Hasegawa 1/48th scale

F-15C Eagle

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Hasegawa 1/48th scale F-15C Eagle

Oregon ANG, Johnny "Sanke" Adkisson, 114th FS/173rd FW, Kingsley Field AB 2001

Model Built late-2002/early 2003

Hasegawa 1/48th scale F-15C Eagle

1.     These pictures were taken exactly four weeks before the later photo's of the completed Hasegawa 1/48th Scale F-15C were taken.

Hasegawa 1/48th scale F-15C Eagle

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2.     These earlier photo's have been added here to show some of the details not readily apparent on the completed model. 3.     This photo shows the Ejection Seat, wheels, avionics bay doors, pylons and afterburner assemblies. 4.     Here we see the detail put into the rear cockpit area. This area is later covered up by the canopy assembly seen to the right in this photo. 5.     Another view of those afterburner cans before assembly. The details of the avionics bays show up well in this photo.
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6.     Another quarter view of the semi-painted and part-assembled F-15C. 7.     Compare this photo to later shots of the same area. The panel lines have not been emphasised with a black wash yet. No decals have been applied either. It is interesting to note how much like a toy it looks without these subtle touches. 8.     Another close-up of those wheels. The tyre colour is actually Xtracolour Tyre Black which is not quite black. The dark washes on the ejection seat really bring out the detail... 9.     Here is our first view of the completed Hasegawa 1/48th scale F-15C Eagle built during November, December and January 2002/2003. The markings are for a machine from the 114th FS/173rd FW. This is an Air National Guard unit.
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10.     This scheme is for the "Mod Eagle" colours. The ladder is from the kit. The open avionics doors are made from photo-etched copper plate which is difficult to bend to shape unless the surface is continuous otherwise it bulges. 11.     The cockpit was detailed with a resin ejection seat and various other items from the Verlinden "F-15C Eagle Super Detail Set". Additional details are made up from pieces of scrap, fuse wire and RBF tags from PPAeroparts. 12.     All details were added with reference to the Verlinden Lock On book for the F-15C. Here we see one of the open avionics bays for the Radar. These parts are made up from resin accessories from the Verlinden super-tech set. 13.     The Doors here are made from the Verlinden photo-etched metal. The interior green was airbrushed on with the details added by brush. A combination of Humbrol and Xtracolour enamels were used with a thin wash of acrylic black paint to bring out the details.
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14.     The finished item is quite effective even if quite difficult to put together. Verlinden, like other resin/metal superdetail sets presents several challenges even to the most experience modeller and the fit of these parts could have been better. 15.     The nose undercarriage leg has a PPAeroparts Remove Before Flight (RBF) Tag attached. The stencils on the fuselage are from a set of decals by "Tiger Wings". 16.     The main undercarriage also has a RBF tag and info panels from pieces of black decal. The writing is touched in from blobs of white paint applied with a cocktail stick. A black wash of thinned acrylic is in the wheel hubs. 17.     The finished item is quite effective even if quite difficult to put together. Verlinden, like other resin/metal superdetail sets presents several challenges even to the most experience modeller and the fit of these parts could have been better.
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18.     Details on the exterior were supplied by Eduard and mostly included the various vents you see. These were cut out from the plastic kit part during the assembly before the photo-etched replacement was super-glued in place. Tricky! 19.     Here we see some of those Eduard vents in detail. An Eduard interior detail set was also purchased but most of it was not used because of the superior parts in the Verlinden super-tech set. Eduard "Express Masks" were tried when painting the canopy but they failed to impress as they fitted quite poorly and better results are possible with tape and PVA glue in the conventional manner. 20.     The Flaperons were cut out and lowered to match published photo's of the real aircraft at rest. The exhaust nozzles were completely replaced by the excellent units from Aires although it is a shame that the Turkey Feathers were still moulded on. Mark was unable to find any after-market accessory that showed the nozzles realistically. He tried Cutting Edge Exhaust Nozzles but these were no better. However, they were used later on a couple of F-16 kits. 21.     Another view of the results of that Verlinden superdetail set. Applying those shark teeth over these various cut out doors was quite a challenge. They were temporarily fixed in place during fixing of the decals. Then a sharp knife cut out the decals when in place. The entire model was airbrushed in Xtracolour Enamels with the camouflage pattern being masked off with paper masks cut from scale plans enlarged on a photocopier.
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22.     An overall view of the underside of the completed kit. The natural metal areas are covered in Bare Metal Foil. The weathering is done with oil pastel dust in brown and black. This photo also betrays its January origin - you can see the snow on the ground outside. The model is being held in its creator's hands when this photo was taken. 23.     These next few photo's were taken in December 2004 to illustrate how this model looks after it was finally placed on its display base. A Name Plate has been added too. 24.     The Base perfectly complements the model although its seems a little undersize in retrospect! The base is identical in size to the one used with the F-4E elsewhere on this web site. The F-4E Phantom II fits perfectly within the confines of its Base. This illustrates just how big an aeroplane the F-15C Eagle is in comparison to its predecessor. 25.     The Name plate reads "F-15C Eagle - Oregon ANG, Johnny "Snake" Adkisson, 114th FS/173rd FW, Kingsley Field AB 2001".
Oregon ANG, Johnny "Sanke" Adkisson, 114th FS/173rd FW, Kingsley Field AB 2001 Oregon ANG, Johnny "Sanke" Adkisson, 114th FS/173rd FW, Kingsley Field AB 2001    
26.     A couple more views... There is a large number of assorted modern Ground Equipment items that will join this Model in future. 27.     As soon as we update our little diorama we shall bring the photo's to you here.    

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