Yes I have often thought of BUYINH a model as a reference! BUT am afraid before I left the Hobby shop I would have about $1,000 or more in other supplies to build and finish the model.
I was pretty anal then as a kid with respects to detail and modification to all my models and i am even worse now with 3D modeling!
One of my happiest days as a kid was when some company came out with a set of specifically designed and colored paint called a “dirt and grime” set. It had MUD and RUST and GRIME and DUST colored paint.
NOW as a Old man of 50 I was just as excited when I found out about DCG “ANYTHING GOOS!” and their other plugin ins! YUM YUM!
Yea I count tel lyou how many F4 Models I build in my day.
ALso Some of my best sources for this F4 Model have been Scale Modeler sites blogs and posts.
One scaler turned me onto RUSSIAN website that free that has more varied and more detailed BLUEPRINTS and LOFT LINE than any other site i have found even BLUE-PRINTS .com The only issue it that everything in RUSSIAN and you got to do a lot of guessing!