MISAWA PANTHER

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MISAWA PANTHER

Modelling ideas can come from a variety of sources, here Kev Baxter provides the photographic inspiration behind his Fine Molds F-4EJ Kai build.

F-4EJ Kai Phantom Misawa Air Base
Above: Head-on shot of the updated AN/APG-66J radome, with its additional lightning condunctor strips.

Gate guardians are a readily available source of material, and the airframe featured in Retired Rhino (see here) is located at the entrance to Misawa Air Base in Japan, where it forms part of the Aviation and Science Museum.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries F-4EJ Kai 57-8375/375 was the 62nd of 127 Phantoms built under licence by that firm and one of 24 aircraft ordered by the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) in Fiscal Year 1975, denoted by the first number 5 in its serial code.

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