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Best intakes for 1/48 Monogram F-4

October 12 2017 at 9:27 PM
Dave Wassell   (Login ViperDoc)
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I have several of the old Monogram F-4s that I want to build. It still in my mind has probably the best Phantom outline of any of the kits. I have several plans to to some in a flying mode and want to spend more time on paint and finish than any super detail. What I do need is a way to take care of the intakes which I feel is the weakest part of the kit. Does anybody have some advice on the best AM intakes I can use?


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Drew Tarter
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RE: Phantom Intakes

October 13 2017, 12:09 AM 

Hi, Dave -

To my knowledge, no one made aftermarket intakes specifically for the Monogram Phantom kits. It would take a lot of plastic surgery, but you might try using the True Details resin Phantom intakes, made for the Hasegawa F-4's, and modifying them to fit the Monogram kit. The True Details intakes have scribed panel lines, though, as opposed to the raised lines on the Monogram kit.

Good luck,


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(Login twong322)
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The True Details intakes will not

October 13 2017, 8:38 AM 

fit the Monogram kit. I tried it years ago. You have to cut further back into the fuselage as the True Details intakes are longer than the Monogram ones. The True Details intake at the rear are shaped differently from the Monogram ones as well and do not line up or blend into the fuselage. I think if I remember correctly, the True Details intakes at the rear are smaller than the Monogram fuselage so you would need a lot of work to blend the intakes into the fuselage. Also the bottom part of the True Details intakes are molded to fit the Hasegawa wings. The Monogram wings and or the True Details intakes will need major surgery to fit.

True Details also makes different intakes for the different Hasegawa F-4 molds. The original Hasegawa 1/48 F-4J with the raised panel lines is different from the later one with the recessed panel lines. Also the Hasegawa 1/48 F-4E/F/G intakes are different from the old F-4J with raised panel lines and later F-4J with the recessed panel lines. So there are three different types of Hasegawa F-4 intakes. When looking for intakes for your Hasegawa 1/48 F-4's you need to make sure you buy the specific ones for the specific kit.

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Don McIntyre
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Intake covers

October 13 2017, 9:38 AM 

I'm still surprised we don't see intake covers/plugs included in kits as a matter of course. It sure would save a lot of expense and hassle for the "discerning modeler."
Don McIntyre
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F-4 Intakes

October 13 2017, 11:37 AM 

The True Detais F-4 intakes in fact do not have the full depth trunks, they are some kind of "optical effect" inside the intakes with proportionally small engine faces that give You the illusion they are at the end of long trunks. With goood painting effects You can achieve very good convincing results.

You can use the Aires, Eduard, AMS or Two Mikes cover F-4 intakes to avoid some hard working.

Seamless Suckers, now long OOP iten, had full intake trunks.

Today DMold has several F-4 Phantom IIs intake trunks for different versions of the F-4.

DMold haes several F-4 intakes, Take a look at :

Xmold look to has some intakes too at

Other good chance You have is to obtain from a fellow modeler His unused Academy F-4s plastic intakes trunks parts (or the ZM !) .

I think if You really wish to represent full intake trunks details You can easily adapt any kind of these intakes to the Monogram-Revell F-4 with some work and care to obtain very fine results.


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Scott Shank
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Another option

October 13 2017, 1:59 PM 

I found this solution a while back, and made it work for 1/48th. I've used it on Monogram, ESCI and Testors Phantoms.


Hope this adds to the discussion.


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