Kit recommendations for doing a 1/48 Japanese F-15?

Joined: January 28th, 2006, 9:23 pm

June 1st, 2018, 5:11 am #1

I dig Japanese commemorative paint schemes on their jets, and there seem to be a quite a few nice decal sets out there  for me to choose from.
I'm looking for recessed panel lines, and the kit may not have to be an F-15J, I have read that there are many very similar F-15 types out there that come very close to the Japanese type. 
So any ideas on what kit to get would be helpful, I like airbrushing and decaling the most in the hobby, so don't want to get into the weeds with lots of aftermarket stuff, just the best modern kit out there that I could use out of the box basically.
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Joined: January 28th, 2006, 9:23 pm

June 1st, 2018, 5:16 am #2

This kit has some great looking decals but I really can't find any reviews of it, being Fujimi, I'm assuming it's older? Raised panel lines?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fujimi-311135- ... 5b2d852ec2
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Joined: May 18th, 2005, 7:03 pm

June 1st, 2018, 3:21 pm #3

I think the Great Wall Hobbies F-15C would be a good starting point if money is no object. IIRC, the consensus seems to put Hasegawa at #2, Monogram #3 and Academy a distant fourth. The Fujimi F-15 is pretty old. I think it was first released as an F-15A and I don't know how much of an update they did to market it as a F-15C, and I don't know if it's got raised or engraved panel detail. For F-15D I think your main option would be the Academy kit, I'm not sure if Hasegawa did a D or not.
Don McIntyre
Clarksville, TN


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

June 1st, 2018, 3:36 pm #4

I just saw that GWH does have F-15Js in their F-15 range.
Don McIntyre
Clarksville, TN


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Joined: January 28th, 2006, 9:23 pm

June 1st, 2018, 4:51 pm #5

Thanks Don!
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 2:45 pm

June 1st, 2018, 11:55 pm #6

Don McIntyre wrote:For F-15D I think your main option would be the Academy kit, I'm not sure if Hasegawa did a D or not.
Hasegawa and Great Wall both have done "D"s, and the Hasegawa "E" is more of a "D". The first release of Great Wall's "D" (kit 4815) was misshapen in the fuselage aft of the canopy. They issued correction parts, but not all first run kits will have the corrected parts.
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Joined: February 6th, 2006, 1:00 pm

June 2nd, 2018, 3:45 am #7

For the single seat version your best bet is the GWH F-15J, but they are kinda hard to come by. Hasegawa makes very good Japanese version F-15Js and F-15DJs. They have released many different versions of the kit with different color schemes. The anniversary kits go for a pretty penny, but if you can find a plain F-15J/DJ, DXM makes some very nice decal sets with different anniversary schemes.
There some differences between Japanese F-15s and standard US F-15s. The tail tips are both same thinner size. The nose cone has lightning arrestor strips on it and there are minor differences in the instrument panels. The sensors on the tips of the rear fuselage are different too. Wolfpack made a conversion set for the Hasegawa kit which is, I believe, out of production and hard to find also (going for premium prices when available).
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Joined: October 24th, 2005, 12:21 am

June 2nd, 2018, 9:47 am #8

I would definitely go with the Great Wall kit.
There is a Platz repop coming out with special markings from a gunnery meet in the next month or so.
It also comes with the AAM3 locally made Japanese missile and i believe an ALQ pod carried by the Aggressors.
Its a lovely kit...
Time to spare..go by air!
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Joined: January 28th, 2006, 9:23 pm

June 2nd, 2018, 10:59 pm #9

I was just looking at a new Hasegawa kit for the F-2A that has AAM3 missile in the box  ;-)
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Joined: March 27th, 2008, 8:26 pm

June 3rd, 2018, 11:47 pm #10

What are the group’s thoughts on the Tamiya F-15s? They make A’s, C’s, and J’s. All single seaters but I have been lead to believe that Tamiya kits are very good. That’s the feedback on their F-16’s.
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