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F-4E Phantom II

Hi-Decal Line, 1/48 scale

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Catalogue Number; Description, Scale and Price

Hi-Decal Line Item No. 48-033 - F-4E Phantom II

Price TBA

Scale: 1/48 and also in 1/72 as 72-063
Review Type: Two sheet of decals (19 x 11cm) and black and white instructions
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Beautifully printed, excellent colour and register, and feature a great selection of schemes.
Disadvantages: None with the decals but some modellers will find difficulties distinguishing the different colours using the grey-scale B&W drawings.
Conclusion: This is a great set of decals for this important aircraft in the Egyptian AF and highly recommended to any modeller interested in Middle East warplanes, especially as they present a number of different schemes. They should enable some colourful models to be built, especially those with orange patches. .

Reviewed by Graham Carter


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FirstLook

 

Produced in Germany by Joanna Pawlin-Rogoz this is the latest in a substantial range of decals in both major scales aimed at the jet models with previous sheets dedicated to such varied planes as MiG 15s, 19s, 21s and 29s, Sukhois, Phantoms, F-18s T-33s, IL-28s and F-84s.

 

 

This set comes in a  clear sleeve attached to a stapled card backing and consists of two sheets of decals for four F-4Es of the Egyptian Air Force in the 1980s. The instructions are in B&W on three A4 sheets that show the schemes in three views plus a split upper/lower one for two examples.

 

 

The aircraft are:

  1. 66-0366 of the 76th Sqn, 222nd Fighter Brigade at Cairo West AB in 1980 in the disruptive Ghost grey scheme,

  2. 67-1341 of 222nd Fighter Brigade at Cairo West AB in 1988, in the Hill I scheme,

  3. 67-0289 of 88thSqn, 222nd Fighter Brigade at Cairo West AB in 1983 in SEA scheme with orange , black outlined panels on wings and tail to distinguish it from Israeli Phantoms, and

  4. 67-0239 of 222nd Fighter Brigade at Cairo West AB in 1990 in the definitive Egyptian Hill II scheme again with orange , black outlined panels on wings and tail.

Colours are indicated by various densities of dots which I found a bit difficult to differentiate, especially as the colour table is on the back of the sheet.

 

 

Paints are indicated in Humbrol and ModelMaster numbers and there are notes to indicate special points of importance. The black stripes that surround the orange patches on the 3rd and 4th choices are on a separate sheet and diagrams indicate where each goes. There are sufficient stripes to do one example .

 

 

The individual aircraft markings are glossy and beautifully printed with excellent density and register as well as minimal carrier film - the tiny crests on the fin stripes are particularly nice.

 

 

The mid-blue backing sheet makes the identification of each subject easy.

 

 

Conclusion

 

All-in-all a lovely set of decals and highly recommended to any modeller interested in Middle East warplanes, especially as they present a number of different schemes..

Thanks to Hi-Decal Line for the review sample


Review Text and Images Copyright 2022 by Graham Carter
Page Created 22 June, 2022
Last Updated 22 June, 2022

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