The Eagle Has Landed…on my model shelf
September 7, 2015 in Aviation
Now I need a bigger shelf…
This is the Revell 1/48 scale F-15E Strike Eagle, built ‘out-of-the-box’ using the markings for #80-0487, 335th Tactical Fighter Squadron, the “Chiefs”, 4th Fighter Wing, Operation Desrt Storm, 1991 .
I got this kit on an impulse buy, spur of the moment at my local big-box arts and crafts store, where they have a limited selection of kits. I’ve never done a jet, I guess the big box and striking artwork lured me in. While standing in the checkout line, I was behind a man and his wife, the wife was buying floral stuff. The guy was a big macho looking dude with a bunch of tattoos and a pistol on his belt. He looked at me, then looked at the kit in my hand, then looked at me and said ‘I didn’t know they sold THOSE here! Where are they?”
I said “about halfway to the back on the far right”
He went running off to find them while his wife gave me a dirty look…
Anyway I thought I’d do a jet, and maybe not have to deal with so much canopy mask issues as i do on my usual WWII subjects, but this kit presented its own challenges. It is large, I’ll say that, you get a lot of plastic for your money. I wish they had included all the items that hang on all the empty hangers up underneath it. I did a cursory internet search for add ons but couldn’t find any and by then was wanting to get finished so I didn’t search too hard. The kit is generally well made, not too much flash and stuff, the hardest part was figuring out the right order to paint and build in. The overall color is “blindfold”, a Valspar Color Radiance “Advanced Color” Spray can I had around the house, which came from local big-box home improvement store last year. For spray can paint, it sprays a real fine mist and you don’t have to turn it upside down and spray it when your done. just stop.
Thanks for providing all the great models here on iModeler that inspire me so – Happy Labor Day too!
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