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J79 Jet Exhaust Set (Long Feathers)

Cobra Company 1/48 J79 Jet Exhaust Set (Long Feathers) First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2007 Manufacturer Cobra Company
Subject J79 Jet Exhaust Set (Long Feathers) Scale 1/48
Kit Number 48054 Primary Media Resin
Pros Provides four complete J79 afterburner sections/nozzles Cons  
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $12.00

 

 

First Look

J79 Jet Exhaust Set (Long Feathers)

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-4 kit on the market. The specific aircraft models that were powered by the long-nozzled J79s include:

  • B-58 Hustler
  • F-4E Phantom II
  • F-4EJ Phantom II
  • F-4F Phantom II
  • F-4G Phantom II
  • F-4J Phantom II
  • F-4S Phantom II
  • RF-4E 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 or one Monogram B-58 Hustler kit..

My sincere thanks to Cobra Company for this review sample!

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