Whenever a Squadron Catalog comes in I alway flip right to the 1/144th and 1/100th Plastic models looking for an F-100. one of my favorite Plastic model subjects..alas still not been re-released in one of the smaller scales.
Recently I saw a very inexpensive Revell re-release F-15A Eagle kit. I ordered 2 right away. I've looked at a couple other manfacturers Eagles in this scale but they have generally had Nozzle problems making them a tad to small for Micro Maxx motors to fit. I'm happy to say that is not the case with this Revell kit.
Converting Dual motor PMC's can be a bit challanging, Most folks don't like ducting so the use daul ejecting chutes or streamers coming out the intake scoops. I've never liked that set up as they are prone to hang up on wings and other things usually making hard landing damage almost routine. There is another way but requires a good bit more planning and Fitting work. At this scale it is also pretty cramped quarters. Because of those reasons I decided early that this model will be a Wheels Up fun flying Sport PMC. our Kit comes with 4 sparrow missile external stores that will be added after basic construction and finishing are complete. As always Mass is the emeny so keeping things to a minimum is paramont.
I believe i've documented most of this build. but some things are really hard to show.
*One of these area is enlarging the afterburner nozzles enough to pass our MMX-II motor casings. At this scale we don't have enough plastic in these tiny pieces to allow for a motor tube BUT we can open them up far enough to easily pass the motor cases with a little room to spare.
Another area that just doesn't photo well is the recessed port openings between the motor tube T2+/T2 stops and the slotted overlapping T2+ Stuffer tube.
*Another; Because we are ducting our dual ejection charges into another tube some provision has to be made for sealing unwanted openings while leaving or creating large enough area to pass the ejection gasses without blowing the pressure fit motors out of their motor tubes. We need at least 1/8" of opening on each side leading into the main T2+ stuffer tube. This was done after the tubes are CA & epoxied into a single unit in the model using a fine dremel bit, round needle file and a 1/8" bamboo pointed Skewer stick. After opening these ejection ports at the most forward part of the motor tubes about 1/8" inside the motor stop T2's we round out and oval the ports from the aft end with the skewer stick angling as best we can into the central tube. White glue & tissue "putty" are then used to seal all unwanted openings in all 3 tubes. these stuff must dry over night before blow test can be conducted to ensure we didn't miss any leak points.
Ducting of this type also dictates a lot of excess plastic must be removed for the underside of the upper fuselage half and some from the bottom. it is critical that the motor tubes remain aligned with the direction of travel level with the wings and aft control surfaces. If we Squeeze down the Upper fuselage on the stuffer tube misalignment will be the result.
I've just started downloading the photos of this build. it's going to take a little time to edit and upload.. I'll start with the Box art and plastic parts. adding more as we go. Hope this sparks a little interest in Micor PMC's again. F-104's are really fun to convert and fly, Hopefully some of the methods in this one will open up a few more of the Dual motor Jets.