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GROUP BUILDS => The Cold War G.B. 2018 => Topic started by: TheChronicOne on March 26, 2018, 02:10:13 pm

Title: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on March 26, 2018, 02:10:13 pm
Pretty simple idea here.... a scheme swap.

I'm CONSIDERING doing a radar upgrade and maybe trying to hang some Phoenix missiles on it but I really doubt it. I don't think the addition of the AN/APG-63 radar would change things externally anyway so wouldn't need to change the nose any. (I could be wrong, someone please correct me if so!!)

Folding wings would be nice to add but I don't like them posed that way so all I would do is scribe the "break" lines on the wings to make them look right.

Beefing up the tailhook?? Maybe. This kit has it molded on but is pretty dinky. All that shows is the very end of it so all I would have to do is cut off the old one, make just the hook part and a tiny bit of rod, then glue it on. I'll make my mind up later on that.  ;D   


(https://i.imgur.com/zbnYhZ9.jpg?1)

(https://i.imgur.com/Z6IZmBv.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/nhWlcIh.jpg?1)

(https://i.imgur.com/TKr7lYL.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/c0j2p5a.jpg?1)

(https://i.imgur.com/3daqSN7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/GjcoYyL.jpg)

 :mellow:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: sandiego89 on March 26, 2018, 02:33:10 pm
Great!  like you chose a tow seater Eagle.  I would highly recommend a "real" tail hook from a carrier based aircraft kit.  The hooks used on land based aircraft such as the F-15 and F-16 are much flimsier affairs designed for emergency barricades, with MUCH lower energy forces involved. 

I do think the radar on the F-14 was larger, but likely not enough to notice in 1/72 scale. 

For added realism, consider nose gear strengthening and catapult hook up bar on the nose gear.  Twin nose wheels also advised- by the 1970's most carrier aircraft were using twin nose wheel to "mind the gap" of the catapult track.   
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on March 26, 2018, 03:00:23 pm
Fantastic advice. I can do those things easily enough. I have tons of spare wheels these days so I'll do the dual front wheels and make the strut beefier and I'll go ahead and do the tail-hook, too.  :lol:

Thanks for the input. I'm more stoked now than I already was about this one.  <_<
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TallEng on March 26, 2018, 04:53:09 pm
Of course it would look best (IMHO) in VF-1 Wolf packs red stripe colours (I suppose that should be colors ;))
Looking forward to the finish. :thumbsup:

Regards
Keith
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on March 26, 2018, 05:08:24 pm
Thanks, Keith!

You know, I was already considering going with aftermarket transfers in the event I don't like these or they don't work so I think I'll investigate that. I think you're right.. that scheme would look gorgeous on this. The scheme with the F-14A transfers is pretty cool but Wolfpack is BETTER.   :mellow:  Looking at the stuff that goes on the vertical stabs, in particular, I think the Wolfpack stuff would be easier to "modify" to make fit.

Stay tuned... I'm going to go see what I can dig up....   :mellow: :mellow:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on April 17, 2018, 12:39:47 pm
This is a shame! I haven't done a LICK of work on this. All I managed was to make this thread and clip out the two fuse. halves.

No worries, though, as I finished another build just the other day so I am now down to 3 ongoing builds with a couple of them in danger of being finished.... and this one being the third. SO, it's about time to get to work (and I probably will with some actual construction later this evening).

One thing has changed, however.... and that is my transfers for this have arrived!

I shopped around and couldn't find just a sheet by themselves for less than $30, but, found this entire kit for $20! Not only that, but these are some really thorough, really nice Cartograf transfers printed in 2012 so the quality is almost guaranteed to be stellar. The other ones I were looking at were Microscale I think(?) but much older.

(https://i.imgur.com/MfDRL6s.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/fVTdh6V.jpg?1)

So, I have a "free" "bonus" kit and a nice set of goodies to make a proper Wolfpack F-15!  :mellow:


More to come soon, I hope. I'm trying to convince myself to finally re-organize my stash and I want to get at least a couple bits and pieces done on my Raptor build so this is down the list of priorities a bit.
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 09, 2018, 06:24:13 pm
I have FINALLY started this.


I have gotten a TON of stuff done today! I've kind of approached this first phase of building as if it were a blitz build;  just do anything and everything I can to move forward.

I've done a little bit of everything but the main focus was to get as much done as possible on the fiddly bits.

I'll start at the beginning.... first I start clipping things off the sprues and trimming away superfluous sprue pieces and all the parts that don't even go on the kit. Next I go through and cut away 2nd and 3rd attach points to the parts that are left and file and sand away any burrs left over. Now I have a bunch of streamlined sprues with the fiddly bits left and the major components cut off and filed and sanded. During all this I'm referencing the instructions and also starting to glue things together.....     long story short, every last piece has been trimmed off or at least trimmed down, filed, and sanded.

I've assembled the cockpit tub and innards; two seats, two sticks, and the tub itself. It's also been primed. I've assembled the intakes. I've assembled the wings. I've assembled and primed all landing gear stuff. I've assembled and primed the external fuel tank. I've trimmed and PSRed all the ordnance (AIM-9x4 AMRAAMx4) aside from the Phoenixes and primed and also painted the main colors on those. All the gear doorss have been cleaned up and primed. The nozzles have been cleaned up and primed.  I've done a lot of dry-fitting and adjusting on various things. Not too much of that... the kit mold seems old, there was flash, but fitment all seems pretty good! I've trimmed out the nose cone and added as much weight and PVA as I could. Trimmed out and painted both control panels; they are awaiting some floor polish or gloss then transfers. ..... ...  And some other things I'm forgetting, I'm sure. 

At this point I can't keep track but I know I knocked out a lot of work, some of it being the tedium that I'm not always looking forward to. I took some pretty random pictures of some of it:

(https://i.imgur.com/nIe8not.jpg)
Sidewinders and AIM-120.

(https://i.imgur.com/O903DxN.jpg)
Wings, gas tank, and control panels. I told you they were "random."  ;D ;D ;D

(https://i.imgur.com/2IZJZqI.jpg)
Doors, gears, and stuff.

That's it for now! I'm putting it all up before I become more confused. If I can amazingly keep this pace I might finish this pretty soon and that would be great. The paint job is a solid grey color across the entire thing aside from things like natural metal around the exhaust sections that get hot, little panels and such, and the nose, so painting won't be too bad. There are a lot of transfers, though.  :unsure:   Still, if I can avoid ridiculous amounts of time in PSR and fiddling with junky fitment issues (which I don't really expect) I should be able to get through the building portion of this in due time.

