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  1. Hello guys, Here are the photos of my most recent model, Italeri's Mirage IIIE transformed into an EA by using the empennage extension and leaving out the Cyrano radar bulge. The kit was brushpainted with Revell Aqua acrylics. I used Condor Decals set 48054.
  2. Modelsvit is to release in 2018 (?) a 1/72nd Dassault Mirage IIIE kit - ref.72045 Source: https://www.facebook.com/136603423173762/photos/pcb.530194830481284/530194780481289/?type=3&theater V.P.
  3. Super Étendard/Super Étendard Modernisé (48010 & 72010) 1:48 & 1:72 TG Decals There isn’t a huge raft of available kits of the Super Étendard in 1:48, but 1:72 is a little better served, although not very recently, so it’s a bit of a toss-up which scale comes off best - or worst. If you’re reading this and thinking 1:48, you’d better get your hands on a Kitty Hawk kit now if you haven’t already, as they’re not going to be around forever since their recent closure. The SuE was a development of the Étendard, and replaced it as France’s primary carrier-borne fighter from the late 70s to 2016 during which time it saw action in some interesting places, after which it was replaced by the Rafale M in French service, another Dassault design. There is a set in each scale, and both arrive in the same style packaging in the form of a resealable clear foil bag with a translucent white header, and the instructions and decal sheet(s) safely in the middle of the folded instructions. The number of sheets varies between scales from 2 for 1:48 to 1 for 1:72, whilst providing the same markings for both scales. Colours for the five aircraft are called out in Model Master, Humbrol, Tamiya, Gunze Sangyo, Vallejo, AMMO and Hataka codes, as well as swatches for colour matching. The quality of the instructions is excellent, printed on both sides of thick A4 glossy paper to a high standard, with additional notes near areas of interest. From either sheet you can decal the following: Super Étendard Modernisé 44, 2˚ Escuadrilla Aeronaval De Caza Y Ataque, Base Aeronaval Comandante Espora, Argentina 2020 Super Étendard 0752/3-A-202 Armada Argentina, 2˚ Escuadrilla Aeronaval De Caza Y Ataque, Base Aeronaval Comandante Espora, Argentina 2010* Super Étendard 41, Aviation Navale Flottille 14F Ban Landivisiau, June 1983 Super Étendard Modernisé 1, Flottille 17F Aircraft Carrier Charles De Gaulle, March 16, 2016* Super Étendard Modernisé 8, Flottille 11F Kandahar, Afghanistan, 2008 * There are alternate nose and tail markings for various periods of these airframes’ career, with scrap drawings showing the details, with alternate markings and information both about the changes and the reason for them. 1:48 (48010) 1:72 (72010) The decals are developed by TG in Guatemala and printed for them in the USA with good registration, sharpness and colour density, plus a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. In addition to the usual solid colours, there are also small areas of gold and silver on the sheets, the largest decal being the Super Étendard logo above the French and Argentinian flags, which are provided as optional extras for a name plaque or similar. Incidentally, the two sheets don't share the same numbering schema, so don't confuse yourself like I did when looking at both sheets with only one set of instructions Conclusion The detail visible on the sheets and the instructions for both sets are exemplary, and include a set of stencils and maintenance data blocks if your kit doesn’t have them, or the originals are a bit lacklustre. Highly recommended. Currently available from their Facebook Page Review sample courtesy of [img= https://www.britmodeller.com/reviews/tgdecals/logo.gif]
  4. After the Mirage IIIE/5 family (link) Modelsvit is to release 1/72nd Dassault Mirage IIIC/CJ kits Source: https://www.facebook.com/modelsvit/posts/2682351568700544 V.P.
  5. A close inspection from the soon to be released 1/32nd Italeri's Mirage IIIC sprues pics (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234975571-132-dassault-mirage-iiic-by-italeri-box-artdecals-release-late-september-early-october/?p=2112443) show clearly the typical MIIIE wheel brakes as an option. A new variant in view? Time will tell. V.P.
