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  1. FYI a small list of Phantom operators with approx. numbers and versions: - USA (USAF, USN, USMC) Europe - Germany: 175 F-4F, 88 RF-4E - United Kingdom: 15 F-4J(UK), 50 F-4K, 116 F-4M - Greece: 121 F-4E, RF-4E - Spain: 40 F-4C, 18 RF-4C Middle East: - Israel: 274 F-4E, 12 RF-4E, 3 F-4E(S) - Turkey: 233 F-4E, RF-4E - Iran: 32 F-4D, 177 F-4E, 16 RF-4E - Egypt: 45 F-4E Far East: - South Korea: 92 F-4D, 103 F-4E, 27 RF-4C - Japan: 144 F-4EJ, 14 RF-4EJ - Australia: 24 F-4E Greetings Diego
  2. Phantastic preshading! It's a good idea to finish this bird with open canopies. The Revell kit, generally very nice, has a problem with slightly oversized intakes - so the canopy seems too small if closed... Re stencils - please take care, as the German stencilling is different from the US one... During the long Iran-Iraq War (1st Gulf War) 1980-88 all RF-4Es were based at TFB-1 (the 11 TRS being the only recce asset of the IRIAF) . Only after the war, the remaining RF-4Es were split between the fighter Phantom II squadrons. Therefore, if doing the 1980s bird, please use the "1" markings on the tail, if doing a bird from the 1990-2000s you can use the "3" as on the blue sister-ship. 2-6504 was used intensively since the late 1970s (with black belly) so, during the 8 war years the camo got a really used appearence, with most of the stencils worn out etc. The IRIAF RF-5A fleet had similar extremely weathered, patchy appearance during the 1980s, as Iranian recce assets were too few and in constant demand. Also, it would be no wonder if the original, black painted fuel tanks had been replaced by one or both underwing tanks painted with a standard camo ( green/light grey) , taken from another Phantom... Also the underfuselage tank used for long range missions would be light grey, as these were "precious but expendable" items (RF-4 pilots had instructions to jettison the fuel tanks only in case of emergencies, like encounters with enemy interceptors...that often happen during wartime missions over enemy territory ) After the war, the 2-6504 was fully overhauled, like all of the remaining precious RF-4Es of the IRIAF, and got a new camo with standard light grey undersides and full stencilling following the manufacturer standardized pattern... Greetings Diego
  3. New T-33 decals for the Platz kit from Hi-Decal: Greetings Diego
  4. Of course, these are Sura (license build Hispano) rockets, as used on Egyptian MiG-17Fs, but also on MiG-15bis and Vampires Greetings Diego
  5. Here the markings on both sides, as first released by Hi-Decal:
  6. Hi Mark, On camouflaged EAF MiG-17F the intake splitter part was painted in the underside color ( light blue or light blue grey) Re. available markings: Xtradecals contains markings for "2975" in tree color "Nile Valley" camouflage ( black green/ grey-green/ sand) as seen during the 1973 October War. Hi-Decal contains markings for two EAF birds: - "2147" in the tree color "Nile Valley" camo ( black green/ grey-green/ sand) - with unit insignia in form of a tiger head on the nose - also a 1973 October War veteran - as seen during the joint US-Egyptian "Bright Star 81" exercise in December 1981, as well as - "2728" in the more "exotic" two tone camo (black green/grey green) applied to MiG-17Fs and MiG-21Fs based in the Nile Delta during the October War 1973. Greetings Diego
  7. Hi Dennis, Indeed, with the already released unslatted USAF F-4E, you can make any "early" Israeli jets ( without IFR probes - as these were added later) or an (Imperial) Iranian F-4E. You will also need an "unslatted" F-4E if you want to build the unique IDF/AF F-4E (S) Shablol variant, with the bulky recce nose. Greetings Diego
  8. Hi Shaun, Here you have a.o. markings for Su-22M4 98+14 in Luftwaffe markings ( HD48010 ) : Greetings Diego
  9. Und here the first scann of the new Pharaoh's Ghosts" - Egyptian Air force F-4Es decal sheet More very soon Greetings Diego
  10. Luckily for us modellers, both JASDF and TUAF use the same Israeli made IAI/ELOP LOROP pod I guess that, indeed , these were designed for the export market... As I saw an Israeli F-4E with a similar pod, so I supposed it was the same thing, but, after reading your comments, I remember it was more bulky and a bit more squared that the JASDF/TUAF version. (IIRC) Diego
  11. Israel F-4Es and Turkey RF-4ETM - one of these was shot down by a Syrian SAM in 2012 ( but was not equipped with a LOROP on that mission. More here ( bird N° 4 - a LES equipped and Sidewinder armed RF-4ETM) :
  12. Hello Andreas, As promised: Iran got 30 unslatted F-4Es (with long gun muzzle) from blocks 46 and 47, delivered during 1971. (Later delivered Es were already build with LES) 15 airframes: F-4E-46-MC serials 69-7711 to 69-7726, IIAF codes 3-633 to 3-649 ( later reserialled 3-692 to 3-707) later reserialled in the 3-6xxx series , 15 airframes: F-4E-47-MC serials 69-7727 to 69-7742, IIAF codes 3-650 to 3-664 ( later resierialled 3-708 to 3-722) later reserialled in the 3-6xxx series , These birds were modernized with LES already few years after entering service (I guess the first reserialling had something to do with this modernisation, the new four digit system being then introduced in 1975) and several crashed during their early service years, so, if you want to have a correctly marked early, unslatted IIAF bird, the safest method would be to use the first codes, used during 1971/72: To make things simpler, you can for example make F-4E-47-MC Serial N° 69-7739 coded 3-661 and use our sheet HD48025 for F-4D: Use the markings N° 1,2,3,5, 8 and then 10 & 11 - only switching the farsi ( N°11) and arabic (N°10) codes from 3-616 to 3-661 For the serial you will need to find and compose the code "97739" and apply in place of decal N° 7 but such digits should be simple to find ( a.o. in our sheet HD48028 for Turkish Phantoms ) During the early 1970, TFB markings ( like N° 12) were not used. Please note that on these early F-4D/E/RF-4E Phantoms the nose codes were not applied on the small nose intakes (like on later, post 1975 Phantoms) but directly above the forward fuselage yellow formation light panel. Also the code on the tail was not applied directly above the flag, like on F-4D 3-616, but already on the top of the tail, like on F-4D 3-6707, also due to the presence of the formation light panel. : Please consider also that these were new airframeas and that IIAF birds were always mantained in pristine condition. in case of any further questions please don't hesitate to ask. Greetings Diego
  13. Hi Andreas, The first Iranian F-4Es were unslotted birds. They were updated with LES at a later stage during their service with the IIAF. I will check my references and let you know some of their serials and codes. Greetings Diego
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