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  1. The F-15SA is currently the most advanced Eagle in service, and has a number of differences from a baseline Strike Eagle. Of particular note, it is the first F-15 with Fly By Wire controls, that allows the reintroduction of stations 1 and 9 on the outboard wings. This build will incorporate the bright orange paint scheme linked to above. Decals don't yet exist for that aircraft, I've completed the artwork and hope to see them printed soon. The Great Wall Hobby kit starts off as a F-15E, in there is no work necessary to bring it up to that standard, all the conversion work will focus on capturing the differences for the "SA." The best place to start for these changes is the Hasegawa F-15SG kit, which includes spures "Q" "R" and "S." These provide the longer stub pylons, the larger fin tip antennas, the GE engine exhausts, and the MAWS sensors for under the cockpit and the tail booms. I will describe the other changes in more detail as I complete them as part of the build, to this point, basic construction progresses. The only modification so far has been to adapt the Hasegawa tail booms to the GWH kit: 20200105_110149 by J Hooper, on Flickr 20200105_110136 by J Hooper, on Flickr I opened up the engine vents on the top of the nacelle humps as there are simply scribed as ovals on the kit. 20200105_110117 by J Hooper, on Flickr All for now and thanks for looking! Cheers, Hoops
  2. The first that I will cover is the Hasegawa based F-15D. Many are probably familiar with this kit, having been the standard for F-15s in 1/72 scale for the last three decades. There will be some work required to bring the kit up to the standard required to accurately depict "715." The Isradecal book on the Baz has been very useful on this build. Israel was very early ordering F-15s, most being purchased in the late 70s and early 80s. This particular aircraft was purchased much later, however. There may be others, but these are the F-15D serials that I've found that were part of this later buy: IDF Ser. USAF Ser Delivery Year 701 90-0278 1992 706 90-0276 1992 714 90-0279 1992 715 90-0277 1992 733 90-0275 1992 Based on that timeline production of "normal" F-15C/Ds had ceased, and McDonnell Douglas was only producing F-15Es. I've not seen it written down anywhere, but I think that it is for that reason that these F-15Ds incorporate a number of aspects of the F-15E, while not being full Strike Eagles. These include: -Round ESM antennas on both tail stings -F-15E style engine vents on the top of the nacelle humps -No notch in the underside engine petals -Tail hook not stands proud of the underside Construction began with the cockpit, and I modified the rear instrument panel to represent the missionized rear seat of an Improved Baz. I also added a multifunction display to the lower left of the front instrument panel (similar to an MSIP F-15C). Reference was taken from the Isradecal book. 20200105_134504 by J Hooper, on Flickr Modifications for the underside include: -The CFTs were used for the Hasegawa kit, but the attachment points for the external pylons were filled in, as were numerous vents that are not applicable on the baseline F-15 CFTs. -Sparrow pylons for the CFTs were sourced from an old tool Hasegawa F-15E kit. -The Jet Fuel Starter Exhaust was opened up, the mess is no longer present on the late F-15s. -Notches on the underside engine petals were filled in. -Round based antenna behind the nose gear was removed -The two small blade antennas under the nose were removed -The incorrect panel lines around the pitot tubes were filled in on both sides -The panel line meant to show the boot on the tip of the nose was also filled in, not present on this aircraft. -While not strictly visible on this photo, the chaff/flare buckets in front of the main gear were scribed in place. 20200105_105843 by J Hooper, on Flickr Modifications for the top side include: -Addition of the SATCOM antenna behind the cockpit. This was taken from the GWH F-15I kit. -The environmental control system vent on the starboard side behind the cockpit was opened up and detailed -GPS antenna added to the right mid fuselage -Early F-15 style engine vent was filled, and Strike Eagle style vents added -Fairing between the engines was cut off and the blanking piece added -The air exhaust on the top of the intake was also filled with sheet styrene to bring it flush. 20200105_105829 by J Hooper, on Flickr The weapons load will include two AGM-142 Popeye missiles, and the associated datalink pod on the centerline. The missiles were taken from the GWH kit, but there is one error as molded. The sensor window should look downward on the tip of the missile, but as molded, it looks upwards. The wiring conduit should be down the port side of the missile, when oriented correctly and the white hemispherical antenna on the tail should be oriented to the bottom. If those two are aligned, the sensor looks up, so I cut the nose of the missile off, flipped it 180 degrees and reattached it. The datalink pod included in the GWH kit is appropriate for the AGM-130 that is also included, but not for for the Popeye. I sourced it from a Kinetic Israeli Weapons set in the stash. Despite the error decribed above, I still think the GWH AGM-142s are better than Kinetic's so I used those. 20200105_105957 by J Hooper, on Flickr
  3. Good Morning, Attached are the first few photos of my next work in progress, this is a bit of kit bash between these two kits and both are being built parallel. 20200105_134423 by J Hooper, on Flickr The fist subject will be a new F-15SA (Saudi Advanced), still being flown by Boeing for flight test and integration purposes. Inspiration for this build can be seen in the link below: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/21755/f-15sa-bristles-with-a-dozen-aim-120s-missiles-during-star-wars-canyon-run The second subject will be a Israeli Defense Force F-15D, it will be one of the aircraft seen recently at Waddington, but with a different load out: Flickr Image (not mine!) The Great Wall Hobby kit is a Strike Eagle out of the box, where as the Hasegawa kit is really an F-15D with some extra parts thrown in. The Hasegawa kit is still, good, but it shows it's lineage, and there are still some steps that need to be taken to make it an accurate Strike Eagle. For that reason I will take advantage of the kit's individual qualities, to make the best out of both.
