Vietnam Era F-4 Phantom C/D/E/G & RF-4 Camouflage Paint Masks Set 1/72
Suggested scale: 1/72
Suggested kit: F-4 C/D/E/G & RF-4 Phantom kits from Hasegawa, Tamiya, Monogram, Italeri, Fine Molds, Fujimi, Revell
Re-usable die-cut paint masks
The set includes one sheet of pre-cut masks (shown in the picture). The masks are made from thin masking tape, which is easy to be peeled off and doesn’t leave any stains. The tape is tested on clear and painted model too. If carefully removed after painting, they can be used over and over again. It is flexible and easily applied over curved surfaces. Semi-transparent for easy and accurate placing.
F-4 Vietnam Era Camouflage pattern was the Earth-Tones Camo Scheme applied on the USAF fighter jets that fought in South-East Asia. It proved to be very effective, even though carrier-based MARINES and NAVY Phantoms never received similar paint job. However, A-1, F-100, F-104, F-105, F-5, F-111 and others were painted in the same colors, due to the effectiveness of the scheme. Various modifications of the F-4 were flown colored in that manner /some with slight variations of the pattern/, including the definitive USAF variant, the F-4E. In 72nd scale there are plenty of toolings of the Phantom variants, which are covered by this mask set. Hasegawa and Fine Molds are widely considered as the best options and in their different variations offer earth-tone camouflaged birds.
by McDonnell Douglas was sold to many foreign ally countries, with some of those receiving their jets straight from South-Asian US warbirds surplus. Sometimes, these planes were delivered to the receiving country directly from transferred Phantoms /while on their way back to the US/, thus keeping their Vietnam War appearance. The paint job can be seen on F-4s used by Australia, Turkey, Greece, South Korea and Spain. The original camouflage was hard-edged, however on older & worn Phantoms it can be seen with soft-edge border between the colors. That was due to a probable repainting. Later on, all these jets were eventually re-camouflaged with the low-vis two-tone grey scheme.