  6. Dassault Mirage 2000 family by Kitty Hawk confirmed - 1/48th or 1/32nd? Images look like 3D scans from M2000B 5-OW n°519 preserved at Espaces Aéro Lyon Corbas - EALC http://www.ealc.fr/ & https://www.tripadvisor.fr/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g1582569-d5979211-i156131920-Ealc_Musee_de_L_aviation-Corbas_Rhone_Rhone_Alpes.html Source: http://www.greenmats.club/topic/1267-новый-mirage-от-kitty-hawk-слухи-и-догадки/ Hey Tali, your source? I mean the Chinese forum link? Updt: Thanks Tali!!: http://tieba.baidu.com/p/4260567148 V.P.
  7. Mirage 2000C (72073) 1:72 ModelSvit The Mirage 2000C is a forth generation Jet Fighter built by Dassualt for the French Air Force. Like its predecessor the Mirage III its main feature is a large delta wing. The aircraft was designed and built in a surprising 27 months by Dassault using a lot of data they already had developed for the "Future Combat Aircraft" and the so called Super Mirage, The C in the title for the fighter stands for Chasseur or Hunter. As well as two internal 30mm DEFA cannon the aircraft is armed in the air to air role with Matra R550 Magic, Matra Super 530D, MBDA MICRA Missiles. As well as the Mirage C there is a B model trainer, N model Nuclear Strike, and D model Ground attack version in service with the French Air Force. Mirage 2000 aircraft have been sold to Egypt, India, Peru, The UEA, Greece, Taiwan, Brazil, and Qatar. Kit This is the eagerly awaited new kit from Modelsvit. The kit resembles a high quality shorter run kit with fine surface details. While the parts resemble some more main stream manufactures in appearance they will no doubt need more care in the assembly. In the box we get seven sprues of light grey plastic, a clear sprue with both a one part and two part canopy, a sheet of PE and and a sheet of masks for the canopy, wheels, and false canopy for one of the decal option (these are not shown). La construction commence avec le cockpit (quelle surprise!). The seat is made up from 5 plastic parts with PE belts and seat cushions. Following this for some reason the exhaust nozzle is built up and put to one side. Once this is done its back to the cockpit. The cockpit floor is put together with the sides and the rear bulkhead. The cockpit floor also forms the nose wheel bay roof and the rear bulkhead for this needs to be fitted at this time. The instrument panel and control column need to be fitted. The instruments for the panel and side consoles are provided as either PE or decal, or a mixture of both if the modeller wants to do this. Lastly here the main coaming and HUD are built up from a mixture of plastic parts and PE. The cockpit can now be placed inside the main fuselage and it closed up. The inner parts of the main intakes are then applied to the fuselage sides. We now move onto the main wing. For the lower wing the main wheel wells are boxed in with the instructions showing where all the parts go, plus a view to show how it needs to look once its complete. Once these are boxed in the upper wing sections can go on and the whole wing joined to the main fuselage. The main burner nozzle is made up from 3 parts and this can be attached to the assembly made earlier and inserted into the back of the fuselage. Also at the rear the vertical fin is added (here tow are provided for different decal options). Different rear fairing parts are also used here depending on the decal option chosen. Moving back to the front the outer parts of the intakes are added. Flipping back to the underside of the aircraft the centreline fairing is aging different for the different decal option with there being 3 types, one of which includes a chaff/flare launcher. The flaps can be positioned up or down with different parts for each, the flap track fairings can then be added. The main under carriage is then next, standard two part wheels go on to the main leg with a separate retraction strut. The outer gear door attached to the main leg with the inner door attaching to the fuselage. Again these have retraction struts. At the front the nose gear leg goes in with its twin wheels. The gear doors are also fitted at this point. The last major item to complete the main aircraft is the canopy. A single part closed canopy and a split two part canopy are provided. Canopy masks for the edge are included and the centre will need to have the modellers own tape or masking fluid used on it. To complete the main airframe the re-fueling probe is added along with a selection of aerials and fences on the side of the intakes and tail. A nice selection of underwing/fuselage stores are provided in the kit. There is a centreline 1300L fuel tank, and two wing 1700L fuel tanks. There are two Magic-2, two Matra Super 530D, and four MICA EM.IR missiles provided in the kit along with their respective pylons. Decals There are 5 schemes provided in the kit; the decals are well printed by Decograf, the Indian Markings dont quite look correct with the colours. From the box you can build; Mirage 2000C 6-OB No.59 EC 2/5 "Ile de France" French Air Force, Saudi Arabia 1990 Mirage 2000C 5-OP No. 74 EC 2/5 "Ile de France" French Air Force, Saudi Arabia 1991 (Dessert camo) Mirage 2000C - 390-AS No.80 EC 5/330 French air Force 1993 Mirage 2000H (Vajra) KF123, 7th Sqn, Indian Air Force, 2012 Mirage 2000EG No. 226. 332 MPK (All weather Sqn) "Geraki", 114 Fighter Wing, Greek Air Force, 2014 Conclusion It is good to see a decent model of the Mirage 2000C available in 1.72, this should build up to make an eye catching model if care is taken with the build. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. After the single seat variants (thread here: link) next Kinetic Mirage family will be the MIII two seats variants. First announced boxing: 1/48th Dassault Mirage IIID/DS - ref.48054 Other variants should follow like IIIB/BE, 5BD etc. Source: https://www.facebook.com/Kineticmodel/posts/530695333764249 3D renders V.P.
