Tamiya 1/32 F-15C Bitburg Eagle ODS Mig Killer 84-0027

By Gary Hatherly

The subject is McDonnell Douglas F-15C 84-0027, a dual MiG-29 killer in the hands of Cpt. Powell during Operation Desert Storm. The jet is depicted in 1992/93 after returning to Bitburg prior to repainting into the Mod. Eagle color scheme. MSIP II and HOTAS upgrades had been Completed at this time.

Base Kit:

Additional kits and major components used:

Aftermarket kits:


Major Changes and Corrections:

Scratch Built items:

FINISH: I used a combination of Tamiya, Model Master, and Vallejo acrylics, enamels, and lacquers for the interior details. In a few places, like bay 5, Xtracolor 159 is a special color to match the F-15 interior in an enamel, so I used it in areas to be that green color. White MM lacquer was used for the white landing gear and wheel wells.

I completely riveted the model, and then used a black enamel wash to highlight the rivet and the panel lines with the goal of having barely visible rivets, like a dirt effect in some spots. I then sprayed on the finish using MM FS 375 and 320, while mixing tones of each to get a weathered and slightly differing color affect. The nose cone is FS 270. In addition, in the areas where pre shading shows through the paint, I pre shaded with shades of gunship gray, varying it from panel to panel. All in all I used 9 different colors of Gray on the exterior. Each coat is sprayed on very thin, and then sanded with 2000 grit for a very smooth finish. Final coats were polished with a piece of clean old polyester cloth and steel wool. Futures was applied in several coats alternating with coats of Windex reduced 25% with distilled water, decals, more future, and then lacquer flat or gloss depending on the area. The bare metal area is polished. Alclad lacquers with gloss clear coat.

One item that I believe is very important is to use distilled water for ALL paint thinning/mixing when not using acrylic thinner. I used Tamiya thinners for the Acrylic and Lacquer spraying and Testers enamel thinner for the enamel paints and for cleanup.

I used an Iwata HP-CP airbrush.

I want to thank Chuck Sawyer for his help in the finishing department. In addition to taking the time to write his “How To” threads, He responded to my many PM’s and emails regarding getting the right Airbrushing equipment and learning how to use it to get high quality results. No matter how stupid my questions were. Thank you Sir!!

Please visit the build thread for more pictures and details:
My great thanks to those who posted and stopped in the watch this happen.

© Gary Hatherly 2014

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This article was published on Friday, March 21 2014; Last modified on Monday, February 29 2016