F15E USAF Fighter

This is a 1/48 scale F-15E plastic model airplane From Academy..

Academy F15E USAF Fighter Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #12295
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 Academy Plastics # acy12295
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Academy Plastics Item # acy12295
Features :
  • Fully engrave panel lines and rivet details
  • Highly detailed cockpit interior and landing gear
  • Body parts with enhanced detail
  • Optional positional air intake ramps and canopy
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Spotlight Review

 
"Academy 1/48 F-15E Seymour Johnson AFB"
mooniemac2000
This is a more recent Academy Strike Eagle releases. It includes updated weapons and other details. The fit is also better, but the kit still suffers from Academy's penchant for shape inaccuracies. The kit doesn't suffer from flash though, even though some edges are rough. A finely moulded kit.

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Features

  • Fully engrave panel lines and rivet details
  • Highly detailed cockpit interior and landing gear
  • Body parts with enhanced detail
  • Optional positional air intake ramps and canopy

Specs

  • Academy Product Number: 12295
  • Skill Level 4

Includes

  • 2 lifelike pilot figures

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Reviews

  
 
"Updated Parts"
mooniemac2000
This kit has some shape errors like all Academy kits but the decals andd weapons are updated making it a better release for Academy. I'd rank it at a 6/10. Its not a BAD kit.....

 
"Nice Strike Eagle kit"
br6ppc (Eastman)
This kit may have some inaccuracies. However, 90% of the people won’t notice. This kit has a lot of good details, comes with a good selection of weapons and overall goes together very well. With some aftermarket add ons, it can be an outstanding kit. The only drawback that was very disappointing was the big mold lime down the center of the canopy and forward windscreen. I had to polish that out as it would very very distracting on the finished kit. With usual techniques, it was easily removed with 400-12000 grit sandpaper and Future floor polish.

 
"1/48 Academy USAF F-15E Seymour Johnson"
Christopher A. Wing (Fresno, CA)
Although this model not as highly rated as the 1/48 Great Wall Hobby F-15E, the Academy kit is slightly better than the Revell F-15E,because the Revell kit is not readily available and it does not include a full set of ordinance to load up the pylons to full capacity. A downside to the 1/48 Academy F-15E kit is the manner in which the nose/cockpit assembly attaches to the main fuselage of the model without guide pins or adequate surface area on the parts to create a strong glue bond. Another annoying issue is in regards to the shallow panel lines, especially on the upper surfaces of the main wings and fuselage. The engine nozzle activator arms are slightly too thick for scale and are finicky to install. If the builder opts to install the provided pilot figures and close the canopy, a lot of filing and fitting are required. I did not like the stock plain Seymour Johnson squadron decals, so I purchased the Print Scale 1/48 F-15E Eagle 9-11-2001 Never Forget decal set (Cat No 48-031). This decal set provides the markings for four different aircraft markings. The builder can choose from one of up to four different nose art decals. I also used the Eduard F-15E 1/48 canopy mask set EX 254 for my build. Unfortunately, this kit required a bit of putty work to fill in the seams along the main wing roots. I also used round lead fishing weights glued inside the nose of the model to prevent it from being a tail sitter. The most tedious part of the build was applying the numerous stencil markings all over the aircraft. Painting and decaling all of the pylons and ordinance is a time consuming task. At the conclusion of the build I was slightly exasperated, but ended up with a satisfactory result.

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