  9. Doyusha is to rebox in April the HobbyBoss 1/72nd Dassault Rafale M kit - ref. Source: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10765250 V.P.
  10. This is a placeholder for my second entry in this GB. I have this kit both in an Airfix box (well, the box is long since disposed of), and a Heller 1990s boxing. I'm building the Airfix release, which I bought back in 1990: UPDATE: Box art from original Heller release (254? 354?): I cannibalised the French roundels some years ago, so I'll build it as the Greek subject. For some reason, I've never, ever, ever built a Mirage 2000 before. The shame, the shame, etc.
  11. Hello guys, it's been a long time since I posted a WIP. I'll be building the most recent boxing of Academy's Super Ètendard in 1:72. I'll be using Aerocalcas's 72004 decal sheet to make this SuE as 3-A-202. The aircraft will be painted with Revell acrylics, with EDSG for the uppers and white for the lower surfaces.
  12. Mirage F.1 C/CT (04971) 1:72 Revell The Dassault Mirage F.1 has been a successful point defence fighter for over thirty years, and was developed initially as a private venture by Dassault as a replacement to their ageing Mirage III fighters. It is a single-engined, single-seat fighter aircraft with a high-mounted delta wing and capability of reaching mach 2.2 in short order. Power was provided by a single SNECMA Atar turbojet providing about 7 tonnes-force (69 kN; 15,000 lbf) of thrust. Dassault soon found an eager customer in the shape of the French Armée de l'air, who bought various versions over the years starting on 1974. The French retired the Mirage F.1 in 2014. The ED is the export version for Qatar, and the EQ the version for Iraq. Its worth noting that private military contractors in the US are buying large surplus stocks of Mirage F.1s to use in the adversary role. The Kit Here Revell have re-boxed the excellent Special Hobby/MM kit with new decals. The parts are crisp with engraved panel lines deep enough not to disappear under a coat of paint, but not trench like. From the parts break down on the sprues it is evident more versions are on there way. Construction starts conventionally enough in the cockpit area. The instrument panel and coaming is built up and attached to the front of the cockpit, the rear bulkhead is attached, and the control stick added in. For some strange reason step 3 in the instructions has you placing the cockpit inside the fuselage and closing it up; and step 4 has you adding the front wheel well and exhaust into the fuselage. I would safely say that it's best to reverse these. On the subject of the exhaust, it is a three part affair and the quality of the kit parts is very good. Once the exhaust, front wheel bay, and cockpit are in the main fuselage can indeed be closed up. Once the main fuselage is together the correct nose can be added for your chose decal option. Various nose antenna are added along with the front airbrakes which are moulded in the closed position. The engine intakes are also added at this stage. Next the main wings are added which are of conventional upper/lower construction. Once these are on the rudder, tail planes, and ventral strakes are all added as well. Once the main aircraft is built it is time to switch to the landing gear. All three units are built up and added along with their respective doors. The undercarriage is quite detailed but has been moulded to be in as few parts as possible. The main legs along with their retraction struts are one part, with only a single small section needed for each of the mains. The wheels are one part each and have nice relief for painting. It is then a quick re-visit to the cockpit to build the ejection seat. For the scale this is quite detailed with 4 parts making up the seat. There is a choice of seat back/cushion however no indication of which to use for which option. It is suspected these options are time frame based, and the modeller should check their references. The penultimate step is to add the pylons. A single centre line pylon is added along with wing pylons, &chaff dispensers. Thankfully this time the instructions show which should be added for each decal option. The instructions show only fuel tanks to be attached, although the sprues do contain a nice selection of French weapons to be deployed as the modeller sees fit,. Lastly the canopy and front screen are attached. Markings There are two decal options on a sheet from Italy so there will be no issues there. 1. F.1C No74 5-AE, EC 3/5 "Combat Venaissin" 1989 2. F.1CT No260 Disbandement EC 1/30 Normandie Niemen July 2009 (box art) Conclusion A great kit re-boxed with a decent set of new decals . Recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  13. Dassault Mirage IIIBJ. Israel bought 4 of these trainers still with combat capability (which was used). Three were sold to Argentina but the 4th (this one) was given IAI. They fitted a US J-79 engine to it and it was used as a expermental aircraft for the Kfir programme. It therefore has some none standard features. Pics thanks to Dov.
