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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