McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom
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F-4J Phantom in 1/32 scale
The famous Phantom is a nice subject for all modern aircraft modellers. In 1/32 scale there are the expensive Tamiya kits, but also the Revell model (with a completely new tooling) is very worthwhile and is value for your money.

With some effort, Revell's kit can be made into an impressive model. Back in 1997, there was yet no F-4J version kit, so I converted the F-4E kit of Revell into an F-4J. It was made as a F-4J of US NAVY VF-31 on board USS Saratoga. The real plane seen here:

  photo: Boeing company
 

I presume the later issued F-4F kit has basically the same parts so you may use that kit as well as the Revell-Monogram issue. It appeared in various boxes and decals over the years, an example seen here:

Some parts of the Revell F-4E kit are seen here:

The Revell kit has some minor faults in outline: 

  • correct the tailfin to be square and reduce it 3 mm in height.
  • the intake parts are to much forward, leaving no "room" for an access ladder to the forward cockpit. I simply removed 5 mm at the rear of the intake parts.
  • the nose of the F-4J was taken from... yes.. the old Revell F-4J kit. The nose contour was converted by removing the kit's F-4E nose forward of the windscreen and by filling in the gaps. 
  • On the intakes, the later F-4J model's RVAH antennes were fitted. 

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nose u.c. bay

     
The wings were given the typical re-inforcement at the u.c leg point, the F-4J having the "bulged" wings as the F-4E.The inner LE slat panelline of the F-4E kit was filled as the F-4J had no inboard slat. 
The exhausts of the Revell kit are quite good as can be seen here....
The F-4J refuelling probe was added with opened hatch, as well as the opened auxiliary doors and catapults hooks below the fuselage. Also, the smaller RHAW antenna's, IFF etcetera  were fitted
exhausts
The undercarriage was detailed with brake tubing, and the legs given a weathered look. The main fuel tank was a nice touch together with several large Sparrow missiles below the fuselage and Sidewinders fitted on the wing pylons.
main gear
flap and missile station
The lower speedbrakes and missile stations.
The nose gear is seen below with card and plastic details added.

tail

upper view
 


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References:
- Spirit in the Skies, F-4 Phantom special, World Air Power, 1992 by Jon Lake (excellent; full coverage of all variants)
- F-4 Phantom, Squadron signal
- F-4 Navy Variants , Detail and Scale, Kinzey

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Created November 27, 2000