F-15A in 1/48?

F-15A in 1/48?

Joined: May 18th, 2005, 7:03 pm

July 11th, 2018, 2:24 pm #1

Do the recommendations for the F-15C hold true for the F-15A?

1.) Hasegawa
2.) Monogram
3.) Tamiya
4.) Fujimi
5.) Italeri & Academy

Or would I get better results taking an F-15C kit and "convert" it back to an F-15A? The exhausts I know would need to be backdated, any other cosmetic changes?

This is for a "far future" (after I retire) build, so no rush…
Don McIntyre
Clarksville, TN

"The more I deal with people, the more I like my dog."

Joined: February 27th, 2005, 2:45 pm

July 11th, 2018, 5:03 pm #2

Many of the differences are more related to MSIP than to F-15A vs F-15C, thus it depends on time frame. Early F-15As had different wheels, different formation lights on the aft fuselage, different antenna fit, different AIM-9 launchers (most kits still have the early LAU-114 launchers), different instrument panel, tailhook fairing, fuel dump vents, JFS exhaust... Very early F-15As had turkey feathers on the exhausts and a stiffening rib on the speed brake, and very very early F-15s had ESCAPAC seats.

Off the top of my head, the only F-15C features that were not retrofitted to F-15As were the CFT mounting points, and an additional radar waveguide to the ECM antenna in front of the windscreen... but I'm sure that there must be others.

Short answer: you'll likely be correcting details anyhow, so start with a good kit.
Todd Enlund

"Bandits at three o'clock."
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