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Tamiya 1/48th F-4B Phantom II (item#61121)


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F-4Bs were the first Phantom II aircraft to see active service; powered by twin jet engines, they could carry significant ordnance and were used by the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps through the Vietnam War. Here is a triumphant entrance into the extensive 1/48 Aircraft Series for the Phantom II with this model.
*Images show prototype with panel lines accented.
*Transparent canopy parts are partly painted. 

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This is great news! The old Hasegawa kit is now absolete and even the Academy one will be only 2nd choice. I am all in for it. Will order as soon as I can...

 

cheers

Uwe

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3 hours ago, DanW said:

Wrong "B". Should be F-14B.

 

Well, getting a B from the D kit isn't all that hard. 

 

1 hour ago, a4s4eva said:

Hope we get some air to ground ordnance 

 

Well, I'll definitely have that covered!

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2 minutes ago, Stephen said:

I'm betting that the decal options in the box will be VF-84 and VF-111.

Why not? It will help selling even more. Since there is really no shortage in good F-4B decals I really do not care about the decal sheet. Mine might become a VF-161 bird...also very main stream! 😉

 

cheers

Uwe

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5 minutes ago, nachjager said:

Well, at least is not a another  BF-109 😄   .....but seriously, another Phantom?

 

There is NO good F-4B around so far...so yes, excellent choice°!

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Points of note so far, based on these pictures, from my (slightly biased) point of view:

 - very promising shape wise (but you don't expect anything else from Tamiya these days), great capture of the lateral bulge in the canopy, at the centre part

 - Mk. H7 seats in the cockpit (correct only for post 1970...)

 - canopy inner details (nice!), but doesn't seem to have the full insert on the front canopy

 - seems to show (not 100% sure) slotted stabilators. Perhaps unslotted options in the box?

 

Very much looking forward to this, although the price tag is high it has to be said. More than the F-14 and more than Zoukei Mura's line of kits...

J

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1 hour ago, anj4de said:

Why not? It will help selling even more. Since there is really no shortage in good F-4B decals I really do not care about the decal sheet. Mine might become a VF-161 bird...also very main stream! 😉

 

cheers

Uwe

Actually, we could use some good early VF-84 F-4B decals in 1/48. I had to piece together decals from 3 different manufacturers to get close. Hopefully, Caracal will be releasing some good stuff for this kit.

 

Ben

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"*Transparent canopy parts are partly painted."

 

I wonder if that means the windscreen clear part goes all the way down to the radome? Looks like it might be that way, just based on the color.

 

Ben

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