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Revell 1/48 F-15E to F-15I Ra'am conversion 3 years 9 months ago #1

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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.


Camo paint started.



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Revell 1/48 F-15E to F-15I Ra'am conversion - Expo project 3 years 9 months ago #2

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Looks good so far, what are you using for your lines, blutack or tape?

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Blu-tack

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Love it, do you push it right down to the plastic or leave it up a bit to get the feathering? Your radiuses are so smooth and crisp, nice work mate.

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Thanks. I generally try to roll the blu-tack sausages around 2-3mm diameter for 1/48 IAF jets which gives a nice tight feathered edge.
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I have to echo what Gary said, that's a very nice camo job. I've never seen such a crisp and even job from blu tac.

Jim :)

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Thanks Jim.

Only issue I have discovered going from 69 Squadron's eagle head to Manat's striped fin, is that I am now going to have to go back and mask, then paint, the sand areas on the outboard of the fins. :pinch:

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Actually, I need to darken the radome as well.

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I totally failed with the blu tak so I am in awe of the camo.

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Why is patience a virtue, why can't hurry the f**k up be a virtue?

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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.

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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.

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Very nice Craig

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That paint job looks really nice and crisp Craig! Did you get any pictures with the Blu tak on? Would be keen to see how you did it.

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Thanks, and no I didn't. However, as I need to add the sand areas to the tail, when I get around to painting, will make sure to photograph and post the whole process.

I'm in Sydney all this week for work, so modelling time will be nil.

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Interesting work there, nice work. Good interior work.

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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.
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Superb & tidy work as always, Craig.

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Beautiful!

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Nice work mate! Love the Israeli schemes.

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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.

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Sorry to hear that Craig, but don't rush the recovery it could do more damage....

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Ouch, yeah take it easy, hey at least you're still better than a lot of us with just your left hand, at least it's evened the playing field a bit............

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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.
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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...:(

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I wonder how different the academy canopy would be?

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Different enough that neither it, nor the Hasegawa canopy can be adapted to fit. Already assessed those options.

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