F-4B Phantom II VF-111 "Sundowners" NL 201- Tamiya 1/48

Rod The Fixer

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Hi everyone,
I'm starting to assemble this wonderful Tamiya kit:

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by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

to make this aircraft:

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The NL-201 (BuNo 153019, F-4B J.O. 736, SD-513-1-8 block 26/z35) was an F-4B Phantom that belonged to the VF-111 Sundowners embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) during the Nov 1971 to Jul 1972 cruise to SEA. Using the callsign, 'Old Nick two-zero-one', the aircraft was flown by all the squadron pilots and Radar Intercept Officers at one time or another during the cruise, but on 6 March 1972 it was flown by Lt Garry Weigand and Lt(jg) Bill Freckleton. When they launched off the USS Coral Sea that afternoon and headed toward North Vietnam they had no idea the mission would ultimately end with their engagement and shoot down of an enemy MiG-17 aircraft near Quang Lang airfield.

Click here for the full history
Source: www.usscoralsea.net

A quick look inside the box:

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by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

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by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

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by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

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by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

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by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr
 

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