Desert Storm F-15C in 1/72 Scale
This is a model of F-15C 85-0104 58TH TFS.33RD TFW based at Tabuck AB, Saudi Arabia in January 1991.
While flying this aircraft Capt. Tony Schiavi shot down a Mig 23 on January 26, 1991. The aircraft now flies out of Elmendorf AK with the 3rd Wing 33rd TFW with the ZZ tail codes. Pictures still show the Mig-23 kill marking on the port side of the cockpit.
Not all models need to be built with new parts. The model is the 1/72 scale Hasegawa kit from the late 1980s, the directions have a copyright of 1988. The decals are Repli-scale with a copyright of 1992 and were printed by Microscale. An old True Details Aces ejection seat finishes the cockpit. Finally the boarding ladder is from P.P. Aeroparts and is copyrighted 1984. The light ghost gray is Model Master Acryl and the dark ghost gray has a tint of flat black to provide more contrast. Alclad II was used to paint the metal areas at the rear ventral side of the aircraft and various shades of Testors metalizers were used on the afterburners.
The missiles came from the Hasegawa missile set as do the decals. Building, painting, decaling and finally putting the missiles on the aircraft was the most tedious part of the build.
Except for the paint all the parts date from the last century and were bought long ago.