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Ben Schumacher (Ben)

McDonnell Douglas QF-4S Phantom "Scooby"


amazing cockpit. and the outside is looking great, and it is not even finished. Phantastic!!
14 October 2020, 08:07
Patrick Hagelstein
Alright! This is looking interesting! 👍
15 October 2020, 16:13
Erik No
Looks 1:1 like the original.
17 October 2020, 09:46
Slavo Hazucha
Looking great 👍 It´s really rewarding to watch big-scale stuff grow into something in experienced hands!
19 October 2020, 10:36
Bernhard Schrock
As usual: a blockbuster - project. Excellent results on the shark mouth and overall finish. I agree Erik: looks like the original.
19 October 2020, 13:09
Ricardo Reis
Very nice, following!
19 October 2020, 13:33
Michael Phillips
This is stunning! WOW!!!
23 October 2020, 14:17
Kamil Rudziński
Świetna robota Ben! ????
23 October 2020, 15:48
Rui S
Excellent work 👍 I'm in😎
23 October 2020, 18:36
Clifford Keesler
Looking very nice, watching.
10 November 2020, 03:15
Nathan Dempsey
Double wow!
10 November 2020, 03:24
David Pearson
it looks very impressive, Excellent work.
24 November 2020, 12:50
Ben Schumacher
Update! 🙂
26 November 2020, 12:37
Patrick Hagelstein
So Ben, in picture 82 there is this grey stuff covering the rivets on those stabilators. I'm recreating that on a German F-4F as well, but I ran into a discussion with a club member as to what this is. He claims he never saw it while working on USAF F-4s, but I assume it's some kind of heat resistent putty to protect those rivets. Could you shine a light on what it is, please?
26 November 2020, 23:22
Ben Schumacher
@Patrick no grey stuff, just differently shaded bare metal - probably caused by the internal structure. There is heat resistant sealant on the bare metal areas, but the sealant is red. I have of course no idea whether or not such different shades appear on Airforce aircraft or not, but they certainly appeared on Scooby as you can see in Bill Spidle's walkaround:



I hope this helps! 🙂
27 November 2020, 10:53
Patrick Hagelstein
It sure does! Thanks! This is the bird I'm looking at building in a bit and it has those same grey areas.
28 November 2020, 01:51
maybe those lines appear due to oxidation process, after the parts have been left outside, not being serviced for who knows how long... and may they were not present in planes in service. walk around pictures of planes in a junk yard show levels of rust that you will never see in machines in service. just a suggestion
Amazing job in this Phantom, anyway.
28 November 2020, 12:15
Clifford Keesler
29 November 2020, 01:07
Ben Schumacher
Again, it's not grey but simply a darker shade of bare metal. This has nothing to do with the aircraft being "on a junkyard" (which it wasn't, the pics were taken in a museum just a few months after demilitarisation). You can also clearly see it on the flying F-4F Patrick has posted and on all pics of Scooby taken during its active service.
30 November 2020, 10:34
i did not know that, thanks.
30 November 2020, 13:34
Bernhard Schrock
49-52: orange, insygnia blue, white, red. Excellent result despite in my opinion an unusual sequence Of painting. What kind of paint did you use Ben?
83: photo-etch or plastic? Damage repairing sheets?
Immer wieder entdecke ich neue Details und denke immer wieder "das ist jetzt schon ein Hammer"!
30 November 2020, 14:16
Roland Sorne
Excellent weathering
30 November 2020, 14:38
Ben Schumacher
Bernhard, I chose this sequence to avoid white paint being visible at the outer edges of the insignia below the dark blue. The paints used are from Mr Paint, except the red which is from Gunze. The stiffeners were CNC milled from 0,2mm plastic sheet by my good friend Thomas Matzer. I am not sure, but I am pretty sure they are external stiffener plates and not damage repair. That's just my guess, though.
30 November 2020, 14:43
Clifford Keesler
Looking very nice indeed.
30 November 2020, 17:48
Ben Schumacher
Update! 🙂
12 January 2021, 08:18
Christian Ristits
What a wonderful build and project! Great details, keep it on!
12 January 2021, 09:26
Whoa, that is stunning
12 January 2021, 09:50
12 January 2021, 10:17
Konrad Limmer
Speechless absolutely amazing work!! Chapeu....
12 January 2021, 10:41
Clifford Keesler
Agree with everyone, amazing work.
13 January 2021, 00:03
Not a fan of F-4s with Q in front myself, but man - you know what youre doing 😮 👍
14 January 2021, 19:46
Maciej Bellos
Great job! Attention to detail in every aspect!
14 January 2021, 19:51
Slavo Hazucha
Almost impossible to point out any differences between 1:32 and 1:1 - every step a practical lesson of some technique... worth a book, really 👍
14 January 2021, 22:23
Urban Gardini
Probably the best Phantom build that I've seen. Fantastic work mate, too bad it's a QF, it hurts my Brick loving heart!
15 January 2021, 21:34
Sergej I
Yup, poor dog...
15 January 2021, 21:36
Rui S
Excelent work 👍
15 January 2021, 21:37
Ben Schumacher
Thanks for your kind comments! Being converted to QF standard was probably the best which could happen to this very aircraft - it was in active service until late 2004 and resides in a museum since then!
18 January 2021, 07:45
Arif Saeed
Wow this is special 👏👏
4 January, 12:04
Ben Schumacher
Phinished! 🙂
4 January, 12:07
4 January, 12:46
Sergej I
Phabulous! 👍
4 January, 14:02
Tommy Agne
4 January, 16:52
Maciej Bellos
Perphect! Well done Ben!
4 January, 18:45
Patrick Hagelstein
Phabulous II 😮
4 January, 19:12
Gary Victory
Looking really nice.
5 January, 07:26
Ben Schumacher
Thank you guys! 🙂
5 January, 08:48
A masterpiece.
5 January, 09:42
Absolutely agree, the gray shades are sooo perfectly replicated! 👍 👍
5 January, 11:40
Clifford Keesler
Beautiful job.An amazing Phantom.
6 January, 01:31
Alex Rodionov
Excellent F-4. A real King scale.
6 January, 04:20


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