  14. Recently joined thought I’d post my current build - this is the second kit I’ve started from a recent forgotten garage find. Matchbox Mystère IVa which I intend to build as a Patrouille de France 1957 aircraft to add to the theme of my first garage find the Ouragan which is in 1955 colours Rescribing done - minor issue when I discovered the raised lines on the kit bear little resemblance to reality - luckily I’d only done the one fuselage half - had to fill the dodgy lines and start again Now onto the cockpit - the kit offering is a “tad” rudimentary - even though there’s not much visible when it’s closed up I think I need to get the plastic card out
  15. Dassault Mirage 2000C (KH32020) 1:32 Kitty Hawk The Mirage 2000C is a forth generation Jet Fighter built by Dassualt for the French Air Force. Like its predecessor the Mirage III its main feature is a large delta wing. The aircraft was designed and built in a surprising 27 months by Dassault using a lot of data they already had developed for the "Future Combat Aircraft" and the so called Super Mirage, The C in the title for the fighter stands for Chasseur or Hunter. As well as two internal 30mm DEFA cannon the aircraft is armed in the air to air role with Matra R550 magic, Matra Super 530D, MBDA MICRA Missiles. As well as the Mirage C there is a B model trainer, N model Nuclear Strike, and D model Ground attack version in service with the French Air Force. Mirage 2000 aircraft have been sold to Egypt, India, Peru, The UEA, Greece, Tiawan, Brazil, and Qatar. The Kit This is a complete new tool from Kitty Hawk, The kit arrives on 7 Sprues of plastic a small PE fret and 2 resin parts (the pilot and the afterburner nozzle). There are a further 6 large sprues which account for all the weapons and fuel tanks supplied for the main kit. Construction starts off with the cockpit. The multi part seat is made up with PE handles and belts. This can then be fitted into the tub along with the flight controls. The instrument panel and HUD are then added. As far as I can tell these are for the French version and although they differ for the export versions these are not catered for in the cockpit. Instruments are provided as decals. Construction then moves on to the front wheel well and landing gear. These are made up and the completed bay is put aside for later. It looks like the leg can not be added later. The cannon bays, and main wheel wells are then made up and also put aside for later. While we are doing this the full engine is made up for later as well. Then the cannon bays and main gear wells can be added to the insides of the main fuselage halves. The front gear well, cockpit and engine are added and the main fuselage is closed up. Even though there is a full engine there is no intake trunking supplied for inside the fuselage. Next up the multipart intakes are made up and installed onto the fuselage sides. There is a radar dish for the front if the modeller wants to display this which can then be fitted, if not the nose cone can go on. Now we move to the wings. These are a two part main upper/lower but have separate and pose-able slats and flaps. Flap actuators also need to be added. The wings feature the airbrakes which are quite noticeable on the aircraft and these can be opened. To the wings themselves the gear wells need to be built up. The vertical