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Old 09-16-2014, 08:02 PM   #1
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Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
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McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
AF 90-0233, 391st FS
Bagram AB, Afghanistan, 2012
1/72 Scale

August 2014 Release

Well, the long awaited Hobby Master F-15E Strike Eagle is finally here.

Previously Witty Wings (who later shared their tooling with Gemini) and Dragon Warbirds had released there own versions of the Strike Eagle. Witty's Strike Eagle sufferred from that horrible erroneous canopy which (for me anyways) has always been a focal point of my models. Dragon lacked weapon attachments points on the CFTs (therefore a totally inaccurate weapons load) and had exhaust nozzles the same as a regular F-15. The Dragon was also devoid of any targetting or navigation pod as well. Basically the Dragon release didn't have any of the features that separates the Strike Eagle from other F-15s.

As a result there was demand from collectors for a correct Strike Eagle. Collectors asked for a better F-15E and Hobby Master has delivered.



391st Fighter Squadron (FS) (Bold Tigers)

The 391st Fighter Squadron is part of the 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho (Tail Code "MO").

The mission of the 391st Fighter Squadron is to plan and conduct F-15E operations as a component of the USAF's Air Expeditionary Wing. The Squadron maintains combat readiness F-15E aircraft and 330-plus personnel to execute directed missions in support of contingency operations worldwide. The squadron employs conventional and precision guided munitions against surface targets, day or night, in interdiction, counter air, and defense suppression combat roles. The Squadron has been deployed multiple times to Bagram AB in Afghanistan in support of NATO operations against the Taliban.

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The aircraft represented is 90-0233 from the 391st FS which was deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan in 2012.

Overall the shape of Hobby Master's F-15E looks accurate to my eyes. The model comes with the Conformal Fuel Tanks (CFTs) attached. The weapons provided need to be attached to the appropriate weapon stations but fit snugly without any white glue required. A Sniper Targetting Pod and a Navigation Pod are also included. In addition the weapon attachment pylons for the CFTs have to be attached by the collector. While no instructions are included for weapon or pod placement, using Hawkone's website photos provides any required guidance.

The model comes with two separate canopies - one open and one closed and are completely transparent and clear. There are also two separate parts to display the Speed Brake open or closed as well.


Hobby Master has got the colour of the paint completely correct (note my photos are a bit on the overexposed side - so reality is a shade or two darker).

This release does come with a display stand - but for those who prefer the look of the Witty Wings F-15 stand, it fits like the Hobby Master model was built for it.

While the exhaust nozzles could have used some additional detail - they are acceptable in my opinion. If one really prefers they could always purchase more detailed "after market" versions and install them themselves.


Hobby Master had a former F-15 Pilot advising them on this relase and all the details seem right. A couple of Pre Production errors have been corrected on the Final Product. The Bureau Numbers are now correctly added on top of the port intake and the tail hook fairing has been removed (which is a unique feature of the "E" model). The rear seat also appears to have been raised.

Overall an excellent effort by Hobby Master and one I happily recommend to others.

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Below: The Witty F-15 Display stand fits like a glove.




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Looks like a winner.
Thanks for the great review!

I may try to feather those nozzles, definitely looking to enhance them as it is about the only rough looking part on an otherwise exceptional model. Although that gun port is really messed up. I hope HM considers an upgrade on those in the future.
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Awesome review ACPilot! Looks like a great tooling from HM!

I will also be updating the burners. Also looks like the gun port nozzle looks like an arrowhead, can that be sanded?

I'm glad I got this on preorder! I'm extra excited now!
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Excellent write up and photos. The real machine is amazing to watch fly. Just a little bit of horse power coming out the business end.
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I have this on pre-order with The Flying Mule. Their availability shows October. It would be a nice surprise to get it earlier.
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Looks nicely done, can't wait till they make a Desert Storm version
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I have to say, the weapons load on this is just awesome. Kudo's to HM for putting that much thought into them.
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Very nice review Dan.

It does look rather flash.

Umm, notwithstanding the accuracy issues,...which to be frank, rarely have me frothy (unless its something major,....which is subjective isn't it??), I have to say though, I do wish the main landing gear was one piece each...or one piece complete.
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Looks really good. Glad they made some corrections. Have to note that the antenna behind the canopy is still significantly out place. Not a deal breaker but if they can fix it then all the better. Not interested in this scheme so will wait for the second USAF E.

Edit: It looks really nice on witty stand.

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An outstanding model. I'm looking forward to a different USAF release.

I hate to rock the boat, but what is the malfunction with the wing tanks? They look hideous.

