1:48 German Luftwaffe F-4F
Built Date: 1991, Repainted around 1998
German Luftwaffe F-4F Training in CFB Goosebay, Labrador, Canada
This is a Hasegawa F-4F model I build back in 1991. At that time I did not have enough skills and information to do the Norm 81 paint scheme. Hence, I just painted it in the solid splinter scheme (Molder) as directed by the kit instruction. Around 1998, I repainted this model. I felt I had enough skills to give the Norm 81 scheme a try. I stripped the old Gunze paint with Methol Hydrate thinner. Before painting, I took the opportunity to upgraded the cockpit to what is shown on these photos.
The upgrades done to the cockpit were:
- addition of a KMC side walls
- True Details resin seats
- scratch built upper instrument panel for the back seater
- addition of wires behind the rear instrument panels
- addition of home-made oxygen hoses.
- addition of mirrors to the canopy.
The German F-4 has a unique camouflage which is referred to by the Germans as “Norm81”. The Norm81 camouflage for the F-4F uses six colors. There are two variations of the Norm81paint scheme: Norm81A and Norm81B. I painted my model in the Norm81A scheme. I used exclusively Gunze paint. Mixing instruction and paint colour are shown on the reference chart I marked up below. Decals used are the kit decals and the AirDoc decal sheet.