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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series HA1990B
McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II Diecast Model
USAF 14th TRS, #68-0573, Bob Mock and John Stiles, Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, January 1972

Limited Edition
Rare and Collectible

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II   10.5"   6.25"

On January 20, 1972 while flying RF-4C 80-573 on a SAM locating mission they came across a convoy of trucks hauling SAM launchers. The RF-4C was manned by Pilot Bob Mock and WSO John Stiles who, despite 37 mm cannon fire immediately made a photo pass at 4,000 feet and turned to make a second. At this moment the aircraft shook violently and began to spin to earth but just seconds before crashing the crew managed to eject and as luck would have it they were rescued by a CIA helicopter that was in the area. The official record showed 80-573 was lost to 37 mm cannon fire. However 37 years later in 2009 Dan Cherry, another F-4 pilot (replicated in HA1938) met the MiG-21 pilot that he had shot down in April 1972, Lt. Nguyen Hong My (replicated in HA0181). After some talking it was discovered that Lt. Nguyen Hong My had an RF-4 victory on January 20, 1972 so with some investigating, the conclusion was that Lt. Nguyen Hong Mys victory actually was RF-4C 80-573 flown by Mock and Stiles. When Dan Cherry told John Stiles the facts, he was amazed to finally know the real story and in May 2014 John Stiles returned to Vietnam for the first time since 1972 and met with Nguyen Hong My.

McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II

Designed as a fleet defense fighter for the US Navy, the F-4 Phantom was first flown on May 27, 1958. This twin-engine, long-range all-weather fighter/bomber proved highly adaptable and served in the Marine Corps and the US Air Force as well as in the Navy. During the Vietnam War, it was the principal air superiority fighter for the Navy and the Air Force and was also used for reconnaissance and ground attack. The Phantom continued to serve well into the 1970s and 1980s and even flew missions during the first Gulf War. Finally phased out by the F-14, F-16 and F/A-18, the Phantom was retired in 1996.

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Hobby Master's 1:72 scale F-4 Phantom II is highly detailed and very popular among collectors. This model has an intricately crafted fuselage, with rear and forward canopies that open to expose cockpit interior details such as instrument panel dials, control stick and ejector seat handles. The solid metal wing has raised wing-tips and a dog-toothed leading edge that blends seamlessly into the fuselage. Each release includes a full complement of removable ordnance. Variants in this series have notable differences in the nose and/or tail fin and slight variations in the engines' exhaust. Carrier-based variants have elevators with a raised leading edge, and land-based variants have standard leading edges.

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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series

The Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.

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