It is F-15E which I made in February 2015. It is a jet fighter I made for the first time in a while.
I play flight shooting games occasionally, and now I’m interested in jet fighters recently. Speaking of the lead status of the jet fighter, I think it’s F-15 and have begun to touch this kit. I thought whether 1/72 scale was just right for the beginner and choose this Hasegawa kit. It’s very easy to pick up in Japan.
It is a double seat-type cockpit. The instruction manual indicates that sharpen molds before attaching decals or paint on these molds remaining. I remain molds and attached decals with decal softer, it’s the best, easy and realistic, I suppose. Additional light detail up, I made seat belt from board weight, I painted emergency levers.
I’m anxious to build till finish up without the imagination of combination many unfamiliar parts.I may throw on the way and close this page in case of failure….. By the way, the jet engine nozzle was divided many parts and difficult assembling.
This body looks like the lump of two big jet engines and tiny cockpit just on the small space, it’s an image of beginner’s outlook. Wings virtually grows from the engines. I understand a situation this plane has over the supersonic speed. It is terrible body, cool mechanism.
Pile up 12 cluster bombs; 600 gallons? 610 gallons? I decided to have three tanks.
Canopy masking is easier than WWII planes. Is it thrilling time when we peel off masking after painting?
I painted gray FS36118. It’s getting closer to my image of F-15.
I gave fading expression on the light gray brighter than a former color. It’s very good as it’s my first time trying shade effect.
I masked it for the metal-colored painting of the jet engine part. Quite complex shape masking…
I added air-to-air missiles Sidewinder beside two belly tanks. This is HASEGAWA 1/72 aircraft in action series aircraft weapon III U.S. air-to-air missile set.
Because the rough painting was completed, I attached decals. There are lots of them, thirty times as many as a tank model decals. Oh, as for the AFV’s, weathering paint takes much time.
It’s hard work to attach many small decals, also cluster bombs and Sidewinders. I suppose the blue lines are means of drilling purpose and yellows are live ammunition. It’s almost completed.
F-15E is a world-famous multirole fighter. I think there are many people who have heard the name in “Eagles” even they are not a modern fighter jet fan. This is Strike Eagle, and “Strike” is meaning of the fighter that the ground attack is possible.
The maximum bombload is 11t. I am amazed to learn that there is more than the maximum amount 9t of the B-29 Superfortress. This fighter experienced the actual fighting of Middle Eastern “Desert Storm” and the Kosovo conflict, and many other operations.
After having painted in basic color, I sprayed slightly bright gray as a fading expression at random. Then, I put many decals, and shading panel lines with washing.
It is not an outstanding colored body, but there are various characters marking on it. This marking is U.S. Air Force, 4th FW, 336th FS, ROCKETEERS (SJ336FS).
The “Wing” is a unit of strategy and tactics, and under the Wing is “Group”, under the Group is “Squadron”. I could imagine U.S. Air force tremendous military power that the Air Wings are several hundred which are deployed all over the world.
It was difficult to make the engine perfect circle by assembling. I painted these engines with gradation with some colors.
Considering the air flow in the operation, I did washing effect to backward.
Because I needed to get some adjusting undersurface when I attached Sniper advanced targeting pod AAQ-33 and navigation pod AAQ-13, I have attached it before painting. I did not work well assembling.
After using kneaded eraser with the masking of the landing gear compartment, it seems to become hard sticking after leaving long time. It’s easier to cover the compartment just closed a cover when I sprayed.
I suppose the bomb and missile line decals are difficult to attach neatly. In that case I could have an option to use masking and airbrush painting.
I feel that the body appearance is more realistic after weathering in the panel lines. Mold lines should have been recarved the slight part.
A real-thing like atmosphere in the cockpit in spite of being 1/72. I polished the canopy much, but dust stand out in this zoomed up shot.
I opened a canopy and worried about strength. It’s fun that I can see the panel of the cockpit in various ways when I peep over.
Shot from the front, I can see the seat strap by myself.
The additional armament was equipped with 4 sidewinders AIM-9L from aircraft weapon series 3 released by Hasegawa.
It’s called super sidewinder and its third generation one. The performance of the infrared sensor improved, and the attack from all directions was enabled.
I did not take a comparison object of the size this time, but the Eagle of 1/72 was approximately 18cm. Unfortunately the assemble finishing up of the right conformal fuel tank did not go well, I think it’s rough…..
It’s really cool when I look at the distance of around 40cm, but in 10cm, there are many improvement points. The works on assembling stage was particular difficult for me. I wonder it’s becoming used to the process after a couple of jet plane making.
Anyway, it’s fresh and amazing experience, I really want to try other jet planes next time.