Also, it's an E! I'd love to see more mud-moving munitions please.
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While the exhaust nozzles could have used some additional detail - they are acceptable in my opinion. If one really prefers they could always purchase more detailed "after market" versions and install them themselves.
Would these be "plug and play"?
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Would these be "plug and play"?
I assume he is talking something like this.



They are resin aftermarket detail sets for plastic kits. Most of them are designed to work with a particular make of the model, some would probably work better for HM than another. You would have to first modify/cut it to fit HM and then paint/weather it. After that it shouldn't be too hard to remove the HM's exhaust and attach this one, but definitely not plug and play.
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Is it possible to have the plane on the original HM stand that comes with it and with all ordnance and central fuel tank on, or do we have to sacrifice the centreline fuel tank (and some ordnance) in order to be able to display it on the HM stand?
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Looks nicely done, can't wait till they make a Desert Storm version
same here, these will look real good along the ODS F-15C's. hey I got that MIG 29 in your avatar from Corgi and it looked real nice.
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I hate to rock the boat, but what is the malfunction with the wing tanks? They look hideous.
I noticed that too. Looks like they adopted the F-35 protruding effect for that one. . But seriously they have the 610 centerline fuel tank for their F-4s so I wonder if they can just replace this with those for subsequent releases.
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Have to say again... I still love the one-piece nose/main fuselage bodies on the Dragon/Witty F-15s. Yes I know... there will always be other issues with them. However, there are no gaps or unacceptable seam lines where the two sections meet, as seen on the HM F-15E. Every model has a visual focal point that catches our attention, mine is at the front of the aircraft. Manufacturers should know this and hopefully pay close attention to fit and finish. Otherwise it looks, well… not as good as it should be.
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[QUOTE=chenc544;1128306]I assume he is talking something like this.



They are resin aftermarket detail sets for plastic kits.

Beautiful!
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Hey guys, I've been looking at this site for a while and have finally decided to join in.
I'm more of a WWII collector, but still find space for a few jets (who doesn't have at least 3 Phantoms?). I'm not an Eagle expert, but this looks pretty good to me. I will be adding it to my collection.
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Welcome AirCal!
This site is the best for all kinds of Diecast Military Model Aircraft ideas.
ENJOY.
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Welcome AirCal...You’ll find great info, detailed model reviews (to help us in our purchase decisions) but above all...you’ll find some great people here —*ready to lend a hand or offer a tip or two to help out a fellow collector. It’s funny what a shared passion can do to bring complete strangers together. Enjoy your flight with us!
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Nice...great review AC. I did pass on this release may pick it up later on but did order the Ra'am. Can't wait for that one.
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.... it shouldn't be too hard to remove the HM's exhaust and attach this one, but definitely not plug and play.
Many exhaust nozzles on the diecast jets are not simply glued on, but they are via notches inserted between upper and lower halves of the fuselage prior to final bolting of fuselage together in the factory. If this is the HM F-15 case, maybe disassembly would be necessary. Can anyone maybe confirm this?



IŽm personally waiting for Desert Storm and RaŽam versions (the tiger stripes on Afghanistan tail fins are no no for me), but in the meantime I really hope that someone will try out, if the aftermarket resin exhaust nozzles are strong enough to hold Witty stand forces...
Personally I would say they are too fragile to bear all the weight of such heavy, rear supported diecast, but in this case I would be more than happy to be wrong.

Anyway, if it will be "either...or", IŽll prefer proper exhaust nozzles even when it means I would have to give up the Witty stand.

Or maybe the Witty stand could be somehow modified with some stepped pins protruding really deep into resin nozzles?
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Hey Guys,
Thanks for the welcome! I've been collecting for several years and have finally decided to join the conversation here!
About this model, I also would love a Desert Storm version, but I'm afraid the price by then will be even higher, so I think I'll get this one now while I can.
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Apart from the nozzles it looks fantastic. Bring on the first 48th FW and I'm happy!
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same here, these will look real good along the ODS F-15C's. hey I got that MIG 29 in your avatar from Corgi and it looked real nice.
I got it as well Missed out on the series 1 Witty Su and now we'll never see another one from then again
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what about the canopy piston? it's included in HM's F-18s, & is even a working feature on witty's F-15s- but i can't see one in the pics here.
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definitely getting this long awaited F-15E from HM....got 2 from witty....am curuious how it compares
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Another excellent HM mould and release. Can't wait for mine.
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definitely getting this long awaited F-15E from HM....got 2 from witty....am curuious how it compares

