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Tamiya 1/32 Phantom F-4J Build

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.

Tamiya 1/32 Phantom F-4J

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 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.

This is one great model kit with plenty of out-of-the-box details and plenty of room for either after market or scratch build details. Other than the brittle decals and the lack of a friendlier way for replacement parts, I would definitely recommend this kit. Well worth the price tag.

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George Collazo
George Collazo
George has been hosting review sites and blogging about toy collectibles, travel, digital photography and Nikon digital imaging since 1998. His first model kit build was a Testors 1/35 DODGE WC-54 in 1984.