F-4D Phantom II North Dakota Centennial 1889-1989
This Phantom was simply a 'build-a-model-to-show-off-a-unique-decal' endeavor.
A number of years ago I stumbled upon a French-made
(Syhart) decal sheet at a model show, depicting the 100th anniversary of the State of North Dakota achieving statehood. From the attached photos, you'll see that happened in 1989, exactly thirty years ago. I'd have made this model, and used the decal, sooner had I been aware of the decal sheet when it was released.
As said above, this model was made to show off the decal that captured the stunning layout of the commemorative painting on a N. Dakota ANG F-4D then in service. I had to build an F-4D Phantom II, but I didn't want to detract attention from the decal, so I chose a very basic model on the market, an Italeri release that yielded a F-4D in shape and scale, but didn't have the extra details found on other model brands available. I did, though, dress up the cockpit seats with scratch-made seat belts, as the seats are the largest detail in the cockpit able to be seen. Although the Italeri kit allowed for open canopies, the resultant look would have been simplistic, and, again, I didn't want one to fawn over the interior details: it was the decal that stole the show for me.
Finally, I didn't add any externals, like pylons or missiles, as this aircraft was only used to fly around the state, proudly showing the citizens of North Dakota of their making it to 100 years as part of the USA. Also note that the actual Phantom didn't even have the usual USAF star-and-bar markings. The aircraft only had the serial number on the vertical tail to identify it as owned by the US Air Force.
Photos and text © by Carl Jarosz