A Clean Slate

Starting a new model kit is a great thing. Not only does it mean that you have completed another build to get here, it means that a whole new adventure is beginning. A new world that you control to the very end. How do you want your paint? Camouflage please. It’s all about what you want your kit to become. It’s a platform for the precious imagination to be employed. Freedom in a cardboard box.

If you couldn’t already tell, I have picked my next builds and I am very enthused to do so. These are two that have been on the want-to-do list for a long time. In all actuality, I just recently acquired both kits not too long ago. They’ve been on my watch list on eBay for years and I’ve finally secured them into my collection. So without further ado, let’s get started. 

First up is a kit that I have already built in Hasegawa’s F-16I. What I am going for is a Polish F-16D. The F-16 is an aircraft that I can never get tired of building and I like the beefed up variant just as much as the trimmed down one. I’ll be using a set of Techmod decals again, depicting the 2011 Tiger Meet markings. This was a good kit when I built it a few years back so I’m planning on a smoother trip. 

The next build will also be a Hasegawa kit. The search for an F-15I has been a frustrating one. They’re definitely out there and readily available, but I don’t want to spend $60.00 and above for it. Decals are another thing and I flat out got lucky with mine. I’ll be using a set of Sky’s Decals and I got them for a steal at $11.00. Other sets that I have rarely come across were $30.00. For decals! For one plane! So all in, with the kit, I’m only at about $25.00. Not a bad savings. Maybe I’m just cheap but that’s more green in my pocket to add to the stash!

Anyway, we have Hasegawa’s F-15E Strike Eagle getting converted to an F-15I Raam. I am a huge fan of anything IDF so this is right up my alley. I have a couple of IDF weapons sets that I plan on utilizing where I can. My research hasn’t been done yet so I don’t know what kind of ordinance we’re looking at here. No doubt this should be a fun set of builds. 

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