Used the Revell F-15E kit along with a Black Box cockpit, Aires exhausts (exhaust and flameholder), TwoMikes exhausts (nozzles - mastered by myself), SkunkModelWorks GBU-15(V)-21Bs and will have to try and scrounge an AN/AXQ-14 from somewhere, along with IsraDecal decals and F-15I reference publication.
Here are some pics of previous progress to date
Black Box cockpit fitted
New fin tip mass balances and GPS dome added from rod. Fuselage extensions shaped from spare sprue. You can also see where I had to repair the right rear fuselage after it was crushed.
Modified underwing pylons and launch rails. The launch rail adaptors, even though they are resin, were scratchbuilt from some resin scraps. The AMRAAMs seen here are no longer going to be part of the stores load.
Painted pylons and LANTIRN pods. The drop tank was painted also, but is no longer going to be used.
Black Box seats repaired with some styrene launch rails added.
Further improvements included replacing the launch rails, better ejection handles, canopy breakers added, and some sheepskin seat cover texture added from Tamiya putty thinned and dabbed with a brush.
Nice Craig. Not a fly boy myself certainly appreciate great work when I see it
Nice camo work and the seats look great to, I like your sheep skin idea,
I will need to use the Blu tak method on my NZ Sherman I think, when I get that far.
Look forward to seeing some more.
Good to see some paint spreading over the plastic. Looking forward to those days when life allows my paint shop workers to get back on the job and progress the production line so the decallers and finishers can do their bit.
One more pic showing remaining sub-assemblies. Assembled the GBUs this evening (though they still need clean up and some additional detail work), and now have a guidance pod on the way.
The nozzles are TwoMike and Airess. The TwoMikes originals had the inner exhausts molded to the nozzles, but had a couple of large, unfixable air bubbles in my samples, so cut them off and replaced them with the original Aires ones I was using.
The sharp eyed will notice a pitot missing off one of the seats. Last bit of repair to do before I get them painted - that will be next weekends work now.
Looks like I wont have anything new for Expo, just clean out cabinet of stuff that hasn't been entered.
Finding it hard to get any modelling done at dining table, and new office/study/hobby room is still about 2 months off finishing. New job also has me travelling a bit so that has cut into time at home.
To top it all of, while helping a friend move a treadmill today, managed to crush my right hand, and index finger has open compound break, and pointer finger has hairline fracture. Typing and using mouse left handed hard enough, but modelling won't be happening for at least next 2 - 3 weeks while hand heals.
After a too long hiatus, this is back on the bench, and will be there through to completion now. Redid the camouflage on the outer and inner tails (see earlier images for comparison), darkened the radome, and started painting the markings. I need to mask and touch up the lower grey especially on the forward fuselage, but I had planned for that when I started the repaint.
The resin wheels are from North Star Models and are superb, they have separate hubs and tyre, and now just need some paint.
Unfortunately, this project has, yet again, been relegated to the cabinet of doom. The issue is that the Revell F-15E has a separate clear portion of the canopy, which attaches to a grey styrene frame. There is no section on the clear piece to paint after attachment, so any blemishes will stand out. Revell thoughtfully attched the clear canopy to the sprue by a single attachment point, which results in damage to the canopy. I have now been through 4 different kits, and every single one has crazing through the clear part where this attaches to the srpue!
I am going to clean one up and get it cast in clear resin to see if that resolves the issue. Until I get a convincing canopy, this one will sit and wait...