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McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II
Fleet Phantoms II

Bullseye Model Aviation, 1/48 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Bullseye Model Aviation Item No. 48-018 - Fleet Phantoms II (F-4B Phantom II designed for the Tamiya kit.
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Waterslide decal sheets and colour instructions

USD$24.99 plus shipping available exclusively in the USA from Sprue Brothers

Will also be available from The 48ers.

Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Five varied marking options; excellent quality decals printed by Cartograf; includes guides to weapons configuration; comprehensive, clear and colourful instructions.
Disadvantages: I'm going to have to buy more Tamiya Phantoms...
Conclusion: This is another extensively researched, high quality offering from Bullseye that will be warmly welcomed by US Navy aficionados in general and Phantom Phans in particular.

Reviewed by Brett Green

F i r s t   L o o k


Biullseye Model Aviation has released another new decal set, Fleet Phantoms II, covering five more McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom IIs.

The decals are designed for the gorgeous new 1/48 scale Tamiya kit.

The set includes five varied marking options.



The subjects on this new release were adorned with a colourful selection of tail and fuselage markings. These will result in some very unique Phantoms on your display shelves.



The five F-4B Phantoms covered are:

  • "Old Nick 201" VF-111 CO jet, 1972 WestPac cruise, USS Coral Sea. These markings differ slightly from the Tamiya kit as it represents the accurate markings from the MiG-17 kill mission of  LT Garry L. Weigand and LTJG William C. Freckleton, March 6, 1972.  

  • "Silver Kite 201" VF-92 CO jet, 1968 WestPac cruise, USS Enterprise

  • "Lion 101" VF-213 CO jet, 1968-1969 WestPac cruise, USS Kittyhawk 

  • "Linfield 200" VF-114 CAG jet, 1967-1968 WestPac cruise, USS Kittyhawk

  • "City Desk 401" VF-154 CO jet, 1967-1968 WestPac cruise, USS Ranger

All of the aircraft are finished in the standard US Navy scheme of the era, Light Gull Grey and White with a choice of black and white nose cones.

All five subjects are fitted with AN/APR-30 antennae so the decal options are all compatible with the fin configuration of the Tamiya kit straight from the box.

Decals are beautifully printed by Catrograf.

The two large decal sheets are each 12" x 8.5".



The second decal sheet containing stencils, walkway markings in black, medium grey and Light Gull Grey, and national markings. It would appear that sufficient stencil, walkway and national markings are supplied for two complete models plus plenty of leftovers.



Instructions are supplied on two double-sided letter-sized sheets. They are as well researched and thorough as you would expect from Bullseye.

Port side views and scrap view wing illustrations for each of the five subjects are included.

Also supplied is a useful guide dedicated to several typical fighter and ground attack weapons configuration.

A stencil placement guide in included too.



The instructions are rounded out with acknowledgements.



C o n c l u s i o n


This is another extensively researched, high quality offering from Bullseye that will be warmly welcomed by US Navy aficionados in general and Phantom Phans in particular.

Considering the accolades being heaped on the new Tamiya 1/48 scale Phantom II, you might find yourself using quite a few of these!

Available from Sprue Brothers in the US and The 48ers overseas:



Thanks to Bullseye Model Aviation for the sample.

Text Copyright © 2021 by Brett Green
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This Page Created on 15 September, 2021
Last updated 15 September, 2021

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