuse the sentimentality with this post.
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