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F-4 Phantom II Intake FOD Covers

AMS Resin 1/48 F-4 Phantom II Intake FOD Covers First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2007 Manufacturer AMS Resin
Subject F-4 Phantom II Intake FOD Covers Scale 1/48
Kit Number 48014 Media Resin
Pros Designed for any of the Monogram 1/48 Phantoms and any Hasegawa 1/48 Phantoms except the RAF/RN Spey-powered models Cons
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $6.00

First Look

If you've been keeping up with recent events, you've seen the nice array of AMS Resin detailed resin cockpits for the Revell/Monogram, Kinetic, and FM/Heller F-84F kits as well as for the FM/Heller RF-84F kits. Well AMS Resin didn't stop there. They've been working on a variety of new subjects, and this set takes care of another pet peeve out there in the modeling world.

F-4 Phantom II Intake FOD Covers

The Hasegawa 1/48 scale F-4 Phantom II kits are still the best Phantoms in 1/48 scale and are only second to Tamiya's 1/32 Phantoms for overall quality and detail. Nevertheless, one of the weaknesses of the Hasegawa Phantoms as well as the Monogram F-4s is looking down the intakes. These end in blank plates down the duct. There are aftermarket options to fix this which include seamless ducts that curve realistically to the front of the engines, but some modelers don't want to go to all of the time and trouble of modifying the kit. There is another solution!

AMS Resin has created crisply detailed resin FOD covers for your intakes. No need for surgery or mods to the kit, just insert these into the intakes just like the real covers, and you're finished. Oh yes, you might want to paint them first...

These intakes are good for all of the Hasegawa and Monogram J79-powered Phantoms which include all USAF, USN, USMC, JASDF, and Israeli F-4s, as well as the F-4J(UK) Phantoms that were put into service by the RAF from USN surplus to operate out of the Falklands after that conflict concluded. These are not designed for the Rolls Royce Spey-powered Phantoms from Hasegawa labeled as F-4K, F-4M, FG.1, and FGR.2.

This is a simple conversion to help cover up those empty intake ducts.

Recommended for experienced modelers!

My sincere thanks to AMS Resin for this review sample!