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  1. MiG-15 Royal Class 1:72 Eduard The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 was one of the most famous fighter from the early Cold War period. Although a Soviet design, the MiG-15 famously made use of captured German research on the aerodynamic properties of swept wings, and was powered by a reverse-engineered Rolls Royce Nene turbojet. The resulting aircraft was a triumph, easily outclassing straight wing jet fighters when in the hands of an experienced pilot. In order to ensure it could fulfil its intended role as a bomber destroyer, it packed a formidable punch in the shape of two 23mm cannons and a single 37mm cannon mounted in a pack under the nose. The MiG-15bis was the second major variant. It featured a range of small improvements, including an improved engine, revised arrangement for the 23mm cannon, redesigned airbrakes and, in some models, underwing hardpoints for unguided rockets or bombs. The MiG-15 made its combat debut during the Korean War, where it proved a nasty shock for UN forces. It wasn't until the North Amercian F-86 Sabre became available that the American forces had anything able to hold its own against the new Soviet fighter. The MiG-15 went on to become one of the most widely produced jet fighters in history and saw service with air forces around the world. Despite a lengthy delay caused by a problem with the mould which necessitated the re-tooling of the whole kit, Eduard's MiG-15 was warmly received when it was released last year. When it did finally emerge, it helped to cement Eduard's reputation for producing high-quality models which feature exquisite detail and superb engineering. Now, with the release of the UTI trainer version of the famous fighter, Eduard have given the MiG-15 the Royal Class treatment. Described as a 'Quattro Combo' release, inside the large, top-opening box you will find four complete kits; two MiG-15s, one MiG-15bis and one MiG-15 UTI. Alongside the kits, you also get a handful of resin and photo etched parts, paint masks and no fewer than eighteen decal options courtesy of a huge decal sheet printed by Cartograf. Being part of the Royal Class range, the good folk of Eduard have thrown in a few extra goodies in the shape of a small whiskey class complete with printed MiG-15 artwork and a piece of a real MiG-15 mounted on an acrylic display stand. All-in-all, this is a real treat for MiG-15 fans. We've reviewed Eduard's MiG-15 a number of times before, so rather than go over old ground again, I will refer you back to our original review of the MiG-15 and review of the MiG-15bis. What I will do is take a look at the new sprues relevant to the UTI version, as well as some of the other goodies that Eduard have provided. Thanks to the way the kit has been engineered, all of the parts for the UTI version are provided on three new sprues two grey and one clear with sprue holding the flying surfaces carried over from the previous releases. A small fret of photo etched parts is provided too. The new sprues are just as nice as those provided for the original kits. Details are clean and crisp and there are no sink marks and no trace of flash. As with other recent kits from Eduard, there is plenty of fine detail, with parts such as the cockpit comparable to high-end resin items. The surface detail on the outside of the airframe is comprised of recessed panel lines and delicately (almost unbelievably so) engraved rivet and fastener details. The overall impression is very favourable indeed. As with the single-seater variants, the cockpit is nicely detailed without being overly complex. Eduard suggest using the two KK-1 resin ejector seats provided for the UTI variant, but you have the choice of using plastic ones if you prefer. Either way, you can make use of the pre-painted harnesses to add that extra level of detail if you so wish. As before, the sidewalls of the cockpit double up as the walls of the engine air intake, between which the front and rear bulkheads and cockpit floor are sandwiched. Being a two-seater, you get two control columns and instrument panels as well as the aforementioned seats. Photo etched parts are provided for the rudder pedals and the sidewall details, giving you a complete solution for superdetailing straight from the box. The rest of the model is constructed in exactly the same way as the original kit upon which this is based, with the exception of the canopy and underwing fuel tanks. Beautifully case resin parts are provided for the latter, while the former is broken down into four parts and can be finished in either open or closed positions. Indeed, it would have been a travesty