TTYL!  :lol:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 11, 2018, 08:16:13 pm
Today was another hellacious ordeal as far as work is concerned. Another day up at 3AM and then spent 9-10 hours working. After lunch there was a slothy-type period where I wasn't sure I'd work on anything AT ALL but I eventually grabbed a paint brush and got rollin'...     Glad I did!! It took a good long while, but I'm finished painting all the fiddly bits and have even glossed them all so they can be glued on later and have transfers put on.    (everything but the Phoenixes, that is.. still saving them for later  :wacko: :angel:  )  I still will have to clip a couple things off sprue and do a quick "clean up" then touch up the paint but all the rest is well protected under clear and ready.

Pictures are haphazard again.......     


(https://i.imgur.com/Zf2E4l8.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/h8vUJka.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Vu8OzGW.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/wFvyob5.jpg)


Rather than name it all off, let's just say all the 'gear-and-doors-and-junk' are finished.

I'm at the point now where I can continue main construction with putting the cockpit tub into the fuselage half then gluing them together along with the weighted down nose cone. I haven't even looked at that in about 48 hours. With so much PVA in it it will probably still be drying after the build is done but I just need the stuff by the rim to settle down so I can glue it.  :wacko:

Other things to think about next are the fins.. I'm going to finish them separately from the rest then glue them on at the end because the fit is good. Also it's about time to investigate how to approach the tailhook situation.


I'll ruminate more on this later, though.  :unsure: ;D

Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 13, 2018, 04:58:51 pm
Moving rapidly, now!  ALLllllllllllll day long and all I've managed to do was mask the glass pieces and do a bit of filing on the nose cone to square away the PVA that was on the rim. That said....  there's not a whole hell of a lot left to do to this. The transfers will definitely take awhile but all the rest is going very fast.

I can't do anything else, now, until I put the cockpit transfers on. After that, and the control panels, and I can put another coat of clear on them and get them glued in and go ahead with actually building the thing. The fins can be worked on, as well, in the way of filing/sanding the edges where the seams are and then being primed. I'll paint them and decal them separately from the rest of the build.

Good thing is, the paint on this thing is the super boring "all over grey. (thank God for very nice, very colorful transfers!) "  No lighter grey bottom or any of that... the whole thing is just one shade of grey. Painting it will be a treat and I expect it not to take too long even with thin coats. I can use my fat brush and go to town.

The entirety of today's activities  ;D:

(https://i.imgur.com/JqLvlgF.jpg)


Not sure if I'll mess with this any more tonight or go fiddle with my PBY-6 or BAC 111.   :unsure: :unsure:

Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 13, 2018, 06:42:54 pm
I decided to press on with the build. I'm putting the transfers on the missiles and the cockpit stuff.

The AMRAAMS are from the Revell F-22 kit, as are the transfers for them, and are pretty new and they worked out great. I had enough for those and also had two stencils that went on the Sidewinders. I wish I had all four, but, I take what I can get. The two Sidewinders that did get the transfers will be placed outboard on the pylons so if anyone peeks, they'll see them and won't notice the others missing.  :o ;D

But, now, I have a problem... the kit transfers are trash and fall to a million pieces. That means no instrument panels, no side-arm panels in the cockpit, and no common markings like the stencils, etc. that go on the main body. This sucks. I have a newer kit of this very same model that surely has much better transfers in it so I'm contemplating using those. It's an easy and efficient solution to a problem but then leaves the other kit missing it's transfers!! I was planning on building it real world so now I'm in the midst of a conundrum.


 :unsure: :unsure:

Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: Hobbes on May 14, 2018, 01:03:05 am
A couple of subtle visible changes you could add:

- the F-14 has an IRST under the nose:
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_aYAUsn-hXgc/TMfKFZBzd6I/AAAAAAAAAd4/pEXiNR3FI-s/s640/axx-1.jpg)

- add a couple of styrene strips near the tailhook (to strengthen the fuselage against the increased tailhook loads) and the nosewheel

- on the nosewheel, add the coupling that attaches to the catapult, and replace the angled strut with a beefier one.
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: zenrat on May 14, 2018, 03:27:44 am
You might be able to get a pre coloured photoetch instrument panel set.
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 14, 2018, 07:30:05 am
Thanks for the tips y'all!! The only things I had planned for was the sensor and new tailhook itself. I'll give everything some thought and see what I can come up with. I was thinking so far of using a Phantom sensor...   It might be too old tech??  But, I can modify it and make it anything I want if it won't work as is. That should turn out to be a nifty touch!

Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 15, 2018, 08:56:29 am
Alright.... here we go..... 

(https://i.imgur.com/x6etOcb.jpg)

I've gone through my spare parts stash and found most everything I need. I'm not going to do any reinforcement of the nose gear well.... let's just say it was done, but is all internal. I doubt they would slap things on the OUTSIDE of the skin anyway so ....    that ought to work.

Tailhook reinforcement I have found. I'll have to do a wee bit of filing on it but will look good and won't look like just a couple pieces of "stuff" I had sitting around. It's the sort of long oblongish grey piece with the two ridges down the middle. It fitts pretty snugly between the engines and leave a nice opening for the new tail hook. I'll have to do some more dry fitting and brainstorming with both of those items together before I finalize anything, though.

I've found some nifty stuff to use to make beefier gear, as well. I was looking at the main gear and the angled struts on thse are even dinkier than the nose gear so I think I'll just replace those as well. Next, I have stuff to make the nose gear better. Angled strut, launchbar, and I'll also add this bit of stuff that goes on the back side as well..  "Catapult holdback fitting." It won't be no award winning super accurate stuff but then again the whole thing isn't even that so it will be fine. One last thing... I've decided to delete the single wheel and go with a double wheel setup. I found some main wheels from a 1/144 JU 88 that are the perfect size. They're a bit thinner than the regular tired but combined are definitely having more rubber on the ground.

Lastly, I have some stuff for the IRST. I'm going to go ahead with the one from the Phantom and try to make it work. I'm going to add things to it, however, to make it look like a newer model of sensor. I have some rinds and some... round... thingy....  that'll I'll cobble together.

This should take care things quite well to get the point across that this is a Naval bird.


I've gathered all this together but I'll probably not work on it any until later. It's about time for lunch.   :wacko:

Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 15, 2018, 02:48:27 pm
Getting somewhere now!!! I could have had this thing built and working on PSR by now if not for this malarkey but it's going to make for a better airplane!    :mellow: :mellow: :lol:


So anyway....   I've finished the nose gear. It now contains pieces from SIX different kits.  :o ;D

(https://i.imgur.com/tvkXR2y.jpg)
BEEFY


I also did some mods to the main gear, making sure to keep the off-set angle of the support struts:

(https://i.imgur.com/pPzylr0.jpg)


Next up I took the F-22 tail hook, cut it down (half or more is inside the housing/reinforcement stuff), and added 3 pieces of random "things" to it to make it stout:

(https://i.imgur.com/yRe5qDN.jpg)

Next, I filed down the existing hook to turn it into the "stop" the new one rests on. Then, I had to do a bunch of cutting and filing on the piece I'm using as the housing and reinforcement but it seems to have worked and looks just fine, to me:

(https://i.imgur.com/ONf5Ol5.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/1PhxsbH.jpg)


Now, all I have left is to build the IRST. I have a number of pieces here to work with so I should be able to produce a reasonable facsimile (of a fictitious device).  ;D ;D




Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 15, 2018, 05:21:17 pm
Moving along....


