F-4D Phantom II Texas Air Force Reserve: 147th F.I.G.
I said in a previous 1/32 submission that I don't build many such large scale models, as I'm becoming critical of available space, and don't want to add another room the house just for my models. Still, there are a few large scale kits that beg to be fashioned into a unique replica of the real aircraft that captures one's eye in that special way: indeed, not building such a kit would be akin to passing up on a rare life's opportunity. This is how I felt as I built this model, using after market decals and weathering to show a well-worn Phantom from the 147th Fighter Interceptor Group, one that was close to making a final flight to the
Davis-Monthan Boneyard, in Tucson, Arizona.
I settled for a readily available Tamiya F-4C/D kit on the market. It has suitable cockpit and seat detail, and I wasn't about to pay more for after market accessories that would have added up to nearly three times the cost of the kit. Where needed, I scratch-built extra details, as with seat belts. Although hard to see in photos, I used clear green acrylics for the radar screens on the cockpit instrument panels, as this was more accurate look per my picture resources.
enhancements, I purchased a pair of air intake covers, so that I could hang the
'Remove Before Flight' tags on them. The wing missiles didn't need them,
as I made them to reflect the inert type, i.e. no loaded warhead with explosives
(the blue band signifies inert ordnance).
Photos and text © by Carl Jarosz