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May 5th, 2018, 1:08 pm #11

Wasn't the Testors kit Fujimi plastic? I could be wrong, though, it's been known to happen…
IIRC the Tamiya kit got generally good marks, except for the cockpit, which I think was from an era when decals represented the side console details, etc.
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May 7th, 2018, 5:32 pm #12

Don McIntyre wrote: Wasn't the Testors kit Fujimi plastic? I could be wrong, though, it's been known to happen…
IIRC the Tamiya kit got generally good marks, except for the cockpit, which I think was from an era when decals represented the side console details, etc.
I had forgotten about the Fujimi kit... Testors has boxed both Fujimi and Italeri plastic.
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May 7th, 2018, 5:34 pm #13

Chris Aleong wrote:Good to know about the Academy engine fairings.
Some people don't see the problem. If it doesn't bother you, it's a pretty decent kit.
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May 11th, 2018, 3:04 pm #14

Todd Enlund wrote:
Chris Aleong wrote:Good to know about the Academy engine fairings.
Some people don't see the problem. If it doesn't bother you, it's a pretty decent kit.
I never noticed it on my own, and even knowing it's there doesn't bother me overly much. f you decide to go that route, I suggest reinforcing the seam where the nose attaches to the mid-fuselage assembly with plastic strip or something similar. Mine was sturdy enough without that, until I dropped it right after applying the last decal. 🙄
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May 12th, 2018, 1:14 pm #15

Todd Enlund wrote: I guess there is also the Testors/Italeri kit, which I also have not seen in person.
IIRC, Testors also issued the Fujimi kit, or was that 1/72, the memory is pretty faded on that…

Oops! Never mind!
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May 12th, 2018, 3:52 pm #16

If yo use the Hasegawa kit, make sure that you assemble the seat and pilot and install them as a unit before you glue the forward fuselage halves together !!  If you glue the seat in place first, the pilot will be impossible to install.  
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May 23rd, 2018, 5:59 pm #17

I've decided to collect all the 1/48 F-15 kits and do a comparison. I already had the Great Wall, Hasegawa and Monogram kits, and this week I bought Tamiya, Fujimi and Italeri. Still need to find an Academy and an old Revell. I also already have a Revell F-15E.
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May 24th, 2018, 1:01 am #18

Todd Enlund wrote: I've decided to collect all the 1/48 F-15 kits and do a comparison. I already had the Great Wall, Hasegawa and Monogram kits, and this week I bought Tamiya, Fujimi and Italeri. Still need to find an Academy and an old Revell. I also already have a Revell F-15E.
Todd that would be great. I just picked up the GWH F-15I and as I mentioned only have F-15A kits but looking to get a C as there are markings that were only on the C version.
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Re: Great Wall is best

July 11th, 2018, 1:28 am #19

cboehlein wrote:
Which 1/48 F-15C kit is the best in terms of ease of building and good fit, Hasegawa, Great Wall, or Academy.
Looking to build a USAF bird but have not decided on no particular markings. (Also Posted on HS Plane Talking).

All suggestions welcomed,
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Steve Sliger
Greenwell Springs, LA
Being a former F-15 crew chief, I notice the little things on these kits.  I have built all 3 and the GWH one is best in my opinion.  Hasegawa has the shape correct, but suffers from incorrect/lack of panel scribing on the bottom of the fuselage.  Academy has better pane lines, but has slight shape issues on the engine humps (only people that work F-15s will really notice).  GWH seems to have it all together.  I have only built one of their Eagles so far, but I was very happy with it.
Agreed, the Great Wall kit is the best overall Eagle in 48th. The Hasegawa is still a great kit, even for being dated, but despite the "too high cockpit", intake fit, and the issues you mentioned, it build up well with some AM help.  The Academy kit with its fit problems, major shape inaccuracies in the canopy, engine bulges, and area around the speed brake are a no go for me. 2 areas of the GW F-15 that I don't like are the ridiculously squashed intake ducts and too long Exhaust nozzles. For the former, there are replacements out there, but no corrected intake ducts yet.

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July 11th, 2018, 2:17 pm #20

Todd Enlund wrote: I've decided to collect all the 1/48 F-15 kits and do a comparison. I already had the Great Wall, Hasegawa and Monogram kits, and this week I bought Tamiya, Fujimi and Italeri. Still need to find an Academy and an old Revell. I also already have a Revell F-15E.
Oh boy, that sounds like a fun task, looking forward to seeing your report.
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