FAA models in 1/72 scale: F-4K
The famous American F-4 Phantom was also used by the FAA (as also by the U.K RAF). The FAA models were known as the F-4K (or FG.1) and were fitted with British equipment and Rolls Royce Spey engines. First flight of this variant was November 1966 and some 50 were built.
to this variant were:
So this variant was quite different than American manufactured Phantoms!
For more information,
check out the references suggested and look at the British
F-4 page here on this site....
The Fujimi range of F-4 Phantoms are the finest 1/72 scale model kits of this plane available. Released about 1987 the Fujimi kits appeared in many different kits with various versions carefully captured. Some kits contained not only plastic but also etched metal en casted metal parts.
All the kits have very fine recessed
panel lines and good decals. Cockpit detailling is fine with raised details
and nice seats. Only some minor additions of sprue and tiny bits are required
to get an excellent cockpit representation.
Overall colours of the cockpit inner areas is black ( I used Tyre black to prevent a "too dark" hole...).
To add some interest to this F-4K
model, it was decided to separate the nose cone in order to fold in at
a carrier deck and show the radar and the wings also be folded. The wing
tips were cut off and tips folded. The hinges were made from pieces of
plastic and a metal paperclip was used internally for model strength.
The F-4K got and Extra
Dark Sea Grey upper finish and white for the lower areas.
A thick coat of Johnson Future was applied to get a smooth gloss result, ready to accept any decals. This also helps as RN Phantoms were rather gloss.
The F-4K model got a coat here. It was discovered that the F-4K to be modelled had an electronic pod on top of the vertical tail. So the original tip was cut off and a piece of a rectangular and sanded piece of card added.
Next the very delicate undercarriage
was added. The Fujimi kit parts are fine.
The model got its decals. An old Modeldecal decalsheet was found in the decal "pile". Set # 44 has nice decals for a RN F-4K (or FG 1) Phantom of 892 squadron at the Silver Jubilee 1977 . The plane was operated from HMS Ark Royal with a particular nose marking. It had a huge red chevron and diamond markings. The "R" means the plane is stationed on the Ark Royal.
In some areas such as smaller stencilling,
the very good Fujimi decals were used.
Also note the "raised" nose gear leg. It was decided to put this on the model as it is a very distinctive feature of the Royal Navy F-4K. It gives a "higher" angle of attack at catapult take-off from the smaller RN carriers.
It was decided not to fit any armament on this model as the radar cone is shown open during maintenance (an aircraft is than usually un-armed). But the Fujimi kit gives you a lot of options. Usually, F-4K's carried Sidewinder and Sparrow air to air missiles.
Have a look at the Royal Air Force Phantoms 1/72 models here...
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- Wings of fame, Volumes 15, pages 20..
- RAF Phantom, Ian Allan special
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