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Buy it now. Condition see all Condition. With new information coming in from pilots in Southeast Asia, they went to work again, and the prototype YF-4E took its maiden flight on August 7, The first production F-4E did not go aloft until June 30, , in part due to teething problems the new Phantom had with its 20mm gun. Initially the F-4E was developed not to facilitate close-in dogfighting with the addition of a gun, but rather to incorporate a new radar, the Westinghouse APQ, into the airframe.

The APQ radar offered improved detection of low flying aircraft and moving ground targets, the latter providing enhanced accuracy on bombing runs, and was generally more versatile, facilitating interceptions with either missiles or a gun as the primary offensive weapon. The APQ also featured a new heads up display HUD , which projected tactical information speed, altitude, range to target, etc. With this breakthrough in air combat effectiveness and the addition of the General Electric M61A1 six-barrel 20mm cannon in a longer nose, the F-4E as we know it was born.

The F-4E also differed from its predecessors in having dual flight controls, so that either pilot could fly the aircraft if necessary. The end cones were jettisoned just prior to rocket attacks against ground targets. However, it was not until the fall of that the F-4E was first delivered to Air Force Tactical Air Command units, and it took another year for it to appear in Southeast Asia, entering service with U. Air Force units in Thailand in November The F-4 was retired from front-line U.

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Various service branches thereafter used modified F-4 as target drones until about Wingspan: 38 ft. Height: 16 ft. Length: 62 ft.

McDonnell Douglas F-4 Gun Nosed Phantoms (WarbirdTech)

Powerplant: 2 General Electric J Turbojets of 17, lbs. In their place are two LAU-3 rocket pods. Each LAU-3 carried 19 2. While it may lack some detail, the kit accurately captures the lines of an F-4E. For a full preview of the kit, click here. The instruction sheet should be read through carefully from beginning to end, since for some reason it also references AIM-4 Falcon missiles that are not included in the kit.

Hasegawa offers multiple F-4E kits, but this one deviates from many Phantom kits on the market in that it provides only four AIM-7 Sparrow missiles, rather than a full complement of Sparrows and Sidewinders. The canopy fit was unfortunately compromised by the bulk of the Verlinden ejection seats. Proceed with caution if you opt for aftermarket resin! However, the seats are a bit bulky and most importantly, sit too high in the cockpit to fit comfortably beneath the one-piece canopy without considerable sanding of the lower portion of both seats, about 0.

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Even with extensive cutting and sanding, the panels are just too big, so the revamping ended with the seats. Eduard either manufactured the PE set with another Hasegawa F-4E in mind, or made it with no thought to the actual internal dimensions of the kit. There are two pilot figures, but I did not include them in my work as I did not want to obscure the seat detail — what little would be visible through the canopy. After painting the seats and cockpit tub, the fuselage and wings are assembled and the kit begins to take shape rapidly. Next come the large intakes, and the starboard intake did not align well to the fuselage, having a noticeable step at the join seam even after an initial application of putty.


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The fuselage of the actual Phantom was area-ruled, meaning that it was slightly pinched just aft of the intakes. This wasp-waist effect retarded shock wave build-up along the fuselage, particularly as the F-4 approached the speed of sound.

While the wasp-waist effect is accurately captured by the kit, the fact that the starboard intake did not align properly meant even more putty and sanding were required on that side, and upon close examination the fuselage is slightly more pinched on that side. The camouflage scheme is relatively elaborate and I managed to duplicate it with patience and consistently low pressure p.

After a lot of research, I chose a flat off-white color for the under surfaces. The off-white underside is a Polly Scale acrylic. The engine exhausts and the metallic area nearby are painted Model Master Titanium, one of their Buffing Metallizer colors — in an effort to recreate the actual titanium reserved for these components of the aircraft. The F-4E was one of the most numerous variants ever produced, being highly prized due to its 20mm gun and the resulting enhanced air combat capability.

It was never deployed by the U. Navy only due to the longer nose and extra weight of the gun and its ammunition, which made catapult launchings from aircraft carriers a dicey proposition.