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1/48 - McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II by Tamiya - released


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Matt from someone's Models just did a dry-fit review of the kit.

It seems the kit is so good Matt has been quite a bit less Gordon Ramsay-ish than usual.

 

 

Cheers,

 

S.

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He says at the end it's better than the P-38F and the F-14. 

 

It definitely looks really good in that video and seems to fit extremely well considering its basically just taped together. 

 

Will definitely look to get one later in the year once I get my 2 ZM F-4EJ out the way. 

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Received the first of my kits this week. I really did think that the Zoukei-Mura F-4 kits were going to be hard to top (notwithstanding the shape issue with the rear fuselage on the short-nosed versions), but Tamiya have now taken us to the next level with their F-4B. There is even more evidence of Tamiya's ingenious engineering in this kit, when compared with the aforementioned F-14 Tomcat and P-38F/G Lightning. As always, Tamiya will look to maximize the potential with these moulds (F-4N for example) but I was particularly intrigued (as, I suspect like many others) by the breakdown of the parts for the starboard fuselage with that curious break between the forward section. This, combined with the separate upper fuselage spine part leads me to believe that they have at least planned for the release of non-IFR probe equipped F-4s in the future too (i.e. USAF etc F-4C/Ds). The wing fold and 'seamless intakes' are superbly rendered too. While the armament and stores fit is not stellar with only AIM-7E Sparrows and AIM-9G/H Sidewinders supplied along with the three drop tanks, we do finally get separate and accurate outer wing pylons for some of those Vietnam-era configured jets. 

I think the Tamiya kit has now also taken over the other No.1 spot from Zoukei-Mura; that which relates to price. If you pay the standard RRP it does work out to be the most expensive of all 1:48 Scale F-4 kits but as the saying goes "You get what you pay for" and while I also have no doubt there will be a plethora of aftermarket detail/enhancement sets released in the future these are really not necessary IMHO. This is going to be an expensive time for me, with at least five USN/USMC F-4B projects planned covering VF-84,VF-111,VF-161,VMFA-251 and VMFA-531 but I already have another two of these superb kits on the way !                   

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I really had thought I could avoid this but I have to get this kit now.  Might wait for a shipping deal from Lucky Models but in any case I will get it.  I am so impressed with Tamiya and what they have done with this!  Their F-14 was very successful and this might top that offering as far as sales go.  So what's next - can hardly wait!

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49 minutes ago, Harold55 said:

I really had thought I could avoid this but I have to get this kit now.  Might wait for a shipping deal from Lucky Models but in any case I will get it.  I am so impressed with Tamiya and what they have done with this!  Their F-14 was very successful and this might top that offering as far as sales go.  So what's next - can hardly wait!

 

You will not be disappointed....I can assure you. I actually find it quite surprising that it took Tamiya so long to introduce the F-4 Phantom into their 1:48 scale range, given the type's long-term connection with Japan (both with the USN/USMC and JASDF). In another way, I'm pleased they waited until 2021 so they could take advantage of stage-of-the-art tooling and design etc.   

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It really does look a fantastic kit, doesn't it, possibly Tamiya's best engineered kit ever?, possibly the kit of the year too but we wont really know that for 6 months or so, but I'd bet on it.

Having said that, saw one on Ebay UK for sale from Germany this morning and with PnP its about £100 ... gulp, but then again, what price on perfection? Will because of Brexit mean I might have to pay more on import somehow? I still don't really know? For sure an item I bought from USA recently hit me with tremendous extra charges before it could be delivered, very high value item though, £800 ish.

I think I'll wait and leave it for a Christmas pressie to myself, someone always buys one to many in the rush and maybe I can score one cheaper that way on Ebay or here?

Really do have far too much to build just now and reluctantly putting Airfix's new 1/72 Vulcan on hold too, spent far to much recently and need to slow down.

Looking fwd to the builds here very much 👍

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55 minutes ago, Nocoolname said:

These kits sure seem to be taking their time reaching UK vendors. Wondering if they're stuck in the Suez Canal or something?

Wonderland models is saying available 9th July on their site?

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3 hours ago, Nocoolname said:

Wondering if they're stuck in the Suez Canal or something?

Stuck? How? It's cleared. 

More likely it's in Customs, or split over multiple shipments.

