For an idea of what is eligible here is a good list, which will provide plenty of opportunities for a subject:
Note: even though some of those operations start before and/or finish after the above period, GB subject must have been deployed after start of August 1990 to be eligible, and it must be a combat zone where actual combat occurred, even if the subject did not actively participate i.e. patrol, recon, sentry, etc. If in doubt, check with the admins.
No part started kits, must be a new build. Please post a photo of the unstarted kit contents and a date reference as the first post in your build thread
Getting the mojo back so i thought i'd throw my hat into the ring if it not too late?
My Modern Combat GB subject will be an F-15I Ra’am of the IAF 69 Sqdn “The Hammers” which took part in operation Outside the Box also known as Operation Orchard.
The Kit –
1:32 Tamiya F-15E
Israel Decal – F-15I hammers decals
Israel Decal – F-15I Conversion Kit
PWMP – Fod Covers
PWMP – RBF Covers and Flags
Operation Outside the Box/Operation Orchard מבצע מחוץ לקופסה
This was an Israeli airstrike on a suspected nuclear reactor, referred to as the Al Kibar site (also referred to in IAEA documents as Dair Alzour), in the “Deir ez-Zor” region of Syria.
The Airstrike was undertaken by F-15I’s (Ra’am) of the IAF 69 sqd – “The Hammers”, supported by F-16I fighters (Sufa) of the IAF 253 Sqd and the IAF’s new ELINT platform built on the Gulfstream G550 airframe.
The airstrike was supported on the ground by an Israeli special forces group “Shaldag” who illuminated the target for laser guided munitions carried by the F-15I
The Airstrike occurred around midnight local time on 6th September 2007 however the IAF did not confirm the strike had even taken place until 21 March 2018
The reason that all allied coalition parties including the US remained silent about the attack, and Syria covered up its activities at the site, is it did not cooperate fully with the IAEA (if at all). The international silence may also have been a tacit recognition of the inevitability of pre-emptive attacks on "clandestine nuclear programs in their early stages." This is directly addressed in Israel’s “Begin Doctrine” where essentially the state will take unilateral action against foreign powers or threats against it, even if its allied partners are unwilling to – which is the case in this operation. The US had known for some time this facility existed and what its potential purpose could be.
What is essentially a pre-emptive strike, a violation of international law and effectively a declaration of war has been down played by the allied coalition as Israel and Syria have “technically” been at war continuously from 1948, abbreviated by the odd cease fire but no permanent peace treaty. This is how an attack on a sovereign country and the fact that the IAEA weren’t even told was “explained away” and was given quiet support in the west, no inspectors, no sanctions as is normal.. just a smoking crater.
It is also widely believed that the Al Kibar strike was a strong message to Iran that Israel was prepared to go to great efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation in its sphere of influence and that Iranian nuclear interests could be targeted and prosecuted under the “Begin Doctrine”
I know politics and modelling don’t go well together, to say I’m not a big fan of Israel and its policies is an understatement, however the subject and paint scheme has always been on my list of things to build (I hate grey planes).
There is a really good write up on the attack and ramifications in Die Speigel (in English) if anybody wants to read up.
Craig Sargent wrote: Interesting choice. Look forward to seeing it progress. Not seen teh Isra conversion set, but hope it is better than their other resin.
As for the rest, I'll bite my tongue, ignore the German spin, and just watch the build progress.
Yeah i get that,... oddly enough its not the airstrike i object too...
The conversion set is actually quite tidy as resin goes (very clean) i'll post some pics tonight,... however i have a bit of an issue with the tail pipes already - i prefer the kit detail myself but no turkey feathers.
You are doing a nice job on that!
Makes the Tornado look like a scooter, the F-15 must be a pretty huge plane when you get up next to it.
Shame about the burner cans but once on the aircraft I wouldn't know if you hadn't said.
The Tamiya cans are wayyyy too loong as shown by comparison to the Isra ones. But the Isra ones are not the nicest. There are some very nice alternatives out there, but probably best to use the Isra ones now you've fought them into shape.
One thing you may want to fix before you get too much further with painting is the front of the CFT forward upper pylons. On the F-15I they are perpendicular to the CFT not angled forward as on the F-15E. The forward outer corner is a right angle.
Looks like you need to move move/remove the forward blade antennae under the nose. Should be two under the nose and one behind R2D2. All easy fixes which wont affect paint very much.
Edit: Nose gear landing lights seem to be a bit off in position as well compared to bottom photo? Might be just angle of pic.