I tried to do my
best to transform a 1/72 Hasegawa KT1 USAF F-15E in Israeli Air Force F-15I
Ra'am (Thunder) with resin parts and decals from IsraDecal.
I decided to do the
plane number 234 from Hammers squadron based at Hatzerim in the Neguev desert in
2004. Not all the planes from this squadron show the eye catching eagle's head
on the vertical stabilators, only half a dozen of the planes of the
service (numbers 212,220,234,246,252,271). I used Isradecal stencils IAF-45
which is very accurate and complete. The resin parts in the Isracast conversion
kit 72001 enhance this model with two CFT with pylons for armament, two engines
Pratt & Whitney F100-PW229, GPS antenna, countermeasures antennas,
flares dispensers, doors for principal landing gear.
The 3 colors Israeli upper
camouflage is standard for the F-15I which is an attack plane:
acrylic Brown H310, FS33531 Gunze acrylic Desert H313, FS34424 Humbrol
Green 90+31 (90%/10%)
The lower camouflage
is FS36375 Grey MrColor H308.
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I done a model in laser
guided bomb training mission profil with standard LANTIRN pods (AN/AAQ-13
navigation at right and AN/AAQ-14 targeting at left) from
Hasegawa kit. I added one 2000lb GBU-10 in centerline station, and 6
500lb GBU-12 attached on CFT and two external tanks under wings with no
air-air missiles, but it has a 20mm M61A1 Vulcan cannon for dogfight.
Nowdays this plane is able to use JDAM GPS bombs, plus air-air missile
AIM9L Sidewinder, Israeli Python 4 IR, AIM7M Sparrow, AIM120
It was a pleasure for me to
do this model. It is a great plane probably one of the best for the
israelis for years before the hypothetic arrival of the JSF F35, it gone
to fight in Lebanon and probably recently in Syria to attack a nuclear
facility. It was not easy to find pictures of the real plane to help me, I
used internet of course and Osprey book "Israeli F-15 Eagle units in
combats" to find ideas. F15I left only twice time Israel to go in
England to an airshow and in USA for a redflag campaign at Nellis AFB.