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F-15 differences

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hi

could anyone tell me the differences between the F-15A and C? im primarily interested in the external differences. Also is the hasegawa F-15A in 48th a decent kit?

cheers

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1/1th scale it depends on timeframe,but your looking at antenna fit mainly.

In the Hasegawa 1/48 F-15A/C kits the plastic is all the same,just different decals and sometimes PE.

ATB,

Gary

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im looking at doing a modern C variant, i know i would need different launch rails to cover the asraam but i can pick them up in resin

cheers

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any chance they would be the same as you get in a revell F-15E??

No, the F-15E gear was beefed up for the higher weights of the attack version with wider tyres and redesigned hub/brakes.

The Modern Eagle guide states that the same hub/wheel was used on all fighter versions A/B/C & D.

Like what has been said above- the cockpit displays & antenna are the main changes between the A & C.

Later in the aircrafts life the C model went though a MSIP, which added a few small changes to the airframe. The AIM-120 was added with new Launch rails, Antenna where changed, a GPS dome was added and scab plates added to various areas of the aircraft.

Shaun.

Edited by Shaun

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No, the F-15E gear was beefed up for the higher weights of the attack version with a wider tyres and redesigned hub/brakes.

The Modern Eagle guide states that the same hub/wheel was used on all fighter versions A/B/C & D.

Shaun.

cheers shaun, i thought had read somewhere that the revell E wheels were to narrow and needed to be shimmed to be truly representative

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cheers shaun, i thought had read somewhere that the revell E wheels were to narrow and needed to be shimmed to be truly representative

That is correct, but the hub detail is incorrect for a fighter Eagle.

Shaun.

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Wolfpack do an update set.

HERE.

Or look for a Cheap 1/48th Academy F-15C MSIP kit and get all the bits needed + loads of spare weapons and pods for your F-15E

Shaun.

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For modelling purposes, the above is true. In reality the C model is also heavier than an A model. Having worked on all models up to E, the A still is probably my favorite.

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The Modern Eagle guide states that the same hub/wheel was used on all fighter versions A/B/C & D.

My copy is currently packed away, but I don't know why it would say that, since the main wheel hub was totally different on A/B vs. C/D Eagles. That's one of the main external visual differences between them.

WheelProtoypesTx1.jpg

F-15A/B:

F-15A_011.JPG

F-15C/D:

f-15c_80-0035_41_of_41.jpg

Edited by Jennings Heilig

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well i've managed to score a hasegawa F-15A from ebay for £13 posted so i'll see what turns up in the box and go from there, does the E use a diffent hub design from the A/B and C/D?

cheers

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well i've managed to score a hasegawa F-15A from ebay for £13 posted so i'll see what turns up in the box and go from there, does the E use a diffent hub design from the A/B and C/D?

What's in the box is an F-15C. That's the only thing it's ever been, no matter what the box says.

Yes, the F-15E is pretty much different in just about every way from the A through D, including the wheels.

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No, the F-15E gear was beefed up for the higher weights of the attack version with wider tyres and redesigned hub/brakes.

Yes, the F-15E wheels and gear are beefed up. The main and nose wheel assemblies are wider. The E main wheels are also slip ring, not tie bolt wheels. The Strike Eagle uses the same size wider NLG and MLG tires as the Raptor BTW.

The Modern Eagle guide states that the same hub/wheel was used on all fighter versions A/B/C & D.

Shaun.

True for to some degree, but the F-15As came production with the early spoke-like main wheels. Many flew on with these wheels (depicted in my photo linked earlier) into the earl 90s. Most F-15A/B were retrofitted with the C/D type wheels throughout the 80s and 90s.

cheers shaun, i thought had read somewhere that the revell E wheels were to narrow and needed to be shimmed to be truly representative

The 48th Revell E wheels are not only too thin, but not all that accurate in the Hub detail. There’re in need of a accurate replacement. The Revell 32nd scale wheels are even worse and way under scaled.

Credit where it is due;

These are our new line of 32nd F-16 and F-15 wheels due out in the Fall; all new tool are designed from the real wheel details and cross sections. All of these wheels will also be available in 48th scale.

WheelProtoypesTx1.jpg

Mike Valdez

Sierra Hotel Models

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Another small detail to look out for is tail hook cover fairing.

On early F-15's it extended between the exhausts to cover the the hook, but it was removed on the late aircraft exposing the last few inches of the hook.

The Hasegawa kit has the extended fairing, so needs removing for a later Eagle.

Shaun.

Edited by Shaun

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The fairing behind the airbrake is also different from A and C Eagles. On the A, it looks generally Y-shaped, but the C has a roughly square-bottomed U-shape. There were also some earier configurations of the airbrake depending on how far back you want to go.

Jens

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The fairing behind the airbrake is also different from A and C Eagles. On the A, it looks generally Y-shaped, but the C has a roughly square-bottomed U-shape. There were also some earier configurations of the airbrake depending on how far back you want to go.

Jens

if this is the area that you are taking about then this...

IMG_0260.jpg

is what hasegawa have moulded, but by your discription it should look like this...

F-15topview.jpg

?

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Don't exhaust petals were fitted to the early A models as well.

Shaun.

Edited by Shaun

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They Eagles came standard with feathered Exhaust, even the early C/D models. The turkey feathers were removed starting around the early 80s, as they were coming off in flight.

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if this is the area that you are taking about then this...

IMG_0260.jpg

is what hasegawa have moulded, but by your discription it should look like this...

F-15topview.jpg

?

Bugger, I switched them. Sorry about that - I was going on memory here. The Y-shape is for the C, wheras the U-shape is for the A. The differences are shown on page 20 in Detail & Scale Volume 14 on the F-15 by Bert Kinzey.

Jens

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so i should be good with what hase has moulded for me? i've just been looking at the colours needed for a modern F-15C and i've come up with FS-36251 for the light grey and FS-36176 for the darker colour.

i have seen the colours here but they look darker that the LN coded aircraft i want to build.

as seen here........

EBFS060911_86-0156_F-15C_USAFE.jpg

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i have seen the colours but they look darker that the LN coded aircraft i want to build.

The Mod Eagle scheme is probably more variable than almost any other camo scheme since the MASK 10A scheme on the A-10 in the 1970s. It looks different in every photo you see. I surely wouldn't go with straight FS matches, as it will look like a black hole (well, a very dark grey hole).

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