Revell 1/32 scale F15D/E
Eagle model kit
kit can be built as either a D or E model.
don't build too many aircraft kits, but this one appealed
to me. While Tamiya also makes a 1/32 scale F15, this one
was far less money. At the time, dirt cheap for a model
in this scale.
fitment of the parts is fair, and no large issues were encountered.
At first I thought the landing gear would not be strong
enough to support such a large (heavy) kit, but they've
held up during the build (though after a few weeks, they
failed, and that will be a fix to deal with later).
nose has a very basic radar setup, but I glued the nose
on anyway. No hinge is supplied to pose it open. I chose
the MK2 bombs for the ordinance. I also used the 30mm gun
you get to the underside of the model, it can be difficult
not to accidentally knock off something already glued on,
so be careful there. It's a large kit, and awkward to handle.
I use two folded towels to cushion the model upside down
to protect the rear tail wings and cockpit, while I attached
the lower ordinance.
painted the cockpit details black, and then used the kit
decals over that, I believe it turned out quite well.
location diagrams for the landing gear are a bit vague,
so extra care needs to be taken there.
chose to only use some of the tiger decals. I wanted a more
aggressive look, and I thought the many tiger stripe decals
running down the side fuselage (fuel tanks) were to much,
have limited time, so this took about 3 months for me to
build off and on. If you like large aircraft, and you have
a place to display them, I recommend this kit, especially
as it's a price bargain (till the collectors prices kick
in) compared to other large scale aircraft kits out there.