So with all the talk of an F-4 Phun Build elsewhere on KM, I cracked-open one of my old Hasegawa kits just to 'remind m'self how much I enjoyed building these back in the day. Well you can guess what happened next, yep I started building it there and then.
This is the old C/D kit that they updated with all the extra lumps'n bumps that were added to the 'real' F-4D's in the late 1980's. Of course me being a little odd, I'll be carving off all those bumps to make a mid 1980's 'C' from the 111th FIS (Texas ANG/ADC). Also I plan on building it exactly as Hasegawa intended, including the seated pilots, no etch, no resin. The only slight modification I'm making to what comes in the box is the decals (from Bare Metal/Experts Choice), leaving off the centreline tank and all the missiles and adding a single AIM-9P from the Hasegawa Weapons set. Hopefully it will look a little like this at the end of the process:
Well that's a h*ll of question, John. I bought these decals when they were new in 1988, and they've been sealed in their pack ever since !! - The honest answer therefore is, I simply don't know. I do know that if they turn to custard that Caracal recently did a set for the same unit, so there is a 'Plan B'.
Dry brushing I use a couple of size #2 round heads that I've cut-down to around 10mm of 'bristle', the hand painting is all with #1, #0 and #00 brushes. Regardless of how much use they've had, I replace all my brushes every 3-to-4 years. It's an old adage but worth repeating here: 'Look after your brushes and your brushes will look after you...'.
My preference - WW2 RNZAF & Pacific Theatre, Allied & Axis, ETO, Mediterranean, AFV & figures
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The weather here in the 'Naki is alternating between cold'n damp and f*ck me it's freezing, so bench-time in my unheated man cave has been somewhat curtailed. That said brush-work continues on the pilots & seats.
Worst part of this version of the Hasegawa 'Phantom Family' is the upper wing bulges, a 'hold over' from the original 'J' kit and not found on any Air Force F-4. Been putting-it-off, but chiselled them away this morning, then set-to.
To be honest, it simply falls together without any fuss whatsoever - even if you have managed to lose the instructions... Ahem
The 'office' worked-out nicely aswell !!
"Texas baby !!"
Thanks for taking the time to look and/or comment. More as soon as I can.
State of play at the moment - Base coat of Tamiya glossy black, sealed with a brush-coat of Johnsons Klear/Future. Unfortunately when I came to apply the Alclad around the rear end on Monday, I found that my six-year-old Iwata BR had finally quit on me and the nozzle in my back-up airbrush (an Iwata HP clone), had split and sheared inside the body of the brush... Well that's just perfect...
So £96.00 later, there's a replacement Iwata on the way from the UK, and I'm not going to be painting any models for a while.
New airbrush arrived Thursday, so took it for a test-drive. AK's 'Extreme Metal' - Aluminium. First time using this enamel lacquer and it's bl**dy superb this is just one medium coat applied at around 20psi !!
Would love to hear from anyone else here who's used it, let me know how it's gone for you - Not you G1, I already know what you think !!