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#711 JSDF F-4EJ Last Phantom

Building the 2019 commemorative scheme of the JASDF F-4EJ Kai Phantom II - a beautiful little Platz 1:144 kit. No electronics in this one.



The Japanese Phantom story started in 1968 with the order of 140 F-4Es all weather air defense fighters. They were designated F-4EJ to identify the Japanese modification.

On 17 March 2021, the Mitsubishi F-4EJ Phantom II was finally retired after 50 years of service with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). It is being replaced by the F-35A.

In 2019, when the 302 Hikotai ceased Phantom operations, 07-8428 (white) and 77-8399 (black) were painted in special colors for the occasion.


The Kit

This was one of my finds at Leonardo LG レオナルドLG in Tokyo last year. How could I resist this commemorative marking scheme? Also my first Platz kit in 1:144; the quality and detail is impresive.

I since discovered that Platz also released a kit of the Black scheme - I will have to look out for this!


Paint Scheme

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
A white C1 H1
B black C2 H12
C silver C8 H8
D duck egg green C26  
E steel C28 H18
F flat black C33 H12
G clear red C47  
H clear blue C50  
I seat, uniform khaki green C54 70.924 Russian Unf. WWII
J burnt iron C61 H76
K grey FS36231 C317 H325

Build Log

build01a build01b build01c build01d build01e build01f build02a build02b build02c build02d build03a build03b build03c build03d build03e build03f

Revealing the trick of the in-flight pose:


Credits and References

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LEAP is just my personal collection of projects. Two main themes have emerged in recent years, sometimes combined:

  • electronics - usually involving an Arduino or other microprocessor in one way or another. Some are full-blown projects, while many are trivial breadboard experiments, intended to learn and explore something interesting
  • scale modelling - I caught the bug after deciding to build a Harrier during covid to demonstrate an electronic jet engine simulation. Let the fun begin..
To be honest, I haven't quite figured out if these two interests belong in the same GitHub repo or not. But for now - they are all here!

Projects are often inspired by things found wild on the net, or ideas from the many great electronics and scale modelling podcasts and YouTube channels. Feel free to borrow liberally, and if you spot any issues do let me know (or send a PR!). See the individual projects for credits where due.