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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Metallic Details F-15E Jet Nozzles for the Revell Kit
1:48 Scale

The F-15 Eagle is undeniably one of the best fighter aircraft of our era.  One of the reasons for its extraordinary success involves its powerplant:  the Pratt & Whitney F100.  With the aim to provide a leap in engine performance over that of the 1960s-era General Electric J79, the USAF/USN Advanced Turbine Engine Gas Generator (ATEGG) program was launched in the late 1960s.  This produced the F100 powerplant first flown in an F-15 in 1972 and provided a thrust-to-weight ratio better than 1:1, yet the Navy exited the program.  The early F100 engines were seriously troubled.  They were prone to stalls, deteriorating parts, hard afterburner starts that also instigated a stall, and excessive maintenance requirements.  In the early days, many perfectly airworthy F-15As were grounded for a lack of engines.  Fortunately, all of these problems were solved and a great engine was born in the form of F100-PW-220.  Various versions have powered nearly every F-15 and many of the early and odd-numbered block F-16s since then. 

The F-15E Strike Eagle is powered by a pair of F100-PW-229s that produce 17,800 pounds of thrust at mil power and 29,160 pounds of thrust in afterburner.  There are a good number of 1:48 scale F-15E kits out there.  The Hasegawa F-15E is basically an F-15D with conformal fuel tanks.  Revell’s F-15E is superior and a more accurate representation of the Strike Eagle.  One area where the Revell kit could do better (limited by injection-molded technology) is with its intricate afterburner nozzles.

Here, Metallic Details from Ukraine provides a set of 53 resin-cast and two photoetched metal detail parts to replace the Revell F-15E’s afterburner nozzles.  Each engine is a multi-piece assembly, with the aft turbine face and PE metal flame holders, afterburner can, nozzle shroud fairing, and the nozzle itself.  Most of the resin parts in the set are individual nozzle actuating rods (45 in total). 

Overall, the casting looks excellent – all details are very well-defined and the parts even capture even the most miniscule details inside the nozzle surfaces and appear quite accurate to me.  I also like how thin the edges of the nozzles themselves have been cast (but be careful when handling – that’s some delicate resin!).  The nozzle actuating rods are delicate, too, and in my review sample, one was broken off from the casting block.  Be very careful when removing them.  There are no casting defects with the exception of a bit of a mold remnant in one of the aft turbine faces.  It won’t be too noticeable, but digging it out will probably cause more harm than good.  Also, the parts are molded so that the casting block tapers before reaching the part, meaning that removal from the casting block should be a breeze if one does not goof up with the razor saw.  In addition, the instructions are very well rendered and are very clear.  

This set will go far to enhance the back end of the 1:48 scale Revell F-15E. 

Many thanks to Metallic Details for the review sample.  You can find them online and order their products at http://www.metdetails.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/metdetails.

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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