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Hasegawa 1/48 RF-4B, Phinally Phinished Phantom

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  • Member since
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  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Hasegawa 1/48 RF-4B, Phinally Phinished Phantom
Posted by ridleusmc on Sunday, July 01, 2018 11:03 PM

Hello Everybody, 

I hope all of the Americans on the forums are enjoying the 4th of July festivities.  

I served the Marine Corps as a helicopter mechanic from 2001 to 2006, and I was stationed in Jacksonville, NC.  Jacksonville has a great place on Western Boulevard called The Hobby Chest.  Well, I recently visited Jacksonville to meet up with my old brothers, and I had to stop at the Hobby Chest.  I felt the need to buy something in order to support such an important place.  It's vital to the moral of the 2nd Marine Division and elements of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.  While I was there, this Phantom caught my eye. 

 20180511_122159 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr  

I dove into the kit in mid May.  The kit cockpit and exhausts were a little lacking, so I decided to get some Aires resin replacements.  Plus, I've become a fan Eduard Masks. 

 20180519_223710 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr 

The Aires pit builds up beautifully with a ton of detail.  

 20180522_033206 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

 20180522_033234 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

The instrument details are healthy.  

 20180523_022042 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

 20180526_002204 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

The pit looked great, but it took a great deal of sanding and fitting to get it into the fuselage.  At this point, the Aires burner cans were ready but not installed.  I started with a primer coat of Armory black primer, which resulted in disaster.  I don't know if it was the humidity or some other weird factor, but the primer resulted in a weirdly uneven, ridgy, almost furry surface.  I'd never seen anything like it before.  I used fine grit sanders to knock it down as best I could.  However, it wasn't an even surface.  My original intention was to use the black basing method, but the uneven surface forced me to apply more paint than I wanted.  

 20180613_040721 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

 20180613_040730 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

This is what happens when I get very frustrated.

 20180616_023959 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

This picture shows my paint problems.  Look at the uneven surface is on the tail.  It was actually all over the plane, but this picture shows it best. 

 20180620_035817 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

I used Vallejo gloss primer for the metallic areas.  This is my first use of Vallejo metallics.  I made some mistakes there too, but I've learned how to use it.   

 20180620_035827 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr 

Post paint.

 20180620_035804 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

Starting decals.  The decals in this kit were quite nice.  I struggled with the decals on my last project, but I enjoyed these.  

 20180622_032138 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

 20180625_012634 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

At one point, I decided that I needed to apply a lighter metallic color on the sides of the tail fairing.  The masking resulted in two torn decals.  I tore the bureau number on the left side and the tail fox on the right side.  I replaced the BN with numbers from a CH-46.  I tried to fill and blend the fox emblem decal with a gold paint.  It didn't work well.  On the upside, Tamiya paint bottles are just the right hight for tail supports.  

 20180701_195327 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

Here she is.  She isn't perfect, but she looks like a Phantom.  Obvious warts be darned.  She looks nice in my case.  

 20180701_215855 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

 20180701_215907 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

 20180701_215920 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

 20180701_215932 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

 20180701_215945 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

 20180701_220021 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

 20180701_220107 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

 20180701_220141 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

 20180701_220202 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

 20180701_220206 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

 20180701_220215 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

 20180701_220244 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

It's the 48th Marine Air Wing.

 20180701_220453 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

Thank you for looking,

Chris

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, July 01, 2018 11:17 PM

Nice job and great build post.  Thanks for posting.  Jealous of your display case

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, July 02, 2018 1:13 AM

Looks good to me, too.

John

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Monday, July 02, 2018 2:55 AM

A Phantastic job!

Your friend, Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

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    November, 2003
  • From: Newington CT
Posted by tempestjohnny on Monday, July 02, 2018 5:53 AM

keavdog

Nice job and great build post.  Thanks for posting.  Jealous of your display case

 

me too

 

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Posted by BrynnWryttur on Monday, July 02, 2018 9:18 AM
Wow, that cockpit came out really nice. Your recon Phantom looks sweet.

Prohibeo Mediocritatis

Forbid Mediocrity

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    December, 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Monday, July 02, 2018 9:33 AM

Phabulous looking Phantom!

I appreciate the effort to write up the progress of your build.

I prefer building WWI & II prop aircraft but I've attempted one jet (a scooter) and someday, if I'm still around after building a good chunk of my current stash, I may try another.

The honest record of your build is inspiriing.

