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F-4 Phantom
Seats and Wheels

Eduard "Brassin", 1/48 scale

S u m m a r y

Desxription, Catalogue Number and Price:

Eduard Brassin Item No:

648 019 F-4B/J/N/S seat

648 014 F-4J/N wheels

Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Resin, colour photo-etched and self-adhesive masks
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Superb level of detail with flawless casting; sensible location of the removable casting plugs; additional photo-etched parts for embellishment; good colour registration on the p-e fret.
Disadvantages:  
Conclusion: These releases provide an easy way for the modeller to improve the detail on their favourite Phantom without the need for surgery. Each item is an improvement on its plastic counterpart and the substitution is simplicity itself.


Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner


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FirstLook

 

Eduard Brassin kit # 648 019 F-4B/J/N/S seat

The cockpit of a jet is a veritable magnet for inquisitive eyes.  Hasegawa’s Phantoms have been around for a long time now and a couple of items that can benefit from some extra detailing are the “bang seats”.

Modeller’s who build US Navy F-4s will welcome this set as it contains a vastly improved version of the Martin Baker MK.7 H7AF. Naturally 2 seats are catered for and we get a duplicate set of resin and photo-etched parts to accomplish this.

 

 

The latter item was printed in colour and the registration is excellent. There are a lot of very small parts here so take extra care when removing them.  Also included is a stencil for the “caution” and “lift here” warnings.
As expected, the casting of the resin components is first class with fine detail and a flawless finish.       

A couple of A5 sheets of paper give you a good indication where everything should go, although the fastidious will seek out further information regarding the exact placement of some items.


 

Eduard Brassin kit # 648 014 F-4J/N wheels 

The Phantom theme continues and once again it’s the Hasegawa kit that takes the spotlight. These wheels are for the Navy variants and as such covers the F-4J and N.

 

 

The equivalent plastic items are always missing out when it comes to depth of detail. These items rectify this. The casting is so good that one can even read the Goodyear “advertising” on the side walls.

A small sheet of “paper” masks is provided for the tyres which a thoughtful addition to help in the painting process. Another bonus is a set of wheel chocks which will add a nice touch to any diorama.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

All of the above are packaged to prevent damage in transit. The resin is protected by a piece of foam and the contents are sandwiched between two halves of tough clear plastic.

The detail incorporated into these castings is impressive and those items that require embellishment have the advantage of photo-etched parts.

With the addition of these releases, the modeller can’t help getting a superior result with very minimal effort.

Thanks to Eduard for the sample


Review Text and Images Copyright 2010 by Rob Baumgartner
Page Created 23 July, 2010
Last updated 13 September, 2010

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