AIR COMMANDER 1:72 AIRCRAFT COLLECTION
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Historical Note: The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engined, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor fighter/fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. It first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Air Force by the mid-1960s and became a major part of their air wings.
The Phantom is a large fighter with a top speed of over Mach 2. It can carry over 18,000 pounds (8,400 kg) of weapons on nine external hardpoints, including air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, and various bombs. The F-4, like other interceptors of its time, was designed without an internal cannon, but later models incorporated a cannon. Beginning in 1959, it set 15 world records, including an absolute speed record, and an absolute altitude record.
The F-4 was used extensively by these three U.S. services during the Vietnam War, serving as the principal air superiority fighter for both the Navy and Air Force, as well as being important in the ground-attack and reconnaissance roles by the close of U.S. involvement in the war. The Phantom has the distinction of being the last U.S. fighter flown to attain ace status in the 20th century. During the Vietnam War, the USAF had one pilot and two WSOs, and the US Navy one pilot and one RIO, become aces in air-to-air combat. It continued to form a major part of U.S. military air power throughout the 1970s and 1980s, being gradually replaced by more modern aircraft such as the F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon in the U.S. Air Force; the F-14 Tomcat and F/A-18 Hornet in the U.S. Navy; and the F/A-18 in the U.S. Marine Corps.
The F-4 Phantom II remained in use by the U.S. in the reconnaissance and Wild Weasel (suppression of enemy air defenses) roles in the 1991 Gulf War, finally leaving service in 1996. It was also the only aircraft used by both U.S. flight demonstration teams: the USAF Thunderbirds (F-4E) and the US Navy Blue Angels (F-4J). The F-4 was also operated by the armed forces of 11 other nations. Israeli Phantoms saw extensive combat in several Arab–Israeli conflicts, while Iran used its large fleet of Phantoms in the Iran–Iraq War. Phantoms remain in front line service with seven countries, and in use as an unmanned target in the U.S. Air Force. Phantom production ran from 1958 to 1981, with a total of 5,195 built, making it the most numerous American supersonic military aircraft.
Info: F-4B Phantom II - “NF101,” VF-21, U.S. Navy, USS Midway, 1965
Product Info: Taking collections to a whole new level – Air Commander – Heavy Metal Collection, a premium-level line of 1/72 die cast metal warbirds available exclusively from Historic Sales!This model is one of the most detailed die cast aircraft ever manufactured, with a manufacturing time equating to almost three times that of other models. The company’s extensive design and manufacturing experience has allowed it to create airplane models with previously-unseen levels of quality and detail. From panel lines that are the finest possible with today’s die cast technology to intricate painting – the McDonnell Douglas F-4J has a minimal use of plastic parts. The craftsmanship involved will satisfy even the most discerning collector
Posted by John on 28th Sep 2014
I debated long and hard over this one... mostly over the price. After buying it, I found that Air Commander's Phantom is a great achievement in die-cast replicas. For the collector that favors quality over quantity, this is the Phantom for your collection.
It comes very well packaged and so well detailed, I would say it's over-detailed, especially when it sits next to my Hobby master phantoms. It is gorgeous. Even the cockpits are intricate. It's the best die-cast Phantom out there right now, full stop. There's nothing else to be said about that.
The only thing that may knock it down is the price. When you can almost buy two Hobbymaster phantoms for the price of just one AC Phantom, then it makes it a little difficult. However, I can't bring myself to downgrade this bird down to 4 stars because it is so excellent and the quality control is there. Do you want the best value Phantom or do you want the outright best Phantom? If you want the outright best one of all, you can just click "buy now" on this page and that will be it.
I hope AC brings out more liveries in the future, because this mold brings the Phantom market to a new level of excellence.