I've done all the work on the IRST that I can. The one from the Phantom won't work if I add anything to it because it will make it jut out from the fuselage/nose. Three options; I could file the end flat then add something the same diameter, file it flat and leave it, or simply leave it as is w/ the rounded tip. Nothing else will work.

That said, I had a Plan-B: Some sort of exhaust or something from some prop jobber, and, I found a small chunk of clear sprue with a rounded end that was about the same diameter.  I can paint it in a fashion as to leave the end clear and it should make for a convincing sensor. Any opinions on this?? Should I use the Phantom one,  or the new one I made??  If I use the new one, I'll leave it off until the end to keep from accidentally covering up the clear part.

(https://i.imgur.com/MRwbOZj.jpg)
Still need to file away that ridge and fill the sink marks.

So that concludes all the modifications. I'm caught back up now with the exception of glossing the landing gear again. I already painted the parts that I added. If anyone is curious why I would gloss them it's because I'll need to CA them in at the end (I know I could scrape the paint off, but ... naah.. ) and glossed parts CA to other glossed parts better than matte latex to other matte latex. Don't ask me how I know this..

Now that I'm back "on track" and to where I was the other night when the transfers went tits-up I have naturally decided to address the issue. Luckily I have the very same kit but in a much newer boxing with much newer transfers so I decided to look at those just now and they do indeed look quite usable:

(https://i.imgur.com/35Hio2S.jpg)

The picture doesn't really do justice, and this time I mean the old ones. It just doesn't show how damaged they are. Looking at them it would appear they spent many a season in a non-climate controlled storage space subject to wild fluctuations in humidity and temperature, especially HEAT.

So anyway, I have these new ones now so that's what I'll be doing next on this one.

Also, I think I might not have quite enough weight in the nose cone. Instructions call for three grams. I'm not too awfully good at estimating such measurements but I'm confident enough to proclaim that I think it's not enough weight. Thankfully, there is a @^$&#%^-ton of space forward of the cockpit to put whatever I need inside. I might even throw a rock in there or something to save my BBs and lead for other things.  :o ;D ;D ;D



EDIT: Oh yeah, I was wanting thoughts on the refueling probe as well. I'm going to leave the Air Force style transfer for it out as that would be dumb to still have but I was thinking of simply..... . .. doing nothing.  To keep from having to make anything sticking out of the side of this I figured it would be a fully retractable probe on the side of the fuselage. This sound alright?? I guess I could look at what the F-14 has and maybe duplicate it on this using transfers? I'm not wanting to scribe anything though....    :unsure: :unsure:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TallEng on May 15, 2018, 05:59:21 pm
I'd use the new IRST, it looks more like the Tomcat one.
And transfers, or maybe a slightly different shade of your grey paint to show the retracted re-fuel probe panel?
Coming along nicely :thumbsup:

Regards
Keith
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 15, 2018, 07:23:02 pm
I'd use the new IRST, it looks more like the Tomcat one.
And transfers, or maybe a slightly different shade of your grey paint to show the retracted re-fuel probe panel?
Coming along nicely :thumbsup:

Regards
Keith

Thanks Keith!! 

Good lead on the fuel door!  It's a conundrum and that's a good solution. I'm going to start with a bit of research before I commit to anything.....  I might find that the whole affair is so subtle as to not need to replicate it at all.


In the meantime.... I can report success as far as the newer sheet of transfers is concerned!  :lol: :lol:   THANK GOD!! If these didn't work I was going to start throwing things out the window and stomping mudholes, etc.  :wacko: ;D ;D     ;)

(https://i.imgur.com/5pnfYef.jpg)


I didn't forget more nose weight:

(https://i.imgur.com/W0BJDvh.jpg)

I'll probably cram some more in there.


I forgot to paint the new hubs on the nose gear so I'm about to do that then I'll go ahead and gloss all the gear like I mentioned earlier. At this point, I am indeed officiallt caught up and even ahead a lil bit seeing as how the cockpit tub is glued in!  :lol:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: nighthunter on May 17, 2018, 07:52:30 am
So, a suggestion on fuel probe placement, opposite the M61 Cannon.
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 19, 2018, 03:53:33 am
Thanks for the tip, bud!!   That's going to be one of the first I address on this one today.


Back to work on this finally. After sorting the fuel issues I'd like to get the rest of the interior painted and get the fuselage halves together at least, and then put on the wings. If I can get these done I'll consider it a good day. I imagine I'll be feeling sluggish and lazy today after work so I'm not making much plans.
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 19, 2018, 01:11:00 pm
OK. I have the fuel stuff figured out.

Working with what I know and the advice I've been givin I've done some mental gymnastics to explain the probe. OK... so....  the kit has the refueling doors molded so that's good... they can stay exactly as-is. The only problem this presents is that the probe is BEHIND the cockpit which is no-bueno in a probe and drogue system. Pilot shouldn't have his head turned backwards staring at the probe so I got to looking around again and noticed that the F-8 Crusader has a similar set up with the probe originating quite a ways behind the pilot. The difference being is that the thing extends far enough forward that the pilot can simply glance to the left to watch it and still be able to keep an eye on the panels inside. SO, I figure this one can be like that.  The probe itself is just long enough to reach a bit past the RIO so when it comes time to re-fuel, the RIO takes command of the airplane and flies it during refueling. This solves the problem pretty handily I do believe. It's a bit unorthodox perhaps but I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work. Right? Has the merit of being easy to do because I won't have to do ANYTHING aside maybe from painting a lil bit of red down in the panel lines.

Honestly, I'm not wanting to do any more mods to this, either. I'm trying to streamline my modelling efforts for the rest of the summer because with how busy I am just want things to go smoothly, be easy to handle, and not take up precious time.  Sounds hokey, maybe, but eliminating the "mental clutter" and doing away having to even brainstorm on such things will be a load off.

SO, with all this addressed, I think now I can get started on the rest of the interior paint work.


......   Ooops... I forgot to post this.  ;D      This is like half an hour later. I started painting and just left this sitting here.  ;D

So, now, the cockpit is nearly finished and I've glued in the control panels. There's a HUD that needs to go in and some sort of cross member type deal. It may attach to the canopy, though. I guess it's time to look at the instructions again...    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 19, 2018, 02:56:57 pm
Ground to a halt, once again, thanks, once again, to my wishy-washy nature and inability to make up my mind.

