Revell 1/48 F-15C Eagle
Scott Van Aken
The F-15 was the result of
the lessons learned during the Vietnam War as much as anythinig. It was realized
that the next generation of air superiority fighter had to have more than
missiles. It was also realized that it needed to be able to dog-fight. This
meant that it had to have fairly large wings along with powerful engines and a
good gun. All of those aspects were incorporated into the then-new fighter and
in the early 1970s the F-15 came into being. So successful was the basic design
that it has been upgraded several times and the fighter-bomber version is still
in production for both the USAF and for foreign buyers.
This is not just a rehash of the old Revell kit,
but is a slightly upgraded version of the Monogram kit that was originally
released in 1979. Those who have built the older kit, and that includes yours
truly, will find that this one is unchanged from that earlier kit. Same raised
panel line detailing, same well detailed cockpit, which was a trademark of
Monogram 1/48 kits. Same generally unfussy engineering. What IS new with this
one, aside from the decals, are two small sprues that contain two parts each.
These are meant to represent the later afterburners without the 'turkey
feathers'. For those wanting to do an F-15A, the original exhaust are also
Of course, you will find that any cockpit upgrades since the F-15A have not been
included, nor has there been any change in the antenna arrangement. These will
need to be dealt with either by aftermarket or scratch-building. Options are
minimal. A canopy that can be open or closed, a speed brake that can be raised
or lowered and a tail hook that can be modeled lowered are about it. There is an
ALQ-101 jamming pod included that was rarely carried in normal use. You can also
model the boarding ladder lowered and the radome open to show a radar array.
you have four Sidewinder and four Sparrow. A centerline fuel tank is also
provided though the instructions do not show it being used. In addition, you
have a pilot figure and a ground crew figure to round things out.
Instructions are well drawn and provide generic color information with only the
external shades being provided an FS 595 reference. The single decal option is
an Oregon ANG anniversary plane in a striking scheme. The decal sheet for this
is huge and almost fills the bottom of the kit box. This plane is painted in the
'Mod Eagle' scheme. Revell decals are usually quite good and I expect this one
to be no exception.
Despite the tooling being over 40 years old, the
quality of the parts is still very good. Yes, it is raised panel lines so that
may well put some people off. However, it is inexpensive, builds well, and is a
good choice if you want a nice Eagle for your shelf. It also doesn't hurt that
you can do the earlier F-15A with the parts in the kit.
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