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AFTERMARKET PRODUCT REVIEW


Hypersonic Models F-4 Phantom II Slotted Stabilizers
1:48 Scale

The Academy and Hasegawa families of 1:48 scale F-4 Phantom II kits are perennial favorites among scale modelers.  However, both manufacturers’ F-4s have stabilizers (technically, they are stabilators since their aerodynamic functions blended that of a horizontal stabilizer and elevator) that could be notably more accurate, especially with the depth and relief of the slatted leading edges.  Hypersonic Models from the U.K. has released an aftermarket resin and photoetched metal set to replace either the Academy and Hasegawa F-4 stabilators with more accurate and better detailed parts.  

One might not think the difference between the kit part and any aftermarket replacement for the F-4 stabilator might not be so meaningful, but Hypersonic Models replacement parts really do make a clear difference.  The stabiliators themselves are cast without so much as an imperfection – they are just gorgeous.  Accuracy, surface detail, shape, recessed panel lines, and recessed rivet details are really outstanding.  Likewise, the fidelity of the photoetch metal parts is among the best PE that you’ll see, and the subtle rivet details on these metal parts is equally outstanding.  These metal parts include the fuselage cover plates for the stabilator pivot points and the triangular-shaped reinforcement plates seen on USAF Phantoms. 

Having built my share of Phantom kits over the years, one thing that is a well-known challenge is getting the anhedral right for the F-4’s stabiliators.  To these ends, this set also induces a multi-piece resin-cast jig to achieve the proper angle.  It’s quite impressive and very thoughtful.  It looks like an effective tool to make this task a lot easier.

The two pages of double-sided instructions are very well printed, well written, and clearly illustrated.  The narrative alternates between the minor modifications and different internal braces and spreader bars (which are provided) needed to properly fit these resin and photoetch metal parts to either the Hasegawa or Academy kits.  The instruction emphasizes test fitting, and to me, that’s always a good idea to execute the best fit possible.           

Overall, this appears to be an excellent aftermarket offering to improve the accuracy of the Hasegawa and Academy F-4s in 1:48 scale that had slotted stabs.  These parts can also be likely adapted to the more recent Zoukei-Mura F-4s as well.  This set is clearly made with scale modelers in mind, and the quality of these parts is excellent.  

Many thanks to Hypersonic Models for the review sample. You can find them on the web and purchase this set at http://www.hypersonicmodels.co.uk.


Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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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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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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