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LENGTH: Navy 80"
Air Force "E"
WING SPAN: 57"
WEIGHT: 26-29 lbs
PERFORMANCE: 45-200 mph
POWERPLANT: (2) EVF
or Single 25-35 lb thrust turbojet
The F-4 Phantom is truly a classic jet fighter of the
60's, 70's and 80's. Flown by the U.S. Navy, Marines and Air Force, it also saw
service in many foreign countries such as England, Germany, Israel and
"The Rhino", its rakish lines and twin J-79 afterburning engines provided Mach
2.5+ performance - unmatched for its day.
BVM reproduced this fighter enthusiast's favorite in an all
composite airframe and equipped it with a true-to-scale rugged landing gear
system, large capacity fuel system and an efficient, cool running turbine
The BVM Phantom is
being enjoyed by numerous experienced scale jet modelers who have found that
its airframe integrity and ruggedness has served them well for hundreds of
The markings and
nomenclature for each of these models (shown above) are available from
Most of the famous
modelers have equipped their F-4's with the available options:
- Detailed Cockpit
- MGA Pilots
- Belly Tank (600 gal - BVM #9561)
- Wing Tanks - BVM #9562
The BVM Phantom has
accumulated numerous scale contest awards including Top Gun, but it is
primarily enjoyed by its owners at the jet fly-ins. It has a special sound and
appearance in the sky that is a real spectator pleaser.
There are 27 primary
airframe parts that are molded of epoxy glass, carbon fiber and Kevlar. All
panel lines and other details are molded into the skin surfaces. Standard NAVY
and USAF F-4C nose section shown on left. F-4E nose is mounted on fuse. Full
size CAD drawings are specific to each version.
that you install are accurately machined or laser cut to perfection.
Full size totally
detail CAD drawings and a photo enhanced manual guides you through every step
of construction, finishing, gearing up and flying.
The F-4 Phantom landing
gear is true to scale in geometry and location in the model - features that are
often missed in scale models. Its rugged construction has paid off for many F-4
drivers because they know they can execute carrier style landings without
injuring the gear or the model. These main gear bolt directly to the two carbon
fiber molded wing spars that are built into the composite
The wide main gear
stance of the F-4 makes it absolutely the best ground handling fighter in the
F-4 Turbine Installation
Fiberglass inlet diverters and ducts direct
the air into the Carbon Fiber Bypass system to feed and cool the engine. The
hot gases then exit through the bifurcated Stainless Steel tailpipe and exit
nozzles. This hot section is cooled by auxiliary air flow through the Carbon
Fiber cooling shroud. All engine mounting hardware is included.
Flying the Phantom
An incredible feeling of power and fighter style
maneuverability are characteristic features of operating a turbine powered BVM
The sound of twenty-seven pounds of roaring thrust from the turbine is
enhanced even more with the bifurcated exhaust pipe - a unique resonance that
most jet jockies really like. It's as close to the real thing as you can
The extra wide stance of the main wheels and dual nose
wheels allows arrow straight take-off rolls when you punch the throttle to the
Barely 100ft of runway passes below the cockpit prior to
rotation if you are operating "clean wing" - add 50-100ft more for carrying
external fuel tanks and armament. Suck the gear up immediately and you are in
for a model fighter pilot's dream flight.
With this much power, the climb angle can be
severe, so just let it gain altitude and airspeed through the first turn before
retracting the flaps. You can then reduce the throttle to about half power and
pick up the flaps.
The C.G. and stabilizer positions shown on the plans proved once
again to be perfect. Even with 6+ pounds of fuel on board in the early stages
of the flight, the Phantom can execute huge vertical turnarounds, just advance
the power lever and go for it.
Cruise power requires about 1/2 throttle producing a
comfortable airspeed of about 140-150mph and it conserves the gas.
The rakish lines of the
F-4 create a unique, relatively easy to see jet. Adding the external stores,
especially the wing tanks, increases the visibility probably 25% or
are longer than they are wide, so anything that you carry under the wings
really adds to the visual image and orientation.
If your goal is to execute perfect axial rolls
- go with the centerline tank or leave it clean wing. If you prefer just to
cruise, ala a recon mission, then the wing tanks represent the best
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Airframe Directive (A.D.)
And other helpful
Fuel Cell Transfer Tubes
Replace Brass with Stainless Steel
There has been one case where the brass
tube that transfers fuel through a hole in the fuel cell baffle experienced
a razor saw-like cut. The engine flamed out because the remaining fuel
below the tube was unusable.
The most likely cause of the brass tubing
failure was many miles of trailer transport of the model with the fuel
now supplies Stainless Steel tubes with the large baffled fuel cells i.e.,
KingCat, F-100, F-4, Rafale, F-86 (80"). Retrofit parts are available.
Ask for part #PSTU003 (quantity 2) price $5.00 for the pair mailed within
be honest, we don't know how many travel miles the brass tubes will withstand.
It could vary quite a bit. BVM is converting our factory demo models as
time allows. Our prototype F-100D is 6 years old, has at least 300 flights
and more trailer miles than we can count. We inspected the brass tubes
and found minimum wear. We changed them to the Stainless Steel variety
Wing Pylon Mounting
- Locate drill locations per plans.
- Drill pilot holes with 1/8 bit. be
sure to align drill vertically with respect to ground stance of model. (not
surface of wing skin).
- Re-drill with 3/16 bit, then with
13/64 bit. (hole size is critical for proper installation of brass
- Install brass insert onto 4-40 socket head
bolt. Slowly thread insert into hole. Maintain vertical alignment to avoid
breaking maple block loose in wing.
- Remove bolt from insert, if insert does not
release, place a drop of water into hole to swell maple block around insert.
Wait 10 minutes, then try to remove bolt again. If needed, a drop of ZAP can be
used to hold insert in position in block.
Gear door control - improved operation.
|The micro switch trigger system currently shown
on the plans can be improved upon. Recently we deleted it in the "Blue Angel"
because of unreliable operation in a crosswind and the difficulty in properly
We installed a set to the "non-sequencing" mode. This assures
that system air pressure continues to hold the door firmly open until the gear
are up and provides ample time for all gear to be completely up before the
doors are signaled to close.
The plans show 12-1/4
measured outboard along the leading edge. Change it to
|This photo shows (2) 8411 servos in tandem. The
Blue Angel has been flying with this setup at speeds up to 200mph. I have a lot
of confidence in the digital JR 8411 servos.
|I have been flying the Blue Angel F-4 quite a lot lately and have
taken the time to analyze and experiment with the C.G. and control travels. I
believe that the following changes enhance the general flight characteristics,
especially the axial roll.
Aileron differential accomplish
by rotating the servo arm forward about 20° from vertical and putting a
slight bend in the 1/16 control rod (about 10°) to clear the servo
shaft. Measure the aileron travel at the outboard end.
Up aileron =
This is with the rate
switch in the center position.
Down aileron = .9
16oz Start and Taxi tank not
necessary for competition flying
I flew the Blue Angel (clean wing) in "Fun
Scale" at the AMA Nationals 2000 just to enjoy the event and display
the Phabulous Phantom to many who have not seen it go.
As it turned out I was landing with too much fuel remaining - I
actually had to do a few extra maneuvers to burn off the extra
weight. Conclusion: The extra 16oz round tank that I
called the "start and taxi" fuel is not required with the Pegasus
engine. This space could be used to add a smoke system if
For those F-4E customers, here are a few photos
of how Craig Gottschang arranged the front end of his Phantom.
All charging, air servicing and starting functions are performed
with the nose cone removed. Fueling is accomplished through
the main engine access as per the "S" nose versions.
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