This time it concerns the paint job. The plane I'm taking decorations from is a grey wrap-around affair. Nose, bottom, everything... all one solid color of grey. BUT, back in the 70's (until sometimes in the early 80's I guess...) the Wolfpack F-14s had a white/light grey underbelly and a lot of white/light grey "accents." "Yellow" colored nose, too, on some, which I always liked.

So, to be "correct" I should paint my F-15 all grey like the 1991 F-14 I'm making it after. Of course, I'm retro-ing it back 2-3 years to fit more in the timeline we have to work with. I assume the paint job probably was the same in '89 as it was in '91 but even if it wasn't, being alternate history means it is easily explainable. This said, I rather like the white/light grey stuff. See for yourself... which one do you think looks better?


The stock kit version from 1991:

(https://i.imgur.com/lw80AL1.jpg)


The "End of the Era Where We Didn't Need No Stinkin' "camoflauge" on Our Planes" version:

(https://i.imgur.com/Vov2nGL.jpg)

 :unsure:

Plenty of time still to make up my mind but I'm curious what others think about it.

Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 19, 2018, 05:42:33 pm
Wrapped up all the cockpit stuff and glued the canopy and wind screen on. I did this before the fuselage halves were glued so I could flip it upside down and let any fumes exit the model with as much ease as possible.

(https://i.imgur.com/uVsz1jG.jpg)


After I let that dry a bit I went ahead and checked the fit of the fuselage halves and glued those together. Everything is looking good so far. I'll need to let it all dry before I do some filing/sanding on the wing roots to get a snug fit but we're well on our way to a complete airframe now!

(https://i.imgur.com/1ZJszZg.jpg)

There's other things I could do to this right now but I'm going to put it away and have a look at a little jet liner. I don't want to suffer burnout or anything and I've been meaning to get the lil BAC 111 started so check me out over in the blogs for that.  :lol:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: NARSES2 on May 20, 2018, 01:42:38 am
"Out of sight, out of mind". It does sometimes help to put a project out of sight for a while  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: zenrat on May 20, 2018, 04:56:58 am
... which one do you think looks better?


The stock kit version from 1991:

(https://i.imgur.com/lw80AL1.jpg)


The "End of the Era Where We Didn't Need No Stinkin' "camoflauge" on Our Planes" version:

(https://i.imgur.com/Vov2nGL.jpg)

 :unsure:

Plenty of time still to make up my mind but I'm curious what others think about it.



The top one.  It looks like it is all white with coloured patches.  If not, it should be.  Drop the grey and go for white with colours.
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 20, 2018, 06:51:05 am
While I'm probably one of the hugest critics of grey paint jobs around this joint, this time around I want it.  :wacko:   Nothing says "US Navy" like GREY and I'm definitely driving home the point that this Eagle is Naval.  ;D  How much grey is a conundrum but this time around I'm showing my least favorite paint job a little love.


ANYWAY, while I'm here.....  uhhh.... I got to thinking about my new nose gear. ....  ;D  Maybe you can already guess where I'm going with this.. . . .      or maybe not. But uhh, yeah, it would no longer fit in the gear bay! Geat wider than the gear bay is no bueno. I'm going to have to do something to address this and I came up with an effective, albeit lazy, solution. I'm simply going to cut the nose gear door into two pieces and the piece up front where the double wheels would be will be glued on alittle bit to the outside of the other to give the illusion that the gear bay is wider at this point. It won't be, but the gear doors will say it is and until someone picks it up and looks under her skirt, no one will be the wiser.  ;D :thumbsup:

Score!! Lazy people are the best at coming up w/ solutions.  ;D
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: zenrat on May 21, 2018, 03:05:54 am
While I'm probably one of the hugest critics of grey paint jobs around this joint, this time around I want it.  :wacko:   Nothing says "US Navy" like GREY and I'm definitely driving home the point that this Eagle is Naval.  ;D  How much grey is a conundrum but this time around I'm showing my least favorite paint job a little love...

Your model, your way effendi.

However, I also have a Hasegawa F-15 for which I have no current plans so I may come up with a white and colours scheme for it.
Prolly not USN though.
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 21, 2018, 09:22:39 am
While I'm probably one of the hugest critics of grey paint jobs around this joint, this time around I want it.  :wacko:   Nothing says "US Navy" like GREY and I'm definitely driving home the point that this Eagle is Naval.  ;D  How much grey is a conundrum but this time around I'm showing my least favorite paint job a little love...

Your model, your way effendi.

However, I also have a Hasegawa F-15 for which I have no current plans so I may come up with a white and colours scheme for it.
Prolly not USN though.

That would be totally glorious. 

I have a couple in my stash that get the white and red treatment OOB. Edwards AF base test planes and such. I almost built one not too long ago, kinda what lead to this one. I, too, want to see a white Eagle with colors but it'll be awhile. Still, it's on the way!
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TallEng on May 21, 2018, 12:40:36 pm
While I'm probably one of the hugest critics of grey paint jobs around this joint, this time around I want it.  :wacko:   Nothing says "US Navy" like GREY and I'm definitely driving home the point that this Eagle is Naval.  ;D  How much grey is a conundrum but this time around I'm showing my least favorite paint job a little love...

Your model, your way effendi.

However, I also have a Hasegawa F-15 for which I have no current plans so I may come up with a white and colours scheme for it.

Just to put my tuppence worth in: Nothing but Nothing says USN to me more than Lt Gull grey over white with white control surfaces. Just saying.... ;D
However, your whiff, your call.

Regards
Keith
Prolly not USN though.
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 21, 2018, 12:56:53 pm
90% convinced to do that. It looks so good!!  I guess I was trying to give myself permission to be lazy with the all over grey scheme but it's just not as nice as the other.  :mellow: :mellow:   

Anyway.... a good deal of the body work PSR is out of the way and I'm currently working on getting the wings glued on. Working in the BAC 111 in the meantime.  :mellow: :mellow: :mellow:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 23, 2018, 06:28:02 pm
I'm having a blast on this. It started out so simple but with all the input and rumination this has evolved into a much more interesting build!

I had to sand a bunch on the intakes to the get them smooth then glued them on. Some of the fit was almost perfect, some left a bit of "left over" so I decided to have that fall on the bottom of the aircraft and away from the vent things on top that lay just behind the intakes.

I also put some putty in the holes behind the canopy where the toy-like hinges would have went. I need to put a bit more in there, though...   

I finished the sanding on the main seams. Everything looks fine for now, I'll know more after primer.

