|67-0362 F-4E Phantom II
555 TFS/432 TRW, Udorn RTAB
8 July 1972
1/32 Scale Revell
Kyle Kirby of the Hickory Aviation Museum, Hickory, NC. asked me to build this for them. This is the
F-4E that then Captains Steve Ritchie and Chuck DeBellvue flew on their double MIG 21 killing
MIGCAP Mission on 8 July 1972. We decided to do it as it appeared pre-mission that day with a load out
of 4-AIM 7Es, 4-AIM 9Es, AN/ALQ101(V)6 ECM pod, AN/ALQ87 ECM pod and wing tanks. Aircraft
was detached to the 432 TRW at Udorn RTAB between 29/4/72 and 14/10/72 from the 58 TFS/33 TFW,
Eglin AFB, FL. It retained the TAC badges, ED tail code, 58 TFS/33 TFW badges of Eglin while serving
with the 432 TRW.
67-0362 at this time had not received the slatted wing mod. It did however receive the formation lights
and Midas V gun muzzle mod. The Revell kit has the slatted wing so in order to make the correct F-4E, I
had to use the hard wing from their RF-4C kit which I happen to have.
Kyle wanted an accurate replica of '362' so research was in order. Researching came up with conflicting
ways in which it was marked. Kyle found a web site with actual photos of 362 returning from this mission
taxing in and parking. This is probably the most accurate rendition of this aircraft in 1/32 scale.
I used the Legends cockpit set which leaves something to be desired. Biggest complaint, no instructions.
Lots of hours of tedious filing and sanding. They used kit parts for the panel molds. Well, the kit front
panel is wrong. Brass photo etch is included for the canopies but I found it useless. Nothing fit. Most of it
was closer to the Tamiya kit.
The AN/ALQ101 ECM pod isn't available in 1/32 scale so I had to scratch build one. I found the actual
dimension on the web. I used 5/16" diameter hardwood dowel, cut it to length and chucked it in my drill
press to round the ends. Cut off the gondola on the bottom of an AN/ALQ119 pod and glued it to the
bottom of the dowel. Sanded and painted.
Finished with Model Master enamels. Engine exhaust areas were done with Metalizer. Intake lips were
done with Bare Metal Foil. RBF flags are from the Tamiya F-15E kit. AIM-9 seeker covers were made
from strips cut from a glossy magazine page. All the badging, data plate, tail code, serial and markings for
the ECM pods were made with Corel Draw and printed with my Alps printer.
Model resides at the Hickory Aviation Museum, Hickory, NC
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