Italeri 1:48 RAAF
F4 Phantom II, A69-0305
This is the 1:48 scale Italeri kit of the F4 Phantom and as this was
only my second 1:48 scale kit it provided somewhat of a challenging build
for me. A resin cockpit set and intake / afterburner set would really
be needed to do it full justice. I however was happy building it mostly
from the box with only minor modifications and additions to more accurately
represent an aircraft in RAAF service. All
of the aerials and probes were removed and replaced with scratch built
I found the "Mottys aircraft picture pages" site helpful as
it contains a large number of photos of Aussie Phantoms. Other references
were obtained from the internet and my book library.
Camouflage colours from Humbrol were applied over a black preshade. The
panel lines were enhanced with artist oil paint washes and streaking
and leaks applies with artists oils and pastel chalks.
The kit markings were used and went down OK over a acrylic gloss coat
though some silvering did occur.
I really enjoyed building this kit, it was my first Aussie Aircraft
and I am happy with the look of the finished model.