(https://i.imgur.com/x83haL2.jpg)

The wings are finally situated how I want them. I'll need to sand some on the underside but the top looks good to go until after primer. Nose cone is also on. There are some gaps on the port side, however. I can't put on the stabs and fins until I put the elbow grease on that underneath wing root. Stabs would be in the way and I don't want to break off the fins. Other than that I plan to mask off some of the panel lines before I sand but this brings this build to a halt aside from the Phoenix missiles.

(https://i.imgur.com/rFqbizT.jpg)

I grabbed two of those (all it had) from the Italeri USAF/NATO 1/72 weapons set.  :wub:  This was a recent acquisition, and thankfully so, as it keeps me from pillaging other kits. True enough, though, no pylons with these so I went to my box of left over F-4 Phantom and MiG-21 parts and found a couple of rails that will work beautifully!

(https://i.imgur.com/aMFXrSc.jpg)

So that's where I am now. I guess the next thing to do is finish the sanding after the glue dries then finish building. Won't be too long before I can prime it!  :lol:
 
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 27, 2018, 07:41:35 am
Uhh!!!! How fast is this year going?! Am I dreaming? I swear we JUST started this group build now there's only 4 days left!!!   :o :o :o 


Time to kick this thing into full-gear. I doubt I'll finish on time but there might be an extension or something. We'll see. Truth be told, the damned transfers will probably eat up a couple days and I haven't even finished construction!  ;D   I might not make it even WITH an extension! Stupid lawns.  :angry:   (Mowing my own as we speak as it's about 2 weeks past due... )   

Oh well.. I'll be done working soon and will see what I can do to fast track this thing. I'd like to get into primer so I can see if I can get away with not using filler in a few areas. If not, I guess that's the first thing I need to do: fill in gaps around the intakes and wings.

 :o
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 27, 2018, 08:41:33 pm
Main construction is complete. I even did what I could to preemptively address flaws that will become apparent after priming.

(https://i.imgur.com/b9kzoRU.jpg)

Now I need to prime this and then I can start painting. That is....... if everything (seams) look alright after the primer. If not, that means PSR.


I'm going for the more glorious scheme with the white control surfaces and belly (or light grey, whatever) so this will take a bit but shouldn't take more than a day I hope. The transfers are what're going to take time.
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 29, 2018, 02:56:06 am
I'd like to get this painted today. So, I need to prime this and hope to God that I won't need to do a second round of PSR after. If not, I can get right into painting. I'll paint the entire thing the proper grey color then will mask for the white control surfaces. I think I can free-hand the other portions. If I'm lucky I can get this done and get it glossed and ready for transfers.

At some point during all this I need to get the Phoenix missiles painted.



I don't think I'm going to get this one done, though.   :unsure: :-\   Oh well...   work comes first so that takes priority and there's nothing I can do about it. Even today I have 2-3 lawns I need to do and here I am, 2 hours late. I didn't wake up 'til 3:50 this morning so I'll be playing catch-up all day long. I'm going to have to hit some stores after all the mowing, too, so no telling when I'll finally be home. Not too late, I hope, but I was sort of hoping I'd be home by 10 this morning but it's not likely to happen.

So there's the plan for now.  <_<
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: NARSES2 on May 29, 2018, 06:42:53 am
See how far you get mate and then if you'd like it moved to the "normal" build threads I'll do that for you.

Chris
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 29, 2018, 08:43:53 am
See how far you get mate and then if you'd like it moved to the "normal" build threads I'll do that for you.

Chris

Wilco, thanks!!!

I've decided NOT to "push the issue" and and cut corners on the build whether I'm short on time or not so there's a good chance I won't make the initial deadline. I'd rather produce a nice looking model than make it to the finish with a pile of malarkey.  ;D    :mellow: :thumbsup:

Good news is that I finished up the paying lawns right at 10 O'clock so that means I can't start working on anything else (My lawn) and I started taking inventory and found that I can push going grocery shopping off until Thursday so now I'm home and I have the rest of the day to work on it.  :wacko: :wacko: :wacko:

If I don't need to do any "fixing" after primer I could very well get caught up.  :lol:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 29, 2018, 11:19:36 am
It's sketchy. It's 50/50 on whether or not I can get this to work.

So, the primer is on and the gaps are still there on the tops of the wing roots and on the intakes where they glue on. I'm going to go ahead and roll the dice and hope and pray I can fill those in well enough with paint as I go. It's worked before in the past on "borderline" small gaps so if I'm lucky it'll work on these. If not, I'll have to try to fill in and sand AFTER paint and if I'm not careful too much paint could come off and leave a "crater." So.. yeah... flying by the seat of my paints here!   Still, it could be worse! There's no attrocious problems on this thing, just those wee gaps.

Now, on to painting. I'm not moving very fast right now because I'm tired but I imagine it shouldn't take more than a couple hours to get the base color put on here then maybe another to let it dry a bit then mask for painting the control surfaces.

I primed the Phoenixes, as well, so during some point when I'm waiting on things to dry on the main work I can start digging up my reference photos and start getting them in order.

Making decent time so far!  :thumbsup:

(https://i.imgur.com/Uv6iPxY.jpg)
AIR SUPERIORITY.
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 29, 2018, 05:51:02 pm
Base grey color is on now.  :mellow: :mellow: 

These gaps I was worrying about are better now but still don't look that great. They're just barely "out-of-whack" though. What I need to do is sand a bit to decrease the step from the fuselage to the wings. The alignment isn't that great so there is a ridge. Also, I should run some putty through the gaps left over afterward. I'm going to have to sand and re-paint some stuff as well. This is just the wings -- the intakes are worse.

I've been distracted with copious bullcrap (social media has been very intersting today!  :o :o ;D  ) and am worn out from work so I'm not sure I'll get much more done this evening but I'm going to take a break and see what develops.  :thumbsup:

I suppose I can go ahead and mask; that stuff shouldn't be in the way of any work I do on the gaps... but.... I can guarantee that I will eventually clutch this thing in a manner that knocks some out of place so I'm just going to hold off on that until later.

That leaves painting the Phoenix missiles. I can at least get the main colors on even if I leave the finer detail 'til later.

At least I have options!  :thumbsup:


Break time. . ..    :wacko:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 31, 2018, 01:19:07 am
I actually bit the bullet and did a fair amount of filing/sanding on it that night. I went over all areas.

Today I'll get back painting again to put the paint back in these areas. I THINK I'll be able to get by without using any filler. With all the sanding the stuff is less prominent and also sort of filled in with sanding debris so I might be getting out of this problem relatively un-scathed and can move on.

If that goes well, I'll mask and paint the controll surfaces and try to fine any small things I need to paint then I can paint the belly and nose cone and move to gloss.


