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  1. 11 hours ago, GeneK said:




    Did you use the very cool Android mobile app to "translate the picture" ... or is there a way to do it on the computer?


    Gene K


    I used the android app, I don't know if you can do it from a computer.




  2. 9 hours ago, Da SWO said:

    Does the kit come with extra pylons/launch rails? or are you making your own?


    For the outboard stations, I scratch build the pylon using sheet styrene. Below it is a LAU-115 from the Hasegawa Weapons set VIII and a LAU-128 on each side of that. The LAU-128s I used are supposed to be F-16 wingtip rails with some minor cleaning up.


    No pictures yet, though.




  3. On 1/18/2020 at 7:51 AM, Thadeus said:

    Nice work.

    I always thought Hasegawa E's came with Aim-7 cft pylons on a sprue with all the CBU's. How's the buildup of GWH compared to Hasegawa? I remember some a lot of putty going under the intakes and nose to fuselage joints on my last Hasegawa F-15.

    Will You put all them Aim-120's on the -15SA?


    You are correct, they are on Sprue H. I usually eject all the Mk.20s from the kit upon purchase, as they are not very good and it frees up a lot of space in the box. Anything salvageable goes into the spares box, to include the Sparrow mounts here. I just didn't remember correctly where they came from.


    With regards to the build, there are some things that I think GWH does better, but for all its flaws I still thank that the Hasegawa kit goes together easier. I'll provide some more specifics whenever I wrap this up.


    I went back and forth on the weapons load on the F-15SA, but eventually decided I'm going to do the 12x AIM-120 load. That will wipe out all the missiles for a Hasegawa weapons set VIII, but I'll make it work!


    On 2/9/2020 at 11:12 AM, mawz said:

    Remember, that's an SG boxing, not an E boxing, so the weapons sprues would be different.

    I don't think the RSAF uses CBU's, so they probably deleted that sprue from the SG boxing.


    It actually was included, I just blanked on where I got them from.




  4. Work has continued on both of the aircraft, but a few other builds have taken priority. Those have wrapped up for the most part, so it's shifting back onto the F-15s.


    Aires Resin Exhausts were added, as I had a set available for this build. Attaching all those actuators was very fiddly!


    There were some minor changes to the antennas for the F-15D that I replicated with sheet styrene.


    -Addition of Radalt antennas on the bottom of the nose (two white squares) This necessitated moving one of the blade antennas further forward.

    -Addition of small blade antennas on the top of the nose in front of the windscreen, and one forward right of the SATCOM antenna behind the cockpit.


    Decals were a mix, and proved to be difficult to source right. The stencils are Hasegawa kit stencils from a normal white box F-15C. While not 100% correct for this aircraft, they went in the right direction, and created the right impression. I don't think that there are decals anywhere in 1/72 that match what's actually painted on this aircraft for stencils. The AGM-142 stencils are from the GWH F-15I kit they were sourced from.


    The Israeli unit markings, ejection triangles, and roundels are from a old Sky's decals sheet that I've had for probably close to 18 years. They proved to be a bit brittle and tricky, but with some special care I was able to make them work.


    The serials and nose art script were drawn in Inkscape and custom ALPS printed. Waiting for those to get printed and arrive put this build on the back burner for a while. The custom printed decals turned out really nice, I think are a great touch on this build.


    50004410558_f6cd7a753c_b.jpgP1030562 by J Hooper, on Flickr


    50005191947_614947da68_b.jpgP1030566 by J Hooper, on Flickr


    50004933561_62b97b2fe2_b.jpgP1030564 by J Hooper, on Flickr


    50004410593_1ecd49cabd_b.jpgP1030559 by J Hooper, on Flickr


    50005192192_a476b1cc6e_b.jpgP1030567 by J Hooper, on Flickr


    I still need to do a few little touch ups, but this is very close to being complete.


    If I had some oil paints, I'd like to experiment with streaking and staining on the bottom of the aircraft, but I'm not quite there yet.


    Some more work has been done on the F-15SA as well, but I save that update for the next time.





  5. 3 hours ago, KursadA said:

    Bringing this topic up as the sheet is now a couple of months away.


    Folks, would you need anything other than an EP-3  "M&M" antenna to build this VW-4 airplane? I would recommend the use of EP-3E conversion parts sold by Click2Detail on Shapeways.



    I think that the fairing the goes behind the M&M is too wide, but that's a minor complaint.  Less of an issue an issue if you are building this aircraft, but I would not recommend the EP-3E Conversion from Click2Detail if you want to build an actual EP-3.


    Instead I would recommend the Lone Star Scale Models resin conversion, as it has the shape of the upper and lower canoe fairings correct.


    The 3D models used for the conversion from Click2Detail are perfect half circles in cross section, where as on the actual aircraft the curve is much more flattened. Take a look at the front of the canoes as well, the 3D printed parts curve that same perfect half circle down, where as the actual aircraft is a bit more nuanced.


    Both sets miss a lot of other things, but it gets you the major parts.



  6. 11 hours ago, JackMan said:


    Man, that's unreal!  Given that Japan -- an island nation surrounded by vast oceans on all sides ---AND is a hotspot for hostilities AND given the number of US & Japanese military assets, I'd have thought both the US and the Japanese would have invested more into SAR.  At the very least, the US could lease a couple of Shinmaywa US-2 or even the older but probably still capable Shinmeiwa US-1A.  827 lives were saved by the US-1A since 1976 until the type was retired in 2017:





    Again, I'm not super smart on the laydown for Japanese coast guard SAR capabilities, but most peace time SAR immediate response is going to fall to them. In the time of conflict, the military will spool up and have crews/assets ready to go. That sort of posture is not sustainable for the military units that have other mission sets and requirements, however.


