Air Commander AC1011 – 1/72 Scale F-4J Phantom II Diecast Model
Heavy Metal Series
|Length||26.6 cm||10.50 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||16.3 cm||6.40 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Canopy displayable open or closed
- Removable pilot and crew figurines included
- Optional ordnance
- Some moveable control surfaces
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II, USN – Air Commander AC1011
Air Commander AC1011 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II, tail code AG 200 of VF-33 “Tarsiers”, US Navy. While aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), during 1978. The F-4J, an improved F-4B, had a reduced landing speed and improved air-to-air combat capability.
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is an American tandem-seat, twin-engined, all-weather, long-range supersonic interceptor fighter-bomber. Later adapted for the reconnaissance and Wild Weasel (Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses) missions. The maiden flight took place on May 27, 1958, entering service on December 30, 1960. Designed for the US Navy, it also served with the USAF, USMC and with the air forces other countries. The US military began to replace the F-4 during the 1980s, reconnaissance and Wild Weasel variants in 1996. Production ended in 1981 with over 5,000 airframes built.
The airframe is constructed mainly of steel, titanium and aluminium with a semi-monocoque fuselage. The wings are a low mounted sweptback cantilever design; the inner panels have 0° dihedral, outer panels 12°. The tail unit is an all-metal cantilever design with a 23º anhedral all-moving tailplane. The retractable undercarriage is a tricycle type.
The F-4 used two General Electric J79 afterburning turbojet engines, giving the F-4J a maximum speed 255o km/h (1584 mph), Mach 1.15, service ceiling of 21,336 m (70,000 ft) and maximum range of 3148 km (1956 mi).
The Phantom did not carry any guns until the introduction of the F-4C with an external gun pod containing a 20 mm (.79 in) M61A1 Vulcan Gatling cannon. The -E variant was the first to have an internally mounted cannon. The airframe has nine external hard-points, able to carry up to 7,250 kg (16,000 lb) of payload, four semi-recessed under the fuselage, two under each wing and one under-fuselage on centre-line. Ordnance included missiles, bombs both guided and unguided, rockets, mission-specific pods and drop tanks.
VF-33 “Tarsiers”, US Navy
VF-33 “Tarsiers”, also known at various times as the “Astronauts” and “Starfighters”, was a fighter squadron of the US Navy. Established on October 11, 1948, the squadron saw combat during the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf Wars. It operated the F-4 Phantom II from 1964 until 1981 when they transitioned to the F-14A Tomcat. The squadron disestablished on October 1, 1993.