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Israeli Air Force and United States Air Force
RF-4C Upgrade and Conversion Kit


AirDOC, 1/48 scale



S u m m a r y

Title: AirDOC ADR 48011 - Israeli Air Force and United States Air Force RF-4C Upgrade and Conversion Kit
for the Hasegawa 1/48 RF-4C/E Kits
Media and Contents: Grey resin and acetate sheet (see details in main text below)
Price: Euro 16,95 available from specialist book and hobby shops, or direct online from AirDOC Publications.
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Excellent mastering and high quality casting; crisp detail
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by
Rodger Kelly

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AirDOC is a German company which produces first rate books, decal sheets and resin conversion/detail sets.   

Someone at AirDOC must be fond of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom as they have released a swag of books and resin detail sets for them. 

ADR 48011 is one of their newer releases.  It enable you to convert the 1/48 scale Hasegawa RF-4C/E Phantom II kits into either an Israeli Air Force RF-4E or a United States Air Force RF-4C. 

The set comprises nine resin pieces and an acetate sheet.  The resin pieces comprise: 

  • Radome
  • “Top Hat” antennae hatch
  • Camera housing
  • Front landing gear door
  • Two aiming devise (sights)
  • Front and rear instrument panels
  • Radar homing and warning panel

The resin is grey in colour and reminiscent of that used by both Cutting Edge Modelworks and Aires.  I personally prefer this type of resin over the tan coloured type as it is easier to work with being less brittle and prone to snapping.  The set has been mastered by Willy Peeters and is well and truly up to the high standards we have seen from him previously.  The detail cast into each part is crisp and sharp which will make painting so much easier.  Instrument dial detail has been included with the each instrument being deep enough to allow you to add the “glass” by way of gloss varnish or epoxy.  The parts come attached to a pour stub and there is a clear distinction between part and pour stub to make the task of removal and clean-up so much easier. 

The acetate sheet provides you with the “windows” for the camera hatches on the underside of the nose.  Two alternative methods of producing these windows are provided, a single die cut panel that will require you to mark and cut the individual “panes” or a one-piece die cut version that, by the looks of it at least, will enable you to carefully bend the whole thing into place. 

A small sheet is included with the set.  This sheet provides detail drawings to assist you with construction as well as a “potted history” of both the aircraft and their individual detail fits. 

The set comes packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag with a stiff cardboard header. 

This is an excellent detail/conversion set indeed that will appeal more to the hard core Phantom fan than just the casual modeller. 


Thanks to AirDOC Publications for the review sample

AirDOC Accessories and Publications may be viewed and purchased online from their website

Review Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 04 October, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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