Pen & Sword | FlightCraft #28: McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom

Reviewed by Kevin Williams

Publisher Pen & Sword
Author(s): Geoff Coughlin
Publishing date: 2022
ISBN: 978-1-3990-8642-4 (Softcover)
Pages: 96

This particular volume (#28) in the series, takes a look at the iconic F-4 Phantom II. Breaking somewhat from tradition, this particular volume places very heavy emphasis on models rather than on the actual aircraft. While the average volume, from my experience, is roughly 75% aircraft related and 25% model related, this is almost the complete opposite. Several finished kits are offered here, from 1:72 through 1:32, and all seem to be nicely done.

Approaching this beast of a warhorse in this fashion, seems to work well here, as there are obviously tons of other sources readily available on this magnificent machine.

Pen & Sword, having published tons of books over the years, is really on a roll here with this series, and I heartily approve. Newer volumes, currently in the works, include the wonderful B-17 and B-29, and I now really look forward to those as well.

If your passion tends toward models vs the actual aircraft, this book may well fill your needs rather nicely, and inspire you to tackle a kit or two yourself as well.

Photo Samples

Photos of various Phantoms, serving in the air arms of many varied nations, are depicted here, along with some very nice color profiles; plenty to choose from, for sure.

For those with a passion for the ubiquitous "Rhino", I can highly recommend this volume. Buy a copy, you will not be disappointed.


On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate this book as a solid 10, no question about it. Topping out at a nice 96 pages of Phantom coolness, it's a very nice look at a very well known aircraft, and is therefore highly recommended.

My review copy compliments of Casemate Publishers. Thanks a ton to Casemate, it's a great book to add to the ol' Phantom library.

© Kevin Williams 2023

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This review was published on Monday, March 27 2023; Last modified on Friday, January 05 2024