Developed as a tandem two-seat, interceptor fighter in 1960 for the U.S. Navy, the F-4 Phantom II proved rugged and effective enough in its first few years of service to be adopted into the regular fleet of both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps. It was used extensively during the Vietnam War as the principal air superiority fighter for both the Navy and Air Force, and was the last U.S. fighter to attain ace status in the 20th century. The Japanese selected the Phantom II as their new fighter in the late 1960s, and an initial total of 154 were built for the JASDF (though they were not equipped with a bombing computer system, as their military prohibited air-to-ground ordnance).
A Hobby Master replica of a recon variant RF-4EJ Phantom II serving with the JASDF, this 1/72 scale, die cast model features engraved panel lines, optional-position canopies, a well-equipped cockpit with two crew figures, optional-position landing gear, full weapons complement, and authentic markings. Arrives ready to display on the included presentation stand. Measures approximately 10½" long with a 6¼" wingspan.
Hobby Master: HA1993