Rough day at work again made especially so thanks to temps in the 100s. I have scheduled multiple jobs today so, as usual, there' no telling how much gusto I'll have by time I finally make it back home. 
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 31, 2018, 07:17:45 pm
Got the missiles painted aside from the brown and yellow bands.

(https://i.imgur.com/MM1dZWH.jpg)


Glued the stock and my kit-bashed pylons on and painted the gear bays and bottom of stabalizers.

(https://i.imgur.com/0R5Kxwr.jpg)


I finished painting the stuff I had to fix on the gaps then masked and started painting the control surfaces.

(https://i.imgur.com/JsCrS6f.jpg)


A lot more painting to go but at least I'm off to a good start!  Trying to make this F-14 pattern work on this F-15 isn't as simple as it looks but I think I've settled on a plan to have the transitions fall in places that look right.
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 02, 2018, 06:09:27 pm
Doing what I can to get this painted. As usual, I keep finding more things to paint. I'm going to have to mask and paint NMF on the bottom under the engines where things heat up. There's also some little intake thingies down there that will get a dab of black. Probably some nav lights I need to do and of course I still need to mask and paint the nose. I'll have to mix up some special paint to get the yellow shade just right. Not to mention just doing the white/grey is a lot more tedious than it looks. I'm about 95% done with that I think. So that's good!!! I'll have to go over it real close again and there's some junk back by the exhaust I need to catch.

If that stuff is good, It's time to mask the nose and the aforementioned bottom NMF area. Le sigh.  :-\   I'm trying but, damnit, there's just no way to rush through these things. I'm sort of wishing I had went with the overall wrap-around grey. I would have been done with this painting long ago.  :rolleyes: 

So now I'm up against the deadline and have 3 build days left. I don't build anything on my "off" days because I'm just so tired from real world work. Without going into too much detail, this means I have the rest of today, the 5th, and then the 7th. So I have something akin to 2 days and change to do what I need. So... here's the plan...  I want to get this damned painting done tonight and get this glossed. May not happen, but that's the plan. Then, on Monday, I eithe finish the little painting left then gloss for transfers, OR, just jump right into transfers (if I get the gloss on tonight). Either way could potentially be acceptable because I can devote a large chunk of one day to getting the billions of transfers on the finish that up on the last day then glue on all the fiddly bits then clear it again and it's done.

Oh yeah, still need to paint the bands on the Phoenixes but that's no thang.  ;D

So here it is for now:

(https://i.imgur.com/2i3NW9r.jpg)



EDIT:  Weird!! From this angle and because of the way I painted things so far, this looks like it has conformal fuel tanks on the sides, but it doesn't!
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 02, 2018, 08:59:15 pm
Well, I give up! For now.  ;D

Got the yellow stripes started on the Phoenixes.

I also have the nose painted and in doing that I now know how far I need to extend the grey to match the early VF-1 pattern for the F-14A.... so now I have to paint that. Also have to paint the anti-glare black in front of the windscreen. I keep forgetting that one!


Here it is at current:

(https://i.imgur.com/68qQCAy.jpg)

I also need to go pain red around all the edges of the doors and such.  :banghead:  Then there's the NMF below the engines...    the closer I get to being finished... the longer it takes.... 


Anyway! That's it for now. It's getting late and I'm ready to sit back and watch the idiot-tube.  ;D  I should be able to wrap the paint work up
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: Old Wombat on June 03, 2018, 01:57:20 am
Looking good! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 03, 2018, 07:22:28 am
Thanks!!! This project is really fun. I use to not much care for the f-15. Now that it's been around for 40 years, I love it. And here's the thing... this could well be the best looking F-15 ever!! .......             ........(That was in the NAVY . . .. . .. .    :o ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D)

Won't be long now!! I'm going to strip the tape off the nose and do any touch up on that I need then mask off the NMF box for below the engines. While I'm doing this I'll figure out the nav lights and go ahead and paint the black inlets. Then... gloss... then... transfers! Hell yeah... about time... I need to get into these because I am a feared that despite looking pretty simple for the ones I need to trim to fit (f-14A-F-15D) but something always goes wrong and then there's a ton of little bitty stencils that need to go on from the F-15 kit.

Still. I have a problem. I have a short day out mowing tomorrow so when I get home it won't be too hot to mow my lawn again so I'm going to have to do that before I can get into any fun.  :banghead:  ;D  This means a late start so I doubt I'll get everything done in one sitting. I've alotted for this and should have me finishing up the remaining transfers then gluing on the last bits on the last day of the GB then just barely slide in under the deadline.  :rolleyes: :rolleyes:   And to think, --I've only attempted this one build for the GB and it's not like I have a ton of other projects going distracting me because the last one was finished like a month ago and I only have ONE other (BAC-111) that hasn't had anything other than a bit of glue applied in about a week now.  :unsure: :wacko:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 04, 2018, 02:24:07 am
4 in the morning and I'm painting on plastic models.  :rolleyes:   ;D   I have to do what I can, when I can! I may not have much time for this today because I need to do about 50 trillion acres of mowing.  ;D

Good news is I peeled the masking from the nose and my little yellow portion looks just fine! I was worried it would be crooked or something because it was late and dark but it's hunky-dory so all I need to do in that area is get the grey extended to where it needs to be then paint on the anti-glare stuff.

The plan for today is to get this glossed and have the transfers started. Whether I finish them or not is another matter... I'd sure LIKE to but I'm not counting on it. I haven't gone through them to separate the ones I need from the ones I don't. But anyway.. once I do... as usual on a project where I'm not entirely sure how things will fall... I'll just have to start with the biggest ones first and fill once I have landmarks and know where I actually have room at for the others. I imagine there shouldn't be too many conflicts but then again F-15s aren't known for big red stripes down the side...


Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: zenrat on June 04, 2018, 02:25:24 am
S'gonna be close...

Can I suggest that you take some beauty pics after putting on the main decals but before you do the stencils?  That way if, <insert name of deity of choice> forbid, you realise you are not going to finish them you still have some pics to post at the last minute.
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 04, 2018, 02:32:48 am
That's sort of the plan. I'll wait 'til there's no time left and take pictures of the thing regardless of it being done or not. I even have a contingency plan to stop putting on transfers and go ahead and glue on the fiddly bit if it starts to look sketchy.  By that point all the large stuff will be on and if I miss the 15 billion "no steps" then oh well.  ;D  I'll have something to show for it by the end of the 7th. As it sits, I have two full days of build time and an alternate last catch-up day. I'd normally not mess with anything on my "off" day but by then I'd only have a tiny bit of stuff left to do anyway so it won't matter too much. I just need to not have any disasters happen and things will go just fine.
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: zenrat on June 04, 2018, 02:57:17 am
Break a leg mate.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 04, 2018, 08:33:14 pm
No disasters at least!

