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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Steel Beach Accessories #48101
F-4 Nose Air Scoops -- 1:48 Scale

 

Academy’s 1:48 scale F-4 Phantom II kits are excellent representations of the F-4 to be sure, but there’s a few spots here and there that are arguably a little inaccurate or otherwise could be a little bit better.  Without doubt, the parts representing the ECS (Environmental Control System) air intakes on either side of the nose are really misshapen in the kit.  While they’re small pieces, the shape and cross-sectional errors of Academy’s ECS intakes are multiple and a little egregious.  This error affects all issues of the Academy Phantom.  

Steel Beach Accessories produces a drop-in resin set of corrected ECS intakes to replace kit parts G34 and G35.  They are far better and quite accurate in terms of shape and size.  It also simple to use and very inexpensive for the fix that these two little items provide.  These correction parts, as with all Steel Beach resin, are low-pressure castings, and so it is always a good idea to give them a light sanding before priming or painting.  In my sample, one of the intake back mounting plates had a tiny air bubble in it, and so I will probably just remove this thin resin piece and replace it with a tiny piece of stock plastic sheet.  Filling and sanding is a second, equally easy option.

Many thanks to Darren Roberts of Steel Beach Accessories for the review sample. You can find them on the web at http://www.steel-beach.com/ while this set, along with the rest of the Steel Beach product line, can be purchased at http://spruebrothers.com.

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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Just Released!

JET FIGHTERS
OF THE U. S. NAVY AND MARINE CORPS
PART 1: THE FIRST TEN YEARS
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Detail & Scale Special Edition Books

U. S. Navy and Marine Carrier-Based Aircraft of World War II
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Attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan Awakens a Sleeping Giant

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Colors & Markings Series



Colors & Markings of U. S. Navy
F-14 Tomcats,
Part 1: Atlantic
Coast Squadrons
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Colors & Markings of the F-102
Delta Dagger

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Colors & Markings of U. S. Navy
F-14 Tomcats,
Part 2: Pacific
Coast Squadrons

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