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F-4B Fleet Phantoms V

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

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2022 Manufacturer Bullseye Model Aviation
Subject F-4B Fleet Phantoms V Scale 1/48
Set Number 48021 Pros Six colorful options
Cons None noted Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $25.99

First Look

Bullseye Model Aviation continues their Fleet Phantom series with part 5, covering additional colorful F-4B Phantom II subjects for the 1/48 Tamiya F-4B Phantom II kit.

F-4B Fleet Phantoms V F-4B Fleet Phantoms V

The aircraft presented here include:

  • F-4B, 159448 **, VF-14, AB/100, USS Franklin Roosevelt, 1964, CAG aircraft
  • F-4B, 152295, VF-33, AE/180, USS America, 1967, Skipper's aircraft
  • F-4B, 152208, VF-41, NL/101, USS Franklin Roosevelt, 1971, CAG aircraft
  • F-4B, 153061, VF-11, AA/110, USS Forrestal, 1967
  • F-4B, 150628, VF-11, AA/110, USS Forrestal, 1969, CAG aircraft
  • F-4B, 153010, VF-74, AA/110, USS Forrestal, 1970W

** the first subject in the list has a typo in the bureau number - 159448 is an F-14A, this should be 149448 which was an early (F4H-1) Phantom II. You can easily swap the errant digit in the bureau number id on the lower tail with another from this sheet.

This set provides two sheets of decals printed by Cartograf that includes 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!). 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!