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  • 4 weeks later...

About time for an update...

I've reassembled both intakes having cut them in half to making seam removing and painting easier and added the engine face at the rear. Have to say that bit worked out quite well and made the internal painting and a bit of light weathering (these were pretty new jets after all) pretty straightforward. Sorry the picture is not great, trying to find a depth of field where everything was in focus was the trickiest bit! 




In test fitting the resin exhausts I found the Revell kit back-end to be a tad wide creating a small but noticeable step. My somewhat crude solution was just to file the back end down a bit and rescribe any lost detail. I've also been spraying primer as I go to make sure there aren't too many surface flaws and yes, I found quite a few!



The exhausts themselves are going to be sprayed a blend of Alclad metallics but first a bucketload of masking.



The exhaust internals where weathered using panel line wash and sand coloured filters to capture the slightly tinged ceramic look of the PW engines. I then added some soot pigment trying to mimic the images I'd seen the Jake melampy and DACO books. The bands on the outer  rings are two shades of Alclad Aluminium tinged with some Tamiya weathering pads. The rear exhaust has a clear hollow rod attached which will assist in creating the in-flight mode. This will need careful reinforcing as a lot of weight will get transmitted through this rod.


(Very) Slowly coming together!

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Interesting to see this come together.

The peek down the intake trunking looks good.


It's not easy to tell from your second to last image but do the exhaust nozzles have the turkey feathers modelled? 


Also, a bit late for you now, but the real aircraft has a step from the end of the nacelles to the engine doughnut. Possibly something to consider if you should ever make another. ^_^


I'm eager to see this all in place. Keep at it. 

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Hi Geedubelyer and thanks for watching, this version of the exhaust nozzles has the turkey feathers still in place.

Good point though the original lip would have looked out of place (probably a scale 1.5 cm all round). However, I think I've left enough to give the impression of a small lip but we'll see!


Thanks Maru, I hope your patience will be rewarded (eventually)! 

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  • 1 month later...

Happy New Year everyone!

Hope you're enjoying the festive period and able to find some time to keep your projects moving, like me!

Finally, I've managed to complete enough sub-assemblies to start pulling this thing together. The exhausts caused the biggest headache as they had to line up with the tubes that will hold the acrylic rods and the bulkhead which I'd previously drilled out and copiously glued in place as this structure will take a lot of the load when this is put in its in-flight pose. The trickiest bit was getting the exhaust rings to sit flush top & bottom as I had to putty them in place to be secure enough. Normally you would add these at the end but with the in-flight mode this was not practical. In addition, I added the intakes trying to make sure that the front ends on the intakes fitted snuggly with the fuselage bottom otherwise the intake front ends will be difficult to fit.


Once the main structures were secure I added the wiring which has been split into 3 powered sections (electricians look away now!). The first set, between the intakes, is for the slime lights which require a high voltage hence the bulkier wires and connectors. The wiring between the exhaust tubes is that required for the remaining 9 LEDs. Luckily the F-15 is a big aircraft so lots of space to put them all. 


I've also been playing with the technique of black-basing using the tailplanes and drop tanks to practise. My plan is to use different lighter and darker shades of grey/blue to put down a varied mottle and the overspray with the primary Air Superiority Blue colour. The MRP paints I'm using for this work really well as they spray very thinly and you can keep going for a long time without the airbrush clogging up.


I'm using a mix of airbrush mottling and stencils to see what effect they have. I'll probably end up using both just for variety. 


Its just nice to get some paint down on the main surfaces after what has seemed like ages!

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  • 1 month later...

Very quick update just to prove that progress is being made (slowly!).

After some picture scouring for Aim-7 colour schemes it became readily apparent that the Eduard Aim-7Es I'd got to replace the somewhat bland Revell ones would not be appropriate even for an early F-15 as they started with the Aim-7F model. Further research indicated that where very similar except for the cable conduit which now ran the length of the missile on one side only. To remedy this I sanded off the front lobes from the E and added a suitably sized thin strip of plasti-card. Voila, an Aim-7F!



As it happens this new configuration also works better for the missile launch brackets I'm having to add as this particular Revell kit doesn't have any.

More soon!

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Well soon-ish! Still on my current build progress rate this is a giant leap.

I've finally started to get some colour down on the main parts with a view to getting a patchy and subtle undertone of colour and shading to break up the monotone (although rather nice for an F-15) blue. I thought a lot about doing this before or after I'd glued the main assemblies together but in the end decided on before as my spray booth is not that big and they were easier to handle that way.


I used the same technique by layering gradually lighter shades of blue/grey through a mix of mottling and stencils, mostly to try and figure out whether one was better than the other! Jury is still out on that one. I used MRP paints as they spray very thin and allow this sort of layering without any noticeable paint creep.


Pylons I left a little darker as they are mostly hidden in shade under the wing and fuselage.


The back end just got a coat of Alclad aluminium and a bit of grey shading, again to test the effect. Most of this will be redone once its properly masked off.


A similar approach was taken on the top surface though again lighter shades have been used on the engine bays.


I also added some brown shades but no idea whether this will actually show up as a tonal variation! I suspect I will have to re-apply this colouring post top coat.


A big decision was whether to do the stripes now or later. As it was I decided to do them now as it was easier to mask and manipulate the parts in their unassembled state, this model is huge when you put it together!


Next job is to assemble these pre-painted sections. Any joints will get further pre-shading treatment add to the variety I've tried to create already. In some ways you don't need to worry too much as you can always overspray or lightly sand any 'odd' areas out and the effect will get blended in with a top coat anyway.

I think we're getting to the point where its time for main assembly and it starts to actually look like an F-15.

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Layering paint or to give its proper  name is a technique called Impasto 

Your  Impasto  painting has given depth to to your model.

That is what it is meant to do, give a three dimensional depth  to whatever you use the layered painting. 







( sister is an artist so thats how I know.   :whistle:    ).


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Thanks for the great info Maru, now I've got the proper name for artistic licence, just hoping I don't manage to blend them all out with the final finish!

Inspirational build Blackbetty, I do like a good candy stripe and yours is spot on.

I'd have loved to have seen these for real Aircommando, grey is so .... well grey really.

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