Hasegawa 1/72 YF-4E 'Edwards AFB'
|PRICE:||2400 yen SRP|
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Limited Reissue (2002)|
To most knowledgeable and intelligent people, the finest jet fighter of the 60s and 70s was the F-4 Phantom II. Those lacking proper perception will undoubtedly differ in this matter, however, it isn't too late to come to your senses! :o)
Other than perhaps the Mig-17 or Mig-21, no other post-Korean war jet has been built in greater numbers. Certainly no other non-Soviet designed aircraft. There must have been a reason for it. It certainly isn't simplicity or ease of maintenance. The Phantom was one of the last Western fighters where the airframe was designed first and then room was found for other equipment. Nowadays, ease of maintenance is as important as any other factor. It certainly wasn't designed to be stealthy. Nothing like two smoke trails following several tons of hurtling metal to make yourself visible! It also wasn't designed to be quiet. If you have ever been around the beast without proper hearing protection, your ears will definitely be ringing.
What made it such a success is that it was able to perform a variety of missions and perform them all well. Probably your first decent multi-mission aircraft. It was an interceptor, a (unwilling) dogfighter, a superb ground attack aircraft, a night fighter, a level bomber, a SAM suppression aircraft, and according to its pilots, a blast to fly. Before that, aircraft were generally specialized. After the Phantom, there were still purposefully built aircraft, but it lead the way to today's multi-mission aircraft.
This particular kit is of an aircraft that started its life as an F-4D, but was chosen to test the various modifications to an F-4E. This included later engines and the gun nose. This also required a new radar set to fit into the slimmer nose section. This aircraft spent its life at Edwards AFB, and I believe it is part of the Edwards museum collection.
References? I don't need no steenkin' references!
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