F-15 E Strike Eagle, 1:32, ModelArt

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  1. NYC Irish

    NYC Irish Member

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    Whats really funny is that I have those clamps myself and I too have spray paint splatter on some of them too....

    We do all think alike

    John John
  2. fluthecrank

    fluthecrank Member

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    not curious.............

    Hi willja67,

    no, it´s not curious because I build with scanned sheets. It´s my second attempt for this model. The first was sadly terrible, because I used white glue and it doesn´t match with the kind of cardboard used by the print version. And, by the way, the section is not white it´s light grey.
    I think the overall impression will be O.K.

    best regards FLU
  3. fluthecrank

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    Hi friends...........

    next step were the tail ends............caution: the numbers for the tails are not correct they must be changed left/right (at least in my plan)

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    best regards FLU
  4. Bowdenja

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    Flu it's looking very good........... I'm glad you were able to over come your previous problem.

    How big is this thing? It looks huge.

    john
  5. fluthecrank

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    the first airintakes..............

    Hi friends, here you see the first air intake..........

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    the inlet doesn´t fit 100%, but at the end in an overall view it doesn´t matter:

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    best regards FLU
  6. fluthecrank

    fluthecrank Member

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    the progress of the weekend.........

    Hi friends,

    here you see the progress of the weekend.

    The second air intake is finished.........
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    here is the front fuselage section:
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    as you see the WSO´s cockpit is done, view inside:
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    the ejection seat with it´s seat belts:
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    and the instrumentation:
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    the size of the model will destroy all my vitrines......:wink: :
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    the cubes square is 1 cm, the cubes lenght at all is 5cm, approximately 2 inches..

    the mold for the canopy is also finished, what´s your hint, what di you use for filling ?? By the way, it fits well !!
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    @moshe, what do you think about that ??

    best regards FLU
  7. ml5716111

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    Hi FLU,

    Looks beautiful. You'l need to make sure that also the top of the canopy is
    curvy.

    Moshe
  8. Amazyah

    Amazyah Senior Member

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    Hi Flu,
    Great job!
    Very nice looking model. I love that cockpit, really good details.
    Keep them pics coming!
    I really just wanted to let you know that I am watching and I am enjoying your build!

    Russell
  9. fluthecrank

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    Assembling main sections...............

    Hi friends,

    at first, thank´s for the praise and the nice words................

    Today I show you the pilots workplace:

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    This pic shows the impressive size of the model ! Remember, the cube´s sides are 2 inches long !!!!

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    best regards FLU
  10. Bowdenja

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    BIG! That is one BIG model! Wow!

    I guess you are going to leave the canopy up?

    Great job, I'm glad you decided to start back at it!

    john
  11. dwgannon

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    I know I did this model. I Still have it at work. Mine does not look that big.
  12. fluthecrank

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    air intakes and canopy mold...........

    Hi friends,

    now you see the mounted air intakes:

    upside:
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    downside:
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    and the prepared canopy mold:

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    best regards FLU
  13. josve

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    Really impressive work you are showing here Flu!!
    I'm enjoying following your construction report!
  14. fluthecrank

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    Hi firends, next steps........

    today I made my first mold canopy, here is the result:

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    this is the same part tailored and prepared fur assembling:
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    Here some pics of different views..............

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    For the first attempt I´m satisfied. In the future I see some potential for improvement. Inaccuracies you see only at the front window............

    best regards FLU
  15. mikew

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    Flu-

    Excellent work there. Love to see such pictures- keep it up.
  16. fluthecrank

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    Hi folks,................

    today I show you the refueling system und the underwing cowling panels...........

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    FLU
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    impressive progress.

    and done with such speed.
  18. GT5500

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    Come on Flu this is the third build where you have built at warp speed, come on own up who's helping you all the time:twisted:
  19. fluthecrank

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    Hi friends,....................

    perhaps the "speed" is caused by my unhappiness with the model. That depends not on the design, everything is fine, but I bought the printed version and the paper it was printed on was not my fancy, it doesn´t work with white glue...........so I struggled with it.
    Than I printed it by myself, that was not easy because it´s single-colored in grey and all of you who are photographers know, that there is no harder color than grey.........a skin with camouflage would have been much more easier...............but nevertheless I continue and in the overall view I hope for an impressive model !!!
    I will spend some retouching and matt-finish.......................

    here you see my work of today evening:
    the growing fuel tank....
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    inside view:
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    the whole part: ( as long as a "normal" warbird.....)
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    and mounted:
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    best regards FLU
  20. Ashrunner

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    Flu

    The Eagle is looking great. I have all three digital versions of Doctor Z's F-15 and haven't even considered attempting it year. If built at scale, it would probably fill half the 96 square foot room I rent 8v)

    However, a printing a 32 percent might be in order someday. I'd have to delete a lot of the details, but what the heck. I still love that aircraft. Even as I type this, my mind flashes back to my flightline facing office window at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska where I would watch the real things land oh so gracefully...and a couple of time, not so gracefully. If you don't mind my digression into the past, I'll pass on one of my most memorable F-15 memories.

    During my assignment in Alaska in the early 80s, I would give tours of the base to anyone who got on the tour bus at the proper time. The bus would be waiting at an easy to access part of the base. The tour would include an Eagle in maintenance waiting for a hands-on, up-close inspection by the tour group. Most of the time, the people could climb a maintenance ladder to view the cockpit. Sometimes, however, if classified instrumentation was visible, they couldn't.

    During one tour, I had a still-classified Eagle so no one could look at the cockpit. As I stood back and allowed the group to walk around and touch the aircraft, a woman approached me and asked in a wonderful German accent if it was possible to see the cockpit. I explained why we couldn't and she said, "I was hoping it was possible. My grandfather was wanting to see it as he was one of the first maintenance technicians for the German jet fighter in World War II and wanted to see the difference. But I will explain it to him." I told her to hold on and I went to the maintenance office and explained the situation to him. Also in the officer were two Eagle Drivers who overheard what I said. Within minutes, both pilots were wheeling a maintenance ladder to the aircraft and after taping a sheet of paper over the classified instrument, allowed the elderly German gentleman to sit in the seat while they answered almost every question he asked.

    After everyone had their chance to see the cockpit, the German woman and her grandfather came over to me. She gave me a kiss on my cheek and thanked me. She explained to my how happy and thankful her grandfather was for what I did. He then grabbed my hand thanked me himself.

    I will never forget him and the joy I saw in his eyes. And for him, to have worked on the first jet fighter and then get a chance to see and sit in the cockpit of one of the most modern fighters of the time, had to be a thrill.

    I do so love that aircraft 8v)

    Ashrunner