1/32 Tamiya F-4G Wild Weasel

Gallery Article by Gary Hatherly on July 18 2019

 

      

F-4G Wild Weasel - Details

Base kit is Tamiya F-4EJ with extensive scratch building to convert to an F-4G Wild Weasel. This model served as the basis for the GT Resin F-4G Wild Weasel Super Set available at Sprue Brothers. The model took many hundreds of hours to complete over a six year period. 

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The markings represent an aircraft that took part in Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Southern Watch. These aircraft were maintained in pristine condition, even in an extreme desert environment. The biggest component was the fading of the paint. The aircraft represent the condition it was in as it returned to Nellis Air Force Base at the end of OSW. OF not are the 8 confirmed SAM Radar kills and the Wild Weasel mascot on the left splitter plate. Stencil markings were very basic. I chose to build the model with the slats and flaps extended to develop those products for possible future release and as something different to display.

Scratch Built parts of Build:

  • GT Resin Entire Cockpit including Accurate WSO radar officer panel and controls and accurate pilot office changes of the Geasels.

  • G Resin Mk 7 USAF Seats w/Eduard seat belts

  • Air Scale Instrument and Placard decals

  • Air Scale PE instrument faces

  • PE Detailed canopy frames with Air Scale decals

  • GT Resin Chin pod with Scratch PE WW antennas

  • GT Resin Slatted outer wings

  • GT Resin Extended inner wing slats

  • GT Resin Dropped flaps with fuselage details

  • GT Resin Belly strap

  • Eduard Brassin Wheels and tires

  • Additional Landing gear details

  • GT Resin TACAN, UHF, antennas on fuselage top. UHF is at an angle per the actual airframe, it is not crooked.

  • GT Resin Wild weasel fin cap

  • GT Resin Wild Weasel Small antennas on each side of nose and fin

  • Brass tubing for Rear drain and Parachute door T handle

  • GT Resin LAU-118 Launch rails

  • GT Resin AGM-88 HARM B Missiles

  • GT Resin AIM-7M Sparrow Missiles

  • GT Resin ALQ-184 ECM pod with Sparrow well mount

  • Master Model Pitots and AOA probe

  • Eduard F-4E exterior PE set

  • GT Resin seamless intakes and fan faces

  • GT Resin Exhausts

  • GT Resin Correct fuel tank vents over engine nozzles

  • GT Resin F-15 Style Center Line Drop tank with Anti-sway bracing

  • All stores have threaded metal anti-sway braces installed

  • Speed Hunter decals 

  • Mr. Color Finishes

  • Model Master Finishes

  • Tamiya detail chalks

  • Various oils

Gary Hatherly

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Photos and text by Gary Hatherly