Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale HA19018 McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II 60-499, ROKAF, South Korea, October 2019. Buy online at Flying Tigers.
Starting in 1973 the Japan Air Self-Defense Force received 154 F-4EJ Phantoms that were based on the USAF F-4E. 138 of these aircraft were manufactured under license by Mitsubishi who produced the last F-4 Phantom II several changes were made to the F-4E to make it an F-4EJ. Basically it had any offensive weapons removed but eventually these restrictions were lifted and the aircraft were updated with missiles and the latest electronic equipment.
In the 1970s South Korea felt a possible security risk from North Korea so they decided to acquire Northrop F-5Es and McDonnell Douglas F-4Es to bolster their defense capabilities as a deterrent to aggression. Ex-USAF F-Ds were procured in the late 1960s and in 1978 the first of the new built F-4Es began to arrive. F-4E 60-499 c/n 4972 was assigned to the 152nd / 17th FW at Cheongju. Around 2008 the RoKAF began to reduce its reliance on the Phantom and replacing them with the new F-35.