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F-15J Aggressor

by Drewe Manton

 

F15J Aggressor

 


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Description

 

This is the Hasegawa 1/72 scale F-15J built more or less straight from the box.

The seat is Neomega resin and the belly tank is from the Hasegaea 72nd Phantom, as it's a much better shape than the ones in the kit.

Other than that, what you see is what you get, this was largely a painting exercise for that beautiful aggressor scheme she wears. The base ghost grey colours are from Gunze Sangyo Mr Color Lacquers.

The bluey violety white and dark blue colours are custom mixed from Tamiya acrylics. You can use Gunze lacquers and Tamiya acrylics quite happily on the same model, and indeed they are compatible enough that I sometimes tint Tamiya paints with Gunze laquers and use Mr Color thinner for Tamiya acrylics. All masking was done with a combination of paper masks and blue-tack. Glossing was achieved with Gunze Super Clear Gloss from the Mr Color range. Metal areas are Alclad 2.

 

 

Decals are from the kit, and I have to say were absolutely superb. I fail to see why people always complain about Japanese kit decals. I've always found them to be some of the best performing decals out there, and as for accusations of them being too thick, I can only argue that they may look that way, but they disappear into paintwork as well as any others after varnishing. I recently had to spray over a Tamiya decal on their Thunderbolt when I changed my mind on colour scheme VERY late in the game and couldn't remove that decal easily. Under a thin coat of paint that decal was totally and utterly invisible, you'd never know anything had been there. Don't sound too thick to me!

The panel wash is Payne's grey oil paint and final varnishing is Testor Dullcote thinned with cellulose thinner. Nice model, fantastic scheme, why JASDF subjects aren't wildly popular is beyond me!

 

 

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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2003 by Drewe Manton
Page Created 16 October, 2003
Last Updated 25 March, 2004

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