House of Phantoms HoPD 48001: F-4C - 58 TFTW

Sheet:

HoPD 48001 (1/48 Scale)

Units: 58 TFTW

Price

25.00

Reviewer:

Scott Van Aken

House of Phantoms appears to be one of the AirDoc family as the sheet came with a couple of AirDoc's books. Regardless of who produces it, it is an excellent offering for the F-4 modeler. The set has options for 18 different F-4Cs as assigned to the 58th TFTW during the 1960s. All of the planes are in the standard SEA camouflage scheme. Note that at some time, there was an issue with the tan as in some batches, it tended to turn a greenish shade. I have photos of F-4Es with this same issue so it isn't just an optical illusion. There are a couple of planes in the set with this anomaly.

The real stars of the set are the candy striped F-4Cs used for training exercises. HoPD offers these markings as decals, but you may also want to paint them on. In that case you are provided masks for the insignia. Note that all the stripes were in gloss paint, so don't dull them down when you are applying a clear coat.  In addition to all the special scheme planes, there is a variety of standard aircraft from the wing. I appreciate these being added as often modelers want to do standard line birds.

F-4s of the time were festooned with data markings and you are provided with enough sets to do two complete aircraft. A complete stencil placement guide is provided as well. These decals are sized for the Zoukei-Mura kits, but may well be fine to use on other brands. The decals themselves are superbly printed by Cartograf so you know you are getting the best.

My thanks to House of Phantoms for the review sheet. You can find these at this link.

February 2020

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