Cobra Company 1/48 J79 Jet Exhaust Set (Short Feathers) First Look
|Date of Review||November 2007||Manufacturer||Cobra Company|
|Subject||J79 Jet Exhaust Set (Short Feathers)||Scale||1/48|
|Kit Number||48053||Primary Media||Resin|
|Pros||Provides four complete J79 afterburner sections/nozzles||Cons|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$12.00|
Cobra Company has released, or perhaps re-release is more accurate, a set of short-nozzled J79 engines for virtually any 1/48 scale early J79-powered aircraft. These molds (if I recall correctly) were previously part of the High Flight line, which I invested quite a bit in to support my Phantom Phleet. These appear to be the same nozzles and afterburner chambers produced under that label and this time, Cobra Company has provided four complete sets in this release.
This is one of the simplest resin sets I can recall every using - simply file the back off of the nozzle casting, paint the nozzle and afterburner chamber, glue the nozzle to the chamber, and replace the corresponding parts in the Hasegawa Phantom kits. These can be adapted to work with virtually any 1/48 F-104 and F-4 kit on the market. The specific aircraft models that were powered by the short-nozzled J79s include:
- F-104 Starfighter (all types)
- F-4B Phantom II
- F-4C Phantom II
- F-4D Phantom II
- F-4N Phantom II
- RF-4B Phantom II
- RF-4C Phantom II
Note that with the exception of the F-4J(UK) Phantoms acquired after the Falklands/Malvinas war, all British Phantoms were Rolls Royce Spey powered and those nozzles look completely different than these J79 nozzles, so don't plan on using this set with your Brit Phantom.
With four complete sets, you can upgrade two Phantom kits, four Starfighters, or a combination thereof.
My sincere thanks to Cobra Company for this review sample!