Hasegawa 1/72 F-4B/N Phantom II
Few aircraft are as iconic as the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. Its upswept wingtips, hulking fuselage, and twin J79 engines made it a memorable sight (and sound) around the world. Its success as an aircraft can be seen by the huge number produced, over 5000, and by the fact that it is still in service today with a handful of air forces worldwide. The US Navy was the first operator of the aircraft, and the subject of this Hasegawa kit is the first main production variant, the F-4B (many of which were later upgraded to the F-4N standard).
The second option is an F-4B from VF-151 off the USS Midway. This aircraft is also a CAG bird, with a much more flamboyant display of the CAG colors, covering the entire vertical tail. A simple black outline sharkmouth is on the white radome, while rainbow colors are duplicated on the wingtips. The final option is more sedate, although still colorful. This is an F-4B from VMFA-115, and it features a white tail with the silver eagle and red, white, and blue stripes. Those stripes are repeated on the wingtips.
All three options are great subjects, and the decals are beautifully printed. In addition to the aircraft specific markings, the sheet comes with a good selection of stenciling. This is really essential, as it is those small markings that help break up that large expanse of gray and white and add to the realism of the finished model.
The Hasegawa Phantom series is a great one, both for its overall detail and its overall breadth. The F-4B/N variant is one of the most colorful out of the family, and this re-release from Hasegawa is very welcome. My thanks to Hasegawa USA for the review sample.