What's the best F-15 kit in 1/48th?

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What's the best F-15 kit in 1/48th?

  • I am thinking of building a 1/48 scale F-15, I am unsure of the variant to choose or manufacturer. I usually build soviet aircraft but I really like the F-15. Anybody who has any experience with this aircraft in this scale please let me know what you think!

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  • You didn't specify which F-15.  -C?  -E?

    Generally the Hasegawa F-15As, -Cs and -Ds are considered the best -A, -C and -D models.  The Revell F-15E is considered the best -E model.  Plus, there is quite a bit of AM stuff for these kits.

    The Tamiya F-15C is very good as far as shape goes but it does not have full length intakes and the radome is a slightly smaller diameter than where it mates to the fuselage.

    The old Monogram F-15As and -Cs have the most accurate overall shape but they lack the intake trunks and have raised panel lines.

    The Hasegawa F-15E is basically a -D model with some -E parts added to it.  Same with the Academy F-15E.  Its a -D with -E parts.  Both are descent kits but they have obvious accuracy issues.

  • Ah right, so I forgot to mention that I will go for any variant of the F-15C/D/E/J/I/K just whichever is the best kit, as to me they all look very similar and I know sometimes the kits can be a bit off, I had made the Italeri F-15 but the canopy was wrong and spoilt the look, I also had the Academy F-15E but it was years ago, so I was wondering what the opinion was as to what would be the best representation of this aircraft to build in any variant.

  • For the price, the Revell E is probably the best out there, and also the most accurate.

    F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

    U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

    N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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  • I admit my knowledge of the subject is somewhat out of date, but have posted so I may check responses as I may want to build one in this scale as well.

    BTW................might be good to offer some hot  lasagne to the one who provides the best answer.Whistling

  • Dang it!

    Now I'm hungry for lasagne............

  • I had heard good thngs about the Revell F-15E Stickpusher, just does not seem to be readily available for some reason, lol and yeah Lasagne for the best answer!

  • I'm currently building a Revell F-15E and I have a Hasegawa F-15C in the stash.  

    So far the fit of the Revell kit is very good.  The parts that give the most trouble are the CFTs.  They fit great but there are some minor gaps along the very long seams.  The join between the main fuselage and the cockpit section can be a little tricky, too.  Just be patient attaching it and the seam clean up will be minimal.  

    I think there is a boxing out there that includes weapons but they are had to come by.  You may need to get some AM weapons if you want to load it up.

    I might start an In-Progress thread since I've been taking pics as I move along with it.

  • Yes do please I was actually wondering most about the Revell kit, though I am surprised to hear it has no weapons.

  • I really enjoyed the Hasagawa F-15C,I could recommend it

       

     

     

  • Dean30

    Yes do please I was actually wondering most about the Revell kit, though I am surprised to hear it has no weapons.

    The Pro Modeler issue has various weapons with it. The basic Revell kit has just the drop tanks, LANTIRN pods, and 4 Sidewinders.

    F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

    U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

    N is for NO SURVIVORS...

           - Plankton

    LSM

     

  • And you have to get after market LAU-128 launch rails if you want to add any AIM-120 AMRAAMs.  These aren't hard to find, though.

    Actually, I got the Wolfpack F-15E OIF update set which includes everything you need to make your F-15E up to date.

  • That depends on what version of the Revell F-15 E you are talking about Revell had basically a in house molding of the F-15 E which I believe was the scaled down version of the 1/32 scale kit and the other was the rebox of the Hasegawa kit in the Pro-Modeler line.

    I have the Academy F-15E and F-15C in 1/48 scale and Academy also released the MSIP version with new parts and a pilot with the current issue flight helmet.

    stikpusher

    For the price, the Revell E is probably the best out there, and also the most accurate.

    On the workbench: Dragon 1/350 scale Ticonderoga class USS BunkerHill 1/720 scale Italeri USS Harry S. Truman 1/72 scale Encore Yak-6

    The 71st Tactical Fighter Squadron the only Squadron to get an Air to Air kill and an Air to Ground kill in the same week with only a F-15   http://photobucket.com/albums/v332/Mikeym_us/

  • If you are going to build the 1st TFW Wing Commander aircraft as pictured on the box art do not add the eagles to the interior of the vertical stabilizers those are completely ficticious and weren't carried by any aircraft at Langley AFB. That bit of info was from my father who served in the 1st TFW from 1982-93 as a Eagle Keeper.

    Fly-n-hi

    I'm currently building a Revell F-15E and I have a Hasegawa F-15C in the stash.  

    So far the fit of the Revell kit is very good.  The parts that give the most trouble are the CFTs.  They fit great but there are some minor gaps along the very long seams.  The join between the main fuselage and the cockpit section can be a little tricky, too.  Just be patient attaching it and the seam clean up will be minimal.  

    I think there is a boxing out there that includes weapons but they are had to come by.  You may need to get some AM weapons if you want to load it up.

    I might start an In-Progress thread since I've been taking pics as I move along with it.

    On the workbench: Dragon 1/350 scale Ticonderoga class USS BunkerHill 1/720 scale Italeri USS Harry S. Truman 1/72 scale Encore Yak-6

    The 71st Tactical Fighter Squadron the only Squadron to get an Air to Air kill and an Air to Ground kill in the same week with only a F-15   http://photobucket.com/albums/v332/Mikeym_us/

  • Mikeym_us

    That depends on what version of the Revell F-15 E you are talking about Revell had basically a in house molding of the F-15 E which I believe was the scaled down version of the 1/32 scale kit and the other was the rebox of the Hasegawa kit in the Pro-Modeler line.

    I have the Academy F-15E and F-15C in 1/48 scale and Academy also released the MSIP version with new parts and a pilot with the current issue flight helmet.

    stikpusher

    For the price, the Revell E is probably the best out there, and also the most accurate.

    No, the 1/48 Revell F-15E is thier own molding, not a scale down of their 1/32 kit, or a rebox of Hasegawa like the Promodeler F-4E  is. The Promodeler F-15E is simply a rebox of the original release with air to ground stores as well as the basic stores in the original release. By all reviews out there, it is the best 1/48 Strike Eagle kit out there.

    F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

    U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

    N is for NO SURVIVORS...

           - Plankton

    LSM