|£13.95 from Fantasy Printshop.|
This latest sheet from Fantasy Printshop is for the F-4C/E Phantom II with the 57th FIS. This squadron was based at Keflavik, Iceland as part of the defense of Iceland and to be an outpost to stop any Soviet bomber incursions into North America. The unit was reformed in 1953 with the F-89 Scorpion before moving to Iceland that same year. They later flew F-102s being the last USAF unit to operate the type. Then they got F-4Cs and later F-4Es. The squadron's F-4Es were the only active duty F-4E unit to fly their planes painted in overall ADC grey. They later moved on to the F-15C the aircraft they were flying when I was in Keflavik. They were later disbanded and the base turned over to the government of Iceland.
This particular sheet covers four different aircraft. One is an F-4C in the standard SEA camouflage scheme worn by all the unit's aircraft of this type. The other three are F-4Es with one in SEA camouflage> the other two are variations in the unit's black and white checkerboard on ADC grey aircraft. These cover the period of 1974 until 1985.
The sheet provides insignia for all four aircraft though you will need common data/stencil markings from the kit of your choice. I'm not sure what exactly is available in terms of kits of the F-4E in 1/48 aside from the Hasegawa and older Fujimi or ESCI offerings, though I know that Z-M does one. For the F-4C there is Hasegawa, the older ESCI and Monogram kits, and Academy kit. Any one of those will make a nice model with the newer kits undoubtedly offering a greater level of detail.
This is really a great sheet for the Phantom Fan and those who have an interest in doing planes of the 57 FIS. It is currently available in 1/72 as well and if the well done, full color instructions are a guide, will soon be done in 1/32 as well.
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