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QF-4 Phantom question

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Hi Whiskey,

 

The problem here is that I have fallen in love with this 338 aircraft. Well actually the Phantom was always of special interest to me. It is brut, it radiates power, it is from those days when aesthetics were also part of an aircraft design and there was a lot of metal put into it. OK it is not as sleek as a Starfighter or a MiG-21 but still. It is a question of taste of course but at the other end of the spectrum there is for example Buccaneer, for me it is somehow grotesque.  

If one can get a little more brutal then there was the Brit version with the Spey engine. Have seen and photographed some in my younger days. Now they were something special too!

 

The Navy versions are also interesting and it is not by accident that I have this Academy kit only it was put into the stash while other more important projects were around.

When I seen this video with this 338, it was a clear decision at a first sight! And this has nothing to do with the 338 number, last year I did a paint scheme for Eduard of a Hungarian MiG-15 bis with number 338. This is pure accident, but an interesting one! : )  : )  : )

 

The Hasegawa kit was around although I started it so many decades ago with that Verlinden detail set but was bogged down in trying to make the Vulcan gun. The Verlinden set only had the “spacers” of the barrels. Tried to make them from pencil leads but it did not really look right. And then few years ago came the Phantastic Vulcan gun from the Polish Master company . . . But still a good scheme was missing.

 

 

But this 338 looks amazing!!! For me anyway.

 

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What ever happened to Academies plans to do more Phantoms including the F-4E??? Did anyone hear / read about this? I think I missed any news on this.

 

Best regards

Gabor

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Doing some research not only into QF-4 but also Phantom in general. Since I will have to build it so any detail comes in handy. I did mention a great event from the past, so dug out the file from my archive. Surprise! Found it!

 

This was the International Air Tattoo (the event in the past before the Royal International Air Tattoo) in July 1983. Many remember it for the show of SR-71, yes it was great but also there were 25 (Twenty Five!!!!!) Phantoms from different parts of the world. WOW. It was great! What a line up!

 

It was a perfect opportunity to make comparison photos of different types, of different details, different markings . . .

 

On the way to the show a drenching tropical rain soaked Greenham Common and me. : (    As a first step had to buy a dry T shirt (Phantom of course) with some wet money from my pocket. The camera bag was the only thing perfectly protected. : ) 

 

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The endless line of Phantom tails! It must have been fun when positioning all the aircraft for the static display. : )  : )   Or was it?

 

 

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Back home for modelling reference I made hundreds of b/w prints of different details I needed to get started with some Phantoms. Here is a quick selection of the variety of aircraft on show.

 

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Most of that wet surface under the Black Bird this time was from the torrential rain and not from dripping fuel.  : )   : )

 

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In difficult times a bit of smile is always welcome. So here is one:

 

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Stay safe where ever you are!!!

 

 

Best regards

Gabor

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I'd like to see some of those 57th FIS pics!

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Hi Whiskey,

 

Which is that? The ones with the checked tail top?

For the moment I only found these b/w prints. Have to look for the negative to get more info and photos.

 

Back then I was interested in the Brit Phantom versions, so most photos were of them. Very little on US birds. A bit of German RF-4's and some Wild Weasel (new and interesting in view of some kits of it), some F-16 (air brake and tail detail), F-15, a bit of detail of Tomcats and a little on the Black Bird. I dont think I even have anything on the U-2 shown next to SR-71.

 

It was a great show apart from the traditional Brit weather. : )  : )

 

Best regards

Gabor

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The ONLY ADC Grey F-4E's to serve. Had the black and white checkered tails. Stationed at Keflavik, Iceland.

 

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I only found this 3 photos of 66 0382 amongst the prints. Sorry. There were 25 Phantoms and I only had a given time frame at the show so did what I could. The nose one shows that the paint scheme was very freshly done for the show. Perfect almost zero flown miles. Photo was to show a good side view of the longer gun cover.

 

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One small interesting thing. This was on the right side of the nose on another machine. A small Phantom stencil.  : )   : )   : )

 

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Best regards

Gabo

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Hi Whiskey,

 

 

You are welcome! Sorry that I dont have other views fo the checked a/c and hope at least these were of interest to you and others.  : )   : )

 

Thanks for droping in and looking into my little research.

 

 

Stay safe!

 

Best regards

Gabor

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I love research. My favorite thing about this hobby. I always try to find as much history, lineage, photos, and information regarding a specific air-frame or single unit. I have tons of files on certain F-4's that I have found pictures of from Vietnam all the way to the end of their service life and have wanted to do 1/48 depictions of them. Most, if not all, are MiG killers too.

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