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  1. Best F-15C?

    Not really, you still got a boat load of mistakes on the Hasegawa airframe
  2. Best F-15C?

    Their B model
  3. Best F-15C?

    Accuracy for non E model in this order. GWH has very nice detail and is very accurate overall. I haven't built one but they look good for the shape and detail in the box. I didn't take out my calipers for this one though. I haven't seen their A model but from the pictures they missed some things that make it an Albino A. Monograms kit is much older and has not too bad of detail but is the most accurate with shape. As mentioned this kit has raised lines and squashed canopy. This is actually an A model from the box Hasegawa's C/D's are nice but misshapen around the engine humps not as bad as Academy's but the Academy's kit is copied from the Hasegawa kit. i did a comparison of the Academy kit to the real thing when it was first released while sitting on top of the jet in a HAS on alert in Osan Korea I also did the same thing when I picked up the Hasegawa kit at the BX there and did the same. The academy kits just exaggerated Hasegawas mistakes overall. The Tamiya is not bad but allot of aftermarket to bring it up to date Italeri's kit is not too bad in the shape area but you would think for a modern kit they would have added more detail. Fujimi forget it completely, not worth the work.
  4. Icelandic F-15's

    Nice build, like the mod eagle scheme the best!
  5. Icelandic F-15's

    I know most if not all A models that went ghrough MISIP received the upgrades to include chaff and flare mods. As to what aircraft I don't have a definitive list but I would say all the with low airframe hours aircraft that went to Intercept squadrons not the bone yard.
  6. What's the worst kit you ever built? (60s-today)

    How about the Modelcraft F-82 any version, took 10 clamps to put everything together straight and a tube of Tamiya putty and plastic shims to get everything cleaned up for the paint!!
  7. Dave whalen PO Box 54003 Silver Heights PO Winnipeg MB R3J 0L5 Canada thanx
  8. Good Hobby shop in Japan?

    The kits in Japan have their price printed on the box, so you pay the same price in yen on the kit as all other hobby shops or toy store. Sometimes you can find discounts or clearance but not too often. The kits you do find are good prices as you are avoiding shipping and import taxes you usually have tacked on stateside prices. Now to where the hobby shops are? We're is your friend going? Models and supplies are abundant even in mom an pop shops!
  9. Icelandic F-15's

    Take a look at my C/D to E comparison, these would apply to the kits. I have seen attempts to do that but no finished product! The ProMonoVell Mudhen is pretty accurate for an E so you would have to do the same to the kits. Especially the newer mud hens have much more additions to them that the Albinos would not have received.
  10. Icelandic F-15's

    You figure before the GWT kit the Monogram kit had a much more accurate Airframe outline than the Hasegawa, though a bit long in tooth, harder to build, raised panel lines and canopy outline it is still the only accurate A model on the market. Academy has misshapen fuselage shapes and for me is ot that appealing in profile. the Tamiya kit and Italeri kits are ok in outline but lack detail considering they italeri is a modern molded kit. Just keep in mind you are using an A model to make a C model, keep my list handy as the speedbrake fairing and wheels are very noticeable differences..
  11. Icelandic F-15's

