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Testors 1/48 F-4G.. kill me now!

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  • Member since
    January, 2009
  • From: San Antonio
Testors 1/48 F-4G.. kill me now!
Posted by paintsniffer on Thursday, December 17, 2009 2:26 AM

A while back I picked up a Testors 1/48 F-4G. It was a steal at like $8.00 so I thought how bad can it be?

Long story short.. It's bad.

The weapons in the kit are lousy.. It includes a Shrike, Standard ARM, 6 750lb bombs (best guess), sparrows, something resembling early sidewinders, a poorly formed modern ECM pod, and tanks. It is a decent array of weapons, but most of them look just not right. I am going to build this one with nothing on it.. So I tossed it all in the spares box in case I need it for something later.. We never can tell with these things.

I decided.. OK, great I will build it as a skill builder, paint it, practice a few things, and then have it meet its end as a target on the range some day.

The cockpit detail is non-existent, the seats don't even resemble F-4 seats, so I painted the inside black except for the seat cushions and put it together. I guess if you really wanna practice scratch building a cockpit this is a great blank slate.

The fuselage is horrible. Nothing fits right, the kit comes with a short nose, and the G nose extension. The G nose extension fits poorly, and I think mine ended up crooked. The gaps are horrible and will be a putty party later.. Which is fine, I need to work on my gap hiding- and that is why the kit isn't in the trash. 

It comes with Luftwaffe F-4F and USAF WW decals.. They look decent, but nothing to write home about.

To the kits credit, the intakes are some of the better fitting I have seen on an F-4 kit.. They probably will need less attention than the intakes on any F-4 I have built previously.. Like I am talking a few swipes with a sanding stick and we are done. 

Also, there is a ton of flash on everything. I am guessing the molds for this kit are ancient. I know almost all Testors kits are from now-defunct companies.. they should have let this one go.

Unless you need frustration and problems, spend a few bucks and get a decent kit. It isn't like there is any shortage of F-4 kits on the market.

Excuse me.. Is that an Uzi?

  • Member since
    October, 2007
  • From: Scotland
Posted by Milairjunkie on Thursday, December 17, 2009 5:11 AM

I'm envious as it seems every kit I do is a "skill builder".

While building error & bad fit laden kits gets so far up my nose that my brain hurts, it is very satisfying to turn something much nastier than a pigs ear into a purse of some sort. 

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, December 17, 2009 5:54 AM

I feel your pain.Bang Head

 

  • Member since
    February, 2003
  • From: Panama City, Florida, Hurricane Alley
Posted by berny13 on Thursday, December 17, 2009 6:45 AM

Tell me about it.  I bought that kit when it was first released back in the early 80's.  Knowing a little about the F-4 Phantom, I almost threw the kit into the trash as soon as I opened it.  Nothing on the kit looks any thing like the real F-4G.  Their 1/48 scale RF-4C is just as bad.  Cockpit?  What cockpit.  Landing gear?  You have got to be kidding me.

I tried to mate the nose of the RF-4C to a Monogram F-4C/D and it was like trying to put a VW front end on a Caddy.  Super Angry

Berny

 Phormer Phantom Phixer

On the bench

TF-102A Delta Dagger, 32nd FIS, 54-1370, 1/48 scale. Monogram Pro Modeler with C&H conversion.  

Revell F-4E Phantom II 33rd TFW, 58th TFS, 69-260, 1/32 scale. 

Tamiya F-4D Phantom II, 13th TFS, 66-8711, 1/32 scale.  F-4 Phantom Group Build. 

 

  • Member since
    January, 2009
  • From: San Antonio
Posted by paintsniffer on Thursday, December 17, 2009 7:53 AM

At the very least I should be able to find a home for the two triple ejector racks in the kit.. And a Shrike and ARM are hard to come by.. I might be able to use them on a future F-105G or (better) F-4G in the future if the kit comes from a certain Japanese manufacturer who hates putting ordnance in the kit.

The bombs and the Air to Air weapons look pretty toy-like.

Excuse me.. Is that an Uzi?

  • Member since
    March, 2004
  • From: Kincheloe Michigan
Posted by Mikeym_us on Thursday, December 17, 2009 1:09 PM

Try the Hasegawa weapon sets there should be a Shrike and a Standard ARM in there. I'm talking about the 1/48 scale set not the 1/72 scale set.

On the workbench: Dragon 1/350 scale Ticonderoga class USS BunkerHill 1/720 scale Italeri USS Harry S. Truman 1/72 scale Encore Yak-6

The 71st Tactical Fighter Squadron the only Squadron to get an Air to Air kill and an Air to Ground kill in the same week with only a F-15   http://photobucket.com/albums/v332/Mikeym_us/

  • Member since
    March, 2004
  • From: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Posted by chazrull on Thursday, December 17, 2009 6:00 PM

Always with the negative waves, Moriarty. Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?

I'm finishing up the Testors Banshee, which is a pig of a kit. But I'm building it gear up and hanging from the ceiling and it's gonna be beautiful up there, Baby....

  • Member since
    April, 2015
Posted by F1Boomer on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 1:12 AM

chazrull

Always with the negative waves, Moriarty. Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?

I'm finishing up the Testors Banshee, which is a pig of a kit. But I'm building it gear up and hanging from the ceiling and it's gonna be beautiful up there, Baby....

 

‘Here I am, drinking wine and eating cheese, and catching some rays, you know?’

And then I see the above quote on FSM. Awesome.

Ok, so I know this thread is 8 years old, but I just saw it, and any thread that includes a Kelly’s Heroes quote is perfect, even it is on a Testors TOS thread.

  • Member since
    June, 2017
Posted by Chemteacher on Saturday, April 14, 2018 9:24 AM
Yep, I remember that kit as a kid and then tried another as I got older. Tough kit for sure. I don’t think I ever got past basic airframe on either one.

On the bench: Revell/Monogram A-10 (trying to rescue from the shelf of doom)

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, April 14, 2018 9:29 AM

Any thread that includes Berny is a treasure too.

  • Member since
    January, 2012
  • From: Barrie, Ontario
Posted by Cdn Colin on Saturday, April 14, 2018 10:00 AM

A friend gave me this kit for free a number of years ago.  I built it to put on my youngest son's shelf.  The cockpit had already been started, so I just painted the inside of the canopy sky blue.  I used it to play with my airbrush and it was the first kit I fully masked to paint.  I enjoyed the build and am happy with the results.  I can't speak to accuracy, though.  

I build 1/48 scale WW2 fighters.

Have fun.

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