Heller 1/144 F-4E Phantom II
MHeller 1/144 F-4E Phantom II
Roboxed LS kit
history of the Phantom has been covered many times on this site so I won't
rehash it here.
found this kit at a local hobby shop earlier this year and immediately purchased
it believing that it must be a new tooling as, as far as I new, there had never
been a 1/144 scale kit of an F-4C/D as depicted on the box top. I had built the
very elderly Otaki F-4B back in the Ď70s and even used one to convert an LS E
model to a D but I didnít think Heller would be re-releasing that one. Imagine
my surprise at opening the box to find the familiar sprues of the LS F-4E!
things went through my mind, finally settling on the fact that I had been duped.
This preview is a heads up for all modelers who may come upon this kit, be
warned and forearmed. If youíre after an early model 1/144 Phantom this isnít
Iíve got that off my chest so whatís in the box. What you get is 30 parts molded
in white plus a single piece clear canopy, thatís 31 pieces not the 32
proclaimed on the box top. Even if you count the main U/C doors which need to be
separated for a wheels down model taking the count up to 33 itís another mark
LS moldings were a big jump ahead in the early Ď80s and were used as a bench
many years in this scale, now their looking dated with engraved panel lines that
are too deep and wide and a lack of finesse to many parts. You do get a pair of
seats for the cockpit, underwing tanks and a pair of reasonable Sparrows to go
on the underwing pylons.
decal sheet is one of Hellerís worst with some of the larger items ok and some
out off register, the smaller markings, including the nose art, are just blobs
on this sheet. For 144 modelers there is some useful items including the
walkways. Perhaps if another manufacturer releases a new mold F-4 in this scale
some of these could be used on it.
instruction sheet is a double-sided A3 item with an 8 stage assembly sequence on
1 side with a 4 view painting diagram on the other. This is rather amusing
showing a long nosed E described as an ĎF-4C Phantom IIí.
not sure of the release date for this kit, but have been told it was several
years ago. If thatís true I hope Heller coped a lot of complaints and have
learnt a lesson. The French manufacturer has always been a favourite of mine in
the past having released 2 of my all-time favourite kits in their 1/72 F-84 and
F-86, but for now on Iíll be thinking twice and doing my homework before handing
over my dollars.
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