    C/D to E I had worked on F-15A,B,C,D,E,I,J and S models as Crew Chief, Engine Mechanic and Hydraulic Mechanic,Flight Control and Crash Recovery over my 20 year career in the USAF. I and S models as enroute maintenance as they were delivered to the customer and the J when I was on exchange with the JASDF. I have also had the pleasure(?) of working on Su-27s, Mig-29s, F-4Fs, F-4Es, Mirage 2000, Etendards, F-1s, Tornados, Alpha Jets, etc...... I have flown C-152s, C-150s, C-172s, Piper Cherokees, T tailed Lance, Lear Jet, Martin 404s, DC-3s, King Air, Queen Air, DH-6, Dash 7. Enough about me and on with the list. Here is the list you requested. Some of it might be hard to fix or change, some might be nit picky, but all is helpful when discussing the differances between the differant model F-15s. Remeber the Mudhen was a completly differnat animal from the C and more so from the A, not just the seating arrangments. 1)Radome on the E does not have the Urethane boot on the tip (glossy portion on the C model) 2)ICS Antennas from the C, in between the blade Ant and aft of nose gear aft door on the underside of the nose replaced with flush mounted Ant. 3)HUD combining glass and fwd cockpit instrumentation and CRT differences from C to E. 4) the E Canopy framing has ECS ducting installed due too the increased need for more cooling air for the backseater and avionics. 5)Wing root anti-collision lights are smaller and set closer to the wing root on the E then the C. 6)Speedbrake is beefed-u[p and has a small indentation on the aft leading edge for a handhold for manual raising of the speedbrake, also there should be no well for the speedbrake as on the real aircraft it lays flush on the skin of the airframe on all F-15's. 7) Just aft of the speedbrake there are 6 screens (three par side of the rectangular panel on the center line) this is the JFS (Jet Fuel Starter/ APU) chimney on the E, on the C there is one screen offset to the left for the JFS chimney, the panel in the middle is for additional avionics on the E. 8) The engine humps have additional doors to facilitate engine maintenance on the E as the C only has one for the engine forward mount and two for the aft mounts. 9) Rudders have an additional beef-up for the center hinge point on the E, this was being done to the C but through attrition. 10) A logo lite was installed at the base of the Vertical stab on the E not on the C. 11) the E model horizontal stab has a reinforcing strip ( sealant) raised line running along the leading edge dogtooth fairing mount, C models do not have this. 12) Stinger Ant or what we called nipples are of a different configuration from the C model to the E, references should be checked for the specific aircraft to be modeled. 13) All E models came from the factory with panel 128 removed, depending on time frame the A/C models these were not removed till 1991 after a mod was done. Nose to tail on the belly of the aircraft 14) Gun door has a bulge on the E referred to as the ext clip door, this was were we put our forms for the aircraft also access to the gundrum which the interior was modified from the D to E in having more avionics stuffed up inside of there as well. 15) Main forward Gear doors are bulged on the E for the beefed-up landing gear and increased height and width of the E model tires. 16) JFS exhaust no longer has the louver just a hollow pipe (aft of centerline pylon on the centerline of the aircraft) on the E model, C models were all modified with new JFS exhaust by 1994. 17) Engine bay panels modified so they could be drooped for engine maintenance without dropping the CFTs, the CFT's covered some of the engine bay panels on the C and we had to drop the CFT's anytime we had Engine maintenance. 18) there are two Engine Oil servicing doors on the forward engine bay panel on the E, one inboard and one outboard, the C had one. 19) Tail hook was extended down 2" from the bottom of the fuselage on the E to give more room for more avionics, the C models was flush to the fuselage. 20) Stab actuator panels reconfigured so limited stab maintenance could be done with CFT's installed including a small access panel for doing flight control trimming was installed, C model had unmodified panel as CFT's were hardly ever installed. And of course more to add. 1)Nose and mains truts are beefed up, thinker then the A/C struts. 2)Draglinks on both nose and mains are thicker with the drag springs larger in circumference(round spring looking things at hinge point on drag link used to help strut retract) 3) The bungee on the C model strut replaced with a rigid link on the E (thing that comes down and attaches to the draglink from the trunnion on the mains) this is what makes the strut rotate into the wheelwell when retracting. 4) Wheels (rims) on the E have a spacer on the mains for height and different internal for width, different rim overall. 5) The nose strut has a shimmer damper installed on the front to keep the heavily laden E model nose tire from oscillating on hi-speed taxies or take-off and landing (looks like a thick tube coming out of the strut). 6) The oleo is square I frame on the E in comparison to the rounded oleo on the C. 7) Nose tire is thicker on the E then the C. There are numerous other changes not noticeable on a model of 1/48 or 1/32, but you get the point. This is a pretty basic list but gives you some idea as to some of the changes to the Emodel, there are more panel differences but I would be typing all day with panel lists in front of me. I also have a list on the 1/32 Tamiya F-15Cdiscrepencies if interested.
  12. Icelandic F-15's

