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
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.
|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
Some parts of the Revell F-4E kit
are seen here:
The Revell kit has some minor faults in outline:
|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
|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.
The lower speedbrakes and missile stations.
The nose gear is seen below with card and plastic details added.
The cockpit area is a real challenge
on such a large scale as 1/32.
|The forward cockpit shown above...
and aft cockpit on the right...
A nice view of the F-4J tail of the version of the famous VF-31 "Tomcatters" unit, operating the F-4J on the USS Saratoga. Decals were custom made and also came from the spare box.
The tailplane with LE slots were from the older Revell F-4 kit used. Also, the LE lights and pitots in the tailfin were fitted.
Note the bare metal area on the tailplane and special RWA antenna on top of the fin.
- 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