if this hadnt been the case, given all the superb detail in the cockpit. As mentioned above, a full set of canopy masks has been included, helping to turn a time consuming chore into a quick and easy job. Ive used Eduards pre-cut masks a number of times now and have always found them to be excellent. Eduard are usually pretty generous with the decal options in their kits, but they have surpassed themselves this time around. Choices are provided for the following eighteen (yes, eighteen!) aircraft: MiG-15, c/n 111025, Flown by 1st Lt. Anatoliy P. Gogolev, 2nd Flight, 176th GIAP, 324. GIAD, Antung Air Base, 1951. This aircraft wears North Korean markings and has a red painted nose; MiG-15, s/n 231611, Romanian Air Force, Late 1950s. This aircraft features a bold blue arrow running the length of the fuselage; MiG-15bis, No. 20 Squadron, Egypt., Late 50s / Early 1960s, featuring a bat emblem on the nose and a green and white chequered pattern on the rudder; MiG-15bis, Flown by Capt. Ryszard Grundman, 1st Fighter Regiment, Bemowo Air Base, Poland, 1954; MiG-15bis, s/n 31530906, 25th Fighter Division, 35th Fighter Regiment, Taszar Air Base, Hungary, 1954 1955; MiG-15bis, s/n 623766, FAG 2 Training Regiment, Trollenhagen Air Base, German Democratic Republic, 1956; MiG-15bis, Flown by Zhao Baotong, 3rd Air Division, Korea, 1952; MiG-15bis, Flown by Nikolay I. Shkodin, 147th GIAP, 133rd IAD, Tatung-kao Air Base, China, July, 1953. This aircraft is finished in a disruptive sand and green camouflage pattern; MiG-15bis, Korea, 1952, finished in a disruptive green over natural metal pattern; MiG-15bis, Flown by Capt. Jaromir Palecny, 11th Fighter Regiment, Zatec Air Base, 1960, finished in bold red markings; MiG-15bisSB, 30th Fighter-Bomber Regiment, Hradec Kralove / Pardubice Air Base, Czechoslovakia, 1970s; UTI MiG-15, 1st Fighter Regiment, 2nd Squadron, Plana Air Base, Czechoslovakia, Summer, 1969; UTI MiG-15, s/n 822028, Hävittäjälentolaivue 31, Rissala Air Base, Finland, May, 1973; UTI MiG-15, Syrian Air Force, finished in a sand and green disruptive pattern; UTI MiG-15, c/n 612739, Flown by Yuri Gagarin / Vladimir Seryogin, Space Training Centre, Chkalovskiy Airfield, Soviet Union, March 27, 1968; UTI MiG-15, Egyptian Air Force, 1970s 80s, finished in sand, brown and green over light grey; UTI MiG-15, Indonesian Air Force, Jakarta Kemajoran Air Base, 1965; and UTI MiG-15, Iraqi Air Force, 1980s, finished in red-brown over sand. Each option is illustrated with a four-view colour profile, alongside a brief history of each aircraft. The decals look crisp, thin and glossy and the colours used are nice and bold. No Royal Class kit would be complete without a couple of extra goodies. In this case you get a nice whiskey glass with Eduard's MiG-15 artwork printed on the side (perhaps vodka would be a more appropriate tipple to enjoy from this particular receptacle), as well as a small piece of an original MiG-15 of the Czechoslovak People's Army and a certificate of authenticity signed by the CEO of Eduard, Mr Vladimir Sulc. Both are nice items and well worth having. Conclusion In my original review I commented that Eduard had managed to produce the definitive kit of the MiG-15 in this scale. Well now they have created the definitive packaging too. The kits themselves are both accurate and superbly engineered, putting all other 1:72 kits of the type in the shade. The level of detail Eduard have packed in is astonishing, as is the treatment of panel lines and rivets. The addition of all the other benefits associated with the Royal Class edition - photo etched parts, resin, marks and the other exclusive goodies - masks makes this the complete package. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. Hi all, just finished this kit for a group build on another forum and wanted to share it here too as I'm quite pleased with the results. MiG-15, c/n 108023, 176th IAP, Antung Air Base, Korea, April 1951 Kit - Eduard 1/72 MiG-15 Weekend Edition Finish - Humbrol Metalcote Polished Aluminium, other details in a combination of Humbrol enamels, Citadel acrylics and Tamiya acrylics. Built entirely out of the box and a really enjoyable snag-free build, definitely going to build a few more of these sublime little kits Regards Tom
  3. Royal Class MiG-15 is finaly confirmed for this July https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1032856756729271.1073742155.116570475024575&type=1 It will include: big black R.C. box MiG-15 single seat (most probably both 15 and 15bis fighters) a new tool MiG-15 UTI Midget trainer (thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234953053-172-mig-15uti-midget-by-eduard-release-in-2015/ ) 3 or 4 kits PE, resin-brasin parts and masks superfabric seatbelts Royal Class bonus - still unknown
