Monogram 1/48 F-4J Mig Killer **Showtime 100** Finished!

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Monogram 1/48 F-4J Mig Killer **Showtime 100** Finished!

  • Here she is and done at last. I dont have much to say about this build. As you know all went well until it came time to put the canopy on. I came very close several times to tossing this model in a dumpster. All I will suggest is DO NOT use a resin cockpit set for this kit. If you have to detail the pit to make a *correct* Navy F-4J then adapt an Eduard PE set for the Hasegawa F-4J for it instead. Another thing are the kit decals, it took a heck of a lot Micro Set and Sol to make them sit. They are thicker and do not set well to recesses. An aftermarket decal set should be used here. Walkways are Fox One decals. I used Model Master Acrylic Gull Gray over all top and Flat white over all bottom. Flat White is what I use as a primer so there was no need to paint the bottom. Tail section and stabs were painted with Tamiya Metallic Gray and Aluminum and then shaded over blast panels with very dark gray wash to show exhauast staining. On the wing folds I tried to simulate oil staining along it with thinned water base ink. The Sanford Liquid Expresso pen is great for this. It turns a green/brown oil color when thinned with water.

    Over all this kit went together pretty well and inspite of the obvious flaws (Air Force main gear wheels. Wrong type missiles, bombs which were corrected) and the snafu with the resin pit and canopy. My over all opinion having built this kit for the third time and it being the first with a resin set is.... it's best built OOB with only a PE cockpit set, True Details F-4J wheel set, Mk-20's and AIM-9D's painted and decaled to AIM-9G's from Hasegawa weapons sets. Now otherwise I am happy with it. It's not my best and certainly not my worst but kinda middle of the road. Only thing left to add is........

    I did my best and said GOOD ENOUGH!Big Smile [:D]

    Now for your viewing pleasure here are the pictures...












    Rand

    30 years experience building plastic models.

    WIP: Revell F-14B Tomcat, backdating to F-14A VF-32 1989 Gulf Of Sidra MiG-23 Killer "Gypsy 207".

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  • Very nice work, Rand.  The weathering looks great.

    Mark

    Ignorance is bliss
  •  Air Master Modeler wrote:

    Berny,

    You never cease to amaze me! I was looking this up in my copy of The Great Book of Modern Warplanes and they did not write up that Ritchie and DeBellevue flew an F-4E, just the F-4D so I went online to look and did infact find a few web sites that did say they also flew the F-4E also after I posted my reply.

    I stand corrected!Big Smile [:D]

    EDIT..... I just looked over my Monogawa 1/48 F-4E and I indeed have the decal markings for 58th TFS, ser no 67-362 included on kit decals. Now with this in mind that is what I will build it up as, Ritchie and DeBellevue's F-4E Mig Killer.Big Smile [:D] 

    Load out on that mission is as follows.

    Two 370 gallon ext wing tanks on outboard station.

    One MDD 600 gallon centerline fuel tank.

    Four AIM-9J's, inboard station.

    Four AIM-7E's fuselage stations.

    One AN/ALQ-87 ECM pod on left inboard station.

    One AN/ALQ-101 ECM pod on right inboard station.

    After landing all that remained was the four AIM-9's and both ECM pods.

    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. 

     

  • Berny,

    You never cease to amaze me! I was looking this up in my copy of The Great Book of Modern Warplanes and they did not write up that Ritchie and DeBellevue flew an F-4E, just the F-4D so I went online to look and did infact find a few web sites that did say they also flew the F-4E also after I posted my reply.

    I stand corrected!Big Smile [:D]

    EDIT..... I just looked over my Monogawa 1/48 F-4E and I indeed have the decal markings for 58th TFS, ser no 67-362 included on kit decals. Now with this in mind that is what I will build it up as, Ritchie and DeBellevue's F-4E Mig Killer.Big Smile [:D] 

    Rand

    30 years experience building plastic models.

    WIP: Revell F-14B Tomcat, backdating to F-14A VF-32 1989 Gulf Of Sidra MiG-23 Killer "Gypsy 207".

  •  Air Master Modeler wrote:
     djrost_2000 wrote:

    That metal on the tail section looks awesome, among other things.  They should make a decal sheet for Steve Ritchie and Debellevue.  Their F-4E could make a great side-by-side piece with Showtime 100.

    Dave 

     

    Dave,

    Thank you for the compliment. Actually Steve Ritchie and Debellevue flew an F-4D for all thier Mig kills. On the same day that Showtime 100 got thier 3rd, 4th, and 5th, kills Steve Ritchie and Debellevue flying thier F-4D, call sign "Oyster 03" shot down two Migs getting thier 3rd and 4th kills. Four months later in the same F-4D they got thier 5th kill and became the first and only U.S. Air Force Aces of Vietnam. 

    Actually, Ritchie and DeBellevue did fly the F-4E on two of their MIG killing missions.  They flew an aircraft from the 58th TFS, ser no 67-362, for Ritchies 3rd and 4th kill.  Just three days before that, they flew my aircraft and fired three missiles and missed.  One of the AIM-7's would not tune (bad missile).  With only a gun and four Sidewinders left, he ran for home at the speed of heat, leaving his wingman behind.  Ritchie wrote up everything but the paint job when he got back from that mission.  The aircraft they flew on their MIG killing mission was down for over two weeks going through a major over G inspection. 

