RAAF F-4E Phantom
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|Contents and Media:
||One 12cm x 6cm decal sheet; 1
black-and-white instruction sheet
||AUD$7.90 (approx USD$4.00)
||Will cover most of the short-term
Aussie F-4Es; crisply printed; perfect registration; three view camouflage
||Further reference required for
by Brett Green
ordered a fleet of F-111s in 1963 to replace its obsolescent Canberra
bombers. This new type was due to be delivered in 1967. Delays were
introduced by Australian requirements for a hybrid type specific to the
RAAF - the F-111C. By the end of the decade Australia's Canberras were
well past their practical service life but more delays occured after
eleven crashes of the new F-111. By 1969-70, it was clear that an
interim type was required. The RAAF therefore leased 24 F-4E Phantoms.
that remained in RAAF service for a little over two years while the
structural problems of the trouble-plagued F-111s were corrected.
Although all the F-4Es were from the same production block, they
displayed fairly diverse interpretation of SEA colours and camouflage
patterns. The aircraft also varied from quite clean to heavily
weathered. A few different sizes and styles of markings were also
Aussie Decals has produced a set of markings that should permit many
of the RAAF F-4E Phantoms to be depicted. The small decal sheet includes
four Roo Roundels (two each in 18" and 16" styles), US-style serial
numbers and "last two" numbers for the tail in white block numbers.
Specific serials are suppled for five aircraft, but individual numbers
will permit depiction of others too. The only limiting factor is the
style of tail number used on your preferred Aussie Phantom subject.
Instructions are supplied on a single-sided, black and white sheet.
Three view drawings of one aircraft are supplied, but further reference
will be required to determine the exact pattern and level of weathering
for other aircraft. The instructions recommend (and I would endorse)
Stuart Wilson's "Phantom, Hornet and Skyhawk in Australian Service".
Aussie Decals' RAAF Phantom sheet will be a nice way to give your SEA
finished F-4E a different look.
Thanks to Peter
from Aussie Decals for the review sample.
Aussie Decals are
available at hobby shops and retailers including Snowy
Review Copyright © 2002 by Brett
This Page Created on 22 October, 2002
Last updated 14 August, 2004
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