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F-4 Edwards Test Phantoms

Caracal Models 1/48 F-4 Edwards Test Phantoms Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review October 2020 Manufacturer Caracal Models
Subject F-4 Edwards Test Phantoms Scale 1/48
Set Number 48162 Pros Eight colorful subjects
Cons See text Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $13.99

First Look

Here is a recent release from Caracal, this set for the Hasegawa, Academy, or Zoukei-Mura 1/48 kits and provides markings for distinctive subjects.

F-4 Edwards Test Phantoms F-4 Edwards Test Phantoms

The aircraft presented in this set include:

  • NF-4D, 66-7716, AFTC, Edwards AFB, 1985
  • NF-4E, 66-0289, AFTC, Edwards AFB, 1985
  • YF-4E, 65-0713, AFTC, Edwards AFB, 1975, 'Glamourous Glennis' (Chuck Yeager's last active duty flight)
  • YF-4E, 65-0713, AFTC, Edwards AFB, 1985, sharkmouth
  • NF-4E, 66-0289, AFTC, Edwards AFB, 1984, ALCM chase
  • NF-4E, 66-0319, AFTC, Edwards AFB, 1984
  • NRF-4C, 65-0850, AFTC, Edwards AFB, 1992
  • NRF-4C, 63-7744, AFTC, Edwards AFB, 1984

If you have the Zoukei-Mura F-4E kit, you're in luck as the NF-4E examples here are the prototype or early production aircraft with the hard-wing. The D-model can use either the Academy or Hasegawa kits, and the NRF-4C is currently limited to the Hasegawa kit (until Zoukei-Mura releases the recce birds).

For more information about this set and the other releases from Caracal Models, visit their website at http://caracalmodels.com.

My sincere thanks to Caracal Models for this review sample!