I have two from Witty as well. I for one will be anxiously awaiting your comparison.
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I will be getting this despite initially saying I won't. The nov release does not include another USAF E so it'll earliest probably be december before they release another one if they do release one in december. Don't want to wait too long and I'm really eager to have one HM mudhen in person to replace my witty. But still I'm not very fond of those tiger stripes in the tail. That just kills it for me.
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The tiger stripes are actually quite accurate. I like 'em! This picture is a fine study of the nozzles by the way
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I just don't like looking at them, accurate or not. Especially those Tiger Meet Aircraft. Anything with tiger/leopard skin and the likes is a no no for me. However the tigerness on this model was at least kept to a minimal in that only the tiger resemblance is confined to a small stripe on it's tail. So it's still bearable. But anything more than a stripe in the tail would just be too much tigery for me to handle. Just don't like tiger skins. Nice pic BTW. Yeah the exhaust could've been better but I'm ok with it.

I found this pic. Is this the same aircraft? I can see at least 4 gbu's there on the left side.

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tigers're my favorite
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When exactly will this hit US Distributors?
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You know I was reasonably content with my FOV F-15E... boy how stupid I was. Seeing them side by side you can really see how bad the FOV canopy and nose looks, it's quite amazing. Mind you, the FOV does have a bit more stencil detail, especially around the nose and intakes. I'm no F-15E expert so not sure which is more accurate.

Also the FOV has little fans at the back of the intakes, while it looks cool it's probably way too forward for the fan... right?
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right, the fans are real deep. Look at Dragon's F-15E for an accurate fan.
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the tiger stripes on the tail has nothing to do with the Tiger Meet which is held every yeae in europe.....this particular tiger stripe is only done on the commanders aircraft of a particular squadron...afaik
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the tiger stripes on the tail has nothing to do with the Tiger Meet which is held every yeae in europe.....this particular tiger stripe is only done on the commanders aircraft of a particular squadron...afaik
Nothing to do with the Tiger Meet - It's the name of the squadron.



391st Fighter Squadron (FS) (Bold Tigers)

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the tiger stripes on the tail has nothing to do with the Tiger Meet which is held every yeae in europe.....this particular tiger stripe is only done on the commanders aircraft of a particular squadron...afaik
I think the stripe has something to do with their squadron(Bold Tigers). I also saw other F-15Es from the same squadron that has the same stripe




Doesn't make any more appealing though. Still would've preferred something without a tiger stripe.
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So far the only inaccurate weapons I can see on this HM jet are the two AIM-120 AMRAAM's on the CFT locations, I don't think Strike Eagles have carried missiles there operationally since Desert Storm. As far as I know, the jets in Afghanistan all had one AIM-120 under one wing and an AIM-9 under the other, two external tanks one under each wing, then 4 x GBU-12 on the left CFT and I think 4 or 6 500lb JDAMS or lazer JDAMs on the other side with a big 2000lb JDAM on the center.
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So far the only inaccurate weapons I can see on this HM jet are the two AIM-120 AMRAAM's on the CFT locations, I don't think Strike Eagles have carried missiles there operationally since Desert Storm. As far as I know, the jets in Afghanistan all had one AIM-120 under one wing and an AIM-9 under the other, two external tanks one under each wing, then 4 x GBU-12 on the left CFT and I think 4 or 6 500lb JDAMS or lazer JDAMs on the other side with a big 2000lb JDAM on the center.
Like I said in my review, Hobby Master had a F-15 Pilot advising them on this release (weapon loads in particular) - so I would be surprised if the armament was in any way inaccurate.

Besides, the AIM-120 AMRAAM didn't enter service until September 1991 which was well after Desert Storm. Maybe you were thinking of Iraqi Frreedom in 2003?

In any event the close proximity to Iran likely dictated the carriage of AMRAAMs.


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Alright, detailed reply here that should clear up some misconceptions. I served in the USAF for a number of years and have a working knowledge of how some of this works.

Yes, this aircraft is not a NATO Tiger Meet aircraft. It is assigned to the 391st Fighter Squadron "Bold Tigers", of the 366th Fighter Wing, Mountain Home AFB Idaho. The 366th is the same parent unit of the previously modeled 'Chico the Gunfighter' and is actually known as the 'Gunfighters' owing to their pioneering use of gun pods on the gun-less F-4C/D models in Vietnam. I have had a number of college classmates and friends serve with this squadron as pilots or weapon systems operators.

The aircraft depicted is 90-0023. It is in fact the Squadron Commander's aircraft. You can tell this not by the tail tip stripes, which are present on every aircraft of that squadron, but by the large "391 FS" on the tail in place of where the serial number usually goes. In this case the serial is immediately below it, where it says 'AF 90-0233'.

