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F-15C Eagle 'Oregon ANG 75th Anniversary'

Hasegawa 1/72 F-15C Eagle 'Oregon ANG 75th Anniversary' Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2018 Manufacturer Hasegawa
Subject F-15C Eagle 'Oregon ANG 75th Anniversary' Scale 1/72
Kit Number 02268 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Nice subject Cons See text
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $47.99

First Look

F-15C Eagle 'Oregon ANG 75th Anniversary'
F-15C Eagle 'Oregon ANG 75th Anniversary'
F-15C Eagle 'Oregon ANG 75th Anniversary'

In 1969, McDonnell Douglas was awarded a contract to develop the Air Force's next generation fighter. The Vietnam air war had caught the service without a suitable all-weather fighter and as an interim measure, the Air Force purchased their own variants of the Navy's F-4 Phantom II. Given the rapidly declining kill ratios from World War II through Korea and into Vietnam, what was needed was a true air superiority machine. The resulting design was very large, but the F-15 Eagle was the first production aircraft that produced more thrust than it weighed.

The F-15 has seen combat in a number of conflicts around the globe and in USAF service, remains undefeated. The F-15Cs came online in the late 1970s and have been periodically updated with newer avionics and weapons, but given its age, the aircraft is reaching its end-of-life. When the nose broke off of a Missouri ANG Eagle several years ago, the aircraft was found to have structural problems which were thought to have been mitigated, but have recently resurfaced. In the latest planning cycle, the USAF has tentatively cancelled the latest round of avionics updates for the F-15C/D while the newer F-15Es will get the updates.

Hasegawa has reissued their 1/72 F-15C Eagle kit with a special decal sheet commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Oregon ANG. It is rare to see a USAF Eagle with so much special art on the airframe. This Hasegawa tooling has been around since 1988 and has received a few updates over the years. This tooling should not be confused with the original Hasegawa F-15 tooling released in the mid-1970s as the 1988 release as a do-over that included scribed panel lines.

Among the features and options in this kit:

  • Nicely detailed cockpit
  • Nicely detailed ACES II ejection seat (no pilot restraints provided)
  • Nicely detailed avionics bay behind the cockpit
  • Positionable canopy
  • Featherless F100 afterburner nozzles
  • Detailed wheel wells and landing gear
  • Positionable speed brake

The kit includes four 600 gallon external fuel tanks (only three needed) but is one of those kits that doesn't include weapons (these are sold separately in their armament sets). The instructions also show the weapons loadout that can be obtained by the armament set (4 x AIM-9L/M and 4 x AIM-7F). This might be a problem for some modelers, see notes below.

Markings are provided for one example:

  • F-15C, 79-041, 114 FS/143 FW/OR ANG, special scheme, 2016

In addition to the distinctive markings, the decals also include a basic set of airframe stenciling.

Notes:

  • The aircraft depicted in this kit is a MSIP II aircraft. The kit is a pre-MSIP I layout. The antennas and other details can be replicated in this scale rather easily.
  • As a MSIP II aircraft, this F-15C carries the AIM-9X and AIM-120 as depicted in the box art. While you can swap missiles easily, you'll also need to change out the missile rails under the wings as the kit's rails were the early AIM-9 only type. The revised rails are thicker and can carry the AIM-9 and AIM-120 interchangeably.
  • The aircraft is wearing the standard Mod Eagle paint scheme under the special markings.

The above can be considered minor, but it is a shame that at this price, Hasegawa didn't update the tooling to match the subject since all of the F-15Cs still in service are MSIP II. Since the current MSRP for the 'standard' F-15C in this scale is around $24 USD, it is a bit breathtaking to think that this kit has a $24 decal sheet and still needs updates to properly render the subject.

My sincere thanks to Hasegawa USA for this review sample!

Here is a list of paints Hasegawa identifies for the colors of this kit and the equivalent colors from other brands:

 
AMMO
AV
GSI
HAT
LC
MIS
MRP
TAM
TES
XTRA
White
0050
71.001
C001
H001
N001
A528
C528
LC001
MMP001
004
LP02
X02
1745
 
Red
0049
71.269
C003
H003
N003
A276
C276
LC006
MMP003
002
LP07
X07
1705
 
Silver
0195
71.062
C008
H008
N008
A003
C003
LC074
MMM006
128
LP11
X11
 
X038
Flat Black
0046
71.057
C033
H012
N012
A041
C041
LC002
 
020
LP03
XF01
1749
 
Steel
0191
71.065
C028
H018
N018
 
 
MMM002
030
X10
1780
X502
Bright Green
Dilectric Green
0054
 
C066
H026
N026
 
 
 
 
TS35
X28
 
 
Metallic Blue Green
Aotake
 
71.419
C057
H063
N063
 
UA136
MMP113
 
TS19
X13
2119
 
Burnt Iron
0187
71.073
C061
H076
N076
A106
C106
 
MMM01
147
LP54
XF84
 
X508
Tire Black
0033
71.315
C137
H077
N077
 
UA733
MMP040
 
LP65
XF85
 
 
Olive Green
0084
71.093
C054
H080
N080
A152
C152
UA303
MMP034
078
XF58
 
 
Clear Red
 
70.934
C047
H090
N090
 
 
 
266
LP72
X27
 
 
Clear Blue
 
70.938
C050
H093
N093
 
 
 
267
LP68
X23
 
 
Gunship Gray
0204
71.097
C305
H305
A031
C031
UA022
MMP084
040
AS27
1723
 
Gray
0208
71.120
C307
H307
A035
C035
UA027
MMP074
097
AS25
1741
X135
XA1135
Gray
0203
71.312
C308
H308
A037
C037
UA026
MMP073
038
AS26
XF2:1+
XF25:2
1728
X136
XA1136
Gray
0205
71.277
C317
H317
A044
C044
UA033
MMP064
100
 
1740
X131