1/144 Academy F-4S VMFA 235

Gallery Article by S K Loh on Dec 13 2018



1/144 Academy F-4E modified as F-4S VMFA 235

Here is another build of F-4 Phantom II Bu155749 serving with US Marines VFMA 235 " Death Angels". I came across a picture of this bird when was stationed at NAS Whiting Field sometime in 1982. It had undergone upgrading from the original J variant to the S variant between 1979 and 1980. It has the ECM bumps on the side of the air intake. However it had yet to be fitted with the leading edge slats.

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As usual, I used the Academy kit for my build using mainly scratch-built parts for the modifications. I shall not dwell into the details as it is quite standard, having built several of the same kit for different variants and markings in my past submissions.

I hope to be able to find other markings of Bu155749. It had quite an illustrious service life having served chronologically with VF-21, VF-142, VF-96, VMFA-212, VMFAT-101, VMFA-235, VF-301, VMFA-321 and VMFA-134 before becoming a QF-4S with the Naval Weapons Test Squadron. Shown here are my 3 builds of Bu155749.

In the meantime, enjoy the photos. Comments are most appreciated.

S K Loh

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Photos and text by S K Loh