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Here's some  fun speculation about future Tamiya 1/48 Phantoms, such as the F-4C/D:

 

The Marking Stickers Sheet in the Tamiya F-4B kit has extra masks as shown below. The two "n" masks are the size of the F-4C/D Landing and Taxi lights, while the insets on rear canopy parts  "o" and "p" are where outside rear view mirrors would mount.

 

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Gene K

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That's what I'm waiting for 🙂 Still have sufficient stock of Academy F-4's to last until the Tamiya F-4C/D comes out. Wife will probably kill me for yet another kit, but hell - you only live once 😁

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Doesn't mean the C/D kits will ever happen.  Tamiya included a lot of parts in their 1/32nd scale Mosquito FB.VI kit that weren't needed but were specific to the bomber version.  That was many years ago, still no sign that we'll ever see the B.IV kit.

 

 

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Despite that fact, they made F-14A, then D, now we are waiting for F-14A late, coming soon. There are chances for F-4C in nearest future, I believe.

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2 hours ago, Solo said:

Despite that fact, they made F-14A, then D, now we are waiting for F-14A late, coming soon. There are chances for F-4C in nearest future, I believe.


And yet Tamiya still hasn’t released a -B version, which is probably more popular than the -D, and right up there with the -A.

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1 hour ago, Dave Williams said:


And yet Tamiya still hasn’t released a -B version, which is probably more popular than the -D, and right up there with the -A.

I’m almost done with my B, converted from a Tamiya D. As soon as I get done, they should be announcing a B kit. Sorry it’s taking me so long. 😀

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2 hours ago, andrew.deboer said:

I’m almost done with my B, converted from a Tamiya D. As soon as I get done, they should be announcing a B kit. Sorry it’s taking me so long. 😀

Get moving on completing the kit please, the rest of us wants the F-14B to be released 🤣

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I would have thought an F-4N would be next as only a few parts would need to be added. There are two little raised parts on each intake for fitting the ECM fairings .

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If Tamiya does a C/D Phantom it is a pretty easy jump to a J. The C/D had the thick wing. Add the wing and a new sprue for the longer burner cans and you are pretty much there. Maybe some cockpit bits too. 

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10 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

And yet Tamiya still hasn’t released a -B version

Who knows, that F-14A 'late' means that Tamiya for the first time listened the need of modelmakers, so maybe B will be released soon.

 

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20 hours ago, Solo said:

Who knows, that F-14A 'late' means that Tamiya for the first time listened the need of modelmakers, so maybe B will be released soon.

 

Really if they are doing the late A I think all they would have to add is the GE engine part to it and BAM you have a B

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To speculate further on possible Tamiya Phantom plans following the F-4B:

 

Since the consensus appears to be that Tamiya is slow (or unlikely) to produce multiple versions of any aircraft, if I were Mr Tamiya, I would go all out and issue only one more Phantom kit ... while conceding the other models to ZM. That model would be the RF-4E since that was a Japanese mainstay for 45 years.

 

A major (!!) reengineering of the Tamiya F-4B, or more likely, a complete new kit would be required. Since I don't really foresee a recce bird as a Tamiya possibility, I'm hoping for a Hyperscale conversion kit for the ZM Late Model F-4E ... or their F-4C. An up-to-date Recce Phantom is needed!

 

Gene K

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A really good, modern recce Phantom kit sorely needed, either as  a whole kit - or a conversion set.

It'll be a long, long time before either Tamiya or ZM get around to the job, if ever, so the market for a high quality conversion from someone like Hypersonic is wide open.

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I can tell you of several Tamiya kits in which parts point to a next version that never showed up. We have seen several times on this forum people talking about F-16D in both 48th and 32nd scale which was never released. Challenger kit in 1/35 has parts in the kit which point to a future NATO version. That too was never released. 

 

But no one can stop you from dreaming. So dream on 🙂

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