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Craig Baldwin

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  1. FineMolds has announced that the first boxings of the C kit are missing parts tree "E". Customers are asked to contact FineMolds to arrange for replacement part.

    As well this is their holiday schedule.

    "As of December 28th, business has ended for the remainder of 2023. We will be open for business from the 5th of the new year, but responses to inquiries, requests for parts, and mail order shipments will be available from the 9th onwards. Please refer to the information in the source post regarding the missing runners for the “F-15 C Fighter” kit."




  2. 23 hours ago, Mercury said:

    FineMolds is pretty on the ball for these new Eagle kits: the "J-MSIP" one does not have this exhaust, but the "Hot Scramble 1984" one does...


    Yes, I have both, and wish they would have included both parts in all kits. A good build but double check alignment of parts along the way.

  3. My current bench project is the F-15J J-MSIP by FineMolds. Test fitting and gluing in progress.

    I have found detail and fit excellent throughout. Three two minor areas are the top of the intakes with sink marks, filling sanding in progress with Mr Surfacer. On the forward fuselage, aft lower end are some seams requiring blending, with the left side needing slightly more blending.


    Future releases seem possible with locating divots on the side of the intakes for the fairing as seen in the final photo.


    Good information can be found here  https://thaimilitaryandasianregion.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/mitsubishi-f-15j-japan/







  4. On 11/9/2023 at 11:09 AM, CF104 said:

    According to "The Modern Eagle Guide" by Jake Melampy, the round exhaust is for the Regenerative Heat Exchanger. Factory installed on all Eagles up to F-15E 96-0200. Later Eagles had a change to the ECS which negated the round exhaust. Many earlier Eagles have been modified to also remove this exhaust which is what happened to 090 in the photos. Best to check photo references for the particular jet being modeled.


    Thank you John. One never has enough reference material. I see that book is harder to find.

  5. During my build of the FineMolds F-15, I noticed that some aircraft have the round louvred vent to the right side aft of the cockpit, and some don't. And now in at least one case there are photos of an aircraft with and without it in the time period of one year. Assuming it is tied to the Environmental System (air conditioning), anyone have any information on it installation?


    Thank you

    F-15 aircon round vent.jpg

    090 2014.jpg

    090 2015.jpg

  6. 15 hours ago, GeneK said:

    For those with Silhouette cutters, I posted canopy masks for the single seaters here. I also posted an svg for folks with other cutters or those who want to trace/cut manually.


    Unfortunately the excellent Scale Models Paint Mask site is not well known, but hopefully with the increasing number of cutter owners, traffic (and subsequently uploads) will increase. A great modelling resource with so much potential ... .:thumbsup:


    Thank you Gene, a great job. Very useful for which I believe will be the go-to Eagle kit in 1/72. Mine arrived a few days ago and no disappointments here.

  7. 24 minutes ago, boomer46 said:

    I hope you have enjoyed this trip down memory lane and possibly picked up something you can use on one of your next projects. Remember, this is just a hobby and we are supposed to have fun and enjoy it. Thanks to all who have stopped by.



    Thank you Boomer for this thread. We can see you have a passion for the RF. Great details.

  8. 42 minutes ago, Ben Brown said:

    OP, as Gene said, there are a lot of variations for the RBF pins and locks. The ones you’ll definitely need are the gear down locks that clamp over the hydraulic actuators, aux air intake safety pins, and weapons pylon pins.


    Why has no aftermarket company ever released those?


    Great topic @GeneK , and I'm with you @Ben Brown for these other items. Ground locks/pins should be one of the last items removed before flight.


    Thanks @RichB63, posted this just as you posted.

  9. From @finemolds_news  on Twitter.
    先日テストショットをアップしたF-15垂直尾翼。 基部と一体パーツになっており、基部に実機通りのパネルラインはありますが段差はございません また初期仕様とJMSIPとで細部の違いも再現しています ちな4枚目の写真の実機通り十字で“ない”パネルラインが、個人的にはツボです
    Translated from Japanese by Google
    The F-15 vertical tail that I uploaded a test shot the other day. It is an integral part with the base, and there is a panel line on the base just like the actual machine, but there is no step. In addition, the differences in details between the initial specifications and JMSIP are also reproduced. In the 4th photo, the panel line that is "not" a cross like the actual machine is a key point for me personally
    I do like how the vertical tail is attached to the fuselage, an improvement over the Hasegawa.






  10. Digging through my T-33 pics only came up with this one I took myself of a Canadair T33. You can see the short links going up inside the flap well to which they would attach to the flap actuation mechanism. Their were 4 links for each flap with the previous photo better serving to visualize the spacing, as the inboard two were slightly closer together. Silver primer that I remember for the colour. I have a PDF copy of an RCAF T33 Mk3 pilot AIRCRAFT OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS but no diagrams in there illustrate anything useful for the modeller. As well nothing with a diagram in a 1958 AIRFRAME TRAINING MANUAL.

    Good luck with the build.


  11. The Academy T-33 can still build to a nice looking model. No shortcuts for the flaps though. I trying to find a better photo of the flap well area but am coming up short. It is a simple structure of just ribs and stringers with a rod running the length of the well where the flap control attaching links are connected to. If memory serves, the motor(s) were inside the fuselage. Blank off the area exposed to the fuselage.



    62c32447a618d93d7aae33b2_CT-33 303.jpg

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