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Saturday, October 24, 2020
Saturday, October 24, 2020

Revell 1/144 F-15E Strike Eagle (with bombs)

  • Product Name : Revell 1/144 F-15E Strike Eagle (with bombs)
  • Product Number : 03972
  • Manufacturer : Revell

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The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15E Strike Eagle is an Americanall-weather multirole strike fighter[6] derived from the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle. The F-15E was designed in the 1980s for long-range, high-speed interdiction without relying on escort or electronic-warfare aircraft. United States Air Force (USAF) F-15E Strike Eagles can be generally distinguished from other U.S. Eagle variants by darker aircraft camouflage, conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) mounted along the engine intake ramps (although CFTs can also be mounted on earlier F-15 variants) and a tandem-seat cockpit.

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The Kit

This kit was new tooled in 2011 and re-released in 2015 with the addition of bombs (namely AMRAAM’s Sidewinder’s and two sets of GBU-15 TV/IR guided bombs and GBU-10 Laser guided bombs.)

For a 1/144 scale kit, the level of surface detail is astonishing. I personally think the crispness along most of the thin edges in this kit is astounding too. If somebody chucked the sprues in front of you I have a strong feeling Revell would not be the first manufacturer that Popped into your head.

 

Let’s dive into the box…

The kit comes on 5 sprues (one clear), the instructions and a small decal sheet.

The first sprue contains the upper wing half, minute cockpit and rudders.

The second sprue contains the lower wing half and the air intakes.

The third sprue has a selection of armaments and their mounts along with the nose of the aircraft.

The final sprue (came snapped in my case but no damage), contains two sets of GBU guided bombs.

Clear sprue with canopy, nothing to complain about here, seems clear enough.

An impressive amount of decals are supplied for such tiny model, a decent amount of carrier film however.

 

What’s good?

  • Beautifully crisp panel lines and a nicely moulded tiny cockpit for a 1/144 kit
  • A large supply of stencil markings
  • Pretty cheap for a decent kit (about £10)
  • The specially added bombs do not look out of place or too flimsy

 

 

The not so nice bits…

  • Small amounts of flash
  • Next to no packaging included so parts are free to rattle around and snap
  • Standard Revell colour callouts
  • The exhausts are moulded on as one piece so weathering them and painting them correctly will be a challenge

Conclusion

Overall…

For a 1/144 kit, this does look to be a little gem. I bought it really as a quick mojo build to rattle off before another bigger project and I think it fits that bill quite well.

I have said before and I’ll say it again, the panel lines and surface detail on this kit is special…good job done there Revell.

Apart from the little flash, moulding wise this kit doesn’t seem to have any issues.

Packaging and instructions…well its standard Revell but nothing I can’t work with!

For the price, this seems to be a no brainer for a quick and simple build.

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1 Comment

Rafael 24th June 2020 at 11:19 am

Excellent review!. I will have to add it to my stash.

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