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Tamiya 1/32nd scale F-15E Strike Eagle

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Hello everyone,

 

I've recently completed a build of the F-15E by Tamiya. As many of you know, this is a lovely kit and Tamiya deserve a huge pat on the back for offering such a tremendous product.

I recognise one or two of you guys from other modelling forums so I apologise if you've already seen these images. ;)

 

For those that have n't, here are a few piccies of "Trip Two"....................

 

tn_Frontal9.jpg

 

tn_Leftside1.jpg

 

tn_Rightside4.jpg

 

tn_Rear.jpg

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Last few...........

tn_Frontal7a.jpg

 

tn_Jetpipes4.jpg

 

tn_Frontal5a.jpg

 

tn_Tails4.jpg

 

For anyone who might be interested, here is a link to my In Progress build over on ARC....

My build

 

Thanks for looking, I hope you enjoyed the pics.

Any comments, criticisms or questions are more than welcome.

 

Cheers.

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HI Great Photos Thats a very interresting build you hav going on ARC. A fine job.

 

Texas ;) :lol: :lol:

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That's a model? ;) Wow, I honestly thought the first photo was something off airliners.net, where you showing the subject you were modelling! What a fantastic result, and your photography is wonderful too. The whole thing is utterly convincing. Well done!

 

Kev

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That is incredible. Many of the details, such as the burner cans, are astoundingly good.

 

I really had to scrutinize the photos to tell whether it was a model or the real airplane. The only thing that ultimately gave it away, was a couple panel lines that were slightly thicker than you might see on the real airplane. Other than that, I could not even tell.

 

Amazing work.

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I followed your build up on ARC. Simply amazing work. The burner cans alone made me cry.

 

Mark

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First off...simply amazing detailing and photography! Your technique is perfect. You nailed it. Great job!

 

But...(yeah, there's always a but...)...I've looked at this thread several times now and I was reluctant to post but the head on shots were bothering me for some reason. Then it hit me. It's the wings. There's too much anhedral. I work around 15's all day and there is no noticeable droop of the wings. I even went out on the shop floor to confirm and they are pretty much straight across the span.

 

Disregarding that the model is absolutely stunning.

 

 

Jeff

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Well, risking repetition, this is one of, if not, the most realistic models I've ever seen.

 

It does look like the real thing. Nothing looks over scale and the finish/lighting and photography are impeccable.

 

Must be close to perfect. Thanks for sharing.

 

Matt

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Thanks everyone :lol:

I appreciate all of the comments and thoughts. I'm glad you like the model.

The only thing that ultimately gave it away, was a couple panel lines that were slightly thicker than you might see on the real airplane.

Hi Bryan, I agree completely with what you say. I removed the panel lines on the CFTs for that very reason. They looked far too deep on the first F-15E I built. I must try to fill in the remainder when I build an F-15C. :P

But...(yeah, there's always a but...)...I've looked at this thread several times now and I was reluctant to post but the head on shots were bothering me for some reason. Then it hit me. It's the wings. There's too much anhedral. I work around 15's all day and there is no noticeable droop of the wings. I even went out on the shop floor to confirm and they are pretty much straight across the span.

 

Disregarding that the model is absolutely stunning.

Jeff

Hi Jeff, no problem my friend. I'm glad you pointed it out, thanks. I wonder if it is a combination of things? The wings look o.k. on the model so perhaps it's the angle I shot the head on shots from and the focal length of the lens?

Have a look at these on F-15E Strike Eagle and you'll see that the wing sweep can sometimes create the illusion of anhedral.

F-15E head on

and here

There are plenty showing the wings straight across too so I'll be doubly careful on the "-C" build. Thanks again for mentioning it.

FWIW, I think it takes alot of courage to say something as you never know how folk will react. I'm pleased you did ;)

Nice work! How did you do that HUD?

Hi Kap64, I adapted a technique that I saw on a build by Dave Roof over on HS. He used irridescent confetti to add life to the MFDs of a 1/32 scale Academy Hornet. I thought that the effect would look spot on for a wide angle HUD glass like this one.

I scoured the internet and found some irridescent film which I shaped and stuck to the plastic. I have to admit, it's one of the most pleasing bits of the model for me. The way it changes colour as you move position around the model is just like the full sized article. HTH.

 

Thanks again guys. ;)

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Hi Jeff, no problem my friend. I'm glad you pointed it out, thanks. I wonder if it is a combination of things? The wings look o.k. on the model so perhaps it's the angle I shot the head on shots from and the focal length of the lens?

Have a look at these on F-15E Strike Eagle and you'll see that the wing sweep can sometimes create the illusion of anhedral.

F-15E head on

and here

There are plenty showing the wings straight across too so I'll be doubly careful on the "-C" build. Thanks again for mentioning it.

FWIW, I think it takes alot of courage to say something as you never know how folk will react. I'm pleased you did :rolleyes:

 

Thanks for those pics you linked. You're right...it may be an effect of the camera lens. I tried standing in front of our E's in the hanger and could not duplicate that perspective with my human eye. And I do know how one can be jumped on for posting what might be perceived as a negative comment and in no way was I meaning to be negative WRT to your mudhen. You have one damn fine model there and should be proud of what you've done. Plus the fact that Tamiya makes a darn nice kit it's hard to see how the wing anhedral/dihedral could be messed up.

 

take care,

 

Jeff

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