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  1. RichieB

    1/32 Early F-15B Eagle - 58TTW

    In a brief pause in the festive preparations I've been tinkering with the Aires Escapac ejection seats. Having wedged them slightly wider at the bottom I raised the seat height by a few mm to get the head position right (will need to check this before fixing the canopy in place). I'm not too worried about the finish on the seat as the pilots will be obscuring most of that detail. The pull handle in the head box was removed as these are A-4/A-7 seats and is not required for the F-15. The next addition were the rails and cross-bar supports at the back of the seat. I chamfered the bottom ends to keep the tops parallel and most of this area will be hidden anyway. The main reason for not splitting the entire seat was to preserve the pole detail you can see at the top and rear of the seat. In addition, I've modified the rear cockpit section of the Revell kit to add some rear wall detail, remove spurious instrument detail, reposition the throttles and narrow the side walls by about 1 mm. I'll have to modify the rear instrument panel it doesn;t match the profile of the revised cockpit and it's too wide. With the seated pilot on board the fit now looks a lot more snug. Other items in the cockpit also need attention. The canopy frame below is quite plain and I'm not sure if it is the correct shape either. Any steers gratefully received! Hopefully I'll get some time between now and the new year to do some more tinkering but in the mean-time, have a great Xmas everyone and best wishes for a model-tastic New Year! (Maybe I'll even finish this one before 2020!)
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    F-14B VF-103 "Jolly Rogers" 1/32 Trumpeter

    Superb rendition, love the paint job!
  3. RichieB

    1/32 Early F-15B Eagle - 58TTW

    Whilst fiddling with the cockpit layout I thought I'd have a look at how much extra detail the Tamiya kit has compared to the Revell one. A quick brown wash reveals the Tamiya (on the right) is a smoother plastic and has some riveting detail (although nowhere near the Trumpeter levels) whereas the Revell has none. It also shows some differences on the panel lines so I will have to work out which is the correct one and whether to amend accordingly. The Tamiya is a 'C' model so there may be some differences that are not on the 'B' ie the airbrake detail at the rear. Overall, not too dissimilar and should respond well to some added riveting detail. The small gun vent in the Revell kit also appears to be in the wrong place. I have the GT Resin vent update set for the F-15 which looks like it should work for the Revell kit though it doesn't include the rather large vent behind the cockpit so I'll have to work out how to enhance this detail. Any more early-B detail references gratefully received!
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    1/18th scale JSI F-14B Tomcat conversion

    Utterly brilliant remake. Tomcatastic!
  5. RichieB

    1/32 Revell RF-4C 14th TRS

    Also on the (ever increasing) build list so watching with interest!
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    MiG-29A in Luftwaffe Service

    On the build list so watching with interest!
  7. RichieB

    1/32 Early F-15B Eagle - 58TTW

    Jens - you are absolutely right, just goes to show how soft the detail is! Pascal - Many thanks for the steer on your project, loads of useful tips, especially regarding the cockpit side panels. Did you ever finish this one? Regards,
  8. RichieB

    1/32 Early F-15B Eagle - 58TTW

    Many thanks for the steers chaps, much appreciated. I'm going to do this one in flight (again), it avoids the undercarriage issues but then you have to put aircrew in the jet and try to paint them realistically! Dan - following your build with interest, the width of the replacement seats is definitely an issue. Here are some seats for comparison of the problem. From left to right Aires Aces (with pouring block still attached), Aires Escapac and Revell Aces. Even without the launch rails the Aires seats look undersized (although I suspect the Revell one was made bigger to fit the cockpit). You will notice a slight modification to the Escapac seat which consists of a wedgey to widen the bottom of the seat. This performs 2 functions, it makes it look wider in relation to the cockpit side instrument panels and wide enough to fit the Tamiya's pilot I'm intending to sit on it. I must admit I wasn't brave enough to completely slice the seat in half and the mod will eventually be hidden by the pilot sitting on it.! This is the Revell tub with the kit ACEs seat in the front and a 'modified' Escapac seat in the back. As you can see the Revell seat is the wrong type for my version and a bit soft on detail but it fits. The Escapac seat is now better but I think I'm still going to have to narrow the cockpit sides to avoid the rather large gap. By the way the cockpit detail is ok but the throttles need moving on the rear cockpit which also has an F-15E IP. I am also working on incorporating an Aires F-15A front cockpit as the detail is better, particularly on the coaming, and as a bi-product also fits the Aires seat better. Kind regards,
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    Building Japanese

    Wow Dan, excellent work on the paint scheme and masking, looks superb!
  10. Hi everyone, Having eventually completed the F-4E, the desire to actually assemble a model rather than admire the contents has returned. The subject of the next labour of love is the old Revell F-15 which I am going to attempt to construct as its 'B' version. I'm not sure why I've gone for another Revell kit other than they are relatively cheap in comparison to the alternatives and this one is nearer to a B than converting say the Tamiya E (I also have some spare parts for this kit if I screw something up!). That said I will inevitably blow this reasoning out of the water by buying more aftermarket stuff than I need and adding stuff like lights that will turn it from 'easy and cheap' to 'challenging and expensive'. The other challenge will be making a mono-chromatic paint finish look real. So here's the kit in question: I understand that the shape is good but it lacks some of the Tamiya detail. As I have a Tamiya C I'm going to try and read across any additional detail that looks ok. I also have Jake Melampy's excellent book on the F-15 and some internet piccies though this version will be an early 70's jet so references are a bit thin on the ground. My initial hit list will include: - Revised cockpit based on the Aires A model pit - Escapac sets (kit has Aces version) - Revised engine exhausts as the kits ones are pretty plain - Added rivet detail - this kit has none - Added detail where the vents are - Added crew (the kit has none) - Alternative sidewinder launch-rails where no weapons are carried - kit ones are pretty crude - New formation lights - Aim-9J drill rounds Feel free to offer any steers on where else I mighty need to go. Please bear in mind that my work-rate is inversely proportional to home command commitments so don't expect a quick turn-round! Thanks for watching.
  11. Great finishing, I echo LSP_Ray's comments in that its hard to tell the difference between the real aircraft! Well done.
  12. RichieB

    English Electric Lightning MK.6

    Really, really lovely build and great subtle weathering, Bravo!
  13. Many thanks for all the very kind comments chaps. Next up (95% sure!) is an early F-15B. If anyone knows how to upload video from Flickr (tried the 'share link' method but it just copies the first image) please let me know and I'll post a quick video of the cockpit lighting! Til next time..
  14. RichieB

    A-6 A Intruder VF-75 "Sunday Punchers"

    Superb Intruder, love the weathering absolutely perfect!
  15. Many thanks Jan, and I still haven't got round to giving it to him!