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Tamiya McDonnell-Douglas F-4D Phantom II (Diorama Base)

A bit of a departure this.  The Camel is still progressing but I’ve been taking some pictures of the Phantom F-4D this morning as it is due to be picked up tomorrow by my friend who actually flew the aircraft when he was in Vietnam.  It occurred to me that I haven’t actually updated this site to include the diorama base and case that I have made for the model so that it can be displayed safely. Continue reading Tamiya McDonnell-Douglas F-4D Phantom II (Diorama Base)

Tamiya McDonnell-Douglas F-4D Phantom II (Part 1)

Preamble Gubbins

This post is aimed at people who have little knowledge of model making but I hope will also be of interest to more experienced modellers.  For the latter, please bear with me through the bits where I’m talking about the basics and teaching you to suck eggs.

The Main Bit

I’d fancied building an F-4 for a while as it is probably my favourite aircraft.  I already have a model of the RAF’s FGR.2 (F-4M in McD speak) in the loft so I thought I’d build a US variant this time.  As a friend flew them operationally in Vietnam, and Tamiya do some nice large F-4D and E kits, I thought I’d build an airframe he actually flew. Continue reading Tamiya McDonnell-Douglas F-4D Phantom II (Part 1)

Verlinden Vietnam Era USAF Pilot

This figure was made to accompany the 1:32 Tamiya F-4D Phantom II model that I made and is the subject of a separate post on here.

The figure came from Verlinden in the US and isn’t actually the one I ordered. The one I was expecting looked like this one with the pilot demonstrating some aerial manoeuvre in the time-honoured fashion.

Instead the chap I received was posed writing something down and I’ve never actually seen him for sale anywhere.

I wasn’t upset by the substitution though. Continue reading Verlinden Vietnam Era USAF Pilot