This time, I would like to make a Revell F-15E Strike Eagle of 1/48 scale. It used to be called the best kit, and I wanted to make one someday. In the meantime, other manufacturers released a few. I also have a couple of GWH F -15’s… I guess I have to try this level first.
Revell’s F-15E had only weapons of 4 Sidewinders, so at first, I was going to use 6 cluster bombs from the Hobby boss, A-4E Skyhawk. Since it still has some space, I install 1 GBU-10 Paveway precision-guided bomb in the center and 6 additional Mk-82 500 pounds bombs. This is also from Skyhawk. This kit seems to have a lot of unused parts, and there are a lot of bombs. I used it to the F/A -18C Hornet I made last time, and it was quite useful.
Start painting of missiles and bombs. If I leave these in the end, it is always troublesome. In this model, I wanted to attach a lot of bombs and finish them first. Until now, I used to stick it in a cat’s claw and stand it until it dried. I started keeping a cat and it’s used for its original purpose, so I just put it between paint bottles and let it dry. I don’t do much modeling with handles like this.
When it comes to engine painting, sometimes clear orange or clear red spray was used. This time, I dared to use gunmetal and silver only for a little gradation. In fact, it doesn’t look like really baked. I may dry brush with silver a little later.
The F-15E Strike Eagle is completed. Marking is the335th Tactical Fighter Squadron “Chiefs” 4th Fighter Wing. It’s during the Desert Storm mission in the Gulf War of February 1991. The manual says that the laser-guided missile shot down an Iraqi military helicopter.
Many people have heard of the F-15 Eagle other than those who like fighter planes. The F-15E Strike Eagle strengthens the ground attack capability of the F-15, which is said to be the strongest in the world. You can equip quite a variety of weapons.
After painting everything, I glued missiles and bombs to the body. Transparent epoxy adhesive is used to prevent the painted surface from getting dirty. It’s sticky. As much as possible, I put it in a place in the shade so that it doesn’t stand out, and at the end, I blew a half gloss clear to recover. You may be able to get enough adhesive power without using too much. I used a lot of glue because I don’t want the parts to fall off when decorating.
I wonder if the AIM-9 sidewinder has a seeker on the top. It wasn’t mentioned in the paint instruction, but I lightly painted the tip with clear smoke. There are two Sidewinders on each side of the large tank. It’s possible because it’s a large fighter. I can hardly see the inside Sidewinder.
There may be some mistakes in the color specification, but for the time being, let’s say it’s okay because it’s finished without any big trouble. It was a little too big when I finished it. You need a certain amount of space to decorate it. The Revell F-15E that I have been curious for a long time has become a shape. There are new products from other companies, but I like it because it is easy to make, the parts fit well and the mold is precise. If I don’t have many kit stocks in my drawer, I would like to buy it again.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.