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F-4 Phantom Outer Pylons USN
F-4 Phantom II Outer Wing Pylons (USN Version)
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by: Bill Cross [ BILL_C ]


Originally published on:
AeroScale

introduction

The Tamiya F-4 Phantom II kits in 1/32nd scale are generally very good with relatively accurate configurations and few over-simplifications. But the outer wing pylons for the USAF versions are in the wrong location (slightly offset and to the rear), and incorrect in configuration.

GT Resin is a fast-rising after-market resin supplier that has exploded onto the 32-scale scene like a flaming meteor, offering a wide and growing line of products from exhaust nozzles to cockpits to complete F-4B/N conversions, mostly around the iconic Phantom II. One of their newer releases is a set of two correct USN out wing pylons that more-closely reflect the real nature of the beast.

what you get

Inside a Ziploc baggie are two gray resin pylons. In addition, there is a crude, but effective template for moving the attachment holes for the pylons, which are too far aft and outboard than the real thing.

the review

GT Resin has come out of nowhere to offer a respectable and growing selection of resin improvements in 1/32nd scale in particular. Aeroscale has already reviewed the company's F-B/N resin conversion and cockpit, and this review is a look at the new outer wing pylons. That's because the Tamiya Phantom kits give modelers no option for outboard ordnance. The kit presumes using the wing tanks supplied with the F-4J kits.

Those tanks were often used, but are placed incorrectly. And for modelers who want to add outer wing load-outs, this set is a must-have on aircraft that were using the center line tank.

The casting is sharp and crisp. The attachment points have been recast from the company's original set, but it's still a good idea to be careful when removing the units from their pour plugs. In any case, GT Resin stands behind their products, and will replace any that break.

The template isn't hard to use, and the satisfaction of having the pylons in the correct position is significant to a stickler for detail like myself.

conclusion

One of the advantages of a company like GT Resin is bringing to the hobby things that don't exist. Modelers who want an accurate USN Phantom II build with outer wing pods, or just want their drop tanks properly-placed with want this set.

Thanks to GT Resin for providing this review sample. Be sure to mention you saw it reviewed on Aeroscale when ordering.
SUMMARY
Highs: Meticulous detail, excellent casting, plus a template (admittedly crude) for the proper placement of the pylons.
Lows: The template is from a B&W photo copier, and is functional but not very attractive.
Verdict: Highly recommended to those who want to mount ordnance on the outer wing pylons.
  Scale: 1:32
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  PUBLISHED: May 06, 2015
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.08%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 0.00%

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About Bill Cross (bill_c)
FROM: NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES

Self-proclaimed rivet counter who gleefully builds tanks, planes and has three subs in the stash.

Copyright 2019 text by Bill Cross [ BILL_C ]. All rights reserved.



Comments

Thanks, Michal, for making this one "live."
MAY 06, 2015 - 02:02 AM
   

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