is my 2nd submission to ARC. I am a scale modeler from Bengaluru, India. I
always wanted to build a Phantom and finally got this kit in late 2019. The
Academy kit is one of the best 48 scale kit for the Phantom. Glad to
present the F-4B Phantom of the US NAVY, VF-111 Sundowners squadron. This one
served during the Vietnam war and wears the high visibility scheme. Have
configured it as an air defense variant and replaced the center line fuel
tank with the gun pod.
Started with the traditional cockpit first approach including detailing on the instrument panels. The pilot helmets were painted in the Sundowners scheme which is yellow and red. The best part of the kit is it has the pilot marking for Cdr. Dan Pedersen, the founder of the 'Top gun' fighter school. So I guess, this model has history associated with it.
overall fit and finish of the kit is top notch. There was minimal amount of
filling and sanding required throughout the process. The challenging part
was applying the palm size tail decals and the shark mouth decal on the nose
cone. Took me around a month to complete this, mostly working on weekends.
Photos and text © by Ashish Velankar