    F-15 A/B to C/D, A type prior to MISIP and C model initial production. Nose to Tail Early C Models and A models were almost indistinguishable. I was a Crew Chief on A models 80 – 84 in the 27th TFS, 1TFW, 76-0057 was my first hog. Got my first C model 82-0019 in 83 with 12.7 hours from Micky D’s. Top 1. Majority of the cockpit remained the same with only minor instrumentation upgrades through the years. 2. HUD and HUD combing glass went through an upgrade in 82 to accept the EagleEye scope, home made to mount to the side of the combing glass to slide a rifle scope on for visual identification. 3. The early C models had the same cockpit configuration as the A model until after MISIP in the late 80’s. 4. ESCAPAC seats were initially installed but changed out before 1980 on active duty aircraft with the ACESII Seat. The ACESII seat was basic with no major mods till much later in the seats career. 5. Bay 5 was Metallic Green Color, much to the disbelief of many this was not painted white later in the A models career. This metallic green can be found in the avionics bays of all F-15’s. This Color carried on into the initial batch of C models’ my C model at Kadena 78-0479 still had a Green Bay 5. 6. There was no set up for the ICS boxes that go in Bay5 on the C models. 7. A models did not go through MISIP till later in their career, after the C models went through except for certain intercept squadron aircraft. 8. Aileron actuator panels do not have the pronounced bulges as this denotes a modification of the addition of a hydraulic reducing valve which did not happen till C model production. 9. Both LVS and RVS (left vertical stab and right vertical stab) are missing the beef up plates for the top bullets torque boxes did not come about till the late 80’s. 10. Pnl 128 or tail hook fairing was not removed till after Desert Storm. 11. Turkey Feathers were removed on the Nozzles starting in 79 through 82, I have the scars to prove that from snapping off the finger seals while doing my BPO. 12. Sabre drains (sharp as hell redundant fibreglass drains) on the aft Engine Bay panels were there till after Desert Storm. 13. JSF Exhaust still had a metal Louver, this was not moved till after Desert Storm.. 14. Wheels and Brakes were modified to the type you see today on C model production, A models had the star pattern type wheel and most did not receive the new type after going through MISIP in the 90’s. 15. The wheel wells were that funky metallic green Color as well, I remember this because hooking up the hydraulic test stand the connections were in the main wheel wells and the hydraulic fluid caused the paint to peel around the connections getting the metallic green paint all over my gloves... 16. No chaff and flare mods installed under the intake on A models. 17. COMM panel on the A model was further forward on the left intake bottom and square, the C model COMM panel was rectangular and further aft, both were hinged at the front of the panel. 18. No ICS antennae’s behind the nose gear door and in between the blade or UHF antennae’s. 19. The rectangular blade antennae’s on the canopy hump aft of the canopy were the only half type used till the early 90’s when these were hard to replace so a suitable sub was found which turned into the shark ant you see today. 20. There were panel changes over the years but this would not be noticeable in smaller scales and only to someone intamite with the F-15. Any questions or you want me to elaborate anything feel free to ask. Streak Eagle mod Nozzles are feathered the GT resin set and kit partsare good for this. 1. You can use the Early F-15C Aires resin tub using an Aires ESCAPAC IC-7 seat instead of the ACESII. 2. Bay5 has the ECM boxes removed as in the A model, telemetry equipment was added including video recording equipment. 3. The Speedbrake fitted on the Streak was the shorter type and the fairings will need to modified to accept this. Gun muzzle fairing needs to be faired over as the Streak Eagle had no armament, this is plate patch. 4. Wheels are the earlier F-15A wheels with 12 holes in the hub. Bruce has what you need http://partsrparts.homestead.com/F15parts.html 5. There is no HUD fitted so no combining glass installed. 6. A very long sensor probe attached to the tip of the radomes and the radome is made of Duralumimnum. 7. Arresting hook removed and well faired over. 8. Primary and regenerated heat exchanger exhausts and louvers 9. Eliminate UHF/VHF radio antenna blade on upper fuselage spine 10. Sealed Sparrow missile attachment point, close all openings 11. Eliminate strake over rear Sparrow missile attachment points??????? 12. No pylons on wings or fuselage 13. Wing flaps permanently up (actuators were eliminated to save weight) 14. All formation and navigation lights sealed on wings (including low intensity panels on wingtips) 15. Remove the starboard side lower aft avionics heat exchanger exhaust duct and intake door 16. Remove low intensity navigation light panels on sides of aft fuselage (framing remains) 17. Vertical stabs with EWWS (or similar) antenna housings on both tails (pre-record attempt with tail patch marking 18. Vertical stabs with small mass balance on both tails instead of EWWS housings 19. Coloured navigation lights on upper trailing edge of both tails sealed 20. Eliminate taxi and landing lights from nose gear 21. Forward nose gear door closed while on the ground (prior to record attempts) 22. Forward nose gear door open while on the ground (for record attempts) 23. Forward main gear doors closed while on the ground (prior to record attempts) 24. Forward main gear doors open while on the ground (for record attempts) 25. Add "over the shoulder" video camera and mount next to the port side of the Ejection seat 26. Add large white UHF blade antenna on rear canopy deck 27. Fill Kit Chaff and Flare Dispensers 28. Fill Holes for C/Line Pylon 29. Access hatches on top of the engine humps and the JFS starter intake and exhaust, 2 not 4. 30. Remove bulges on the vertical tails for the rudder actuators as they are late model configuration and too exaggerated. 31. Remove the Stiffener panels on the horizontal stabs. 32. Front landing gear below shock absorber need to be rounded not square. 33. Front instrument panel displays/panels removed:- HUD Control panel 34. - TEWs display, - Radar scope - Armament Control Panel - Standard G-Meter 35. Port Console panels removed: - All Navigation related panels - IFF and TEWs panels - Radar Panel 1 Starboard Console panels removed: - All TEWS, Navigation , and Compass related panels Points 31-33 will be virtually impossible to remove neatly, I have some good cockpit layout drawings so I know where they are, I suspect these will be best left alone. Cheers Dave To learn more and get OneNote, visit www.onenote.com.
  13. Icelandic F-15's

    I have searched here and only found the C/D to E, just do a search for that one, the A to C I can repost if needed?
  14. Icelandic F-15's

    We shipped them out, they were sent to Iceland to extend their intercept range and Elmendorf for their Alert. I don't remember exact dates but they were in the tank farm and they slowly disapeared. I was in AGS Supervisiin and thinking thank you lord they are gone. Might have been later? They didn't transfer I with you F-15s, they came later.
  15. Icelandic F-15's

    In fact after our flirtation at Langley with CFT's and dropping all types of those dumb things that go boom in 85 we sent those POS to Iceland and the 57th.