F-4D is done!

Be still my heart.  The first model completed this year (and I have actually had it started for years).

A quick recap;

  • Monogram “Hi-Tech” F-4C/D
  • used KMC cockpit for Hasegawa kit: this was a bit of a struggle and the photoetch for canopy just didn’t fit
  • finished in ADC gray so I can add it to my Century Series 1/48 Monogram collection
  • used Speed Hunter Graphics F-4 National Guard decals.  Very thin, in register, colorful, but I had a hard time with the long decals

This sat on the shelf for a few years while I psyched up to work the resin cockpit set into the kit.  I finally found the compromise and it looks great.

Here are some finished shots….

f-4d done   f-4d done back

Next on the list;

  • Monogram B-58 (I’m a Monogram rescribe-a-holic, if I do it I’ll just have to rescribe), or
  • a Monogram 1/72 Bf-110e and and Eduard Bf-110e built together.  I’ll use the Eduard cockpit from the kit and modify it into the Monogram model as I have a Big Sin set for the Eduard kit, or
  • Eduard Fw-190A-8 with a DML Ta-152C in 1/48, or
  • Keep progressing on the Revell Constitution I am rigging

I’ve got the 4th weekend to think about it!

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F-4D big decals on

I’ve actually been working on this kit daily for the last few days.  At least three.  I can’t remember the last time I had that many consecutive days.

The main decals are on.  I’m using the Speed Hunter ANG F-4 decals and they are great!  So good and thin in fact that I trashed one of the U.S. Air Force decals and had to get a couple of spares out of the box.

But they are coming right along!  And they look pretty good.

Next is the plethora of stencils.  I usually blow by these but I’ve seen so many F-4s with stencils I’ll work on them until I can’t take it anymore.

Here’s a few shots.

decal 1 decal 2 decal 3

ADC on F-4D

The Phantom is painted.  I used Model Master Aircraft Gray with it’s own airbrush thinner.  I usually use lacquer thinner with model master but discovered a can of the model master thinner digging around that I didn’t remember I had.  I think the results came out pretty good as the paint seem glossy enough to decal without the usual coat of future.

I discover a lot of things sometimes digging around I forgot I had.  I gather things here and there that I find and pack them away thinking I’m going to use them for something then forget I ever have them.

The Monogram F-4D is ready for decals.  I’m using the new Speed Hunter decals with the Oregon ANG scheme.  I’m looking forward to seeing how they perform.

http://www.speedhuntergraphics.com/product-p/sgh48002.htm

f-4d painted

Till next time….