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NASA F-15 ACTIVE Question

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I've been working on a NASA 1/48 jet collection for a while and need some advice.  So far I've got a SR-71 LASRE, F-104N, YF-12, and HL-10 either finished or on the way.  I've got markings and kits for F-18, U-2 (different variants), F-106, F-102,  and a few others. 

 

No model has been done of the F-15 ACTIVE, so I'm interested in being the first kid on my block to have one.  Much of the conversion and modification of a stock F-15D (I'll probably go with a Great Wall kit) is straightforward except for the markings and afterburners.  Artwork and printing for decals will be outsourced, which leaves the nozzles.  

 

The rectangular nozzles will be too much of a hassle, so the round ones could be the way to go.  I don't know much about them and haven't found any good resources on them.  In general, are they just PW F-100s with the different actuators, or completely new and different?

 

Secondly, any suggestions (books, magazines, website) where to find good research?

 

Thanks,

 

Chris

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3 hours ago, adamitri said:

Dont forget the F-16 XL...

 

I'm trying to stick with what I currently have in my stash.  (A very lame excuse since I just bought a KP hi-grade Su-25UBK today). 

 

I'm a big fan of NASA markings, however, the black and yellow XL doesn't quite do it for me.  Not that it matters a bunch.  What resin is available for the Skunk kit?  I typically like to add a resin/PE cockpit and exhaust as a minimum.  Any idea if aftermarket for Kinetic F-16s would fit this kit?

Chris 

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The axisymmetric nozzles used on the F-15 ACTIVE (also known as pitch/yaw balance beam nozzles) had a very unique look to them. When parked they would also relax into a slight downward position.

 

Tony

 

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What are you going to use for the canards?  I heard in the past that those are 18 stabs.

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Did you know that Hasegawa is releasing this aircraft in 1/72? I bet they will do a 1/48 also.

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Hasegawa 02251 NASA F-15 Active/IFCS 1/72 scale kit
Hasegawa 02251 NASA F-15 Active/IFCS 1/72 scale kit
Hasegawa 02251 NASA F-15 Active/IFCS 1/72 scale kit
Hasegawa 02251 NASA F-15 Active/IFCS 1/72 scale kit
HASEGAWA

HASEGAWA 02251 NASA F-15 ACTIVE/IFCS 1/72 SCALE KIT

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What I like is that the Hasegawa kit seems to have included just about all of the different tail flashes and marking options, even those that that can't be built right out of the box. That way if somebody is enterprising enough, they can build just about any iteration of the aircraft with the markings in the box.

 

Cheers!

 

Hoops

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That's awesome.  I'll definitely scoop up the 1/72 kit to use as a reference.

 

I would like to use the Great Wall kit.  It fits so much easier than the Hasegawa kit with a the awful wingroot seam.  

 

Please update us if you score some intel on its availability. 

 

Chris

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I do have a few pictures culled from basic good searches, but does anybody know where I can find good images of the 2D Thrust Vectoring/Reversing nozzles from the STOL/MTD iteration of this aircraft?

 

Cheers, and thanks!

 

Hoops

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On 8/26/2017 at 5:46 AM, X-Plane Fan said:

The axisymmetric nozzles used on the F-15 ACTIVE (also known as pitch/yaw balance beam nozzles) had a very unique look to them. When parked they would also relax into a slight downward position. 

 

 

Tony

tony do have any more photos of the ACTIVE f-15?

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Whoa! Those photos would help a lot, would you be able to share the rest somehow?

 

Cheers,

 

Hoops

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I did not know they put what looks like an E-model cockpit in the ACTIVE - including the HUD.  Looks like only the front center MFD location is different...

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On 9/2/2017 at 8:01 AM, f86esabre said:

Did you know that Hasegawa is releasing this aircraft in 1/72? I bet they will do a 1/48 also.

CLICK TO OPEN EXPANDED VIEW

Hasegawa 02251 NASA F-15 Active/IFCS 1/72 scale kit
Hasegawa 02251 NASA F-15 Active/IFCS 1/72 scale kit
Hasegawa 02251 NASA F-15 Active/IFCS 1/72 scale kit
Hasegawa 02251 NASA F-15 Active/IFCS 1/72 scale kit
HASEGAWA

HASEGAWA 02251 NASA F-15 ACTIVE/IFCS 1/72 SCALE KIT

I just hope that when they do the 1/48, it will be the thrust vectoring nozzles already.....

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On 9/1/2017 at 7:01 PM, f86esabre said:

Did you know that Hasegawa is releasing this aircraft in 1/72? I bet they will do a 1/48 also.

 

 

Looks like their regular B/D kit with resin bits for the canards and actuator covers.  Kit also has the large production speed brake not the smaller version on the pre-production airframes which includes 71290

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3 hours ago, habu2 said:

 

Looks like their regular B/D kit with resin bits for the canards and actuator covers.  Kit also has the large production speed brake not the smaller version on the pre-production airframes which includes 71290

 

The instructions do direct the modeller to fill and scribe the appropriate lines for the shorter speed brake, although I'm sure that there are some other differences as well.

 

 

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