fin has a pose able rudder. There are also optional fin tips, however no mention in the instructions which to use for what scheme so the modeller will need to do their own research. At the rear end the resin afterburner nozzle is added The main landing gear then needs building up and adding. All gear bay doors then need to be added as well. The airbrakes need fixing on either in their opened or closed state. To finish off various aerial and antenna need to be added along with the refuelling probe and the canopy. Weapons & Tanks An impressive 6 sprues carry all manner of stores and pylons for your Mirage 2000C. They include; 2000L Drop Tanks 1300l DROP Tanks EADS Scalp/Apache cruise missiles AUF-2 Twin Stores carriers Matra R550 Magic 2 Missiles Matra M550 Magic Training rounds Matra MICA Missiles (IR & EM Heads) Matra Super 530 missile Aerospatiale AS-30L missiles LRF-4 68mm Rocket pods CC630 Twin 30mm Gun pod Thompson ATLIS II Targeting pod Thompson PDL-CT & PDL-CTS laser designation pods Decals The two decal sheets look to be well printed. There is minimal carrier film and the colours are sharp, everything looks colour dense. From the box you can build one of five aircraft Mirage 2000C 118-AX French Air Force (Grey colours Tiger Stripe on fin top) Mirage 2000C 330-AS French Air Force (Grey colours Tiger Stripe on fin top & Tiger on RHS Fin) Mirage 2000C 103-KV French Air Force (Grey colours Large tiger face on both sides of the Fin) Mirage 2000C 5-OP French Air Force (dessert colours) Mirage 2000-5 EL Taiwanese Air Force Mirage 2000-EG Greek Air Force (Checked fin with graphics) Mirage 2000H KF101 Indian air Force Mirage 2000C No.4949 Brazilian Air Force Conclusion The plastic looks great, and there is an impressive array of marking options available. The addition of PE and resin parts including good figures makes this an all round exciting package from Kitty Hawk. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Available soon from major hobby shops
  16. Modelsvit is to tool a "exclusive" 1/72nd Dassault Mirage 4000 kit for French shop Bassin-Maquette - ref.72052 Release in 2018 Rumours say there's also Mirage G or G-8 as well as a Mirage IV in project. V.P.
  17. Clear Prop Models is reported in French forum Master 194 as to release in 2021 a 1/72nd Dassault Mystère IIC kit. 3D renders should be ready in late 2020. Source: http://master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=109736&p=1435104#p1435090 V.P.
  18. Dassault Mirage 5, pics thanks to Dov.
  19. Dassault MD.454 Mystère IVA,79 79 A 2-EG, pics mine taken at The Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton.
  20. A new Ukrainian model company - name still unknown but reported linked to Art Model - is to introduce at the Nuremberg International Toy Fair 2017 (01-06/02/2017) a new tool 1/72nd Dassault Mirage IVA kit to be followed later by a IVP (P for Pénétration) the version carrying the ASMP air-launched cruise missile. Of interest in the picture 1 is the Hurel-Dubois CT-52 recce pod dedicated to the Mirage IVA & P fulfilling the strategic reconnaissance role. Another 1/48th secret project from the same company should be also unveiled at the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2017. Also a Mirage IV? That's the question. Source: http://www.greenmats.club/topic/2803-mirage-iva-в-172-масштабе/ V.P.
