First Phantasy: The Navy was forced to buy the F-111b, it proved totally useless in squadron service, The F-14 was pushed back even further, Mcdonnell Douglas, stepped in with the F-4 VS,and the Navy finally gets a gun for their F-4 . it held the line until the F-14 appeared, it also killed the FA-18 program.
Second Phantasy: The Air Forced decided to further develop a canard/fly by wire version of the F-4. It was needed quickly for then growing crisis in [you pick location].what it did to F-15,F16 programs I let you decide that too.
For the VS F-4 I started out with An early hobbycraft kit of an F-4E . I used an early Airfix Tornado kit for the wings. Kit bash decals.
Canard F-4: It's a first generation hasegawa F-4E. Cut down F-4 stabilarors for the canards and grafted a F16B canopy.
Loaded both out for Bears.
Last shot: The donor kit for VS. I think maybe the wings might have been to small for the actual concept.
P.S. I added the last two pics to show that the concepts were real ideas.
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