1/48th F-15C Eagle MSIP-II
Here are a few images of my latest project, the Great Wall F-15C in 173rd Fighter Wing livery. This project is actually a kit-bash using Great Wall plastic and Monogram decals. The Monogram F-15 utilized the original F-15 tooling, and I wanted a more modern kit to display the decals. The Great Wall kit was superb, and the Monogram decals were spectacular. I always worry about large decals that cover a lot of surface area, but these were super easy to work with. They were extremely durable, a necessity when trying to slide them into position, but they conformed well to surface detail, so well in fact, they looked virtually painted on. The only recommendation I can make about them, is to be sure and use lots of water until they are positioned in the proper place. I used Mr. Mark Softer to set them.
I used the Eduard, self-adhesive cockpit set and I actually bought an Aires exhaust set, but didn't use it. The kit exhausts were so well executed, I thought they looked better then the Aires resin. I also worried the Aires exhausts wouldn't fit quite right, since they were designed for the Hasegawa kit. The only other after-market item I added to this build was a True Details, ACES II ejection seat.
The Mod-Eagle paint scheme that lies underneath the markings, turned out to be a big masking challenge, something I hadn't anticipated when I started the project. The Eagle's metal surfaces surrounding the exhaust area added to the masking complexity. This was a rewarding project, and I ended up with a nice F-15C sporting a very unique paint scheme.
5 additional images. Click to enlarge.