The F-15E Strike Eagle is a twin-engine, all weather fighter considered the backbone of the US Air Force. Its air superiority and proven design made it almost undefeatable in air-to-air combat, with more than 100 aerial combat victories. Both engines provide 58,000 pounds of thrust (when you have to be somewhere quick) which enables the F-15 to exceed speeds of Mach 2.5. Boeing has built more than 1,600 of the aircraft for six countries around the world. None of them plan to retire the F-15.
For the Modeler: This review covers the This Skill Level 3 (for ages 14 and up) F-15E Strike Eagle 1:48 Scale Academy Model Kit #1687 they are still available online. It consists of 152 parts on including a four piece clear plastic canopy set. It has previously been released in different versions and is still available on internet auction sites. . This is a nice re-issue kit by Academy of the Original NEW TOOL 1990 version with fully engraved panel lines. Nicely detailed interior and exhaust cones and comes with a decent array of weapons underneath. The kit comes with 1 clear sprue, 8 plastic sprues and 2 decal sheets. The kit was re released in 2006 and again in 2009 as “Operation Iraqi Freedom” and a few times after that. The completed dimensions are: 15 7/8″ L x 10 7/8″ Wide x 4 1/2″ Tall (wheels to tail tip).
Covered in this Review: If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; extensive paint and finishing information; adhesive selections and applications; cockpit construction and detailing; decal preparation and application; instrument panel detailing; finishing sequences; using clear coats for decal application; landing gear and tire finishing; historical information; exhaust area painting technique; canopy detailing; decal selection, detailing the landing gear bays; instruction clarifications and corrections; using setting solutions for great looking decals; camo finishing techniques; version considerations; making IP screen “lenses”; altered assembly sequences for fitment; nose section alignment aids; armament detailing; explaining instruction errors; decal placement; clamping methods; masking methods explained; intake detailing; adding black washes for realism; identifying and repairing seams; are all fully examined in this tutorial 31 page, full-color Step-by-Step review.
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