|Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
McDonnell-Douglas F- 4J(UK) Phantom II
RAF 74 Squadron, "Tiger Meet" 1988
THIS MODEL IS EXCLUSIVE TO TIGER HOBBIES IN THE UK
True 1/72 scale
Great attention to detail
All markings are Tampoed (pad applied)
Option to display the model on a stand that is provided
Model can be shown with the landing gear in the down or up positions
Loads of optional armament has been provided
Canopy can be displayed open or closed
Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic
|THESE ARE PRE-PRODUCTION PICTURES
NOT THE FINISHED MODEL
After the Falklands the RAF had a gap in the Air Defence of GB, with the delay to the
new F3 Tornado and the lack of other RAF Phantoms the MOD purchased straight from
the New Mexico Desert a Sqn of Ex US Navy F4J. Some of these aircraft still had Battle
scars from Vietnam. These were designated F4J (UK) and were rushed into service still
sporting basic US Navy colours. These were later painted in due course to RAF air
The RAF Phantom did not participate in the Falkland/Malvinas conflict of 1981. Stanley
Airport in the Falkland Islands in 1982 following their recapture from Argentina. In order
to compensate NATO for the diversion of these aircraft to the Falklands, Britain
purchased 15 low-time, ex-US Navy F-4Js which had been in storage at Davis-Monthan
AFB. The Navy serials of these planes were BuNos 153768, 152773, 153783, 153785,
153795, 153803, 153850, 153809, 155510, 155529, 155574, 155734, 155755, 155868,
and 155894. They were assigned the designation F-4J(UK) rather than the more logical
"Phantom F.Mk 3" so that they would not be confused with the Tornado F.Mk 3. RAF
serials were ZE350-ZE364.
These planes were overhauled and modified at NAS North Island, California before
delivery to the RAF. The F-4J(UK) aircraft retained their J79 engines and most of their
American avionics. However, a number of US Navy systems, such as the AN/ASN-54
Approach Power Compensator System, the AN/ASW-25 datalink system, and the
AN/ALQ-126 countermeasures set, were removed and replaced by British systems. The
prominent electronics countermeasures antennae fairings on the upper sides of the air
intakes remained on the aircraft, but were actually now empty.
The first three F-4J(UK) aircraft were delivered to the United Kingdom in August of 1984.
They equipped the newly-formed No. 74 Squadron at RAF Wattisham. These aircraft
were intended to serve in the air defense role pending the introduction of the Tornado
F.Mk 3. In later years, these aircraft were made compatible with the BAe Sky Flash
air-to-air missile. The F-4J(UK) fighters were eventually retired in early 1991 when some
low-time Phantom FGR.Mk 2 fighters became available to No. 74 Squadron. However,
The Phantom FGR.Mk 2 was used only briefly by No. 74 Squadron, the squadron
standing down on September 20, 1992 and disbanding the next day.
|McDonnell Douglas F-4J (UK) Phantom II
UK "Tiger Meet"
This model is an exclusive for Tiger Hobbies in the UK and will be a Limited
Edition so it will have to be ordered from them. Please send all inquiries to
|THIS MODEL IS LIMITED TO 1000 WORLDWIDE.
THIS PICTURE IS ONLY MEANT TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A GENERAL
IMPRESSION OF WHAT THE MODEL WILL LOOK LIKE. THE FINAL PRODUCT
WILL HAVE THE CORRECT PAINT COLOR ADJUSTMENT ALONG WITH OTHER
FEATURES CORRECTED. REMEMBER THIS IS JUST A PRE-PRODUCTION
SKETCH WITH SEVERAL CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS TO BE MADE.
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