The F-4J Phantom II, primary US fighter in the Vietnam War.
About this creation
McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a two seat supersonic long-range all-weather fighter-bomber originally developed for the U.S. Navy by McDonnell Douglas. It was used by the U.S. military from 1960 to 1996, and was the primary air superiority fighter and a workhorse fighter-bomber for the USAF, Navy and Marines during the Vietnam war. As of now, 1100 are in service as drones, as well as in foreign service.
The Phantom could carry up to 18,650lbs of weapons on weapons on nine external hard points, including air-to-ground missiles, and unguided, guided, and nuclear bombs. The F-4 was build without an internal cannon. Air combat experience over North Vietnam led to the adoption of the Phantom by both the Navy and Air Force as the primary air superiority fighter of both services. Its large wing and powerful engines gave it competitive performance against smaller Migs and the weapons systems officer assisted in spotting opposing fighters in visual range dogfights as well as with radar.
Without further due, this is my F-4J. It took me a good couple days to build, and I am quite happy of how it turned out. Despite its basic straight-forward look, it was quite tough to build. Like real Phantoms, the jet is quite large, and the flat look of my Phantom was intentional. I built (or..tried my best to) this plane true-to-life.
The canopy I am especially proud of. Obviously, LEGO doesn’t make specific cockpit canopies, and the Star Wars canopies weren't doing it for me, either, so I constructed one out of sloped 1 and 2x2's, and some decals.
The decals were mostly made on paint program on my computer, with the exception of a few.
As like many other MOCs, mine has its shares of inaccuracies. First off, since my canopy is made out of bricks, i couldn’t construct a cockpit. Secondly, my wings are already thin, 2/3 studs, and unlike most fighters of its day, the Phantom's rear landing gear was built and stored right into its wings. This is extremely hard to translate into LEGOs, so for now, I have left a fixed landing gear. Desperately, I found Ralph's old Phantom drawings and saw how he did his landing gear. Of course, it's great, but his design would've made me reconstruct a better portion of my wings, something I'm considering doing now.
Like I say on my other mocs, other inaccuracies should be slight.
Showing the weapons. For some reason, MOCpages wouldnt let me post my Phantom for awhile now, so to cut back on the webspace, I could only include some of the pictures, so see more pictures on my brickshelf page.
A very nice F-4 fighter. It's is probaly the best one I have seen made out of LEGOs. I still perfer WWII era aircraft but the F-4 is my 2nd favorate plane when it comes to jets. The first being the Mig-21.
YES! YES! By the looks of it youve reaserched the plane! for a good model, you need a clear image of the plane or have a picture of the plane to build on! i hate it when people dont reasearch the plane and it looks nothing like the real thing.
kudos to you!
Very god indeed, but...some details to change:
according to me, the wings are perfectible (have a look on Ralph's drawing). There is a better lego part available for the front jet intake (to be wider and thinner)and for the exit also. The main landing gear is better on Ralph's model but I prefer the canopy and nose (thanks to a Megabloks part)on your's. The perfect Lego Phantom would be a mix between your's and Ralph's one.
Hi Phil, thats incredible! You captured the shape brilliantly, and the color aswell. I can't find anything wrong with this except the weapons but im not an expert on the F-4. Its great to see you building so many planes, please check out my similar aircraft. Great job, Alex.