Top Notch TNM72-M112: F-4 Phantom (Vietnam) Camouflage Masks
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Vinyl Mask Set|
This is the first of Top Notch Models' sets that I have had the chance to review in 1/72 scale. This is for the original Southeast Asia scheme with the light grey undersides and not for the later wraparound scheme. One would hope to see that being offered as it would be useful for the Euro 1 camouflage scheme as well.
All USAF F-4s of the period, the F-4C/D and F-4E wore this scheme. I cannot tell precisely, but if modeling the E you may need to fabricate some additional masking from the surrounding masking material to handle the longer nose of the E. There are no masks for the underside, but that is only an issue for the areas forward of the wings, and you could easily use the mask surrounds to do that. As with most of these masks, you paint the lighter color then apply the mask, paint the next color, apply those masks and finish with the darkest shade. All the metallic areas should be painted and masked before any of this. Note also that the second set of masks is a tad larger where it overlaps previously masked sections to help eliminate any overspray.
Instructions are well done and a visit to their web site should be helpful to clear up any placement issues as the instructions are a bit on the dark side. These are available in all major scales with this set being in 1/72.
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