1:48 Decals F-15 Eagle Hasegawa Kits, Reviews 'n' Builds Model Airplane International Showcase USAF


There are newer kits, but Hasegawa's classic 1/48 F-15 family still remains worthy of note...

There is no real argument that there are now better kits that are detailed to a higher degree than this one, there is however an argument that all of Hasegawa’s 1/48 Eagle kits are still worth your money, time and effort.

The completed model, built from Hasegawa’s kit, is every inch an Eagle.

Though much of my jet output has recently involved Monogram 1/48 kits, I thought it would also be fun to tackle an older kit from that other bastion of fast jet modelling, Hasegawa.

Hasegawa’s F-15C was used as the basis for my earlier, F-15A build.

Having dug around the loft for a suitable candidate I settled on an F-15A, thus allowing me to not only build  – for the first time in my modelling career – a single-seat Eagle. This project also offered the opportunity to complete a model in the colours one of my very favourite squadrons, the 48th FIS, further details of which can be found within the following updates on this page:

Is Out Of Sight, Really Out Of Mind?

Assumptions, Social Media And Checking Those References…

There is no real argument that there are now better kits that are detailed to a higher degree than this one, there is however an argument that all of Hasegawa’s 1/48 Eagle kits are still worth your money, time and effort. Built ‘from the box’ it looks more than acceptable; add detail and you’ll end up with a model that is more than a match to almost every other kit currently available.


I had initially planned to build my model ‘from the box’ but decided instead, to use a replacement cockpit, swapped jet pipes and then Sidewinders from a later Hasegawa weapons set. The result I believe is a very pleasing replica of – in my opinion – the best-looking jet ever to take flight!

For the complete story of how this model came to be, please take a look at the June 2023 issue of Model Airplane International, available shortly.

Though this is the first single-seat Eagle I have built, it won’t be the last, with Tamiya and Monogram kits waiting in the wings…


Having built this lovely kit, I plan to tackle two more Eagles in this scale from classic kits, one Monogram, the other Tamiya. Though incredibly popular kits within modelling circles over the years, these are once-again kits that I’ve not so far built! It will therefore be interesting to see how they compare with this one especially Monogram’s offering, many believing that despite its age, it is still the most accurate kit yet produced of this iconic military jet! Time at the bench will confirm one way or the other if that option does indeed hold water…


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I'm formerly the editor in charge of Military In Scale magazine and latterly, Model Airplane International. Editing duties to one side, I'm now a full-time modelmaker with Doolittle Media, working to supply modelling articles and material for a number of their group titles, including MAI and Tamiya Model Magazine International. I'm also an avid fan of Assassin's creed, Coventry City FC and when the mood takes me, a drummer of only passing skill. Here though, you'll find what I do best: build models and occassionally, write about them!


  1. Ann and Steve

    Lovely build Spencer, I think you may be right about it being the best looking jet ever! SteveP

    Sent from Mail for Windows


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