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F-15C/F-15E Seamless Intakes for Tamiya

 

Cutting Edge Modelworks

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number:

CEC32141 - F-15C/F-15E Seamless Intakes for Tamiya

Scale: 1/32
Contents and Media: Three resin parts
Price: USD$28.99 - available from Meteor Productions website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Big improvement on Tamiya intake parts; simple parts breakdown; excellent casting
Disadvantages: No alignment aids
Recommendation: Recommended

 

Reviewed by Jim Rotramel
 


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Background

 

First of all, before I start: I came up with this idea and have a close, non-financial association with Meteor Productions. While Iím truth telling, as youíll note from the photos, Iím an average modeler who makes his fair share of mistakes. So, if I can do this, I bet you can, too!

As anyone who has built the Tamiya 1/32 scale F-15 kit will tell you, the intakes suck, and not in a good wayósink holes along the bottom, seams along the sides and, as if that isnít enough, the USAF didnít help things a bit by having the exterior color extend six feet into the intake. The solution is that the intakes needed to be cut laterally (six feet into the trunk) instead of longitudinallyósomething the injection guys havenít figured out how to do yet.

This is (in principle) a simple kit with only three partsóyou cut it off the casting blocks, glue it together and treat it like the kit pieces. Theyíre even cast in the right generic colors if you donít feel like painting them (paint them anyway). The only trick is the alignment of the parts. Because of the (difficult) casting process, there are no alignment tabs, so you have to manually align the pieces so that they align on the insideóI recommend slow setting, gap filling CA. Also (this is IMPORTANT), donít forget to drill out the small holes on the outside of the front portions for the air data sensors before installing the assembly in the lower fuselage.

 

Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:

Left outboard seam

Left inboard seam

Right inboard seam

Right outboard seam

Exterior seams

Filled, pre-painting

Left, pre-painting

Left, post-painting

The finished product


The fit of the parts is snug and no worse than the kit parts, but that doesnít mean they are trouble free. There is a nasty gap where the intakes turn vertical. You can see from the photos that I filled them without installing the moveable ramps, but I donít recommend that. Here is what I think will work best:

  1. Paint everything before assembling the inlets.

  2. After (or before) assembling the inlet pieces, check the fit of the air data sensors to ensure youíve drilled the holes wide enough, but donít install them yet.

  3. Install the movable ramps.

  4. Install the inlet assembly as per the instructions, but use gap filling CA on the bottom front of the inlets to secure them when you fill the gap. To fill the gap, I think youíll find that CA works better than putty, just donít let it set too long before sanding it down! Use compressed air to clean out the sanding dust.

  5. Touch up the paint where you sanded it away.

  6. Use tweezers to install the air data probes with CA (from the streaks you can see that were left by the zip kicker, you can tell that that wasnít a good idea).

  7. Install the compressor faces.

Thatís it. I think youíll find this kit a real enhancement to the Tamiya F-15 that is very simple to install.
 

Thanks to Cutting Edge Modelworks for the review sample


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Images and Text Copyright © 2005 by Jim Rotramel
This Page Created on 04 May, 2005
Last updated 04 May, 2005

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