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eaglekeeper

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  1. It's been awhile since seeing this kit and actually building it, maybe since the first release in the 80's when I was stationed at Langley. Let's see what I remember? Starting nose to tail here goes, top to bottom, remember this from memory. First kit to be released was the E model demonstrator or 71-0291, TF or B model. The C of course was released using most of the parts from this kit so guess what they are older B model fuselage parts with the addition of single seater cockpit, forward fuselage and canopy with some crude augmenters without turkey feathers. So now we have a C model forward fuselage with aft early B model fuselage. Cockpit was released with the CRT's in the cockpit with Bay5 needing replacement as it is far from detailed or even accurate. The seat IIRC on initial release had a ESCPAC seat so this will need to be replaced as the ACESII seat has been the standard since the mid 70's. Panel lines are deep and wide and are the same overall the jet, but with a coat of paint can be toned down. Secondary Heat Exchager exhaust behind the canopy or there and passable. The Speedbrake on the real aircraft sits flat on top of the fuselage, not in a well as depicted on most models to include this one and faired in with side panels . The engine humps are the correct shape but have the E model demostrator engine mount panels instead of the 2 ea C/D access panels and forward mount door. Vertical stabs are missing the bullet torque box beef up plates but everything else looks ok. The Auggies (Augmenters) are crude and should be replaced along with the engine exhaust ducing and flame holder with turbine wheel. Tail stinger antenae's need to be added according to time frame your modelling your C model, the tail hook fairing will need to be removed depending on timeframe modelling your C model as well. Next start at the nose on the belly. First ICS Ant will have to made, 2 between the UHF blade antenae's and one large one directly behind the aft nose gear door. On the lower left intake the Comm panel will have to repositioned forward and engraved half the size of the A/B Comm panel. Also on the inside of the intake close centreline just forward of the top of the centreline pylon is the VTR access door. ,aim and nose gear is very nice but as stated earlier is fragile mad should be replaced with something stronger, I put a rod inside of mine but this does not help the oleo on the nose strut. Servicing panels are in the correct positions. Secondary power, CGB and JFS intakes and exhaust are in the correct position but the JFS exhaust should be hollowed out on an aircraft your modelling after Desert Storm. Engine bay panels have the access doors for servicing incorrect positions and size, they made them,for the E model demo aircraft. On panel 113 L/R instead of having the Sabre Drains (more on this later) the NACA intakes are their instead on earlier releases.of the kit but I think this was fixed on later kit mouldings. The sabre drains were removed off the rail aircraft after numerous gashes and scars ( got two myself) and they were found to,be redundant and did not,serve a purpose during the early 90's. I am sure I will remember later but this,is,a quick rundown of the 1/32 Revell F-15C hope it helps
  2. Stabs are interchangeable from left to right, so top , bottom could be either. As to the rivets, you would have them on a repair stab not factory fresh. You will find 1†hi-torque screws in the torque box at the pivot point. Rivets , cherry max can be found on depot repairs of the stab especilly when the honey comb areas are found to be delaminating. Factory fresh jets are flush riveted covered with enough paint to make them unnoticeable, only repair areas of the aircraft depending on the TO would be cherry riveted but flush riveting is the norm.
  3. I pulled the trigger on two of these, they have been shipped let's hope it's the actual kit. I emailed and the seller verified, yes this is the actual kit!
  4. I enjoyed building both the Hasegawa and Revell 190's ( not to be confused with the Revell boxed Hase kits) and I got to tell ya Revell was a much better and enjoyable build. Considering its newer molding technology it is much better engineered, went together with no hassle. Detailing is much better on the newer Revell 190 and it looks like a 190 in stance and accuracy. Google some other reviews but to me I prefer them over the 15 year old Hase kits though I have about ten of them. Enjoy!
  5. There has been variation since production started, the few I worked on had a more of an aircraft gray to them. I have seen a few on the line that had an almost gray blue hue, There have been pictures that had the classic blue green that is usually seen on older Migs. I have seen a pastel toned down of the Color sort of used on the fulcrum. Is there a ryme or reason ? Maybe according to the government purchasing the aircraft has a say?
  6. I took some pics of what I got so far but they won't post. I ll keep trying
  7. I modified a set of MB4 seats issued for the Revell hunter, suitably modified to look like the light weight seats installed in the Sea Venom these worked out very well. Most of my cockpit, aft of cockpit and airframe was modified from the kit with allot of scratch building. I haven't finished mine yet but it is ready for paint when I am finished moving my stuff to my new model room.
  8. Basically the E model airframe with CFT's set up for dual mission capabilities, air to mud and air to air. As said both both vertical stabs have the weighted counter balances and the squared off antenae's on the stingers. Composite turkey feathers on the engine nozzles. Tail hook fairing was removed in the factory as per all E model airframes that have rolled off the assembly line. No ICS has been installed as that's specifically for the USAF and the S model mostly likely has some locally installed avionics and defensive systems. The left vertical and right vertical stab tourque box beef up plates at the top near the counter balances will need to be put on the kit stabs. Nothing really much of changes from the E, this is just going with the deliveries before 2001 when I worked them in transit. After that year and deliveries after that i am not aware of if they modified them.
  9. Looks possibly like chaff, usually depending on the threat chaff and flare are loaded in a certain comfiguration in the MODs.
  10. The oxygen hose and communications, CRU-60 on the F-15 had a connection on the aft of the right consol. I know for sure on the Italian 104s the connection is in the same place as the 15 attached to the front of his harness and tucked under the pilots right arm to the consol. I worked on the Itslian 104 when they transited TA at Lakenheath.
  11. Active jets are scheduled to go for a full paint but in reality are sent according when absolutely needed,some jets get painted more often then most like the wing kings and squadron flag ships. If a jet gets painted it is usually locally done at the bases paint barn and usually just a touch ups or nose paint. Colours varied as well when it. Was hand mixed, we would give the paint shop a case of bud to get some variation in our jets paint, wether darker shades or slight variations in pattern. It use to be you could look down the line and see allot of variations, with automation these most likely changed. I am not too sure if Kim Hae did the paint for Kadena and PACAF jets after 95 when the last F-15 went through MISIP, my jet at Kadena was the last to get the Mod-Eagle paint in 92 from Kadena. There were to paint when your jet went down for Hard Can and I guess as a reward for bringing your jet up FMC you could get a real nice touch up but you would have to do the prep work for the paint shop, mask and sanding, I got my cockpit painted but had to mask everything that was not removed for the Can. Cheers
  12. Automated stripping, excellent beats having me go down to sand my jet down prior to the paint! They still mix the paints by hand or do they come from supply already mixed?
  13. I have both on the shelf, both have their issues, Revells is less expensive, engineered just and more modern. Both have different cockpit configurations, even the dated Hasegawa's mod kits cockpit is different. Yes Revells is new, but if you have one or five of the Trumpeter kits build them, they are pretty nice kits as well.
  14. They might have put the cheap flimsy carboard placard I front of the wrong model, maybe a misinterpretation of English? That is definatly an Anton, cowel, exhaust and wheel pants!
  15. No Differances on the Conformals except for armament hard points and mounting braces, same pain in the butt fuel tanks.
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