The F4 Phantom was a good aircraft in it's time but early versions had a few peculiarities that needed to be sorted out. Here I've depicted a Navy F4B of the Vf-92 'Silver Kings' Squadron flying from the USS Constellation as it would have appeared during the Vietnam Conflict. The Navy F4B differed from the Air Force F4C version in that it had a significantly shortened nose cone to facilitate lifting on Carrier elevators (The Air Force received the F4C which was effectively identical to the F4B but with a longer nose and different electronics).
The early J-79 engines provided for the Phantom were very powerful, but the re-burners generated large smoke trails at mid-throttle/cruise settings making it easy to spot the aircraft in flight. This was later solved by upgrading the engines with a smokeless combustor which cleanly burned fuel in the exhaust.
The F4 also had an unusual flight controls set-up, instead of Ailerons to control the roll of the A/C the F4 had a combination of Flaperons (Ailerons that had a down only position and could be combined with the flaps for extra lift with heavy loads) and upper wing surface Spoilers. During certain types of ACM the Spoilers would be rendered ineffective due to angle of attack and it became necessary to do a Rudder Roll instead, how-ever this meant that the aircraft suffered from adverse yaw during hard maneuvering. Eventually the F4 was re-fitted with leading edge slats to help improve maneuverability and handling at high angles of attack (Navy F4B's given these upgrades were redesignated F4N's) . The Phantom also had one of the first Boundary Air Layer control systems to aid in low speed flight handling.
Here are some of the Highlights: * Over 50 Points of Articulation on the main figure! * Moving Flaps, Ailerons, Spoilers, Rudder. Stabilator, Speed Brakes, Opening Landing Gear Doors, Raising and Lowering Gear, Spin-able Wheels, Steer-able Nose Gear, Opening Canopies, Deployable Slats, Folding Wings, Deployable Tail Hook, Deployable Emergency Drag Chute, Fully Functional Cockpit Flight Controls, and Working Ejection Seats... * Numerous ERC dials for ease of control from one main location, including dials for various basic flight maneuvers. The weapons sets also have ERC controls for ease of use in images and animation! * Nose Radome opens to reveal the AN/APQ Radar Set. * Conforming Dummy Aircrew figure to use to place a Flight Crew in the Cockpit. * Conforming Crew Boarding Ladders and FOD Storage Covers for the Engines and Air Intakes. * 14 Separate Conforming Weapons sets designed to be Mixed and Matched to create multiple load-outs for the Weapons most commonly carried by the F4 Phantom, with fully controllable ordinance deployment. These Sets are broken down by mounting location so that each set can be properly mix and matched with the others, allowing a total combination of over 100 variations of weapons loads that can be loaded based on mission requirements!
Original model by Chris Schell and uploaded for sale here with permission.