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F-4 F.G. Mk.1 Royal Navy Phantom II

41.6k Tang0five  2.3 years ago

Does anyone remember that little thing we brits had called a Fleet Air Arm? They have a museum in Yeovilton that I loved as a kid and this got me thinking..... plenty of F4s on this site. Not many of the UK variant operated by said FAA. So yes, I know the F4s as common as flies on this site and I apologise for dabbling in main stream - but I can’t say I’ve recently seen a F4k F.G1. After all it was a slightly different breed from her yank parents. Before I continue boring you all to death I’ll surmise the instructions and key points below.

For use with high physics setting only. (Apologies, it will fly on lower settings however as soon as speeds of over 400 are achieved the tail control surfaces jutter about the place leading to catastrophic structural failure. Couple this with the failed effort at the extendable oleo that would semi work, things got a little frustrating. The RN version should have quite a pronounced extending nose oleo. I made this, it worked and looked the business. With landing however the strength of the pistons was not up to the task of even the most gentle of carrier landings. After many trips to the swear jar this feature was sadly curtailed. Grrr SPs. And you want me to buy SR2....
Detailed FAA variant
Roughly 1:1 (UK version differed in length and width)
Realistic “max chat” at cruise and with afterburner
Accurate loadout
AG1 for the afterburner. (Good for about 1,500mph at 40,000ft)
AG2 folds the wings
AG3 lowers/raises arrestor hook
AG4 releases wing ext tanks
AG5 releases central ext tank
Both AG4&5 are heavily frowned upon by the admiralty unless on active ops.
AG8 will dim the blinkers for tac ops.
Can land on ‘the beast’ facilitated by VTOL for flaps and air brakes on the throttle-brake action unless you wish to do a “bolter” on landing.

Money saving procurement gone bonkers. This is what led to the farcical decision to buy off-the-shelf from our American cousins as opposed to supporting jobs and industry at home. To lessen the blow to our own aircraft industry the procured F4s were to be fitted with the Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan. Unbeknown to however made that decision, the Spey wouldn’t quite fit into the existing airframe, it being too wide. This led to pretty much everything back aft being built and fitted out in Blighty and at some spiralling cost too. Rather ironically it was reckoned we could have seen home built contenders for the F4s role through to completion at a much reduced unit cost.... Labour government. They knew what they were doing......apparently.

Power plant type and smaller carriers led to various subtle differences from the American operated F4. The air intakes were 20% wider to facilitate the larger engines and auxiliary intakes were fitted towards the rear. The landing gear had to be beefed up to allow for F4s returning with unused ordinance as it was against policy to ditch them prior to landing. A further extending nose oleo was fitted to help gain angle of attack on takeoff from the shorter carriers. (I made this extendable oleo over many hours however I could not get the pistons to stop breaking on landing so rather regrettably, I’ve left them out.) This increase in angle on take off led to a water spray cooling system having to be installed on the flight deck of British carriers - we just damaged the American flight decks when we used theirs.....

All said and done the F4 was a magnificent beast and epitomised the design philosophy that prevailed in the US during the late 50s early 60s of power, speed and the ability to carry a heck-of-a-lot of democracy at the touch of a button! I think the opinion of the legendary Sir Sydney Camm said it all - no British aircraft can be considered a success until it is able to match the capabilities of the Phantom. High praise indeed!

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General Characteristics

  • Successors 3 airplane(s)
  • This plane has been featured
  • Created On iOS
  • Wingspan 41.1ft (12.5m)
  • Length 55.6ft (17.0m)
  • Height 14.9ft (4.5m)
  • Empty Weight 32,622lbs (14,797kg)
  • Loaded Weight 38,517lbs (17,471kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 3.5
  • Wing Loading 39.1lbs/ft2 (191.0kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 984.7ft2 (91.5m2)
  • Drag Points 10755

Parts

  • Number of Parts 368
  • Control Surfaces 9
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    41.6k Tang0five

    Really appreciate you’re interest @RaendyLeBeau thank you! Some of these older builds don’t fly too great but I think that was indicative of the time - only so much could be done without nudge/xml back in the day. Bloomin heck, it used to be a right pain “convincing” parts to connect!

    5 months ago
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    2,794 RaendyLeBeau

    love this plane :) great era for the entire flight history.
    the planes used to look really chic.
    this was one of them. love it from every side. really nice detailed scale work!