    The US-2s are pretty cool to watch and bring a unique SAR capability. I find it particularly impressive to watch them take off and land with their amazing slow speed performance. It would be interesting if other countries had that as well, but it's just not going to happen. Japan has decided as an Island and sea going nation that it's a capability that it's worth it for them to invest in, but I think that they are an outlier in that regard.


    10 hours ago, JackMan said:


    I agree.  Reading the article I kept wondering about how they knew about the pilot's watch and other stuff that made it seem as if the authors had a front seat view of what happened.  I, too, suspect that they added some flair for dramatic purposes.


    It's all in the command investigation. It is sobering read to be sure, but I'll admit that I didn't read all of the individual pieces of evidence, focusing more on the summaries and findings of fact. The redacted and released document is a whopping 1600 pages, and can be found here:




    This is NOT the privileged safety investigation, but instead the command investigation.




  7. 6 hours ago, JackMan said:

    Reading the report,


    This seems strange to me that the JMSDF or JASDF's Search and Rescue teams are not on base, given how disaster prone (earthquakes, tsunami, etc) Japan is. I am finding the above statement hard to believe. I wonder if it's true..



    There is a big difference between maintaining a SAR Capability and a SAR Ready. MCAS Iwakuni divested their organic SAR capability as a cost saving measure years ago, with a handshake agreement with the Japanese that they would perform SAR duties if called upon. The problem was that this was not formalized in the sort of MOA of MOU, and there was no requirement for the JMSDF (the only ones at the base) to maintain any sort of SAR ready to support the US presence in Iwakuni.


    From a Japanese perspective I would be reluctant to sign up for such a responsibility, the manpower and costs involved to maintain a SAR ready is significant, and would it distract from any other mission sets. The only helicopter assets at Iwakuni are the Japanese minesweepers, and the site of the collision was far enough out that they would have little if any on station time to perform a search once they got there. Komatsushima is closer to the crash, but that would not make a lot of sense to obligate Komatsushima to stand a SAR ready for Iwakuni. I admit that I am not smart enough on the location sites for the Japanese Coast guard air stations to say if there are any closer, but the coast guard or other civil rescue organizations are going to be the ones standing those sorts of short response readies. Outside of the coast guard, other organizations may not be equipped and trained for maritime rescue, however.



  8. 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:


    49331345581_e9c4a472c6_b.jpg20200105_110149 by J Hooper, on Flickr


    49331345631_57280a67d3_b.jpg20200105_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.


    49331345671_790d771918_b.jpg20200105_110117 by J Hooper, on Flickr


    All for now and thanks for looking!



  9. 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.


    49331080568_842305885c_b.jpg20200105_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.


    49330878538_ea8d769138_b.jpg20200105_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.


    49330878583_aa2f5fd049_b.jpg20200105_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.


    49330878743_01f13b36f1_b.jpg20200105_105957 by J Hooper, on Flickr

  10. 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.


    49331080623_59400089ab_b.jpg20200105_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:



    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.

  11. On 11/8/2019 at 11:16 PM, niart17 said:

    Ahh yes, the insult trend from a "woke" generation. Cute.


    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?

  12. 11 hours ago, 11bee said:

    F-14's were flying with LANTIRN in 1995?   I thought they just added the pod after the Iraq invasion?


    Love those old-school SAC subjects! 


    If I understand correctly "FLIR Cat" was the first integration test aircraft for LANTIRN/F-14, hence the nose art.



  13. 8 hours ago, joscasle said:

    The panel lines are huge in that GWH 1/72 Tomcat. Just MHO!!


    10 hours ago, Darren Roberts said:


    I'm all for new Tomcats, but if the 1/48 is going to be a scale up of the 1/72, it's a bit underwhelming. There's a lot of simplified detail, especially for a brand new kit. I'm sure it will still build up nicely, but it's not going make the top of the heap. Anyway, I though GWH was doing an A first in 1/48 scale.


    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.



  14. On 4/30/2019 at 4:57 AM, Dutch said:

    What about Norwegian P-3B/N Orions in 1/72 & 1/144, especially the latter.  I know of the old Microscale sheet 72-435, but I doubt its accuracy.  I would love to see both early & late RoNAF decals for the P-3 Orion.


    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.

  15. 9 hours ago, Dutch said:

    I agree, but it is extremely difficult to mold the turkey feathers in 1/144 scale.  Even so, they appear loads better than the previous Academy & Dragon/Panda exhausts.  However, the closest thing I can find to replace would be 1:144 F-15E turkey feathers by Shapeways.  Two sets at $6 each may be worth it.


    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.




  16. 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



  17. 2 hours ago, jenshb said:

    The forward fuselage of the X-29s were taken from F-5As, so the Kinetic Freedom Fighter would be a better starting point than the F-20.



    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?




  18. 12 hours ago, Gary F said:

    Camus,  thanks for the response.  However those 2 sprues with the snake eyes and MERs are not in the 2 seater. Those sprues are common with the Kinetic Kfir and Intruder kits and the sway brace parts are for the MERs. 

    I did find a build of the single seater in which one of the XL flight crew mentioned the XL pylons didn't have the sway braces and pads that snugged the stores. He said those pylons had t-crutches to secure the stores, that there was basically nothing visible along the side of the pylons, and they were developed from stuff used on the F-111.  There were pics in the build but not visible (lost in the Photobucket snafu).  I've been looking but can't seem to find a good pic of the XL pylon.  


    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.

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