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Modeller's Datafile Number 14

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
A Comprehensive Guide

Part 3: Overseas Operators

by Andy Evans
 

SAM Publications

 

 

S u m m a r y

Publisher and Catalogue Details: Modeller's Datafile Number 14
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Part 3 - Overseas Operators
by Andy Evans
illustrated by David Howley
SAM Publications
ISBN: 0-9551858-5-8
Media and Contents: Soft cover, 128 pp. plus double-sided, double A3 width fold out drawings and covers.
Price: 15.00 + p&p available online from SAM Publications
Review Type: FirstRead
Advantages: Complete rundown on featured aircraft; logically laid out; profusely illustrated.
Disadvantages:  
Conclusion: A “one-stop Phantom reference shop” for modellers and great value for money

 

Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

 
Modeller's Datafile Number 14 is available online from Squadron.com

 

FirstRead

 

If you have not seen one of the SAM Publications Modellers Data File books before you are in for a treat.  The series is but one of many offered by the UK based company SAM Publications and they are specifically designed for the modeller.

The books give the novice as well as the hard bitten enthusiast a complete run down on the featured aircraft including in-depth details, a photographic coverage and a guide to modelling the aircraft.

A visit to the Modellers Data File page of the SAM Publications webpage at http://www.sampublications.com/sampubs.htm reveals that there are three volumes in covering the F-4.  This is good news as the F-4 has a long and distinguished history and trying to fit it all in one volume would have been detrimental to the coverage as well as cost prohibitive for the buyer!

This third and final volume provides coverage of the F-4 in use by the by foreign (to the US at least!) operators.

 

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Following an introduction, the contents are as divided up into a chapter per user then a selection of modelling chapters and appendices as follows:

  • Chapter 1  -   Australian Phantoms
  • Chapter 2  -   Egyptian Phantoms
  • Chapter 3  -   German Phantoms
  • Chapter 4  -   Greek Phantoms
  • Chapter 5  -   Iranian Phantoms
  • Chapter 6  -   Israeli Phantoms
  • Chapter 7  -   Japanese Phantoms
  • Chapter 8  -   Korean Phantoms
  • Chapter 9  -  Spanish Phantoms
  • Chapter 10  -  Turkish Phantoms
  • Chapter 11  -  UK Phantoms
  • Chapter 12  -  Superdetailed ‘Spook’ – F-4 Phantom II, Hasegawa 1/48
  • Chapter 13  -  Luftwaffe Photo Phantom – RF-4E Phantom II, Revell 1/72
  • Chapter 14  -  ‘Black Mike’ – FG.1 Phantom II, Hasegawa 1/48
  • Chapter 15  -  Red Richthofen Anniversary Jet – F4F Phantom II, Hasegawa 1/48
  • Chapter 16  -  The ‘Phoenix Shark’ F-4M Phantom II, Hasegawa 1/48
  • Chapter 17  -  Royal Navy Landing Diorama F-4M Phantom II, Fujimi 1/48
  • Chapter 18  -  Scorpion ‘238’ ‘Last Kill’ – F-4F Phantom II, Hasegawa 1/48
  • Chapter 19  -  Dragon Phantom – F-4EJ Japanese Phantom II, Tamiya 1/32
  • Chapter 20  -  Greek Duo – F-4F Phantom II, Revell 1/32
  • Appendices
  • I Kit Listing  -  A guide to Phantom kits
  • II Accessories and Conversions  -  Add-ons and enhancements
  • III Decals  -  Available liveries for the Phantom
  • IV Bibliography – A concise list of books, journals and periodicals

You are also treated to and index, eight pages of colour side profiles (by David Howley) and a fold-out of 1/72 scale drawings (also by David Howley).

The book is profusely illustrated throughout with full colour and black and white images including walk-arounds (with most chapters as appropriate) as well as overall shots.

The book is A-4 in size, softbound and consists of 128 pages in all.

Basically, this book is a “one-stop shop” for modellers and represents great value of money as far as I am concerned.

Thanks to SAM Publications for the review sample.


Review Text Copyright 2009 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 2 March, 2009
Last updated 2 March, 2009

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