Ranking among the most legendary fighters in history, the F-4 Phantom II entered service in late 1960. During its career, it set a number of speed and altitude records, able to reach a top speed of Mach 2.2. The aircraft was also well-armed, carrying up to 18,000 pounds of weaponry. It was used extensively during the Vietnam War where five F-4 crew members (pilots, WSOs, and RIOs) attained ace status. Beginning in the 1980s, it was gradually replaced by more modern aircraft such as the F-14 Tomcat and F-15 Eagle. The warplane has also seen extensive service internationally.
Made by Hobby Master, this 1/72 scale, die cast model is a reproduction of "El Toro Bravo" — an F-4E flying with the 469th TFS that sports a red kill mark, despite the fact that its victory was never confirmed (as it took place during a ceasefire). It features its signature camo paint scheme, recessed panel lines, an opening canopy, a well-equipped cockpit, two removable crew figures, detailed turbofan engines, optional-position landing gear, authentic markings, and a display stand. Measures approximately 10½" long with a 6¼" wingspan.
Hobby Master: HA1989