Just......  50 million little things. There's always more than meets the eye! Things like little panels and the gun.... hole.. thing... even.

I think I'm done, though. There's probably some little touch up here and there that I need to do and I'll take care of that in the morning before I go to work on Wednesday.

I'm also going to have to take my sanding stick and file down some edges where the paint built up along the tape before I gloss. I need to figure out how to keep that from happening. I try to brush it out and not leave build up along the edge of masking. I also apply the paint in thin coats, which I saw someone earlier today elsewhere say is a way to avoid this problem. HA!!!  YEAH RIGHT. Anyway... I'll do that and then gloss this thing before I head to work. I have ONE lawn. MY lawn is done.. so.. I should be home no later that 10 AM then I have allllllllllllllllllllll day to get the transfers on then the fiddly bits. I think this is going to work out!

Here's how it looks now that the paint is all finished:

(https://i.imgur.com/abMFRko.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/4yvlIXp.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/PZ85Rjp.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/3LxzpvY.jpg)


Cuttin' it pretty damn close but once I'm home from work Wednesday I'll have the rest of the morning and all afternoon long to get all the transfers on. The fiddly bits... even being fiddly.... won't take more than an hour even being the pain that they are so this will be done, barring disaster, by the deadline.  :mellow:

Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 05, 2018, 08:26:55 am
How nice it was to wake up this morning and not have to worry about paint ever again on this! There's probanly a couple bolt heads or something I missed but it's mainly there and I could find a million things all day long if I really wanted to. The point is, there has to be a line.  :mellow:

So today I think I'll start getting all the transfers in order. I'm not going to get back to building until tomorrow. I'm just too tired and worn out from work yesterday. Right now just typing is making my hands hurt. Numbing pain and all that mess from carpal tunnel syndrome. I haven't had problems with it in 10 years or more but recently it's started to come back simply because of the heavy work load. Pretty much EVERYTHING I do inolves using my hands as a main functions so go figure.  ;D ;D ;D     

I'm bloviating again though...... back on track... I want to get my transfers trimmed out and organized. Using these two different sheets means crossing them over. I keep the common markinds and stencils from the original kit and toss the unit markings. Then, on the other sheet for the F-14A I have to localize and cut out all the common markings and stencils and toss them and keep the unit markings. Flip-Flop and I need to keep things straight and organized so it's going to take awhile.

Having this out of the way means I just need to do about 15 minutes worth of sanding, max, then gloss it. I'll do that tomorrow. It won't do me any good to do it now because I'm not going to be slapping transfers on at 4 in the morning whereas I don't mind doing the other.

I should easily be able to put on the transfers and glue on the gear and missiles in under 12 hours, yeah?!  :o :unsure:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 06, 2018, 03:23:37 am
Damnit!!! I woke up nearly two and a half hours late. Oh well... I guess I needed the rest and that's more important. After the epic 13 hour day mowing, I need it!  But, now I'm off my schedule. I've already been up an hour and haven't even touched the things. It's 5:20 AM now and I normally would have left for work about 30 minutes ago.  :o ;D ;D  Luckily I only have one lawn scheduled after I pick up garbage and it's a small-ish one so I should still be home by 11 at the latest if I leave from here around 7.

I had plans to go ahead and start gluing things on but I might not get there, now. I can at least go ahead and get done what I planned to do and get back on schedule which is to simply sand down some ridges then gloss it.  :thumbsup:  SO... that's about to happen here in a few minutes. I have my can of clear heating up on the HI-FI so it should be at operating temp in about half and hour or less. Should work out fine!!  Once I get this glossed I can turn around and head to work then all I need to do is stop by the bank and one quick trip to the convenience store then I'm home. This is the easiest work day I've had in MONTHS..   ;D ;D   I need it that way, too, if any other day so that I can get this Eagle finished!!!!!!!
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 06, 2018, 04:04:51 am
Yeeeeee-haw!!! A couple of last minute things to paint.  :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:    Never fails!! I had one little circle thingy and then some stripes to go on the tail hook then a couple places on the body where I went wide doing the striping on the side of the intakes. It's all done, though, and got the sanding done as well. I'll gloss this sucker here in a few minutes then it can sit around and dry up for 3 or more hours then when I get home I can immediately start doing the transfers and gluing on fiddly bits. I'm going to try to kind-of do them at the same time. Things like missiles will be alright and probably the gear then I'll leave the gear door and other fragile ones until the very end but if I can multi-task at any point I'm going to do it. I should have PLENTY of time to get all this done today so here's hoping for the best.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 06, 2018, 08:17:06 am
Change of plans....    the gloss coat didn't cover evenly. Somehow. I don't get it.. I was very thorough and made sure not to miss anything but still, somehow, I have a patchy gloss coat.  :unsure: :unsure:  The hell, man?  I'm using a different brand of gloss this time. Maybe that has something to do with it... I dunno..   

So, now that I have some somewhat glossy surfaces to glue to ( I don't glue on top of flat acrylic, it comes off every time.... but, CA on gloss works well  :thumbsup:)  I'm going to go ahead and glue on all the missiles and landing gear then gloss it again and that way all that stuff can dry up at the same time and I'm still moving the project forward. Good things it's only just past 10 AM so I figure even if I don't start the transfers for a couple more hours that still leaves me plenty of time and I also will have half the fiddly things out of the way.  :mellow:

Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 06, 2018, 09:51:59 am
All the fiddly bits aside from the AMRAAMs and the gear doors are on. Oh, the IRST(s) (I might put TWO on here) things aren't on yet, either.

Otherwise this thing is built and even looks like a whole plane now.  ;D ;D   



(https://i.imgur.com/ymCUcEO.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/sky4CjA.jpg)


I'm going to gloss this, AGAIN, and let it dry while I eat lunch. Hopefully the stupid stuff will cover this time and I can get going on the transfers. Despite these hangups, I'm still making pretty good time. It's 11:50am now and even if I let the thing dry all the way to 2PM that still leaves me with about 8 hours before bedtime.  :wacko: :wacko:



8 hours to put on transfers and about 8 doors and 1 or 2 IRST??   Should be doable!!!!    ;D  We'll see....
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 06, 2018, 11:33:27 am
Oh thank God the transfers are working!   This is about the only thing left, now, that could go catastrophically bad and bring this thing to a halt. Now I'm all but guaranteed to have this finished by this evening.

(https://i.imgur.com/o4wxoP5.jpg)

2 down.... like..... a hundred to go.  ;D :o
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 06, 2018, 03:31:21 pm
These are all I have left. Everything larger is already on. Some of these definitely will go on but if I get the lazy bone I can call an end to the affair before I get to the itty bitty ones. BUT, I'd like to get them ALL on and I have time to do it. There's about 30 hours left in the GB here in CST so I'm going for the gusto. The more transfers I cram on this thing, the better it looks.

