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Boeing F-15DJ Eagle
92-8068, J.A.S.D.F. 2013

Great Wall Hobby (L4815)

Started: Jun 2014
Finished: Sep 2014
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This is the 1/48 Great Wall Hobby (GWH) F-15B/D Eagle (kit L4815). The model includes the parts from the update set issued by GWH to correct a number of general shape issues. I did a bit of work to the cockpit (used Black Box resin seats), used the Aires resin nozzles designed for the Revell F-15E and added some scratch-built additions to more accurately depict a JASDF F-15DJ.

The open radome and avionics bays are provided in the kit but I did a lot of extra work in this area to more accurately detail them. I was not inspired by the two tone grey IAF or USAF F-15B/D schemes provided in the box so went looking for something a bit different. It did not take long to settle on one of the colourful "Aggressor" schemes applied to the JASDF Eagles.

The Hiko Kyodotai (Tactical Fighter Training Squadron) is the Japan Air Self Defence Force's dedicated aggressor squadron. Based at Nyutabaru, the unit provides air combat training for most of the JASDF's combat units. Something of an elite unit, the Hiko Kyodotai predominately operates the two-seat Mitsubishi F-15DJ Eagle, although some single seat F-15Js are also on strength. Most of the F-15s are painted in very colourful camouflage schemes, with each aircraft seemingly carrying unique colours. Aircraft of the Hiko Kyodotai regularly deploy to bases throughout Japan, in order to assist in the training of the regular squadrons. The two tone blue splinter scheme I chose was applied to aircraft 92-8068 in 2013

The decals are a mixture of Two Bobs, DXM, Hasegawa and GWH. The model was finished with Gunze Mr Color lacquer paints and Alclad II metalisers.