The McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle
Many books have been written about the F-15 so far, so saying something new about the history and usage of the type is a daunting task. A task, I rather not even attempt, but I do would like to list a few basic facts.
As it is widely know, the F-15 is a response to the Soviet, MiG-25 Foxbat. As the story goes, spy pictures appeared of the MiG-25 and these showed a potent, twin-engined fighter. One, that could outclass all of the then used USAF fighters. After a MiG-25 defected to Japan, the threat of the Foxbat was reduced, mostly because Western experts realized that it is a high-speed interceptor rather then an air-superiority fighter. In the end however, the F-15 became an excellent design, first used in its destined fighter role, and later on used as a fighter-bomber.
In the world where Wikipedia exists I wouldn't waste more time on the history of the Eagle.
Lets talk about the model:
The kit is in a small box that looks like all the typical Italeri boxes of the late 1990's. The boxart is very attractive and it shows an Eagle of the 1st Fighter Wing from Langley AFB, Virginia.
|Assembly and painting instructions|
I personally loved this cooperation between Italeri and Dragon. These kits were widely available here and at a lower price than their Drgaon counterparts. As a bonus, they even had better decals, but usually only one decaling option was provided.
|The Dragon logo|
|The first sprue|
|The nose section|
|GBU-s and Sidewinders|
As far as I know, a successful test was carried out, a satellite was destroyed, but the project was canceled in 1988.
So this is our guess at the Wombats Models headquarters regarding what kind of thing it that. However, if somebody knows better, please inform us in a comment, or send an e-mail. One thing is sure, the instructions don't show these parts, so it is not needed for the assembly of the F-15C.
|The 'mistery missile'|
|The first sprue from the other side|
|The second sprue|
|The other side of the 2nd sprue|
|Pratt & Whitney F100 exhaust nozzles|
The single decaling and camo option is given for an F-15 in standard camouflage on the box. However, the instructions show that the upper color should be Model Master 1711 Olive Drab. That is completely false!
The color for the underside is given as Model Master 1728 Light Ghost Gray. That is correct, but I don't really understand, how they could make such a mistake with the other tone.
On a positive note, the decals are rather nice. There are even stencils given, a big plus in the 1/144 scale.
Overall, this is a nice kit, especially considering the small scale. With some tuning it can be a winner at scale modeling shows, but if built OBB, it will still be a nice addition to anyone's 144 scale lineup.
Availability however is an issue with this kit. It might can be found in Dragon's own boxing, but it is difficult to find it in the Italeri box. As far as I know, Italeri ended it's partnership with Dragon, so there is no chance that the Dragon 1/144 models will be released again in Italeri boxes.
Back when I purchased this kit, the price of it was good, around 5 EUR. It is difficult to say how much such a kit costs now.
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(written by Jozsef)