Tag: Cold War

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 F-4J Phantom II Pt.3 – Finishing

BuNo 155800 NG-100, an F-4J, callsign Showtime 100, from VF-96 Fighting Falcons, was the aircraft flown by Pilot Lt. Randall ‘Duke’ Cunningham and RIO Lt. (jg) William ‘Willy Irish’ Driscoll when they scored their third, fourth and fifth kills to be the Navy’s only two ‘Aces’ of the Vietnam War....

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 F-4J Phantom II Pt.2 – Painting

Instead of stripping the pebbly paint I decided to simply sand and buff smooth as much as I can. I could only do the best for the hard to reach areas like the inside of the inner pylons though. I also tried to improve the fit of the canopy onto the fuselage. This kit really …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 F-4J Phantom II Pt.1 – Construction

One of my oldest Shelf Queens, I started this kit in 2008 and had never finished it beyond the start of painting. I figured I should finally finish it up. My initial cockpit work from 2008. Belts were done with masking tape. The F-4J doesn’t have the arrowhead reinforcement plates on the stabilizers. These were …...

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WIP : Trumpeter 1/72 F-100F Super Sabre Pt.1 – Construction

There has never been an official F-100F Wild Weasel I kitted so the only route is to modify a base 2-seater Super Sabre. Well, how hard can that be right? The base kit will be the Trumpeter F-100F kit from 2010. No photo of the box as I’d thrown the box away to save space …...

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Previews

Preview : 1/72 F-4 Phantom II kit comparison (Fine Molds, Fujimi and Hasegawa)

The fine folks at Fine Molds have a reputation of superbly done kits and the latest kit in their quiver is the F-4 Phantom II, the first versions (the Japanese EJ and EJ Kai) of which were released in December 2019. With this new kit in my hands, I now have F-4 kits from four …...

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Completed Builds

Completed : Fujimi 1/72 Douglas A-4F Skyhawk

Kit Info Brand: Fujimi F-24 Scale: 1/72 Media: Styrene Markings: Superscale 72-828 The Subject The Douglas (later McDonnell Douglas) A-4 Skyhawk is a single seat subsonic carrier-capable attack aircraft originally developed for the US Navy and US Marine Corps. While relatively lightweight, it was nimble, had a top speed of more than...

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WIP : Fujimi 1/72 A-4F Skyhawk Pt. 2 – Construction, Painting & Finishing

Work continues with the smaller details that need to be addressed. First up is the mis-molded tailhook which eventually broke during my handling during construction. I cut off the tailhook bar and replaced it with 0.5mm plastic rod instead. I drilled a hole into the actuator side and inserted the rod to get a more …...

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WIP : Fujimi 1/72 A-4F Skyhawk Pt. 1 – Construction

I’ve been wanting to build an A-4 Skyhawk armed for an Iron Hand (air defense suppression) mission for a while now and have heard good things about the Fujimi kit. Let’s see how it goes together shall we? The ejection seat has very fine belts molded on but I replaced them with 0.7mm masking tape …...

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Completed : Hasegawa 1/48 Lockheed/Mitsubishi F-104J Starfighter

Kit Info Brand: Hasegawa 09385 Scale: 1/48 Media: Injection Markings: TwoBobs 48-051 ‘F-104J Komatsu Starfighters’ The Subject The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is a single-engine, supersonic interceptor aircraft developed for the USAF, but would serve the air forces of more than a dozen countries. It set many world speed records...

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