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|Media and Contents:
||Hard cover with dust jacket; 200
pages; 21cm x 30cm format; glossy paper; full colour
||Euro 49.50 plus Euro 10.00 for
surface shipping (approx. USD$45 plus USD$9 for shipping). See more
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||The only reference for Luftwaffe
Phantoms that you will ever need - very comprehensive coverage;
excellent colour photography of aircraft in service and in detail;
perfect tie-in with AirDOC Decals; abundant colour profiles; colour four-view plan illustrations of all
major camouflage types; separate 1/48 scale plans in a pocket at the
rear of book; captions in German and English with an English
text summary at the back of the book.
||Some profiles reproduce slightly
dark; some minor editing glitches with English text.
Reviewed by Brett Green
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AirDOC is a new German company that has already released several decal sheets for
Luftwaffe Phantom fighter and reconnaissance variants. The decal sheets for
F4 Fs in Norm 90J Grey, and for
RF4 Es in Norm 83A/B Lizard camouflage are
both reviewed here on HyperScale. Their latest production
also focuses on German F-4s.
"Luftwaffen Phantoms" by Andreas Klein is a magnificent book
that comprehensively covers Luftwaffe F-4Fs and RF4 Es from their service entry
to the present day.
The hardback book is attractively presented with an evocative painting by
Ronald Wong on the dust jacket. 200 full-colour glossy pages are encased between
the covers. The 21cm x 30cm portrait format ensure plenty of space for large
The body text is in German but captions are supplied in both English and
German. An English-language summary is also included as an Appendix.
For me, the highlight of this book is the abundant colour photos and
profiles. Most of the 200 pages display between one and four captioned photos or
illustrations. The photos are excellent. The vast majority are in colour (the
only exceptions being a few b&w photos from the reconnaissance camera of an
RF4 E and from the McDonnell-Douglas factory), and they cover Luftwaffe Phantoms
in operation and detail. All the major schemes are well depicted in these
reference photos, including temporary air combat and exercise markings.
Seventeen pages are devoted to describing the various camouflage schemes
applied to Luftwaffe Phantoms. This is very effectively achieved using a
combination of colour four-view illustrations, associated tables with RAL
colours quoted, text and photos of relevant case-studies.
Special schemes are also singled out for treatment. This 20-page chapter
shows photos of 19 wild colour schemes. Each scheme receives a full-page, with
two photos on each page - one photo taken from each side of the aircraft. This
is an extremely useful approach for modellers.
Modellers will also appreciate the large number of detail photos of Luftwaffe
Phantom airframes, powerplants, cockpits and ordnance.
Many colour profiles are scattered throughout the book. These are very
clearly printed, but the reproduction of some seem slightly dark
The structure of the book is logical. Contents are organised into fifteen
chapters, loosely translated from German below:
Foreword by Gunther Rall
Chapter 1: The Saga Begins
Chapter 2: A Heavy Reconnaissance Aircraft for the Luftwaffe
Chapter 3: Technical Description of the RF4 E
Chapter 4: RF4 E Reconnaissance Aircraft in Detail
Chapter 5: RF4 E Combat Efficiency Improvements
Chapter 6: The Long-Awaited Fighter
Chapter 7: Technical Description of the F-4F
Chapter 8: F-4F Combat Efficiency Improvements
Chapter 9: Maintenance and Repair
Chapter 10: Crew Training
Chapter 11: Camouflage
Chapter 12: Special Schemes and Markings
Chapter 13: The J79-GE/MTU-17A Powerplant
Chapter 14: Luftwaffe Phantom Units
Chapter 15: RF4 E and F-4F Systems in Detail
A final pleasant surprise was the inclusion of four sets of technical
drawings. Each is loose leaf, folded into a pocket on the inside back cover of
the book. Two sets of profile drawings are supplied for each major variant.
These drawings clearly depict the differences between early and late Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe Phantoms have been a colourful feature of European skies for 30 years, yet references on the type have been fairly scarce. "Luftwaffen
Phantoms" addresses this shortage in spectacular fashion.
Andreas Beck's "Luftwaffen Phantoms" is truly a first-rate, one-stop
reference book. Even if you can't read German, the logical
structure, relevant photos, English-language captions and abundant artwork more
than compensate for the lack of English body text.
The book is very timely for modellers with the recent re-release of the
Hasegawa 1/48 scale F-4F Phantom; and Revell's new RF4 E and F-4F in 1/72 scale.
The availability of AirDOC's 1/48 scale decals for both the Luftwaffe variants
is another welcome factor. However, any aviation enthusiast will appreciate the variety and depth of
coverage delivered by the author.
Highly Recommended to all fans of Phantoms and modern Luftwaffe aircraft..
Thanks to Andreas Klein from AirDOC for the review sample.
is available for EURO 49.50 by Mastercard and VISA card. Book will be forwarded
by surface mail for EURO 10.00 . Orders should be sent by fax.
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