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Posted by mississippivol on Monday, July 02, 2018 9:41 AM
Sweet build! I built one with those markings in 1983, from the Testors kit. I didn't believe the green tail color callout, found out much later that I should have.
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Posted by tomwatkins45 on Monday, July 02, 2018 10:16 AM

Very Nice ! I too have a warm spot in my heart for Marine Phantoms. The Aires cockpit does take some work to shoehorn in, but it's worth it. That's a good looking F-4, and a good looking display.

Semper Fi

Tom

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Monday, July 02, 2018 10:18 AM

Good-looking Phantom, Chris.

Thank you for sharing the wip and finishied pics.

-Greg

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Monday, July 02, 2018 2:17 PM

I have a soft spot for Phantoms, since I worked on the beasts back in the day.

Nice saves, and the office is super.

Just write off the paint problems and the fox decal as phield phixes.

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  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Monday, July 02, 2018 7:01 PM

Thank you all very much,

I am happy that it looks decent in my display case.  There were two points in which I considered setting it down and moving to something else, but I don't want to make a habbit out of that. 

The display case was a project in itself.  I bought the thing at a local Goodwill, and it was a dirty white color with stains and burn marks.  So, the original finish was sanded off, it was stained with Minwax, it got a wood back, and I installed glass sides and doors.  It was relatively cheap. 

I almost didn't go with that green tail color either.  I work with a gentleman that served in VMFP-3 in the 80's, and he had never seen the green tails.  I guess they were only around in the 70's.  I considered ordering markings to represent the birds as he worked on them, but I couldn't find an appropriate set.  Appropriate sets have been made, but I just couldn't find any "In Stock."    

That cockpit did take some serious "shoe-horning."  I sanded the sides of the Aires cockpit so much that I was worried about sanding through the side panes.  I sanded the plastic fuselage halves so much that I was worried about those too.  The exhaust cans were even worse.  The Aires parts are so long that they interfer with an internal plastic brace which runs from wing to wing.  I had to chew some of that plastic out with a dremel through the openings for the exhausts.  

I guess the Phield Phixes add character.  

Thank you all very much for looking and commenting,

Chris

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Posted by Chemteacher on Monday, July 02, 2018 9:54 PM
Wow! Awesome job!

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

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, July 03, 2018 6:58 PM

Nice clean build!  Good job. Beer

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 GWH Fw 189 A-1 Nachtjager

On deck: 1/48 Bronco IF-17

In the hole: Who knows!  

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    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 2:14 AM

Thank you Gentlemen, 

I've decided that this will be my next one, but I can't afford to have any paint problems.  I've never done a natural metal finish before.  

 20180627_010230 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

 20180627_010245 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

 20180703_012849 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

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  • From: Newington CT
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 6:51 AM
Isn't that based on the Monogram plastic? I built that 30 years ago. Loved the kit

 

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Posted by Nathan T on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 9:32 AM

Nice looking Phantom! I have that kit in the stash just a different boxing with all the goodies also. I’m also eyeing the en core Streak. It’s a rebox of the modern HobbyBoss kit with some resin. 

 

 

  • Member since
    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 3:06 PM

Tempestjohnny, no sir.  Nathan is right, it is the HobbyBoss plastic.  I saw Phil Flory from Flory Models review the Hobby Boss kit, and it's the exact same sprues.  It comes with a resin seat, which looks very nice.  The plastic surface detail is just excellent.  I bought this kit because it was a few dollars cheaper on Amazon than the Hobby Boss version on the model sites.  It was a tough choice, I was also considering the Tamiya F-84G Thunderjet and the Trumpeter F-100C or D Super Sabre.         

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Posted by PFJN on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 5:36 PM

ridleusmc

Thank you Gentlemen, 

I've decided that this will be my next one, but I can't afford to have any paint problems.  I've never done a natural metal finish before.  

 20180627_010230 by Christopher Ridle, on Flickr

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Ewww, can't wait to see morevStick out tongue

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, July 06, 2018 1:29 PM
Beautiful job,I cut my teeth on those Hasegawa Phantoms,great job on a great kit.

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    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Friday, July 06, 2018 6:31 PM

Thank you PFJN, thank you Tojo.  

I'm a little curious now, how do the Zoukei Maura kits compare?

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    March, 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, July 06, 2018 6:55 PM

ridleusmc

Thank you PFJN, thank you Tojo.  

I'm a little curious now, how do the Zoukei Maura kits compare?

 

When I get back to the bench,I would definitely like to try out one of them also.

  • Member since
    July, 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Saturday, July 07, 2018 1:55 PM

Yeah, they look very nice.

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