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Old March 26th, 2009, 03:00 AM
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Default Academy ´new´ 1/48 F-15E

http://www.academy.co.kr/new_product.jsp?view=main

Contains Sniper and GBU-12, and has Cartograf decals. Will be released second quarter of 2009.
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Old March 26th, 2009, 04:31 AM
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Already released in Korea. Available on eBay from the usual Korean sellers. Just search for F-15K. Looks like it also has SLAM-ER and GBU-38.

http://cgi.ebay.com/F-15K-Slam-Eagle...3%3A1|294%3A50

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Old March 26th, 2009, 05:09 AM
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Pollie's post is about a new Academy F-15E, not F-15K.
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Old March 26th, 2009, 10:13 AM
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The E was already mentioned in the F-15K thread, as that was going to be Academy's next step. It still won't come close to matching the Revell Strike Eagle, but might have some updated parts to use.
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Old March 26th, 2009, 10:33 AM
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Sniper pod out of the box...hmmmm...sounds tempting.
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Old March 26th, 2009, 05:51 PM
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Ah sorry. When I opened the link, the F-15K was at the top and I didn't scroll down to see the F-15E.
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Old March 27th, 2009, 09:31 AM
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If they fixed the kit, then it will be good to build as is. If not, then it will be a parts bird for me.
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Old March 27th, 2009, 09:36 AM
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Sniper pod out of the box...hmmmm...sounds tempting.
Nah! - Shull24 for me....
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Old March 27th, 2009, 11:18 AM
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Same here. Though I am sure the Academy Sniper pod will be better than the Kinetic one, Shawn still makes the best and is always my first choice.

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Old March 27th, 2009, 06:41 PM
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I'm more interested in the -K kit for a parts doner anyway. GE engines, GBU-38, SLAM-ER. The the big thing about -E kit just seems to be Sniper, which you can get from Shawn Hull anyway. GBU-12s are available in the Hasegawa weapons set, so those aren't a giant draw for me.
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Old March 27th, 2009, 06:55 PM
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Similar thoughts here too, though the GE exhaust don't look all that great. Being tooled as one peice pretty much takes them out of the shape accuracy running. Besides, the GE exhaust we have under way has me already pitching all the GE F110 exhaust from all my 48th scale kits.

The main wheels are looking pretty good and might just be the best Strike Eagle mains yet. The NLG wheel looks the same as their old Eagle, which would mean they missed the wider nose wheel.

The SLAMER and GBU-38s look promising as well.
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Doug (Royale Resin) is coming out with F-15E wheels, and they are going to be great. He sent me a set of his first ones, and they were beautiful, but were based off of the Revell wheels which are too skinny. He's re-working them, and when they come out, they are going to be the best out there. Of course, I'm saying this without having the Academy wheels in my posession, but from the pics, it looks like they may be too skinny as well.

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Old March 27th, 2009, 07:59 PM
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I saw those. They look nice but being based off of the Revell kit wheels, are too thin and the hub proportions are off; one being the way over sized hubcap. Also, the wheel bead is too shallow, like on most of the wheels. The real wheels have a rather thick and prominent bead that stands away from the tire; same as the F-22, F-16, F-18, etc...

The Academy main hubs look more accurate, even if the slip ring detail is not well represented. The brake detail is a joke, but I plan to use the back of the Revell E wheel for that. Still need to see it for real before I can mic it out and make a call on it.

I was expecting the Academy K today, but it looks like it maybe Monday or so. I'll post some details once I get a chance to look it over.
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Doug (Royale Resin) is coming out with F-15E wheels, and they are going to be great. He sent me a set of his first ones, and they were beautiful, but were based off of the Revell wheels which are too skinny. He's re-working them, and when they come out, they are going to be the best out there. Of course, I'm saying this without having the Academy wheels in my posession, but from the pics, it looks like they may be too skinny as well.

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Doug makes quality items. I'd be interested in these.
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Could you PM me exactly what needs to be changed on Doug's wheels? He's working on his new masters and I'm sure he'd be willing/interested in making those changes to make his parts more accurate, and I could forward that information on to him.

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Could you PM me exactly what needs to be changed on Doug's wheels? He's working on his new masters and I'm sure he'd be willing/interested in making those changes to make his parts more accurate, and I could forward that information on to him.

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I know it's probably a very extravagant idea, but maybe Doug could just take a look at some photos of the real F-15E wheels and compare them to Revell wheels to see what needs to be improved?...

Like these:
http://data3.primeportal.net/hangar/...e_28_of_39.jpg
http://www.f-15estrikeeagle.com/arti...otigers_04.jpg

Don't get me wrong - I have several of Doug's wheels and other sets and I think he does excellent job, but sometimes I just don't understand why some aftermarket folks don't use the easily available references...

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He's got the Modern Eagle Guide from Jake, which has some great pics in it. I think he just relied too heavily on thinking the Revell wheels were accurate (I did too) and just needed the differences pointed out to him. All of us make mistakes, sometimes even with the best information available.

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Old March 28th, 2009, 11:14 AM
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I know it's probably a very extravagant idea, but maybe Doug could just take a look at some photos of the real F-15E wheels and compare them to Revell wheels to see what needs to be improved?...I just don't understand why some aftermarket folks don't use the easily available references...

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Yes, I've noticed that with other compnaies as well. It is also critical to get accurate dimensions.

I think I have about 35 different aircraft wheel dimensions cataloged and you'd be surprised to see how many kit wheels are off the mark.
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Its funny, it almost looks like Academy tried to "copy" the GE cans from tamiyas F-16 series, then, like they can only do while "copying", screwed up the shape enough to make em need to be replaced....WTF...

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Old March 28th, 2009, 11:41 AM
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It's almost like "Kinetic" all over again, but on a smaller scale. Yeah, the Academy GE exhaust are going to be a let down.
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