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F-4J/S Radar

Eduard BRASSIN, 1/48 scale

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Catalogue Number

Eduard Brassin Item No. 648-067 - F-4J/S Radar

Contents and media

8 x Grey resin parts, Photo etch and double sided A5 instruction sheet.

Scale

1/48

Price

USD $19.51 plus shipping available online from www.eduard.com

Review Type

First Look.

Advantages:

A great way to display the AWG-10 radar.

Disadvantages:

No painting guide

Recommendation:

Recommended for all Phantom Phreaks.


Reviewed by Phil Parsons


Eduard's 1/48 scale Brassin F-4J/S Radar is available online from Squadron.com

 

Background

 

The F-4J (522 aircraft) was the final version of the Phantom II produced for the US Navy and US Marine Corps. It constituted an improved version of the F-4B and flew operationally for the first time in 1966.

Similarly, 265 F-4J aircraft went through a modification, to provide more structural strength, a longer fatigue life, updated mission equipment (AN/AWG10 to AN/AGW-10B radar) and a slatted wing. These modified F-4J aircraft were designated F-4S and the first one flew in 1977. The first forty or so F-4J airframes converted to F-4S were completed before the slat "kits" were available. These were sent to the Marines as F-4J/S Phantoms (it was even painted on the aircraft).

After the Falkland war, the RAF bought fourteen Navy F-4J Phantoms to replace F-4M Phantoms that were used to provide air defence for the Falklands with 23 Squadron at Port Stanley. These F-4J(UK) Phantoms were given the RAF numbers ZE350 to ZE364 and served with 74(F) Squadron at Wattisham in Suffolk, UK.

The Westinghouse AWG-10,  was at the heart of all these aircraft and gave the F-4 an improved capability in the Air-Air arena by  providing search and track data to Sparrow and Sidewinder missiles. The AWG-10 was also the first multi-mode radar with a pulse-Doppler, to provide a look-down capability.


 

FirstLook

 

As expected from Eduard the mouldings are of a very high quality, though some of the casting blocks will require a little extra care to remove.

 

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The detail on the AWG-10 is amazing, it would however, be nice if Eduard could provide a painting guide as this BRASSIN set will look great when painted.  The Antenna (APG-59) itself consists of resin and  colour photo etch parts.  The only possible weak point (literally) of the set may be where the nose attaches to the fuselage, some well hidden wire may assist here.

Eduard recommends this BRASSIN set for the Hasegawa F-4.

 

Conclusion

 


This looks to be a great aftermarket addition for your USN/Marine F-4J/S or RAF F-4J.



References

History from http://aviation.watergeek.eu
http://ultra.glo.be/daco/KDCB004.html
http://airandspace.si.edu
 

Thanks to Eduard for the samples.


Review Text Copyright 2012 by Phil Parsons
Page Created 3 December, 2012
Last updated 3 December, 2012

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