F-15 kit is one of the better kits of this aircraft in this scale.
The cockpit consists of a four piece bang seat, raised detail on the
instrument panel and side consoles as well as decals for those who
are not good at painting these panels. A control stick as well as a
fairly well detailed avionics bay behind the pilot completes the
cockpit assembly. For those who want a bit more detail, there is a
resin aftermarket part to provide that detail for the avionics bay.
The nose gear well fits under this assembly.
In line with almost every 1/72 F-15 kit, the nose is separate and
split vertically while the rest of the fuselage is split
horizontally. There is no weight information provided as the Eagle
doesn't seem to need it, but those of us who are cautious will add a
bit just to be sure. Intakes are fairly shallow with compressor
faces on the blanking plates. The forward intakes are in two pieces
and the kit provides ramp detail as well. To provide for other
boxings of the Eagle, there are some small pieces to attach to the
trailing edges of the fuselage.
The wings have a 'half wing' lower insert with pylon holes already
opened. This kit provides the exhaust without the 'turkey feathers'
so has five burner petals per side plus all their actuating rods.
All the flight surfaces are separate and slot into the fuselage when
that is complete. The kit provides both the US and Japanese fin
types as this same kit is boxed as an F-15C.
The speed brake is separate and can be displayed open, though it is
almost never raised while on the ground except for landing. Landing
gear is well done with separate wheels and lots of links and
lights. As a note, the forward gear doors on the main and nose gear
are closed except for the retraction or extension cycle so you may
want to attach those prior to painting the fuselage. However, this
may make it difficult to install the retraction struts so use your
judgment when it comes to this area. For things under wings, the kit
comes with three fuel tanks, the wing tanks having Sidewinder rails.
Typical of many Hasegawa jet kits, there is no ordnance, so you'll
need to get one of the Weapons Sets if you want yours armed.
are well drawn and if you have built any Hasegawa kit in the last
thirty years, they will look familiar. Gunze paint references, of
course. Japanese Eagles are painted in the older scheme of FS 36320
over 36375, two rather close greys. Markings are very colorful and
are for the box art plane from 201 squadron that celebrated the 60th
anniversary of the JASDF. Hasegawa provides the option of painting
on the fin colors or using ready to go decals. I know I appreciate
this as often we have trouble getting large decals to conform to the
many lumps and bumps on airframes. The sheet is superbly printed and
has the usual zillion stencils that are so common on modern
If you are a fan of special schemes or F-15s or Japanese modern
aviation, this is one for you. I have built Hasegawa's F-15 kits
before and found them to be excellent. As a note, Hasegawa did a
very early F-15A kit which was nice, but of the raised panel
line era. They later did a whole new tool kit that was up to
modern standards and this is one of those kits. What is also
nice is that this kit is not stupidly priced and can be built as
a standard F-15C if one has the decals for one of those