The US Air Force uses serial numbers (and not Bureau numbers - that's a Navy term) to number their fleets of aircraft. The number derives not necessarily from production order, but from the fiscal cycle where the item was purchased. It is actually an 8 digit number, so in this case it would be 90000233. The first two numbers are the fiscal year of purchase - so this is a 1990 model. The following numbers are supposed to be the order the item was purchased - so this aircraft was the 233rd item in the FY1990 budget.

How the serial is presented on the aircraft depends on the Major Command the aircraft is assigned to (more on MAJCOMs in a bit). Air Combat Command aircraft present it on the tail along with the base assignment (MO = Mountain Home, EG = Eglin, WA = Nellis, SJ = Seymour Johnson, etc...), and the serial has the last three of the serial in very large font, with AF for 'Air Force' and the first two digits of the serial both stacked vertically to the left of the large numbers. Different MAJCOMs might do it a bit differently but generally PACAF (Pacific Air Forces) and USAFE (US Air Forces Europe) do it the same way, even with their large mobility aircraft (as Air Mobility Command, or AMC, the master large mobility command, does it completely differently).

Also in ACC, there are 3 variations to this rule - Commanders' Aircraft. Generally there will be one aircraft marked up for the Wing Commander, one for the Operations Group Commander, and one for the Squadron Commander. Much like how the Navy marks up CAG and CO and XO aircraft, but a little differently of course. The big variation is what gets placed in place of the serial - for the Wing CC (CC = Air Force for commander) aircraft of this wing it would say '366FW', the Group CC would say '366OG', and of course this one has '391FS' and their brother squadron the 389th Fighter Squadron "Thunderbolts" would say '389FS' on their CC's mount.

I talked about Major Commands (or MAJCOMs) earlier, so... The Air Force is divided down into Major Commands - examples are ACC, AMC, Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Air Force Material Command (AFMC), Global Strike Command (GSC), and also the regional USAFE and PACAF. From there, the MAJCOMs are broken into Numbered Air Forces (NAFs) - the famous 'Mighty 8th' Air Force is an example - it's a way to subdivide the MAJCOMs, usually on a regional basis. From that, it's the Wings, and Wings are usually at the base level - it's not very common to have more than one active-duty wing on a base, though it does exist (Minot AFB being a perfect example - the B-52 flying wing is one, and the ICBM missile wing is another). Also there's an increased presence of part-time Reservist wings that are piggybacking off of the Active Duty's resources - they call them tenant units and it helps shave costs. Anyway after the Wing level there's 4 Groups, and the flying squadrons are always in the Operations Group (or OG). Other Group examples include Maintenance Group (MXG), Support Group, and Medical Group. Below the Group level are the Squadrons, and then the squadrons are broken into Flights, and finally Elements. It seems like a lot, and it is, but hey now you know why a plane will say '52OG' on the tail.

Obviously the 391st missed out on Desert Storm, and if you look up the history you'll see why - they were undergoing conversion and spin-up from the F-111 to the F-15E then. But since aircraft get swapped between units so often to help spread the load more evenly among the fleet it's entirely possible any aircraft modeled could have served at any time (though as a 1990 model this particular aircraft have been brand-new for Desert Storm so who knows), so it's not necessarily unit assignment that determines if an aircraft participated or not. And realistically, other than difference in color on the fin-tip stripe and tail code, what separates the DS vet from this bird? Not much, the mud hen fleet has stayed the same color its whole operational life...loadout alone, maybe. I don't think the AIM-120 was around for Desert Storm.

Realism of this load? Who knows. 4 AIM-120s seems a bit much of an offensive load for Afghanistan given the complete lack of Taliban or Al Qaeda airpower, especially when bombs could be hung there instead. Given the high elevation and thin air the planes were operating out of in OEF, they usually were not loaded wall-to-wall with bombs, but 3-4 guided munitions isn't out of the question. I'll be curious to see what HM does with this mould and its payloads given the high variation of payloads possible...hopefully it doesn't end up like the F-4 with multiple identical loads.

As for the Tiger stripes being garish, yeah, they own it.

Here's one of their squadron rides:



But like I said earlier, you won't see a whole lot of variation in markings here, just tail codes and fin stripe differences.

TL,DR...Yeah yeah yeah I know...but hopefully this was informative. Get tired of seeing the same questions.
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Flying Mule says "Hobby Master will be dropping off their October releases at our warehouse tomorrow, including their first ever 1:72 F-15E Strike Eagle. We will do our very best to ship out all pre-orders by the end of business tomorrow."


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