  21. SMB-2 Super Mystère B2 Early & Late 1:72 Azur FR.ROM The Dassault Super Mystère holds the distinction of being the first production Supersonic aircraft in Western Europe. Dassault developed the design from the Ouragan through the Mystère models to the Super Mystère. While earlier models could go supersonic on a dive this aircraft could achieve it in level flight. The new aircraft with its thinner wing and greater sweep angle entered production in 1957 and left French service in 1977. Supersonic performance was also helped by the introduction of an afterburning engine. A Mystère B4 was looked at to replace it, but this lost out to the Mirage III. As well as the French Air Force, the aircraft would serve with the Israeli Air Force and see combat in the 1967 and 73 wars. The only other user was the Honduran Air Force. These again saw combat in the numerous border conflicts they had. The Kit The kit is a new tool from the Special Hobby / FF.ROM collaboration of design & manufacture. The kit arrives on 6 sprues plus a clear one. The detail and quality is what we have come to expect from these companies of late and does not disappoint. Construction starts with the intake. This is full length down to an engine front at its rear. How much will actually be seen is another matter? The top of the front wheel well then fixes to the intake trunking. The rear of the fuselage also gets the same treatment with a full length exhaust finished off with a nozzle. Next up the cockpit is made up. There is the base, to which the instrument panel, sides and rear bulkhead is fitted, the control column is also fitted at this time. Next up the intake trunking, jet pipe and cockpit can all be installed into the main fuselage halves along with the main gear wells. The fuselage can then be closed up. Following this we move onto the wings. These are of a conventional form of left & right wings with an upper and lower half to each. Separate clear wing tip lights are provided which is a nice touch. Once the wings are done, these along with the single part tail, and the two tail planes can be added to the main fuselage. The nose ring is also added at this stage. The main and front landing gear is then built up and added along with the undercarriage doors, To finish up the ejection seat is built up and added tot he cockpit along with the instrument coaming. Lastly the canopy and windscreen are added. The canopy can be modelled in the open position. If underwing stores are required then a pair of fuel tanks, and a pair of short range AAMs are provided. Decals (Early) This boxing of the kit gives three choices of markings all in NMF; 10-SB from EC 01/10 which took part in SEATO cruise to Bangkok March 1961 (Light Blue Trim) 12-ZH from EC 02/12 "Cornouaille", Cambrai 1968 to 1970 (Green Trim) 5-NJ from EC01/05 "Vendee", Orange-Caritat 1961 to 1964 (Red Trim) Decals (Late) This boxing of the kit gives three choices of marking all in Vietnam style Camo; 12-YF from EC01/12 "Cambresis", Camnrai 1971 10-SK from EC 01/10 "Valois", Creil, 1969 to 1973 12-ZT from EC 02/12 "Comouaille", Pferdsfeld, Germany, 1974 All the decals are printed by cartograf so there should be no issues wtih them at all/ Conclusion This is another good looking French Aircraft which has been crying out for a new kit. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Aircraft 45 was formerly displayed in the Paris Science Museum, but was donated to the Yorkshire Air Museum in recognition of the close bond between Elvington and the French Air Force. Pics thanks to Jon Kunac-Tabinor.
  23. Hi everyone. Haven't posted here in a while, so here you go - I just built a 1/72 Heller Mirage 2000 twin seater and finished it in the colors of an Indian Air Force bird commemorate the 20th anniversary of the limited, but well-publicized Kargil war with Pakistan. The Mirage played a key role in turning the tide in India's favor with several sorties including some dropping LGBs at extreme altitudes. The war clearly cemented IAF's love affair with the aircraft and it has since then been it's go-to jet for tough jobs. I picked an unusual color scheme for an Indian Mirage, a two tone camo reminiscent of the older Mirage variants flown by rival Pakistan and strikingly similar to French 2000Ns. I believe this camo was worn by the two seater serialed KT201 temporarily for few years starting in the late nineties along with an equally interesting single seater painted in an even more uncommon desert scheme. This aircraft wears an unusual (for IAF) nose art depicting a Northrop BQM-74 Chukar (aka Chakor in India) drone kill. The build is mostly OOB except the following mods - I cut the canopy open, inserted a clear plastic partition between both cockpits, slightly detailed the seats, added PE frets for cockpit from spares, managed to salvage 1300L drop tanks from the spares bin with styrene fins, built a Paveway LGB with a PWII (from an AMK Kfir) + 1000lb bomb + fins from FAB-500, cut open the elevons for droop, added a homemade pitot tube with toothpick and Dremel, fashioned a Remora EW pod with heated sprue. Overall, not my cleanest build with poor fit, terrible decals and raised lines, but throughly enjoyed putting it together. Hope you all like it! fullsizeoutput_7b fullsizeoutput_7a fullsizeoutput_76 fullsizeoutput_74
  24. Amodel is to release 1/72nd Dassault Falcon 50 kits - ref. 72293 & 72307 Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234997175-amodel-new-172nd-1144th-kits-in-2016-update/ V.P.
  25. Armée de l'Air 2000D at RAF Faiford. Pics thanks to Mike.
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