1/48 Hasegawa RF-4E(S) Phantom #171

Gallery Article by Shawn "phantom" Weiler on Nov 20 2013



Hasegawa Phantom in 1/48 again. This is number 171. The add ons are Hi Decal Line decals for a very rare Israeli recon Phantom. Only 3 of these are known to have been made. All modified F-4Es with a very high tech high definition camera. The IDF needed to replace its old slow moving recon airframes and as with everything except cargo in aviation the Phantom was the answer.


Click on images below to see larger images

First thought was strapping the camera into a pod but the aerodynamics did not work. The camera was far to big for the regular RF-4Cs but would fit in a modified E once you remove the gun and radar and added a few inches.. 

The model itself required a Paragon resin nose, big large hunk of resin. The resin once finished needed a clear lens so I used the lid from a blueberry container. Other modifications were to switch the E slatted wings into standard non slatted wings. Hack saw, putty and sandpaper for that. Next modification was the refuelling pod. That took the tip from a Skyhawk, a Q-tip and a rounded hunk of putty, then a bunch of sanding to shape. The decals from Hi Decal Line are the final step and look great.

In the photos I included a past F-4E build and a older RF-4C built some years back in 1/72.

Shawn "phantom" Weiler

Click on images below to see larger images


Photos and text by Shawn "phantom" Weiler