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F-15E --- 1/32 --- Tamiya

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Jeff, 10x! No doubt the planes are like living monsters... if the extremely high temp can extend/shrink the panels of the SR-71 so to cause so much fuel leakage... 

Btw the stressed skin is noticeable on the ground too (i found some good pics, page 9), it`s just a matter of low-angle viewpoint and light. 

 

While for the streaks from the leading edges - the slightly darker streaks - i`m not certain, but i think that they should be fuel leaks from the panel lines, and then the airflow stretches them backwards. And check out that these streaks are only where the fuel tanks are located; there is almost no such kind of streaks near the outer halves of the wings. The massive brownish spots look like they are not created by the speed, so maybe while the plane was parked on the ground... maybe the fuel leaks can`t move backwards and make large areas of the panels wet, and there was a sand storm, and the sand particles soaked into the fuel. :) Perhaps. Btw i remember this photo from a specific topic exactly for the weathering of the F-15, don`t remeber when though... 

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Interesting, can't ever remember seeing oil canning on any modern jet fighter, yet there it is, photo proof. Good catch, wonder how it would do in contests...The F-16 have that brown staining as well on birds in the sandbox. IIRC it was attributed to sand/dust sticking to fuel spills.

 

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Interesting, can't ever remember seeing oil canning on any modern jet fighter, yet there it is, photo proof. Good catch, wonder how it would do in contests...The F-16 have that brown staining as well on birds in the sandbox. IIRC it was attributed to sand/dust sticking to fuel spills.

 

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Mmm.... This stressed effect is called "oil canning"!? Well, now I know. This word was mentioned numerous times and I always connected it with something about the weathering and the oil paints. And now I searched in google for just in case, and yes, absolutely true, "oil canning" is actually the real word for my imaginary word "texturising". Interesting. I'm very excited to know that. Oil canning... Corrugated extrusions...

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Yep, these dots are interesting... And how the rear part of the brake is slightly not flush with the surrounding area, maybe it was in motion in this exact moment. Btw I also noticed some long oil canning formations on the engine nacelles, onto the panel right behind the two squared accessing doors. Awesome pic again! TU!

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These bays are quite challenging indeed. 1 is in the can - check it out. Btw for most of the bays, i will use ref. pics for the C version, couldn`t find the E with all these bays open... Maybe it`s wrong and the bays differ between the different versions and missions, but i can`t even match exactly the reference pics. Here is a moment right after gluing the boxes, and yeah, there really is some F-4 in this F-15 :))

 

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And prepped - this is with artificial light. Yet these two innermost bays on both sides will not be so noticeable, because of the intake ramps.

 

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mm, juicy juicy...

 

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The glue for the wings finally dried (i filled the gaps/seamlines along the joints with molten plastic  :))) long thin stretched sprue rods soaked in glue and after 15-20 sec - the gaps were stuffed real good), then major sanding + a thin "weld" with thinned surf1200, and sanding again, then restoring the seamlines, and the wings are mounted. Still the riveting is not complete. Btw, check out what i got for the painting stage... 

 

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The Eduard`s set. Never used them before... but i`m sure it will look times better than the numerous thick oob decals. 

 

Some silhhouettes:

 

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The wing joints undersides. It`s strange how they look with scratched traces from the sanding, but actually i even polished them and they are glossy...  I still have no idea why they look like that. Maybe i should coat them very thinnly with some paint for just in case...

 

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A couple more posts are on the way...

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The joints from the top side:

 

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The ailerons are very nice, movable.... but, the stabilators - it`s hard to say, but i had to glue them. :| The journey was quite tough, but that was a better choice, rather than cutting off the fuselage tips for having (partial) access to the hinges of the stabilators. Moreover i glued the hinges so securely that i was not sure that i could remove them from the tiny accessing holes if i was to cut off the tips. So i`m leaving the stabilators like that, in neutral angle. :) They are not bad...

 

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The edge near the left intake is also finally filled and sanded to an "acceptable" degree, i think. There were at least 4-5 filling/sanding exercises required. Btw the sealing bands along the CFTs are still not done, these are only the stripes for the intakes - small stripes from the transparent film that usually sits over a decal sheet. I plan to make the rest of the sealing lines from adhesive stripes, the easy way. And yeah, there is a tiny gnarly gap along this intake (the other looks flush with the CFT), i hope it will not look too contrasting after the painting.

 

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And i "glued" the edged-type pod to the right tip of the fuselage tail, but it`s still not glued properly so i could change it later... 

 

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A plate to imitate the slightly raised panel under the antenna. I sanded it quite much so it looks almost flush with the surface, but there are some very nice edges too:

 

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+ a sight through the vents, with flashlight, on a short clip:

 

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Thanks Emil!

Thanks Jim!

 

I plan to spend the modeling time for another model, a very favorite jet of mine, a smaller one, but can't tell more details about that :)) Hopefully it will turn out into a lovely surprise.

And after that, the major things before the painting are basically the underwing pylons, the loadouts, and the canopy, which I plan to make them in tandem with the equipment of the nose bays. And a giant display base with a transparent top, at some stage... Some final touches like the vent behind the canopy, the antennas, the hook, the sealing of the CFTs, the two CFT vents, ... mmm, not that much. And, tomorrow I'll cover some critical areas with a very thin primer to see how they look...

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Under a transparent coat of paint. And... guys, what should i do with the vertical stabilizers - glue them or not? How they look that way? The major gaps like they were before are covered up quite significantly, but still it`s not like it should be - the long stripes for the coverings are more visible than expected. I`m shifting to some 50+% into gluing them and then filling/sanding to make them flush. 

 

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