Although Im more a figure and diorama builder, I tried to build some planes in my teenage years. Including two (yes, TWO!) 1/48 F-15 E from Revell. A beautiful beast she is. Furthermore, my Japanese Viper...
needs a "friend".
I have chosen Hasegawas "DJ" variant, cause it comes with an aggressor scheme and the correct decals. Maybe Ill give her some spare seats from resine. Very cool machine, she is.
Now the questions:
>How correct is Hasegawas "DJ" kit?
>If not, what has to be corrected?
>I cant find JASDF figures in that scale. Maybe Ive overseen some (would be perfect if theyre avalable in Germany).
Hi Lucas!! Great to hear you found a project you want to attack! I look forward to following along!
Piero Di Santis has a nice review of of what I think was the earlier release of the kit on Hyperscale - hyperscale.com/features/2002/f15djpds_1.htm Looks like some surface details need to be smoothed out and from his comments they corrected the kit with the right marking possibly.
Can't help too much on the figures my friend! Guessing if you could pick up a generic NOT pilot or something and paint in the same colors (if in the cockpit...maybe with the shield down...LOL) you could make it work!
"...Just a consideration: maybe, if I ever build another F-15DJ, I will opted for the Revell F-15E as stater kit, because it should be easy to convert in a DJ, and better than the Hasegawa for overall fit and fidelity to the real one."
Just had a talk with a good friend, and he made it possible to catch two things on ebay: A Revell F-15E for 16€ instead of 30€ (thats the price of the one in the local mall) and a sheet of TwoBobs "Midori" (i. e. Green Aggressor).
Total costs: about 40 € including shipping for both.
a "normal" F-15E would cost 30 bucks, plus decals and shipping. Very cool indeed, but not what I wanted.
a "DJ" variant from Hasegawa would cost 45€ here... but isnt 100 per cent and has the mentioned fitting problems.
HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY!!! Ill give him a sixpack of good German beer for´that. Or at least two or three mugs of mulled wine at the X-Mas market.