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1/48 GWH F-15E 389th Fighter Squadron

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Hello,

 

I just started my 3rd 1/48 GWH F-15, what a great kit 🙂 This one will be the F-15E with Two Bobs' "T-Bolts rule" decals, specifically the 389th FS CC aircraft, very similar to this one:

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I started with the intakes as this is, in my experience, the most annoying thing to deal with  🙂

 

First, remove the ejection marks

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Then, glue the halves and putty

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Finally, cut at about 1.5in from the inlet with a PE saw to facilitate painting of the grey front/white aft parts of the intakes

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The bits of plasticard all around ensure perfect reassembly 🙂

 

Cheers,

 

Arnaud

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This morning I focused on the bottom fuselage:

  • Closed MLG doors: Drilled holes in the bays to help position the doors flush (by inserting a toothpick and pushing back if the door sits too deep). Fit is quite awesome, very little filler required 🙂
  • Internal in-flight support rod through the center exhaust port, reinforced by pouring PU resin between two temporary walls made of plasticine
  • Drilled the holes for external loads

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Cheers,

 

Arnaud

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LOVE the Mudhen !! Following along.

 

Steve

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Thanks Steve. I started tackling the upper fuselage, with the intakes upper vents. GWH provides nice PE replacements which require cutting out the original plastic grills. In order to cut just the right size I measured the PE grills and made a vinyl cutting template using my Silhouette Portrait:

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The grills were then fitted using UV-curing glue, first time using it and I must say I'm very impressed: super convenient and much easier than CA glue 🙂

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Cheers,

 

Arnaud

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I’ll be following with great interest- you’re off to a great start!

 

TBolts Rule!

 

Steve

 

 

 

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Looks like you are off to the races! Great job so far. My only real complaint on this kit is the lack of the centerline pylon. I'm not sure how GWH missed that one. 

 

Aaron 

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Posted (edited)

Totally agree Aaaron, the missing center pylon is a very strange omission considering 1/ it's so often there on F-15Es 2/ they have it tooled 3/ they included it in the F-15I boxing

Fortunately I had planned for this and will build my F-15C, which includes it, without center pylon 🙂

 

Made a lot of progress on the cockpit today, will post pictures a bit later

 

Stay tuned,

 

Arnaud

Edited by arnobiz

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The main cockpit parts are painted on the sprue, as the tabs are out of sight 🙂 All OOB, very nice decals are provided for all screens and bezels

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I also added locating stops for the Aires exhausts as their outer diameter is barely smaller than the fuselage inner diameter

 

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Cheers,

 

Arnaud

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Posted (edited)

Great looking cockpit!  The effect in the UFCs is very convincing.  
 

Steve

Edited by Falconxlvi

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