The last ADC Eagle.
Hello everyone first finish in a few weeks.
This is the not-too-good Academy 1:48 F-15A, I’ve had this in the stash for a fair number of years and had always intended to build it as a Bitburg machine fully loaded with wall-to-wall Sparrows’n ‘winders. That idea went away when I ‘impulse bought’ Superscale sheet 48-753 which has this superb scheme for the 5th FIS out of Minot AFB in the mid 1980’s.
This unit swapped it’s F-106’s for F-15’s 1984 and was dis-established just three years later along with the rest of Air Defence Command. Back home at the Duxford museum we have an F-15A in this scheme and it always looks very impressive, so I guess there’s a (very) tenuous personal link.
OK to the kit – well it’s ‘OK’; the fit is mostly fine – the intakes though’ are a nightmare, there is some question as to the contours of the fuselage/airbrake area aft of the cockpit and the instructions are woeful. However with a lot of perseverance and a continuous supply of strong coffee it can be hammered in to submission. For paint I’ve used Xtracolour enamels throughout – still my favourite brand of paint, there’s an old Aeroclub white metal seat in the pit and other than that the only ‘extra’ is an AIM-9P from the old Hasegawa weapons set ‘B’. I HAVE to mention the stencils – these come from one of the first ever Microscale sheets issued back in 1986 (48-063) I used the entire sheet and they behaved impeccably, not a hint of silvering, not a single tear, man those folks in Carson City knew what they doing back in the day !!
Definitely not one from the ‘top drawer’ but looks quite imposing in the cabinet (as long as you don’t look too closely). My thanks taking the time to look and/or comment, and as ever all criticism, comments and questions are welcome.
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