Revell 1/32 F-4E Phantom II, Hellenic Air Force
The Phantom entered service with the Hellenic Air Force in 1974 under the arms program “Peace Icarus”.
This is the second generation Revell kit, a very nice kit with engraved panel lines, good fit and good (at most places) detail.
The specific kit has been severely criticized for nose shape inaccuracy and anemic nose landing gear, also for other "secondary" issues (like cockpit sidewall sparsity and so on...).
Though these critiques are totally respected regarding the subjects, their severity or not might lie up to the individual. To me, the final result looks like a mean F-4, I am ok with that.
The air brakes were attached in the closed position (which is not that realistic, as they - and also the flaperons - droop very soon after engine shutdown...).
The stabilators were modified to "slatted" config, using AMRAAM body halves and stretched sprue:
I used the Icarus Decals maintenance stencils, a bazillion of them, their application resulting reaching the absolute limits of my sanity envelope...
The model was too big to take pics inside, so I took outdoor pics during a lovely Greek morning.
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