The Best 1/48 Scale F-15C Kit?

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January 27th, 2018, 8:59 pm #1

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,
Thanks,
Steve Sliger
Greenwell Springs, LA
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From what I've been reading… (edit)

January 31st, 2018, 2:35 pm #2

It seems the consensus is that the Great Wall kit is the best F-15C going. The Academy kit apparently has some shape issues (that I have a hard time seeing) on the aft fuselage and apparently the Hasegawa kit isn't the easiest build. I thought there was a thread on the ARC forum that discussed the plusses and minuses of the Hasegawa vs Great Wall kit, but now I can't find it. ūüėē
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Have worked with 3 Hasegawa Eagles and the only problem I had was getting pilot into

February 1st, 2018, 12:39 am #3

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,
Thanks,
Steve Sliger
Greenwell Springs, LA
tub after the seat was installed early on. He MUST go in with the seat !!! I believe the coaming and forward instrument panel can be in place, but the pilot and seat MUST go in together ...

The ultimate criteria is what you want the model to do when completed !! How much effort and money are you wanting to invest in the project. How do you want to display it -- on gear, control surfaces deflected, etc.

Do you want seamless intakes and visible engine intake rotors, etc.

Hasegawa is old and all controls are neutral, but that is not necessarily bad !!

Good luck, George
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Best F-15 kits?

March 19th, 2018, 12:32 am #4

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,
Thanks,
Steve Sliger
Greenwell Springs, LA
I've built all of them and the GWH is by far the best of the lot. The overall fit and engineering and attention to detail that the other guys just failed to include.
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Great Wall is best

April 8th, 2018, 12:38 pm #5

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,
Thanks,
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.
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April 27th, 2018, 4:27 am #6

I have no F-15C kit in my stash, only F-15A kits for some reason, a Monogram and a Tamiya. Also have a few Revell and Hasegawa F-15E kits. I know the original poster is asking about the F-15C from GWH, Academy and Hasegawa but any thoughts on the Tamiya F-15C? I like their F-15A kit even though it is really old.

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Chris
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Re: Great Wall is best

May 2nd, 2018, 5:34 pm #7

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,
Thanks,
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.
Although they're dated, any thoughts on the monogram and tamiya kits?
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Re: Great Wall is best

May 3rd, 2018, 4:49 pm #8

cdunton wrote:Although they're dated, any thoughts on the monogram and tamiya kits?
I really like the Monogram kit. The canopy is incorrect (doesn't have the bubble shape), but just about everything else is the very good. It is the only kit in any scale that I am aware of that got the speed brake right. It has raised panel lines, but half the panels on an F-15 are raised due to the PR-1750 sealant. The Monogram kit even has the wing-fuselage joint in the same place as MacAir on the 1:1. The featherless exhausts in the later releases are pretty crude, but most kits are lacking in that area. Revell F-15E exhausts look pretty good for plastic. There are no main landing gear wells, but the main gear doors are closed except during retract/extension sequence anyway. Cockpit detail is okay, but the shape of the instrument panel isn't great. There are no AN/ALQ-135 boxes in Bay 5 (behind the cockpit).

There are some details that depend on the time frame that you are modelling, many related to MSIP. Missile launchers, turkey feathers, instrument panel, slime lights, tail hook fairing, fuel dump vent fairings...

I plan on building a Monogram F-15 with a Hasegawa canopy, and only rescribing the panels lines that outline removable access panels.

Some day I'll track down a copy of every 1/48 F-15 kit and write up a comparison. For now, top 3 in my opinion are Great Wall, Monogram, Hasegawa. I can't get past the misshapen engine fairings on the Academy kit. I haven't ever had my hands on a Tamiya kit. The old Revell kit was utter junk, current Revell is actually the Monogram plastic. The Revell F-15E is outstanding, but it is detail specific to a Mudhen. I think that's everybody?
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May 4th, 2018, 2:35 am #9

Hey Todd

Thanks for the info. I have built the Monogram A kit so many years ago and I loved it. There were some issues with the fit and my scheme did not have featherless exhausts so no worries there. I completely forgot about the canopy as when I built it I was happy to have one in my scale.

I have a Black Box set to update to MSIP so I think I will try that on my next one. I have an academy F-15 but to tell the truth did not look at it too closely. Good to know about the Academy engine fairings.
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May 4th, 2018, 9:05 pm #10

I guess there is also the Testors/Italeri kit, which I also have not seen in person.
Todd Enlund

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"Roger. What should I do 'till then?"
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