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I'll get thing started with my big Eagles. I've just moved this thread from my other thread that I began in February. I'll post some new pics later of the recent progress.

Tamiya molded the JFS exhaust incorrectly. F-15Es were never fitted with the louvered type found on early F-15A-Ds. I drilled out the louvers and used a drinking straw to represent the actual exhuast. This same mod needs to be done to make a modern F-15C, as well.



The forward CFT pylon has taken on a new shape over the past several years. Most jets now have this style fitted. It was an easy job with a sanding stick. I also added some detail on the pylons.


While I was working on the bottom of the fuselage, I filled the seam lines on the CFTs. They are on the real jet, but nowhere near as deep and visible as Tamiya represented them.


Detail was added to the wing and centerline pylons to represent the Strike's bomb launchers. Habu was nice enough to donate a quartet of LAU-128s (thanks again, Daniel!), but I still need to come up with their adaptors, then they'll be stuck on the pylons.
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The F-15C is proving to be a lot of work. Tamiya re-used a lot of the F-15E's parts, which resulted in many things requiring some scratch-building and/or modifications to get to an accurate F-15C.

The first step was to attack the top of the fuselage. The C and E are very, very different in this area. However, Tamiya used the same part in both kits. The F-15E is below.


I used a sharpie to denote which panel lines needed filled, then re-scribed new panels to represent a correct F-15C's fuselage. The C-model, however, doesn't have six JFS chimneys, but only a single, larger oval. Additionally, the F-15C has only a single inspection door on top of each engine hump. The forward door, present on the kit, needed to be filled.


I've used the Aires cockpit set for an MSIP jet. It is an absolute work of art. Unfortunately, it looks as though Aires used a retired/museum jet for their reference. The Bay 5 is missing a few items that have been added. This is the bay in progress. It needs some clean-up and a few wiring harnesses added.


The ICMS boxes were done very well by Aires.


Most Eagles have had an ICMS upgrade that gave the right rear tailboom a new antenna, not found in the kit. Luckily, it is an easy shape, requiring only a sanding stick to make out of the round antenna supplied in the kit.


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If only i will get to be this good! Great googly moogly
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Looks awesome Jake..... Can't wait to see some more!!
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Here's what I'm working on:
1/48 Revell F-15E with markings for the 494th CO/Tiger Meet jet from 1997.
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I am in for the Lakenheath noseart bird on the 1/48 Revell kit. Will get motivated on it a few days when the 555th Viper is done.
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Decals applied. Had a bit of a scare when I attempted to make a decent flat coat by mixing future and Tamiya flat base. I tested it on old model and it when on fine, then I sprayed down a little bit on my Eagle and I got the damn white frosting. I sprayed strait future and that got rid of the frost, but I don't think I'll be experimenting with the Tamiya flat again. Guess its back to the trusty old Model Master Acryl flat. I just always feel like the Model Master stuff is just not flat enough. Is it possible to make a flat coat flatter?



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Well grumpy looks a little pissed!
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Use Humbrol......DEAD flat. If you are just die hard acryl, Poly Scale.
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Well I used to use Pollyscale, but then they had that bad batch and that shit would turn you model frosty.
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Its tough to beat Humbrol.....
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Awesome work Geoff!! I really like the weathering you've done so far....
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Added some of the stores and the landing gear. Hopefully I'll have this one complete by next weekend.



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Thats a beauty Geoff, got a question for ya...what color did you use for the seeker heads on the GBUs? I never have figured that one out...I usually just paint them gray.
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I haven't actually attached them yet. I think the lens is supposed to be clear?
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Default New GBU-12 seekers...

... have YELLOW glass. Older GBU-12 seekers were clear. Saw a whole bunch of them on 335th Chiefs jets during Phantom Fury... the Fallujah takedown. They were clear yellow.
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All,

Here are some pictures of the GBU-12 and GBU-24 seekers from the USAF Armament Museum at Eglin AFB, Florida.

This is the OLDER GBU-12 seeker head. The newer versions have a transparent yellow seeker head glass.



This is the GBU-24 seeker head which shows the black seeker window.



I have the AGM-130 Whale also if you need it. Hope this helps.
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Jake,

The GBU-12 LGB below has the MAU-169A/B Guidance Kit on it. The MAU-169H/B has the transparent yellow seeker window. That is how you can tell which is which.
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Sorry I didn't make my self clear enough...I'm asking about the portion where the fins attach..it looks to be a reddish brown on the real thing...was wondering what color Geoff used....
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