Aeromaster 48-764: Early Phantoms in Combat pt 2
This second early F-4 sheet is all SEA (South East Asia) camouflaged F-4C/Ds. Once again, the Hasegawa kit is the best one out there and though you can use others, they are not quite up to the standards of the Hasegawa kit. Having said that, you'll probably find the interior detail of the Monogram kit to be better.
First up is F-4C 64-0752 of the 480 TFS, 35 TFW. This one bagged its MiG-21 on 28 April, 1966. It has Navy style inboard pylons.
Next is F-4C 63-7489 from the 480th as well. It was 14 July 1966 that it was victorious over a MiG-21. Note that this also has the straight pylons, and like its predecessor, has no tail ECM fairing.
From the 389th TFS is F-4C 64-0748, from the 389th TFS/366 TFW. It has the squadron colors on the rudder to aid in recognition. It was used by the entire squadron, though modified to the top three stripes only. This one does have the ECM fairing and rounded pylons.
Finally, an F-4D as flown by Steve Ritchie during his first and fifth kills. Other pilots flew this plane and accounted for the other four kills shown on the splitter plate, making this the highest scoring F-4 of the war. This one has the 'slime' lights. It is now displayed outside at the USAF Academy, though it really should be properly preserved inside.
Insignia and basic data for them all. I'm also thinking that perhaps the insignia should be without the blue surround on the underside, though I'm not really positive just when that was done. It may not have started until delivery of the F-4E.
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