Italeri 1/72 F-4G Wild Weasel – Euro Scheme
Another addition to my Phantom project - an old Italeri kit. I did extensive riveting, and scratch-built the upper rear instrument panel, and I had to close off the back deck of the cockpit, but that's about all the additions to the box except the crew. Milspec decals, AK Real Colors for the 2 greens (though I think the light green is too light - may not use that again), and the grey was a mixture of Tamiya paints. I loaded out with an F-15 centerline tank from a Hasegawa kit, and then put together an asymmetrical mix of ordnance based on several reference photos: The AGM-78 Standard ARM was from the kit, and the AGM-88 HARM, AGM-65 Maverick, AGM-45 Shrike, ALQ-119 ECM pod and the Sparrows were from a couple of Hasegawa weapons sets. I cut the pylon for the ECM pod from the kit pod and used a couple of wire pins to attach to the more realistic-looking Hasegawa pod. The pylon adaptors were a mixture of the kit and Hasegawa weapons sets parts.
This was my first time adding some yellow to the marbling beneath some of the green sections, and I liked the result - I'll do more of that. If you followed my Phantom project build thread, I mentioned how I added compressor blades to the back of the intake trunks. I also did a bit of intake trunk staining for the first time.
The Weasel looks nice in my growing line-up of Phantoms!
Now - what Phantom to tackle next...?
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