A lot of model
kit for cheap money. That´s how the 1/48 scale Revell of Germany F-15E Strike
Eagle model kit could be described.
outstanding precision make every modelers eyes shine and put all other kits in
this price region to shame. And if this wasn't good enough, Revell
includes an outstanding decal sheet, that was designed by Danny Coremans from
Astra Decals in Belgium. Even the smallest stencils like those on the exhaust
nozzles are featured. Absolutely fantastic. The modeling community can only hope
that Revell will also commission this expert for upcoming kit releases.
plan starts with the cockpit assembly. The arrangement of instruments and
displays on the instrument panels is very precise. Every switch is where it
belongs. Though Revell also offers decals for the instrument panels dry brushing
will bring a more realistic result. The two ACES II ejection seats that come
with the kit are also among the best I have seen in this scale so far.
annoying is the fact that the front landing gear has to be glued into position
before the forward fuselage are glued together. There is a risk of damaging the
gear during later assembly and this also makes it neccessary to mask the gear when painting
the fuselage later on. All other parts go together very easily. Only the
conformal fuel tanks demand a little attention. I wonder why Revell rated this
kit "Skill Level 5" which means that it is "difficult" to
build. In my opinion the kit is very easy to build and even a beginner can make
a good looking model out of this kit.
nozzles that come with the kit are another highlight. They are made of 23 (!)
parts. Every single actuating rod has to be glued into position. The result is a
fantastic looking pair of burner cans especially when you do not paint the
inside of the cans flat black but paint it with a mixture from white and beige
and then give it a wash with pastel chalks. This gives the burner cans a much
more realistic appearance, since the insides of the real cans are made from
The kit comes
with two underwing drop tanks, four Sidewinder missiles and the two LANTIRN pods.
No other ordnance is included, but that is o.k. in consideration of the low
aircraft can be build with the decal sheet. An F-15E from 57 WG from Nellis AFB,
Nevada and a F-15E from 48FW 494FS from RAF Lakenheath, Great Britain. This
aircraft participated at the 1998 NATO Tiger Meet at Lechfeld and was painted in
the typical Tiger sheme.
stripes are also featured on the decal sheet, but applying them can get a little
tricky since there is one big decal for each side of the fuselage and the
adhesive of the decals is very strong. That makes it difficult to slide them
into the perfect position. My tip: cut the decals into three segments before
applying them. In combination with some decal softener like Mr. Mark-Softer from
Gunze the result will look like an artful airbrush.
conclusion: this kit is a real price wonder. 1/48 scale kits of this quality
usually cost three times as much. This Revell kit is the evidence that a great
kit for a fair price is possible.