Modelling the F-4 Phantom II
By Geoff Coughlin
(Osprey Publishing, Paperback, 9781841767468, 80pp.)
Publication Date: November 21, 2003
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The 'Phabulous' Phantom first took to the air on 27 May 1958 and has been in service around the world for many decades. The United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Iran, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Spain and Turkey have all operated this powerful aircraft. The Phantom starred in both the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm, and in its service career has flown every traditional military mission. With many F-4 variants in service (from FG.1s to 'Wild Weasels'), and some 25 scale model kits currently available, the possibilities for modelling this subject are endless. There are few guides currently available to the F-4 modeller: this book seeks to redress the imbalance, providing an in-depth and step-by-step approach to modelling this plane across a variety of scales, types, and national schemes.
Geoff Coughlin has been building scale models for over 20 years. He is known to many in the hobby through articles that regularly appear in popular magazines, including Tamiya Model Magazine International and Scale Models International. The subjects featured in these journals cover practically every aspect of building scale aircraft models from biplane vac-forms such as the Aeroclub Gloster Gauntlet to the stunning Tamiya F-15E Strike Eagle and Revell / Monogram He 111. For Osprey, Geoff has previously written World War 2 Luftwaffe Fighter Modelling in the Masterclass series, and he has recently written a book on the Fairey Swordfish for Tamiya. He lives in Hertfordshire, UK. Neil Ashby has been interested in aircraft from an early age: his father served in the RAF in 45 Squadron during the Malayan conflict. His uncle also flew for Bomber Command during World War II on the Handley Page Halifax and Short Stirling. Neil began modelling seriously in 1990, and soon after that he joined IPMS (Barnet). He enjoys making models from all eras, but his main interest is in the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom - helped by his memories of Phantoms flying over the Norfolk coast during family holidays! Neil lives in Hertfordshire, UK, with his wife Tanya.