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There was something on the news only a couple of days ago about the container ship that closed the Suez Canal for a couple of weeks. Although it had been moved out of the way, the Canal authorities impounded the vessel until a payment, I guess a hefty fine, had been paid before it was allowed to leave the area. It has only just been allowed to go on its way.

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4 hours ago, Nocoolname said:

 Wondering if they're stuck in the Suez Canal or something?

 

Well that will make the decals unusable unless it's a water tight container.   :whistle:

 

Dick

 

 

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Apparently the UK Importer is now saying it's arriving w/c 20th July, so a little way to go yet. They had been saying it was due this week, but seems to have been some hold-up.

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44 minutes ago, IT_Man said:

Apparently the UK Importer is now saying it's arriving w/c 20th July, so a little way to go yet. They had been saying it was due this week, but seems to have been some hold-up.

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Judging by the sudden flurry of Hasegawa FG.1's and FGR.2's on a certain auction site I was beginning to wonder whether there was a rumour that Tamiya might be thinking of tooling up a Brit version.

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17 hours ago, Nocoolname said:

Judging by the sudden flurry of Hasegawa FG.1's and FGR.2's on a certain auction site I was beginning to wonder whether there was a rumour that Tamiya might be thinking of tooling up a Brit version.

 

That's the sort of thing I have dreams about.   IF only they would. 

 

Dick

 

Just been on said certain auction site.................... I see what you mean. 

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Lucky Models has a banner add on their website  calling this a best seller which I have never seen before for other models but I believe it to be the case here.  And I think they went in this direction because the F-14 was so popular and now this is probably exceeding that.  Whey wasted no time following the F-14A with the D model so I would put money on follow-up kits for the F4B.  Plus this is great business news for Tamiya which should entice them to put out new kits of similar types of common cold war fighters.

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1 hour ago, Harold55 said:

Lucky Models has a banner add on their website  calling this a best seller which I have never seen before for other models but I believe it to be the case here.  And I think they went in this direction because the F-14 was so popular and now this is probably exceeding that.  Whey wasted no time following the F-14A with the D model so I would put money on follow-up kits for the F4B.  Plus this is great business news for Tamiya which should entice them to put out new kits of similar types of common cold war fighters.

There will definitely be follow ups, the current tooling is set up for at least a C, D, J and S with a few add-ons and changes and possibly the long nosed Phantoms as well at some point.
 

The question is whether Tamiya will be adventurous enough to be the only manufacturer other than Hasegawa with their 34 year old kit, to fashion a U.K. Phantom in 1/48.

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5 hours ago, Nocoolname said:

Plus this is great business news for Tamiya which should entice them to put out new kits of similar types of common cold war fighters.

A new Tamiya beautifully engineered F-100 and F-105 would be most welcome. First rate new tools of both of these are really needed.

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5 hours ago, Nocoolname said:

The question is whether Tamiya will be adventurous enough to be the only manufacturer other than Hasegawa with their 34 year old kit, to fashion a U.K. Phantom in 1/48.

They might be able to reuse the clear parts, but almost everything else would have to be new. British Spey-powered Phantoms had a wider fuselage than the US GE J79 powered aircraft because the Speys had a higher bypass ratio and needed bigger intakes to compensate. As a result, they had more thrust, but top speed was lower due to higher drag.

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5 hours ago, VMA131Marine said:

They might be able to reuse the clear parts, but almost everything else would have to be new. British Spey-powered Phantoms had a wider fuselage than the US GE J79 powered aircraft because the Speys had a higher bypass ratio and needed bigger intakes to compensate. As a result, they had more thrust, but top speed was lower due to higher drag.

Thanks. I know, all of the above. Wasn’t about whether the current moulds could, with additional parts, be used to create an FG.1/FGR.2 in the way that may be possible for a C, D or J, but whether Tamiya have the appetite to use their experience of the B and create a tool for the Brit Phantoms. Would be a major investment.

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On 7/14/2021 at 8:51 PM, Nocoolname said:

Finally got the First of mine today along with the detail up set. So no longer a 'rumour' for me at least. 😀

 

2 hours ago, Stephen said:

I got my first one today from overseas. :yahoo:

 

 

OK rub it in why don't you. :crying: :envy: :tease:

 

Dick

 

Who believes, patience is a virtue. :innocent:

  

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