Meng Models : F-4G Phantom II Wild Weasel : 1/48 Scale
- Manufacturer: Meng Models
- Plastic in the box: Meng Models
- New tooled 2022
- Scale: 1/48
- Marking options: 3
- Decals: Meng Models
- PE parts: Yes + Pitot tube
- Painting mask: Yes
- Resin parts: No
- Item No: MMLS-015
Wild Weasel is a code name given by the United States Air Force (USAF) to an aircraft of any type equipped with anti-radiation missiles and tasked with the suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD): destroying the radar and surface-to-air missile (SAM) installations of enemy air defense systems. The task of a Wild Weasel aircraft is to bait enemy anti-aircraft defenses into targeting it with their radars, whereupon the radar waves are traced back to their source, allowing the Weasel or its teammates to precisely target it for destruction.
The Wild Weasel concept was developed by the USAF in 1965 during the Vietnam War after the introduction of Soviet SAMs and their downing of American strike aircraft participating in Operation Rolling Thunder in the skies over North Vietnam. The program was headed by General Kenneth Dempster. “The first Wild Weasel success came soon after the first Wild Weasel mission 20 December 1965 when Captains Al Lamb and Jack Donovan took out a site during a Rolling Thunder strike on the railyard at Yen Bai, some 75 mi (120 km) northwest of Hanoi.” Wild Weasel tactics and techniques were later adapted by other nations in subsequent conflicts, as well as being integrated into the suppression of enemy air defenses, a plan used by U.S. air forces to establish immediate air supremacy prior to possible full-scale conflict.
Initially known by the operational code “Iron Hand” when first authorized on 12 August 1965, the term “Wild Weasel” derives from Project Wild Weasel, the USAF development program for a dedicated SAM-detection and suppression aircraft. The technique was also called an “Iron Hand” mission, though technically this term referred only to the suppression attack before the main strike. Originally named “Project Ferret”, denoting a predatory animal that goes into its prey’s den to kill it (hence: “to ferret out”), the name was changed to differentiate it from the code-name “Ferret” that had been used during World War II for radar countermeasures bombers.
This latest MENG LS-015 1/48 McDonnell Douglas F-4G Phantom II Wild Weasel plastic model kit is a product officially licensed by The Boeing Company. The assembled model will be 399mm long and 245mm wide. This kit includes a metal pitot tube, pre-cut stainless steel PE parts and painting masks, and three paint schemes. It also includes one AN/ALQ-119 ECM pod, one AN/ALQ-131 ECM pod, and weapons like AIM-7M Sparrow air-to-air missiles and AGM-88 HARM high-speed anti-radiation missiles. Leading edge slats and flaps can be installed in retracted or deployed positions. Horizontal stabilizers are movable. The cockpit and its interior equipment are precisely replicated. Now, let’s check the details.
|Subject & Era
Aircraft Cold War, Aircraft Modern, Aircraft Post WWII