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F-4B Fleet Phantoms IV

Bullseye Model Aviation 1/48 F-4B Fleet Phantoms IV Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review December 2021 Manufacturer Bullseye Model Aviation
Subject F-4B Fleet Phantoms IV Scale 1/48
Set Number 48020 Pros Five colorful options
Cons None noted Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $25.99

First Look

Bullseye Model Aviation is back with part 4 of their series covering colorful F-4B Phantom II subjects for the new 1/48 Tamiya 1/48 F-4B Phantom II kit.

F-4B Fleet Phantoms IV F-4B Fleet Phantoms IV

The aircraft presented here include:

  • F-4B, 153027, VF-51, NL/103, USS Coral Sea, 1972, MiG Killer
  • F-4B, 153026, VF-151, NF/201, USS Midway, 1972, Skipper's aircraft
  • F-4B, 152313, VF-161, NL/101, USS Constellation, 1966, Skipper's aircraft
  • F-4B, 152246, VF-14, AB/100, USS John F Kennedy, 1968, CAG aircraft
  • F4H-1, 148390, VF-74, AJ/101, USS Forrestal, 1962, Skipper's aircraft

This set provides maintenance stencils and markings to replicate at least two examples in 1/48 scale (and if you use some of the stencils from the kits, you can do more!). The sheets are printed by Cartograf and the printing is very well done. What's more, none of these decals require the modeler to stack multiple layers of markings atop one another to recreate artwork. This trend by some other decal companies of producing multiple-layer decals is unfortunate as it puts the burden on you to do the work of what should have been done by the decal maker.

These decals are sold exclusively by Sprue Brothers.

My sincere thanks to Bullseye Model Aviation for this review sample!