Eduard has released a trio of bespoke accessory sets designed to fit Tamiya’s 1/48 F-4B Phantom II.
As good a product as Tamiya’s new-tool navy/marines Phantom is, it – like any other styrene kit – has moulding limitations, and better detail can be sourced via the aftermarket. Czech company Eduard has been relatively quick off the mark with accessories to enliven this already superlative model. They’ll improve the cockpit and exterior reaches of the airframe, and they are as follows:
648690 F-4B exhaust nozzles (above)
The capabilities of 3D-printed resin define this set, which provides exquisitely detailed replacement exhaust tubes, flame holders and the exterior petal arrangement. A razor saw is a must for removing the printing bases and part supports, but as soon as this is done, assembly should be a doddle. £12
648704 F-4B fin caps (above)
The F-4B had three styles of upper vertical stabiliser and here, Eduard supplies the two not provided in Tamiya’s kit… the initial ‘clean’ variant, and then the version fitted with AN/APR-25 radar homing and warning gear. £3.15
648710 F-4B ejection seats late (above and below)
While early F-4Bs were equipped with Martin-Baker Mk.5 seats, the cockpits of later airframes sported Mk.7 seats. This set offers two 3D-printed resin examples of the latter. They come with separate parachute packs and back pads, and a busy photo-etched metal fret carrying harnesses, firing/manual separation handles, leg restraints and other items. You’ll need to supplement what’s provided here with lengths of fine wire to finish the detailing. A decal sheet with placards and stencilling is also present. £7.15
Tamiya’s Phantom isn’t exactly cheap, so if you’re spending £70-plus to purchase it, it’s arguably worth going that extra mile in terms of detail if your budget allows. These items from Eduard will certainly turn it into a real showstopper. They are available direct at www.eduard.com, or from Hannants (www.hannants.co.uk).