This is an Academy kit featuring a Luftwaffe F-4F. I was impressed by the box art and could not resist getting one to build it. I was disappointed when I unsealed the box. Apparently this kit comes from a different moulding from the Academy 1/144 F-4E Phantom kit in that the fuel dump at the tail was missing. As for the rest, it is the standard kit with 2 x AIM 7 and unslatted wings.
I had quite a time to search on the correct paint shades to depict the colour scheme on the box art as the painting guide given was not correct. I found the Norm 81A Version 2 scheme that I thought best fit it. I used the Tamiya/ Mr Hobby basic acrylic colours to get the most reasonable shade to paint/airbrush them on. I applied two thin coats of gloss prior to applying the decals with adequate curing time between each activity. I have seen pictures of operational F-4Fs with faded dirtied undersides and hence I did pretty heavy weathering for this bird. Finally two coats of flat were airbrushed on.
I used two short lengths of 4mm acrylic rods and had them shaped and painted to simulate the “afterburner” effect for display.
S K Loh
Photos and text © by S K Loh