Tamiya F-4C Phantom Improving the kit Spanish Version 1/32 scale
by Jose Angel García Martín © Modeler Site
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I’ve always been fond of “flying bicycles”, this is to say the old airplanes with propeller, but my favorite airplane is since long ago the F4 Phantom II. I decided to make this model to be presented to the Ejercito del Aire (literally Army of the Air) awards that every year organizes the Spanish Ministry of Defence. This is the only modeling contest which awards are endowed with 3000 Eur plus a commemorative plate, and let me also say that I was the winner in 2007 with a F104 G Starfighter also from the Ejercito de Aire.
After this short Introduction, I’ll tell you that to make this model, I used the Tamiya 1/32 Mc Donnel Douglas F4 C/D, for the interior improvements the Verlinden set was used, also the radar from the Verlinden set and many scratchbuilt parts, besides I added an American pilot made out of resin converted into a Spanish pilot to give the atmosphere of the 70s, time when these fighter bombers saw service in Spain.
As usual, I started with the cockpit which was accurately reproduced by Tamiya and could be placed straight from the box offering no difficulties but given that it is such a large kit, it will look better if you add some details.
Taking as base the kit parts, I used the etched parts from the Verlinden detail set. When I start a construction, I use to remove from the sprue, the parts of the section I want to assemble and join them with Blue Tack to test their fit. As we know PEs and resin parts will be glued with CA so be careful and use just apply tiny drops of cyano, stretched sprue is proper to transfer glue.
Resin and metals parts always need a sanding session so that they adhere strongly with the glue you use. Once the drops were applied, I used a tissue paper (cleanex) to remove the glue excess and proceeded to glue over the plastic, if you are careful enough, it will work and you will get a good result
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