Phantom II - RAAF
1/48 F-4E Phantom II - RAAF
kit & aftermarket items
my rendition of a 1:48 McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II, RAAF, 1970 – 1973.
Aircraft A69-7215. The
kit used is the Revell/Monogram Pro Modeller, 1:48 th
F-4E (Hasegawa Tooling). Modified with the addition of
some aftermarket items, and some scratch detailing.
Items used are:
Pavla Resin Eject.
Seats MB Mk7. x 2
Eduard Photo etch
set 48109 (F-4G) (only used the canopy frames)
Eduard Photo etch
set 49009 RBF tags. Pre-coloured.
Eduard Photo etch
set F-4 intake covers.
Set ‘A’ provided a single SUU-20 Practice
Bomb Dispenser to go on the port inboard pylon .
- Aussie Decals RAAF
Phantom, Hawkeye Decals RAAF Phantom, Spare red decal
The Royal Australian
Air Force operated the F-4E Phantom II as a tactical bomber,
pending the delayed arrival of the new General Dynamics
F-111 C. These aircraft were leased from the USA as a stop
gap measure. Even so during their short RAAF career they
gave admirable service. Based at RAAF Amberley in Queensland,
they were operated by No’s 1 and 6 Squadrons, although
I could not find reference that this aircraft “belonged” to
Original Painting by
The aircraft were only
employed as bombers, presumably to keep crews current in
mission profiles relevant to their role. Typical load for
a sortie was a single SUU-20 practice bomb dispenser and
two drop tanks, deploying to the nearby gunnery range.
My model is depicted in this configuration.
The kit was constructed
according to my usual method starting with the cockpit.
Using the separate canopy sections supplied, I posed the
canopy open. Resin ejector seats replaced the kit items.
(Pavla Resin 1:48 MB Mk7) with scratch built wire ejection
handles. Uduard etched metal canopy frames were added as
well as scratch-built instrument wiring between the cockpit
tubs. Crew oxygen hoses were fabricated from tightly coiled
wire. Also added to the cockpit were various handles and
boxes and a scratch-built HUD. What I presume to be part
of either the ejection system or canopy heating is an obvious
coiled lead extending from the frame of both fore and aft
canopies down to the rear of the ejection seat. This was
replicated with coiled very light gauge wire painted black.
Moving on to the fuselage
and wings came the reason for selecting this particular
boxing of this kit. The Pro-Modeller boxing of the Hasegawa
kit comes with the earlier non-slatted wing, correct for
an Aussie version. Some mouldings on the wing section must
be removed – including some Naval version specific
lumps and bumps. The most noticeable of these is the gear
leg reinforcing on the top of the wing surface. Careful
removal and re-instatement of the lost panel details took
care of that.
The drooping ailerons
were cut and lowered to represent the rested position after
hydraulic pressure bleed off and were set at a slightly
different angle for each (Inboard flaps were usually held
in place with a locking pin). The speed brakes were posed
slightly open for interest. The Longer gun muzzle part
was used as these were fitted late in RAAF use as well
as formation lights which were also retrofitted whilst
in RAAF service.
Other modifications were:
Nose probe replaced
with steel pin.
lines re-scribed – these are supplied with raised
Brake lines and placards
added to main gear. Brass wire mounting pins added to
gear for strength.
locking braces added to nose and main gear along with
SUU-20 bomb dispenser
added to port pylon with wire pin mounts and sway braces.
Etch metal intake
covers constructed and added.
Etch metal RBF tags
added to key points as per reference, and some scratch
built nose/tail pitot covers and flags from painted metal
The model was left as
sub assemblies including horizontal stabs, pylons etc during
construction and all painting/decaling stages.
The bare metal areas
were painted with various mixes of metallic enamels first
and masked prior to the main colours being applied. U.S.
South East Asia scheme (FS30219, FS34079, FS34102) applied
with Model Master enamels, upper colours lightened 25%
with white for scale effect to match photos. . Lower surfaces
were painted first in FS36622, and the camouflage pattern
was masked using blu-tac and tape. Tamiya Smoke was dusted
onto metal tail areas to represent exhaust staining. Microscale
acrylic gloss was applied prior to decals and acrylic sludge
panel wash. All finished with a mix of 90%-10% Testors
Dullcote/Glosscote. Some final weathering was done with
A mixture of decals,
were used. Hawkeye decals-RAAF F-4. Aussie decals-RAAF
F-4. Kit decals were used for the stenciling and generic
markings. Red turbine stripe around the fuselage was added
from spare decal stock. The decals were sought to best
match reference photos as none of the above sets were complete
to my satisfaction requiring partial use of all sets of
Hornet & Skyhawk
in Aust Service. Stewart Wilson
Series – Phantom.
of Australia. Stewart Wilson.
the F-4 Phantom II, Osprey Publishing Geoff Coughlin & Neil
Various other sources
including personal photos from RAAF museum Point Cook.
Final assembly went
without major catastrophe. Total construction time I estimate
to be around 90-100 hours over a 3 month + period. Altogether
a very rewarding build. I hope you like it ?