Germany's Hi-Decal Line has released splendid liveries for Egyptian Air Force F-4Es.
If you’re a Phantom fan and looking for a decidedly different scheme for an F-4E, look no further than Hi-Decal Line’s new sheets. Available in 1/72 and 1/48, the collection dubbed Pharaoh’s Ghosts offers markings for a quartet of Egyptian Air Force F-4Es in differing camouflage. Modellers working in 1/72 should opt for sheet 72-063 (£7.20), while in 1/48 it’s 48-033 (£8.50).
One example wears an early two-tone grey scheme, and another the original US South East Asia livery but with the air arm’s trademark high-vis orange and black ID panels. The third option involves US Hill Gray I paint, while the fourth has the Hill Gray II pattern but with the aforementioned black/orange ID devices. You will have to employ walkways from Hi-Decal sheets 72054 or 48024, as they are not supplied here. However, Hi-Decal does provide stencilling and all the black trim for the orange ID panels over and under the wing outboard sections and stabilators, vertical stabiliser and spine. The actual airframes, all from the 222nd Fighter Brigade at Cairo West Air Base, are:
• 66-0366/7813, 76th Squadron, 1980
• 67-0289/7827, 88th Squadron, 1983
• 67-0341/7818, 1988
• 67-0239/7817, 1990 (downed a MiG-21 on August 12, 1972 while with the USAF’s 432nd TRW)
The decals are of high quality, with super-thin gloss carrier film, rich colour tones and sharp printing. They are available in the UK from Hannants, but check the Hi-Decal website for stockists elsewhere.