  4. After all the hate heaped on millennials, I think a bit of turnabout is fair play. Additionally, "Baby Boomers" have been referring to themselves as just that for how long? How did referring to a group by their chosen moniker become that offensive?
  5. If I understand correctly "FLIR Cat" was the first integration test aircraft for LANTIRN/F-14, hence the nose art. Cheers, Hoops
  6. Hannants got an shipment of them in about a month ago, but it sold out in a few days. I missed out on them, and I didn't get one the first time around either. Hoops
  7. The aircraft that they had on display at the Tokyo Hobby Show last fall was not a test build, or even a test shot. It was a 3D printed place holder to show that they had a kit on the way, and if you look at the sprue shots in the link posted by schion, you will see that the panel lines on the actual plastic are really nice. They are on par with the recent 1/72 F-15 kits, which are by all accounts amazing. Hoops
  8. The problem with that is that the Norwegian P-3s have light grey/white stencils, unlike most other users. Otherwise the markings are fairly simple, I have a walkaround of "Ulabrand" from 2010 and it's only 6 photos or so of the unique markings.
  9. Due to the size difference of the respective engines, A 1/144 F-15 engine would not come close to matching the size of the B-1 Exhuast. They are about 150% bigger in real life. Cheers, Hoops
  10. I'm building a F-14B from VF-102 during Operation Southern Watch, on the 1998 Cruise. It will be the Hasegawa kit using Wolfpak Decals. Here is a picture of the load out in quesiton: * Link * Would ECAs still be loaded as late as 1998? It is a bit hidden behind the near side tank so I can't tell if it is there or not. Another question, obviously this load is 2x AIM-9 and 2x AIM-7, would 2x AIM-9 and 1x AIM-7 1xAIM-54 on the should pylons be possible to make it more interesting? Thank you very much Hoops
  11. Wow! When I posted that link they showed none in stock. Good luck Andrew!
  12. Update: Looks like Aviation Megastore has 1 in stock.
  13. If you're looking for a line bird, AirDoc has them on the following sheet: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ADM72013 Out of stock and out of print for a while. You might be able to scrounge it up somewhere though. As you mentioned, Wolfpak is most likely the easier option at this point. Hoops
  14. The X-29 also had the F-5A type canopy not present in the F-20 kit. Obviously it would be easier to convert the aft fuselage from an F-20 kit? Maybe you can find an Monogram kit for inexpensive? Cheers, Hoops
  15. Pretty good one here: Keith Svedsen's Photo Best I've ever seen, he's got a bunch of other ones on his photo stream as well. Do a search by the aircraft serial number and they'll pop up.
  16. The DEWS antennas are the same as on the F-15SG. Many more pictures available of the SG as well
  17. I think it looks similar to a LAU-115 sandwiched between two LAU-128s. It's probably not exactly the same thing, but it sure looks close. Hoops
  18. Is there anybody here that thinks that the US highway system and infrastructure is in great shape? Compared with other modern democracies? That money has to come from somewhere, and the flat federal gas tax has lost 64% of it's actual purchasing power since the last adjustment. Do I really want to pay more at the pump? No. Do I think that it is necessary and a logical step to improve our national highway system and infrastructure? Yes.
  19. And the federal tax rate at the gas pump hasn't changed since the 1993 in the United States. I'm not talking about a percentage rate, instead a cents per gallon rate which has not been adjusted for inflation or otherwise. Almost 30 years later, we are still paying the same number of cents per gallon in tax. I honestly think we should be paying more tax at the pump than we are now.
  20. That is true for the inboard pylons, but the dual LAU-128 mount on the outboard pylons don't look like an ADU-552. Alpagueur was asking about these:
  21. Reviving an old thready here, They look similar to the LAU-115 used on Navy Hornets. These would be attached to the unique outboard F-15 pylon, and there are probably some differences to the Navy LAU-115. Any differences will be pretty well hidden between the LAU-128s and missiles though. I really like the look of the test aircraft with all of the Orange markings, none of the pictures I can find are close enough to make out the names on the nose though. Does anybody have a closer picture that would help me get the decal artwork done? Thanks, Hoops
  22. Thank you all very much for the responses. Seeing that the Freightdog drop tanks are available right now, that's what I'll go for. Brengun did purchase all of the masters from Attack Squadron when they got out of the resin business, so I think it's only a matter of time before they are re-released. There is no know when, unfortunately. Cheers! Hoops
  23. Good Evening, I wanted to know if there is a good option out there for a Aero 1C Drop Tank in 1/72 scale? I've got a plenty of 300 Gal 1Ds from various other kits, but I don't seem to have any 150 Gal 1Cs. The drop tank will go on the centerline of an OV-10. The Academy kit has the some drop tanks, but they are not the right type, and the shape is pretty questionable. Thank you for your inputs! Cheers, Hoops
  24. They were in a separate set and box, do a search for PAG-14 Airfield Plates. Cheers, Hoops
  25. Something funny must be going on with the forums, as my mailbox is showing only 24% full. I don't actually have the plastic here yet, it's on it's way from an ebay auction. I think that the spinner is the same diameter, but to my eye it looks like it is longer from front to back, with a more pointed tip. Cheers, Hoops
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