I started this before we left the UK, and spent a good 50mins digging through boxes this afternoon to find it. Anyways here it is, if it's OK by you folks I'd like this to be included in the GB even though it's already at this stage. If you feel that you cannot accept it, then no worries, I'll build it anyway, and still contribute another Build #2 here.
That's right, s'pose you could consider it a 'dry run' ahead of doing a 1:48 'B' for our Vietnam GB at the end of the year. Difference is that I already know what scheme that one will wear, still haven't decided what to do this one as, but I need to make a decision very soon...
You've jogged my memory Ian. I have a Hasegawa 1-72 F-4E that was started during the Early Jets Group Build about two and a half years ago and got tossed back into the Procrastination Pile once the GB had expired. I didn't get very far with the build so it should really be dragged out and added to the Phantom GB.
I also have a Fujimi 1-72 F-4B like your one that I should drag out too. It's nearly got as much work done on it as your one. That kit fought me during construction to the point I tossed it back in its box in the mid-1980's and forgot about it. The Fujimi kits look good on the sprues but their fit leaves a bit to be desired.
Whilst the 1:72 Hasegawa kits do fit better, I've built around four or five and found them just a little over-engineered and therefore a wee bit frustrating. The Fujimi kits do have a serious problem when you try to get the large lower nose section to mate with the upper sections, however once you solve that, it falls together.
Shape-wise the Fujimi kits are a little off. The cowl over the front instrument panel is way too narrow and the whole thing when standing alongside the Hasegawa kit looks a little 'under-nourished'. That said, I still maintain that shape-wise, the 'best' 'C/D' and 'J' you can build in 1:72 is the old Monogram kit if you can find one - that's the one that was pantographed down from their still available 1:48 kit.