    DeBellevue later got his 5th and 6th kill, making him the top ace of the war with six kills.  Another WSO, Jeff Feinstein, is also credited with five MIG kills.

    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. 

     

  • Sarge,

    Just to be fair, yes, you did warn me and I was prepared for that and I did stick with it and worked out the problems. What I was not prepared for was ruining parts trying to make them fit such as the kits entire canopy assembly. For this reason alone I will avoid ever using the Legend 1/48 F-4J Resin detail set again on any Monogram 1/48 F-4J. I will still use Resin detail sets I just will NOT use that particular one ever again. The problem it caused are simply not worth using it again but that is my opinion of it. I am sure there are a few folks out there that have used it and did not have the problems I did. The fustration is simply not worth it to me to use that set again.

    Dont get me wrong I really do appreciate that you helped me out with it and this no reflection on you at all. Also, thank you for the compliment.

    Rand

    30 years experience building plastic models.

    WIP: Revell F-14B Tomcat, backdating to F-14A VF-32 1989 Gulf Of Sidra MiG-23 Killer "Gypsy 207".

  •  Air Master Modeler wrote:

    Yard, Brian, Aggie, and 707,  Thank you for your kind words.

    Bondo, Now ya know.Thumbs Up [tup] This is why I feel research is important when building a particular plane that became famous.Big Smile [:D]

    I am definately going to have to follow up his bird with a Marines F-4J and then an Air Force F-4E both of which I have in my stash. Later down the road I think I will indeed buy another Monogram 1/48 F-4J Mig Killer kit (no Resin Detail kits, H3ll NO!) and build it up into VF-92 which also got a Mig kill that day and was VF-96's sister squadron aboard the Connie.

     

    Come on man, I told you when I gave you that resin cockpit it is going to be a Chit load of work!! You can not knock it tell you have done one or two. Resin is hard to work with but it pays in the end........... You just had to have the canopy Removable, I told ya to open it up.  My first resin set sucked @$$ but I did not give up on it..........Hell all of my birds have resin in them now. I make good money with it to, I've sold 6 birds 1 for $500 4 $300 and 1 for $280.

     But Resin pays off in the end, yours looks good do not give up on it!!!! 

  •  djrost_2000 wrote:

    That metal on the tail section looks awesome, among other things.  They should make a decal sheet for Steve Ritchie and Debellevue.  Their F-4E could make a great side-by-side piece with Showtime 100.

    Dave 

     

    Dave,

    Thank you for the compliment. Actually Steve Ritchie and Debellevue flew an F-4D for all thier Mig kills. On the same day that Showtime 100 got thier 3rd, 4th, and 5th, kills Steve Ritchie and Debellevue flying thier F-4D, call sign "Oyster 03" shot down two Migs getting thier 3rd and 4th kills. Four months later in the same F-4D they got thier 5th kill and became the first and only U.S. Air Force Aces of Vietnam. 

    Rand

    30 years experience building plastic models.

    WIP: Revell F-14B Tomcat, backdating to F-14A VF-32 1989 Gulf Of Sidra MiG-23 Killer "Gypsy 207".

  • That metal on the tail section looks awesome, among other things.  They should make a decal sheet for Steve Ritchie and Debellevue.  Their F-4E could make a great side-by-side piece with Showtime 100.

    Dave 

     

  •  Air Master Modeler wrote:

    Gents, Thanks for the kind words!

    Berny, A SPECIAL thanks to you! If it hadn't been for your awesome advice throughout this build I would have trashed this kit a month ago. Another SPECIAL thanks to Eddie Miller who saved my six sending me a spare canopy from his Mad Modeler Lab. You guys ROCK!Bow [bow]

     You are very welcome Rand. I knew you would make the best of the situation and I was right. Outstanding work. Looks really good!Cool [8D]Make a Toast [#toast]

       Eddie

  • Yard, Brian, Aggie, and 707,  Thank you for your kind words.

    Bondo, Now ya know.Thumbs Up [tup] This is why I feel research is important when building a particular plane that became famous.Big Smile [:D]

    I am definately going to have to follow up his bird with a Marines F-4J and then an Air Force F-4E both of which I have in my stash. Later down the road I think I will indeed buy another Monogram 1/48 F-4J Mig Killer kit (no Resin Detail kits, H3ll NO!) and build it up into VF-92 which also got a Mig kill that day and was VF-96's sister squadron aboard the Connie.

    Rand

    30 years experience building plastic models.

    WIP: Revell F-14B Tomcat, backdating to F-14A VF-32 1989 Gulf Of Sidra MiG-23 Killer "Gypsy 207".

  • I did not know that!
  • Wow, that is awesome. I look at the pictures some people post and think to myself I could never build anything that nice. This is encouraging me to take my time and really perfect my 707. Right now I am working on getting the fuselage just right and then into color, I may post progress pics soon. Once again fantastic work.
  • Excellent job on that F4!  One of my favorite jets, and you're inspiring me to acquire one of these kits (much to the dismay of my wife).

    Gig 'em, Steven

     

  • Randy,

    An outstanding job on Showtime!  Had you not related your troubles, I would never have guessed.  The work is magnificent, the shading and wash perfect!  Thanks a million for sharing!

    Brian  Cowboy [C):-)]

    "I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I expect the same from them." John Bernard Books (The Shootist)