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1/48 Hasegawa McDonnell 

Douglas F4H-1 Phantom II

by Mike Schramm


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Information on the original:
The Phantom II was planned as an all-weather-interceptor. At its time, it demonstrated robustness connected with easy handling. However, its potential as a multifunctional fighter was soon discovered, as well by the Navy as the USAF.
Building the prototype YF4H-1, later F4H-1, needed 6.8 million man-hours, involving 1,500 companies from 28 states. The first flight took place in St. Louis on 5-27-1958 with Robert C. Little on the stick.
On 10-21-1959, this machine crashed with Gerald Huelsbeck on the stick. Tests continued with a second prototype.

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Information on the kit:
This model shows the first F-4-prototype. It was made from a 1:48 F-4B/N-kit by Hasegawa, a Falcon vacform-conversion kit and an Aires resin exhaust-nozzle kit. I airbrushed the colour scheme using Tamiya
acrylic paints (grey and white) and Modelmaster paints (red and orange). The metal tinges are metalizers by Modelmaster (aluminum and stainless steel). I designed the letters in Corel Photopaint and printed them on
ACT decal paper on a laser printer. The national insignia and stencils were taken from the Hasegawa kit.

I changed the following:
- shorter nose from the vacform kit including early cutback intakes
- new vacform canopy
- new pitot-static probe
- modification of the front ejection seat
- scratch-built blackboxes in the rear cockpit (instead of the ejection seat)
- scratch-built nosewheel door... 

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- scratch-built spoiler panel
- scratch-built arrestor hook
- enlargened back cone
- visualized fans
- visualized wingfold mechanism
- removal of several pitot tubes and antennas
- implementation of resin exhaust-nozzle kit.


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Photos and text by Mike Schramm

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