Monogram/ Pro Modeler's 1/48
F-4E Phantom II
by Don Fogal
McDonnell Douglas F-4E
57th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
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Hi everyone, this is my first submission to HyperScale, I hope you
I’m a member of a local hobby club (High Flight in Willow Grove,
Pa.), and it was at some of the members coaxing, that I decided to
submit an article.
This is Monogram’s Pro Modeler 1/48th scale F-4E Phantom II. I’m sure
everyone knows that this is the Hasagawa’s kit re-boxed, but I’m not
complaining, I think it was a great move on Monogram’s part to start
re-boxing Hasagawa’s kits, and offer them at a better price.
I won’t go in to the history of the Phantom, as any one reading this
article is probably as big a fan of this airplane as I am, and I can’t
say any more than what you’ve already read.
Sorry I don’t have any in progress photos, as I didn’t know I’d be
submitting this as an article. I built this one pretty much out of the
box; I did however have to add the leading edge slats. I used the
fairings from the Testor’s F-4E kit, and made the outboard slats from
plastic card. I cut away a 1/16th strip from the outboard wing, and
added the actuators, and slats.
The AIM-9’s, and AIM-7’s are from the Hasagawa weapons set, the rails
are from an old Monogram F-4D. (They look better than Hasagawa’s). The
ejection seats are from Black Box. Any one that has built this kit knows
it is a pleasure to build, nice detailing, good fit, and no major
hassles. Seems Mr. Hasagawa is getting good use out of this mold, as
it’s the basis for all the other variants that they’re releasing.
painting is all done with Model Master, and the decals are Experts
Choice (No. 48-3 F-4E, 57th FIS, Keflavik, Iceland, Commanders A/C and
William Tell 1982). These are excellent decals, they went down with a
minimum of Micro-set, and look great.
I had picked this aircraft and scheme because I thought it was one of
the cleanest, nicest looking schemes the Phantom wore. I have a growing
collection of F-4’s, and this one has to be the neatest looking of the
lot. It was difficult not to weather it too much, these birds were kept
very clean, almost immaculate compared to the ones painted in SEA colors.
I gave it a wash of dark gray, just to accent the panel lines, and
minimal weathering, and wear.
The aircraft is painted ADC gray overall, and several shades of
Metalizers on the tail.
To achieve what I think is a more accurate and better looking “scale
shine”, I mixed Testor's Dull Cote with Gloss Cote to create a slightly
glossy satin finish.
I liked the effect, as did the guys at the club.
Armed for the squadron’s primary mission, long-range intercept, and
air defense, she looks as mean, as she is beautiful.
I enjoyed building this one, and there are many more to follow.
The pictures are taken during one of our club meetings at the Delaware
Valley Historical Aircraft Association Museum; Dave W. Aungst took all
the photos. (Thanks Dave.)
I may try my hand at photographing some of my models on my own later.
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Author: Geoff Coughlin, Neil Ashby
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: September 25, 2003
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 1841767468
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