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Picture Post => Current and Finished Projects => Aircraft => Topic started by: CammNut on July 21, 2019, 12:58:48 pm

Title: Boeing F-15XS "Next Eagle"
Post by: CammNut on July 21, 2019, 12:58:48 pm
So this is how I imagined things going when Boeing first presented the F-15X idea to the US Air Force.

General: “Son, take that piece of sh-t out of here and bring me something that can last longer than a frog pinned to a rock in the Texas sun”

Aide: “What the General means is a weapon system that can survive in a contested A2/AD battlespace.”

General: “Come back with what he said or don’t darken my door again.”

Boeing: “Yes sir.”

And thusly was the F-15XS born.

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So the real backstory. I stumbled upon a half-completed Academy 1/72 F-15C model that I had stolen the tails from and felt sorry for it. I began wondering how easy it would be to modify it to the lambda wing platform Boeing favors for its stealthy designs. Quite easy, it turns out. But I couldn’t stop there...

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The changes nose to tail are: The inlets are reshaped from the F-15’s complex variable-geometry intakes to F-22-style fixed caret inlets. The wing trailing edges are reshaped, the F-15’s conical camber removed, and new sharper leading edges added to recover the lost wing area.

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Conformal weapons bays are mounted under the wing roots. Low-observable axisymmetric nozzles are fitted to the General Electric F110 engines. Twin canted tails are installed. And the tailbooms are reshaped to house the electronic-warfare apertures in a more stealthy, edge-aligned profile.

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The most complicated part of the modification was making the weapons bays. These are unique to the XS, and not based on the conformal fuel tanks carried by the F-15E. They started life as the upper (rocket-housing) halves of the propulsion nacelles on the Macross VF-14 (which were cut off to produce my Rockwell F-120 Strike Sabre). I got lazy and decided to only open the AIM-120 AMRAAM bay on one side and the AIM-9X Sidewider bay on the other. But you get the gist.

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Colors and decals are from a Caracal F-16 Have Glass V “Dark Viper” sheet with a bit of F-22 and F-35 throw in, while keeping it as simple as possible. I think the end result has a plausible feel to it. And to me it’s way better than that POS F-15X...
Title: Re: Boeing F-15XS "Next Eagle"
Post by: kerick on July 21, 2019, 06:29:29 pm
That's awesome! Best "stealthy" F-15 I've seen.  :thumbsup:
What colors did you use? That might work for my RF-23 Black Widow recon build.
Title: Re: Boeing F-15XS "Next Eagle"
Post by: Tophe on July 21, 2019, 10:47:06 pm
Pleasant... :wub:
Title: Re: Boeing F-15XS "Next Eagle"
Post by: Dizzyfugu on July 22, 2019, 02:04:44 am
The V tail looks odd, but I like the overall lines of it. Nice!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Boeing F-15XS "Next Eagle"
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 22, 2019, 05:39:00 am

The V tail looks odd......


Pure F-23, isn't it?
Title: Re: Boeing F-15XS "Next Eagle"
Post by: scooter on July 22, 2019, 05:40:32 am
Excellent.  A Strike Eagle might look even sexier
Title: Re: Boeing F-15XS "Next Eagle"
Post by: silverwindblade on July 22, 2019, 05:50:04 am
I... I think I'm in love <3
I love the F-15 already, and modified versions of it are one of my favourite things. This is glorious <3
Title: Re: Boeing F-15XS "Next Eagle"
Post by: NARSES2 on July 22, 2019, 06:35:20 am
That's really nice  :thumbsup: Far better looking then the standard F.15 IMHO as well
Title: Re: Boeing F-15XS "Next Eagle"
Post by: The Rat on July 22, 2019, 08:35:37 am
Where the heck is that 'gobsmacked' emoticon?  :thumbsup: :cheers: :bow:
Title: Re: Boeing F-15XS "Next Eagle"
Post by: Mossie on July 22, 2019, 09:23:33 am
That's good.  Very good! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


The V tail looks odd......


Pure F-23, isn't it?

I'm thinking there's some JSf influence there, the butterfly tail and  lambda wing look like McDD's JAST proposal
Title: Re: Boeing F-15XS "Next Eagle"
Post by: CammNut on July 22, 2019, 12:19:22 pm
Thanks folks. And, yes, here is my inspiration - my rare-as-rockinghorse McDonnell Douglas' JAST desk model

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Title: Re: Boeing F-15XS "Next Eagle"
Post by: jalles on July 22, 2019, 12:34:56 pm
Wow, that is just outstanding! Fantastic job  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Boeing F-15XS "Next Eagle"
Post by: Firefox on August 02, 2019, 04:14:13 am
Nice  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Boeing F-15XS "Next Eagle"
Post by: Jesse220 on August 02, 2019, 01:29:40 pm
Woah!
Title: Re: Boeing F-15XS "Next Eagle"
Post by: chrisonord on August 02, 2019, 04:13:10 pm
I am  so liking this, hats off to you sir,  it looks so right  it really  does.
Chris
Title: Re: Boeing F-15XS "Next Eagle"
Post by: su27rules on August 10, 2019, 06:37:46 am
 :mellow: :mellow: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Boeing F-15XS "Next Eagle"
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 10, 2019, 04:25:06 pm
Very nice work indeed!! :bow: :bow: