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F-4E Phantom
F-4E Phantom
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by: Jessica Cooper [ JESSIE_C ]

History
The F-4 Phantom needs no introduction. It was by far the Western world's most successful supersonic fighter-bomber aircraft of the Cold War, and has been described as “The world's largest distributor of MiG parts”. The F-4E was the USAF's definitive fighter version, armed with an under-nose M-61 20mm cannon and 8 air-to-air missiles.



First Impressions
This kit comes stuffed into a small box, which upon opening does not have a great deal of air inside. Two complete kits are squeezed inside, each in their own separate plastic bag.


Fuselage
The fuselage is made up of two halves, which lock together very positively, reminiscent of a snap-together kit. There is a one-piece cockpit tub with separate ejection seats, instrument panel and bulkheads. I have seen 1/72 kits with fewer cockpit parts! There are also crew figures to be installed if the modeller wishes.

Wings
The wing is one piece, and includes the arrestor hook. Landing gear are one piece, which is understandable in this scale. Optional doors are provided for retracted gear, but there is no stand.

Empennage
Two styles of stabiliser are provided, but only the slatted verstion is applicable to this model. The other is marked “not for use” on the instructions.

Underwing Stores
Three drop tanks are provided, each in one piece. There are 4 Sidewinders plus their underwing pylons, and 4 Sparrows. No bombs are provided in this box.

Accuracy
I don't compare models to drawings or published measurements. When assembled it will look like a Phantom.

Decals and Markings
3 Colour scheme options are provided for USAF aircraft. 2 are in the SEA camouflage of 2 greens and tan over light grey, and one is overall white with red-orange test panels. Each option has a slightly different shark mouth.

The decal sheet includes an addendum with properly printed national insignia to replace the WW II style insignias printed on the main sheet.


  • 1. F-4E 70-0269 of the 34th TFS in 1970;
  • 2. F-4E 69-0336 of the 421st TFS in 1972;
  • 3. YF-4E 65-0713 of the 6521th Test Squadron at Edwards AFB in 1983.


It's tiny! The test fit (without glue or tape) is posed beside my Shaeffer pen.


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SUMMARY
Highs: Finally an accurate 1/144 Phantom!
Lows: No bombs; could have had a Hill Grey or ADC scheme.
Verdict: This will be a delightful little model.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:144
  Mfg. ID: FC-5
  PUBLISHED: Apr 30, 2017
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.12%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.65%

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About Jessica Cooper (Jessie_C)
FROM: BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

I build anything that sits on a hobbyshop shelf, in any scale that interests me. I've been called (playfully, I think) "The Queen of trash kits". I'm not afraid of vacforms or short run cottage industry kits and often prefer them to yet another TamaFujiGawa injected wunderkit. I like to build in ...

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Everything Platz makes is gold.
MAY 01, 2017 - 11:42 PM
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