    5 months ago
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    41.6k Tang0five

    I’m totally blown away by your resent support @Feanor many thanks!

    +1 1.6 years ago
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    41.6k Tang0five

    @gunkanmarch thank you very much for giving this it’s 50th upvote - and riding me of my OCD!

    1.9 years ago
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    41.6k Tang0five

    Thanks @Trainzo glad you like it!

    2.2 years ago
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    29.2k Trainzo

    Very nice replica. Great job.

    +1 2.2 years ago
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    41.6k Tang0five

    Many thanks for spotlighting guys! @Sgtk @SledDriver @CRJ900Pilot and @TheGuyYouMightKnow

    2.2 years ago
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    41.6k Tang0five

    Thank you @RamboJutter . This wouldn’t have happened without your help, advice and continued support! Cheers mate!

    2.2 years ago
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    3,375 WDRoosevelt

    Maybe the best carrier-based jet fighter that Britain ever had...

    +1 2.2 years ago
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    26.9k ChiChiWerx

    @Tang0five yeah, there’s also a “zero on deactivate” setting for engines, but it’s an XML setting, so, sorry to all you iOS builders!

    2.2 years ago
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    41.6k Tang0five

    Yeah sorry should have mentioned that in the instructions. You’ll have to throttle back and then deactivate AB as it’s another smuggled engine! My bad. Thanks mate! @ChiChiWerx

    2.2 years ago
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    @Tang0five FEATURED woot.

    +1 2.2 years ago
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    Really nice build, my dude. my fourth-favorite aircraft.

    +1 2.3 years ago
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    26.9k ChiChiWerx

    Hey, I landed it on the Beast! It took half a dozen tries, but I figured it out...trim about 3/4 of the way down to the first notch, flaps down all the way, 3-5% power, 135 mph...which is right above stall at 130 mph when the jet sinks and rolls uncontrollably and crashes into the fantail. Then aim to put the MLG about 1’ (no more!) from the end of the fantail. Go to idle and brake right before hitting the deck, then hope to stop before rolling off the end of the deck, into the grey, forbidding ocean where you’ll either be crushed by the aircraft carrier crashing over you or drown in ice cold water...nice!

    +1 2.3 years ago
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    26.9k ChiChiWerx

    I think I figured it out, AB doesn’t zero on deactivate, I think. Nice build, and featured, no less!

    +1 2.3 years ago
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    26.9k ChiChiWerx

    Ok, flies well...except...I....can’t...slow...down..?

    +1 2.3 years ago
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    29.9k CRJ900Pilot

    Sweet!

    +1 2.3 years ago
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    56.9k WIZARD2017

    Low parts and nice details. @Tang0five

    +1 2.3 years ago
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    41.6k Tang0five

    Thanks guys, glad you like her! @Mumpsy @yoshicraze and @WIZARD2017

    2.3 years ago
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    41.6k Tang0five

    No need on naval variants as they pick up a wire with the arrestor hook or do a bolter instead. If you’ve missed all landing wires and try to TOGA it would somewhat hindered by a massive drag device trailing behind and would most likely lead to a loss of aircrew and airframe. Try lowering power on approach maybe? There is an air brake fitted and it will plop down on the Beasts off-set landing strip with the right approach speed and stop before the end of the deck (given the lack of landing wires I don’t think it’s too bad!) @Djorg708

    +1 2.3 years ago
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    382 Djorg708

    I think it needs a landing chute. I came in really fast at Wright final

    2.3 years ago
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    41.6k Tang0five

    Thanks for spotlighting too! @RAF1

    2.3 years ago
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    41.6k Tang0five

    Agreed! Supposed to have greater acceleration, greater range, faster climb to altitude and generally more fuel efficient although performance was limited at higher altitudes. During combined ops with the US variant they were observed at generally being “quicker off the deck”. And they didn’t have the smokey exhaust trail that was a give away even before the aircraft was in visual contact. Maybe they should have designed the F4 around the Spey instead! @RAF1

    2.3 years ago
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    127k RAF1

    The best kind of Phantom... Rolls-Royce!

    +1 2.3 years ago
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    29.7k soundwave

    @Tang0five no problem!

    2.3 years ago
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