This is a 1/144 Mini Hobby model F-15C kit. On first inspection this kit is far from desired if built OOB. It has a bare cockpit and the canopy was rather thick (an advantage on hindsight). The ordnance included barely resemble anything like the AIM 7 or AIM 120 amraam. The kit's centreline drop tank was way off least to say.
The kit decals were for a PACAF Kadena 67th Fighter Squadron based in Japan; similar to one that I had built before. I decided to search for a new marking. I came across a F-15C from 159th Fighter Squadron from Florida ANG and create the decals for it.
Paint scheme is the standard Mod Eagle scheme. I custom mix the paint using Mr Hobby/Tamiya acrylic basic colours. Two coats of thinned paint were hand brushed on in between drying. This was followed by two coats of thinned Future gloss coats in between drying in preparation of decal application. Another two coats of thinned Future was brushed on in between drying to seal the decals. Moderate weathering was applied before two thinned coats of Future/Tamiya Flat Base mix was airbrushed on for a flat finish.
For the exhaust area, I used Mr Metal Color Aluminium and Chrome Silver thinned with Mr Color Leveling Thinner to brush it on. I then used cotton tip to gently buffed it for a shine. I then used pastel to create the burnt effect on the bottom metal surface and the nozzle. I was quite please with the outcome.
S K Loh
Photos and text © by S K Loh