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F-4EJ Kai Phantom II Kit

Zoukei-Mura Inc. 1/48 F-4EJ Kai Phantom II Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2020
Updated December 2020
Manufacturer Zoukei-Mura Inc.
Subject F-4EJ Kai Phantom II Scale 1/48
Kit Number 48011 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Beautiful molding, excellent detail, corrected rear fuselage Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $68.00

First Look

F-4EJ Kai Phantom II Kit
F-4EJ Kai Phantom II Kit
F-4EJ Kai Phantom II Kit
F-4EJ Kai Phantom II Kit
F-4EJ Kai Phantom II Kit
F-4EJ Kai Phantom II Kit
F-4EJ Kai Phantom II Kit
F-4EJ Kai Phantom II Kit

The Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) adopted a variant of the F-4E Phantom II for its primary air defense fighter, though at the time, Japan was not allowed any offensive capabilities, so their aircraft, designated F-4EJ consisted of the F-4E block 45/47 airframe that had its air refueling capability and air-to-ground weapons systems removed. The F-4EJ was initially assembled by McDonnell Douglas though the majority were subsequently built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan. The aircraft entered JASDF service in 1972 and after some time in service, the aircraft's air refueling systems and conventional air-to-ground capabilities were installed. In 1984, the JASDF began a modernization program to make the F-4EJs relevant to the threats of the 1990s. The improved aircraft received the APG-66 radar along with a heads-up display, VHF/UHF radios, new IFF system, new inertial navigation system, and a new radar warning receiver system. While the JASDF considered adding slat kits that were being retrofitted to older F-4Es and the F-4S, they opted out of that modification due to cost. The improved F-4EJ, dubbed F-4EJ Kai, entered service in 1989 and is now being retired out of JASDF service, with the last examples due to retire in 2021.

A few months ago, Zoukei-Mura released their first long-nosed Phantom kit with the early-block F-4E, and has followed that release with this kit of the F-4EJ Kai as a special edition to commemorate their 10th anniversary as well as to salute the retirement of the type from JASDF service. As you would expect, the majority of parts from the F-4E release are used in this release including a number of parts that were on those parts trees, but not used. In addition, this kit has a new parts tree that provides those parts that are unique to the F-4EJ Kai. Note that this kit is not due to be released until December, though pre-orders are being accepted. As such, this kit was provided in the F-4E box with pre-production kit instructions and no decals

The kit is molded in gray styrene and presented on 14 parts trees plus one tree of clear parts. Among the features and options:

  • Beautiful front and rear cockpits
  • New instrument panels provided along with a HUD
  • Stick, throttles and even canopy lock handles provided
  • Detailed Martin Baker ejection seats (no crew restraints provided)
  • Canopy can be posed in open or closed positions
  • Detailed canopy frames
  • One-piece canopy provided for closed option
  • New radome which includes lightning arrestor strips
  • Nicely detailed J79 engines
  • Optional engine stand provided
  • Intake ducts to the compressor faces
  • Intakes include pitots
  • Exhaust nozzles provided in open and closed positions
  • Detailed wheel wells and landing gear
  • Choice of normal or raised (take-off) nosegear strut
  • Leading and trailing edge flaps can be posed up or down
  • Ailerons molded separately and can be depicted in neutral (flight) or drooped (flaps down) position
  • Stabilators can be posed in your choice of three positions
  • Stabilator stiffeners included
  • Tail hook molded separately but depicted in up/stowed position
  • Speed brakes can be posed open or closed
  • Ventral aux air doors can be posed open or closed
  • Choice of stowable boarding ladder or larger boarding ladder (or none)

External stores include:

  • 4 x AIM-7E Sparrow
  • 4 x AIM-9E/J Sidewinder
  • 2 x 370 gallon external tanks
  • 1 x 600 gallon F-15 centerline tank
  • 2 x TER
  • 2 x MER

Decals are provided for at least one subject:

  • F-4EJ Kai, 07-8436, Phantom Forever special scheme

Update: When we first received this kit in November, it was a pre-production example before the decals, instructions, or even box were ready. We just received the production decal sheets along with the color profile/decal placement guide so we've added the decal sheets for your review.

Given the design and details in this kit, this Zoukei-Mura F-4EJ Kai is the best kit of this subject in any scale both this and the F-4E kits are my choice for best Phantom kit in any scale (less than 1:1).

My sincere thanks to  Zoukei-Mura Inc. for this preview sample!

Here is a list of paints Zoukei-Mura identifies for use with this kit and their equivalent colors from other brands:

 
AMMO
AV
GSI
HAT
LC
MIS
MRP
TAM
TES
XTRA
Gray
0208
71.120
C307
H307
A035
C035
UA027
MMP074
097
AS25
1741
X135
XA1135
White
 
71.279
C316
H316
A049
C049
 
MMP104
099
AS20
XF02
1745
X141
XA1141
Flat Black
0046
71.057
C033
H012
N012
A041
C041
LC002
 
020
LP03
XF01
1749
 
Black
0032
70.950
C002
H002
N002
A125
C125
LC002
MMP047
005
LP01
X01
1747
 
Steel
0191
71.065
C028
H018
N018
 
 
MMM002
030
X10
1780
X502
Silver
0195
71.062
C008
H008
N008
A003
C003
LC074
MMM006
128
LP11
X11
 
X038
Clear Red
 
70.934
C047
H090
N090
 
 
 
266
LP72
X27
 
 
Clear Blue
 
70.938
C050
H093
N093
 
 
 
267
LP68
X23
 
 
Gray
0203
71.312
C308
H308
A037
C037
UA026
MMP073
038
AS26
XF2:1+
XF25:2
1728
X136
XA1136
Sierra Tan
0202
71.125
C310
H310
A012
C012
UA015
MMP060
103
AS15
XF59
1742
 
Gray
0205
71.277
C317
H317
A044
C044
UA033
MMP064
100
 
1740
X131
Yellow
 
 
C329
H329
A066
C066
 
 
 
X08
1707
X106
Red
0121
71.084
C327
H327
A219
C219
 
 
002
 
 
X103
Olive Drab
0925
71.011
C038
H078
N078
A022
C022
UA132
MMP054
072
XF62
2091
X211
XA1212
Metallic Blue
0196
71.071
C076
H088
N088
 
UA136
 
 
TS53