Pitot Tube, RAM Air Inlet and AOA Probe for the F-4 Phantom II, Short Nose Version

Published: September 7th, 2012     
Box Art
Box Art
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger - IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model
Price: $7.00
Product / Stock #: AM-32-043
Product provided by: Master Model

I have built several 1/32nd scale Phantoms, both Revell and the Tamiya versions, and have found the weakest and most fragile of all the parts are the pitot tubes and the tail probes (AOA). Thankfully, Master Model has come along with a very nice set of finely cast and turned items to replace these items.

In the short nose version set, you get three replacement detail parts to fit the F-4B, C, D, J, N, S, and all British versions of the Phantom. You get a pitot tube and RAM air inlet for the tail and an angle of attack (AOA) probe for the port side of the front fuselage. All appear to be turned brass of the highest quality.

The instruction sheet gives you exact locations and procedures for applying these detail parts. You will have to remove some existing detail in order to drill new holes and attach the new details. The pitot tube and RAM air tube both go on the tail. You will have to cut off the existing kit pitot and RAM air tube and fill in any divots that were created. New holes will be needed for the new tubes. The AOA probe is just as easy: just locate the place to drill a small hole and place the part. I used an ACC-type adhesive to attach the parts. A little paint for touch up and you're done.

If you're as rough on models as I am, I would strongly recommend purchasing this set. I have broken a lot of plastic pitot tubes and these metal ones aren't as fragile.

I would highly recommend this detail set. It's not expensive and it should enhance an already detailed model kit. Many thanks go out to IPMS USA for giving me to opportunity to review this detail set and to Master Model for providing the detail set for us to review.

  • Package contents
    Package contents
  • AOA probe
    AOA probe
  • Pitot and RAM air inlet
    Pitot and RAM air inlet

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