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John Garis
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« on: August 16, 2011, 06:48:10 PM »

Eduard BRASSIN 1/48 F-4C/D/E/F/G Wheels for Hasegawa kit






The early Navy F-4s utilized a narrower main tire than later models.The F4H-1 (F-4A), F-4B and RF-4Bs up to Bureau number 153115 used this type of wheel.The F-4s with the narrower wheel had flat main gear doors and a smooth upper wing.The next two shots are of the wider style of tire used on the F-4J, RF-4Bs above Bu. No. 157342, all USAF F-4s and RF-4s and all export models.The photo of the inside of an F-4 wheel is the right main tire of an F-4S.  Navy F-4 wheels have a single nut in the center of the wheel, where as Air Force wheels have eight bolts attaching the wheel to the landing gear.The rod sticking up and back from the strut in the photo of the Navy wheel is a "shrink link" that compresses the main gear as it retracts allowing it to fit into the gear well.The outside main wheel door shows the bulged door that allowed the fatter wheel to retract into the wing.The top of the wing was also bulged.Nose gear of an F-4N from the right side.All U.S. F-4 nose wheels were similar.The final Shot is of a nose gear from behind.  Note that the scissors link is offset to the left to clear the nose door.
These weels for the F-4C/D/E/F/G Phantom II are beautifully molded in resin and with outstanding level of details. The casting is so good that one can even read the Goodyear “advertising” on the side walls. A small sheet of “paper” masks is provided for the tyres which a thoughtful addition to help in the painting process. Another bonus is a set of wheel chocks.
Highly recommended!
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