(https://i.imgur.com/AQQXCzi.jpg?1)

Bed time is about 4-5 hours away, however, so I may not get totally finished tonight but I'll definitely only have a smidgen of things left to do tomorrow in the worse case scenario.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 06, 2018, 08:39:45 pm
I did all the transfers aside from the 30+  "No step" and 6 "no push."  Believe it or not, I can read the little things! One thing that hasn't gone all to hell on me is my eyesight.  ;D ;D ;D 


But anyway....   

The further I went, the more crap I kept finding that I still needed to do. Even after the transfers I had to go back and paint red on all the gear door edges. I also hadn't done anything with the IRST(s). I decided to go with the double and went ahead and filed and sanded them so they would fit then glued them on. Now I'm painting them. I need another coat of the light color then I'll paint the tips black.

Lastly... I need to glue on the nozzles. That's all that's left to glue on. All the fiddly bits are on so this is it. Once I have the nozzles on and the IRSTs painted I can do the last clear coat and it's a finished built!  :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub:   

OHHH... wait.... I still need to peel all the masking off the canopy!  :o :o :unsure:     My God, I hope nothing winds up trashed after that. All I need is some disaster on the glass. ...  :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Here's the bottom of it... this is how it is sitting right now, waiting on the paint to dry on the sensors so I can do one more coat. . ..   

(https://i.imgur.com/wrID0zd.jpg)
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 06, 2018, 10:07:41 pm
DONE!!!

Wooo!!

This thing was intense!!


Anyway.... no pictures for now.

Well, just crappy ones. I need good light to take better pictures but here's proof that I am, indeed, finished with this:


(https://i.imgur.com/UfmaNa4.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/KkG6weA.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/BOONQH5.jpg)


I feel the need, the need for speed!
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: zenrat on June 07, 2018, 04:22:23 am
This my friend is fantastico.  As I said, looks like a bought one.  If it was at a show I wouldn't look closely as, not being up on modern jets i'd assume it was RW.

 :thumbsup:

Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: Old Wombat on June 07, 2018, 05:34:14 am
That, young Brad, is EPIC! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: NARSES2 on June 07, 2018, 06:27:37 am
That, young Brad, is EPIC! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Couldn't say it better myself  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Don't forget to put it in the finished models section
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 07, 2018, 08:13:47 am
Will do (waiting on the Sun to peak out, if not, I'm going to just go for it sometime in the afternoon)    and many thanks, one and all.  I stoked you all like it!!!  This one was a ton of fun.  :mellow: :mellow: :mellow:

It scratched a couple "itches" as well. For some odd reason I don't have a 10th of US Navy stuff in my stash as I do air force. Not sure how or why but there ya have it...   so I was wanting to get a modern-era (say, vietnam era forward) USN build done and also wanted to build an F-15 for awhile now so they both came together into one tidy package. Some credit is due TallEng for the Wolfpack suggestion which, in my opinion, was where this turned into something much better than what I had initially planned.

Good stuff!!!  Now, USAF F-14A is going to have to come to fruition to sit next to it and whadda ya know, if I don't already have a spare kit for it and even all the stencils and common markings!  ;D ;D ;D

Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: sandiego89 on June 07, 2018, 10:25:13 am
Looks outstanding! Didnít think you would make the deadline!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 07, 2018, 10:37:51 am
Thanks, Dave!!!  There were a couple times I was worried there at the end. It took one hell of a day of work to make it. Sheesh!  Funny, the Soviet GB was the same... working on that one literally til the last minute. I stopped working on it 11:59, one minute before the deadline. This one was into the final 24 hours...   something about builds of this era.  ;D  :o 

Any how... its all stormy and just getting darker but the sun nearly came out for awhile and I managed some pictures. They're still crappy but a few turned out alright. I'm just not going to have sunny picture of this one I guess!  :o   Oh well.  Truth be told, the three I took last night a pretty decent. I don't care for the surroundings but the subject itself was in focus, etc so I guess It could be worse..   



(https://i.imgur.com/39hNm42.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/wIQrSjs.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/p1lKWzY.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Qj5Psbo.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/1PFz4QA.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/g8lIwez.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/gu8M1qv.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/idRMpXB.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/CS9pRet.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/y5VhKI7.jpg)



Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: jalles on June 07, 2018, 03:50:26 pm
Wow! That's brilliant! Amazing how that two-tone navy scheme really sets the stage.  It's funny how that little IRST makes such a difference, I immediately think tomcat and navy.  Great job  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 07, 2018, 10:00:01 pm
That REALLY looks the part Brad, you think 'F-14' right away, and the lack of swing wings only dawns later on.  :thumbsup: ;D
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: zenrat on June 07, 2018, 11:48:58 pm
I know one of the moderators quite well and I can assure everyone that being bone idle he is very unlikely to get his act together to slam the threads closed at the exact deadline...

 ;D
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 08, 2018, 02:54:17 am
That REALLY looks the part Brad, you think 'F-14' right away, and the lack of swing wings only dawns later on.  :thumbsup: ;D

Thanks!!! That's the sentiment I was getting from a few people on Facebook as well. I'd say mission accomplished!! At first glance, it's a Tomcat.  :wacko: :wacko: :wacko:
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 08, 2018, 02:56:11 am
I know one of the moderators quite well and I can assure everyone that being bone idle he is very unlikely to get his act together to slam the threads closed at the exact deadline...

 ;D
;D ;D ;D


Here's the funny thing. I got to sitting around internetting and looking up stuff on the Flying Ram and I nearly forgot all about pictures and putting them in the finished builds thread!!  It struck me after lunch though and I got it done.  :o ;D ;D ;D   I wrote up some half-assed description as well. I'm not very good at that part.  :angel: :angel: ;D
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TallEng on June 09, 2018, 07:08:24 am
Glad you got it finished :thumbsup:
It looks a cracking build especially in those Wolfpack markings.
Regards
Keith
Title: Re: F-15N Sea Eagle, United States Navy
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 09, 2018, 08:15:02 am
Wow! That's brilliant! Amazing how that two-tone navy scheme really sets the stage.  It's funny how that little IRST makes such a difference, I immediately think tomcat and navy.  Great job  :thumbsup:

And to think, I nearly didn't bother with it!!  Thanks!!  Nearly didn't bother with the two-tone scheme, either, but tremendously pleased that I decided to go for it even with the extra time it took. 

Glad you got it finished :thumbsup:
It looks a cracking build especially in those Wolfpack markings.
Regards
Keith

Thanks, bud!!  Choice call, there!  Made the whole difference, decidedly. Sure gives "Jolly Rogers" a run for their money in the cool department.