1/72 Israeli F-15C 'Baz'
Israel took delivery of their first F-15's in 1976. The procurement of these new fighters was to replace their aging Mirage fleet. A number of Israeli aces were sent over to the US to test both the F-14 Tomcat and the F-15 Eagle. The conclusion was the F-15 was cheaper to buy, maintain and out performed the Tomcat in every area.
It wasn't until 27 June 1979 that the Baz got to show it's worth. With the F-15's bagging 4 air to air victories that day, one with each type of weapon. One by Cannon, one by Python 3, one by AIM-7F & one by AIM-9G. All four victims were MiG-21's
The Baz I have built here scored it's only air to air victory 10 June 1982 when Gil Rapaport shot down a MiG-23 with a Python 3.
This wasn't the best fitting kit around. Quite a few things didn't quite go together as planned but I still had fun and think it came out ok. Cant wait to give the GWH 1/48 scale Raam a go.
Attached are some pics of the model and actual aircraft.
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