F-15 Tailhook

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rowbeartoe

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Unread post27 Nov 2019, 08:06

Hi everyone.

I've been collecting 1/72 diecast scale models and I've noticed the F-15C/E tail hooks on most of my models don't have a "cover". But the one I just received, a 1991C model does. The "cover" goes to the end of the engines. The other models I have don't have the cover and just barely go between the engines. Are these model errors or normal? I noticed a lot of the older F-15's from pictures do have them.

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Unread post27 Nov 2019, 12:58

What cover are you referring to? Here are a few shots. Do they have what you're referring to or is it missing? :?

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F-15SA
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Unread post27 Nov 2019, 13:34

F-15 tailhook.jpg


F-15 Tailhook 2.jpg


The cover was removed for ease of maintenance, like the F100 turkey feathers. Guessing they were removed in the mid 1980's. These images are from the book "F-15 Eagle in Detail & Scale", Bert Kinzey, 1984. In the second pic, it extends to nearly the length of the engine nozzle.




Actually here are a couple of DS pics from 1991, and the Eagles still had the cover attached.

F-15 Gulf War.jpg


F-15C DS.jpg
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Unread post27 Nov 2019, 17:30

Looks like the latest Eagles use a completely different design.
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Unread post28 Nov 2019, 04:12

Thank you. I never noticed until I got the models. Very interesting. So much detail. :)

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