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Lakenheath Mudhen

January 31, 2014 in Aviation

This is the 1/48 Academy kit of a F-15E Strike Eagle from 492nd FS (RAF Lakenheath), depicted as deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, 2006, hence a little dirtier than at home.

Except for a few RBF tags, everything is OOB.

Those of you who’ve seen my other builds may note that this is pretty much the first jet offering – pilots strapped across jet-cans aren’t really my thing – but as Lakenheath mudhens fly in pairs over my house almost daily, I went over to the dark side on this occasion.

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7 responses to Lakenheath Mudhen

  1. Now Rob, we know you have ventured to the dark side on at least two other occasions, and I for one am glad to see you do, as your work is appreciated no matter what venue you choose to indulge yourself. Your F-15 looks great.

  2. The cockpit photo looks as prototypical as it gets! A great job, especially on the weathering detail, just enough..

  3. Rob, I’m glad you made the leap of faith. Beautiful job. Must be a treat to see these birds on a regular basis. Interesting the (I assume) “mission markings” on the port side below cockpit. Thanks for posting!

  4. Nice job there Rob. A lovely build and paint job.

    Well done sir.

  5. It’s cool, Rob, the subtle weathering is especially convincing. I lived in Norfolk for a number of years and lost count of the number of times I drove past RAF Lakenheath!

  6. Rob,
    Absolutely beautiful. Wonderful weathering. I would not be a fan of mud hens but I will bet you are glad they are not seagulls. “little birdie’s in the sky, dropped some whitewash in my eye. Gee I’m glad elephants don’t fly”

  7. Very nice Rob, looks amazing! The cockpit detail is superb, hard to believe its not aftermarket.

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