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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

My sincere thanks to Caracal Models for this review sample!