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F-15E Strike Eagle

by Jonathan Chuck

 

F-15E Strike Eagle

 


Revell-Monogram's 1/48 scale Strike Eagle is available online at Squadron.com

 

Introduction

 

My friend told me I should write a review to go along with my pictures of the latest release of the 1/48 scale Revell-Monogram Promodeler F-15E. I replied "What's there to write? The kit goes together well and the basic kit has already been written about".

That's pretty much the story in a nutshell when describing this kit, which was released last year.

The latest boxing has a different decal sheet and a full set of weapons that all you modelers have been screaming for.

 

 

Construction

 

Despite my initial remark, I did find a few things to write about. I built the kit almost out of the box. There were no major problems in the construction.

 

 

Modelers will, however find a very small gap when test fitting the starboard (right) top wingtip. All of the reviews I've read suggested filling the gap, but I found a much easier way of dealing with this. Just lay a piece of sandpaper on your table top and swipe the outside edge of the lower right wing 2-4 times taking off about .25mm off the edge. Be very careful not to take off too much or else you'll end up having to fill a gap below the wing.

I made a few "5 minute" modifications during the construction.

Dropping the ailerons is an idea that I borrowed from Uncle Rick. All you have to do is score the aileron hinge half way and the outer edge all the way through with an Xacto knife. From there you can just bend the aileron down to simulate the hydrolics being bled out when the plane is on the ground. The flaps on the inside are usually locked up so don't bother dropping them.

I didn't like the "flat tires" that came with the kit so I fixed them. This was done by gluing each tire half upside down leaving half a tire tip gap on the top and bottom that's easy to fill and shape with putty. Car putty worked great for me in this case. The eight individual holes on the "hub cap" looked a little too diamond shaped when compared to photos of the real thing so I rounded them out easily with a pin vise. The front tire was sanded slightly flat as well.

 

 

None of these modifications are hard and they shouldn't take long, however it would be nice if someone made a resin replacement (hint, hint).

Now for the weapons. In addition to the two gas tanks and four AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles that came with the original release, the kit comes with two GBU-15 glide bombs (2000 lbs.), data link pod, two AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles and four GBU-10 laser guided bombs (also 2000 lbs.) that are not shown in my pics. All are nicely done and accurate. Curiously though, some of the rear fin tips on the GBU-15s are correctly "clipped" on the edge and some are not. Oh well - I just lined up a correct one with an incorrect one and clipped off that 90 degree tip with a nail clipper. If this entire job takes you more than 5 minutes, you're doing something wrong.

 

 

Painting and Decals

 

Painting and decaling was easy. I used Xtracolor FS 36118 Gunship Grey (British paint, British spelling) because the glossy finish made it easier to decal. If I had to do it over again I would probably use the Tamiya spay paint because their shade of Gunship is darker and matches the real F-15E better.

I used an aftermarket decal sheet by Fighter Decals (yeah!) instead of the kit ones because I wanted to do an Alaskan Strike Eagle.

 

 

For the weapons, I dug up some blue striped decals to make training rounds.

So there it is. For the price I'm sure all of you agree it's a great kit. There's a Velinden update kit for all of you who want to open all the bays, but get ready to pay more for that then you paid for the kit!
 


Model, Text and Images Copyright 2001 by Jonathan Chuck
Page Created 16 September, 2001
Last Updated 04 June, 2007

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