Finally, 80 hours working on this beautiful model and I can just consider it done. This beautiful Phantom F-4J is part of a group build from the Fine Scale Modeler’s Forums. I guess I was the 1st one from the group build to finish this project. For this group build I chose Tamiya’s kit # 60306.
I might say that out of those 80 hours, around 15 hours went into the ejection seats. I’m an OOB builder for the most part, but I wanted to take this F-4 Phantom another notch and added the beautiful Eduard Brassin set which features nice photo-etched parts an a clean accurate resin casting.
The Eduard Brassin set Eduard Brassin 1/32 F-4B/J/N/S 632002 Ejection Seats. I have to agree with Eduard, this is one beautiful ejection seat set. Also to spice up the cockpit, I added some photo-etched mouldings around the canopy. These were parts bashed from the set 1406 from Verlinden Productions.
I originally ordered the set to build the open radome ala Tamiya’s 1/32 F16J Viper. After receiving the set, I had second toughts and decided to go with the closed radome. Having in hand the Verlinden set, I was able to compare ejection seats from Verlinden and the Eduard Brassin. Yup! I’m glad I did ordered the Eduard Brassin set.
The Tamiya F-4J 1/32 is a beautiful kit with no mayor fit issues. In fact, fitting is so good, that I literally painted 90% of the kit on the sprues and/or small pre- assemblies. I like colorful markings on my aircraft kits, so I decided to go with the provided WARLORDS decals. There is only one issue, for such a well molded kit not to mention the price tag, the included decals leave a lot to be desired. Adding insult to the injury, Tamiya is a bit to say the least, bureaucratic.
They want us to mail unused decals in order to issue a replacement set. Man, our modeling time is so limited, why making it harder. I can stop by Revell.com and order missing parts or decals for a $15 kit no questions asked. Luckily for me, there was a good fellow in the group build building a 1/32 Phantom and kindly provided the decal set he wasn’t going to use.