  4. MiG-15 Detail set for Eduard Weekend Edition 1:72 Eduard The small colour fret contains mainly details for the cockpit. New sidewalls, side consoles and the main instrument panel are pre-printed, along with the main instrument panel. Other cockpit details are; new rudder pedals, and seat belts for the ejection seat. Other parts provided are a pivot part for the forward landing gear, new wing mounted pitot tubes and the main Aerial next to the cockpit. Conclusion Eduard's new tool MiG-15 is a great little kit, if you want to add a little Eduard PE magic to your Weekend kit then this is for you. Recommended. Review samples courtesy of
  5. Well this started of as a quick easy project with no extras that I thought I'd use to try my metal painting technique out on before I did my B.A.C Lightening, well I got that a little wrong! Quick and easy...............not likely! But it was enjoyable as it certainly put the brain, fingers and other skills to the test. Fit is poor and a challenge at almost very stage, but lets be fair to it, its getting on a bit and you can pick it up for £15 or less. The cockpit was very sparse so I add some cabling and extra switches to make it look a bit more interesting and realistic, added oil washes and chipping inside and outside of the plane. All painted with Humbrol metal coats which I must say I was really pleased with, I haven't tried other brands but these went on really well after a base coat of matt black. I used matt black as I wasn't after a nice and shiny aircraft but a rather beaten up and weather one. Here we go, all comments welcome on the Critter!
  6. MiG-15bis - Weekend Edition 1:72 Eduard The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 was the most famous fighter aircraft to emerge from behind the Iron Curtain during the early years of the Cold War. Although a Soviet design, the MiG-15 made use of captured German research on the aerodynamic properties of swept wings, combined with a reverse engineered Rolls Royce Nene turbojet engine. The resulting aircraft was a triumph, easily outclassing the more conventional jet fighters then in service. In order to ensure it could perform adequately as a bomber destroyer, it packed a formidable punch, with two 23mm cannons and a single 37mm cannon mounted in a pack under the nose. The MiG-15 was the original production version, which lacked the range of small improvements made to the follow-on bis variant. The MiG-15 made its combat debut during the Korean War, where it proved a nasty shock for UN forces. It wasn't until the North American F-86 Sabre became available that American forces had anything able to hold its own against the new Soviet fighter. The MiG-15 went on to become one of the most widely produced jet fighters in history and saw service with air forces around the world. Eduard have earned an excellent reputation with world-class models such as their 1:72 Hellcat and Messerschmitt Bf110, as well as the 1:48 MiG-21 and now the new 1:48 Bf109. Their models typically feature a mixture of exquisite detail and superb engineering which puts them right at the pinnacle of worldwide kit manufacturers. Now Eduard have followed up on the MiG-15bis profipack with a weekend edition as is pretty normal for them. The Kit Inside the sturdy box are three sprues of grey plastic and a clear sprue. The overall impression is of a really premium quality package. The quality of the mouldings is up to the usual Eduard standard. Details are clean and crisp and there are no flaws anywhere. As with other recent kits from Eduard, there is plenty of fine detail, with parts such as the cockpit comparable to high-end resin items. The surface detail on the outside of the airframe is comprised of recessed panel lines with delicately engraved rivet and fastener details. The kit does not have a massive amount of parts but is still fairly detailed and now doubt the best MiG-15 kit available in 1.72. The first step in construction is the cockpit area. A part seat is put together and then inserted into the cockpit. Like the real aircraft the cockpit sides form the inside of the intake as well. Front and rear bulkheads are added to the floor and sides to complete the cockpit. A separate control column is added. Decals are provided for the side panels. The front wheel well is made up from two parts and attached to the front cockpit. The next step is to make up the jet pipe/exhaust. This is two parts with a further part making the exhaust part of the engine. Once this and the cockpit are completed they can be added to the fuselage halves along with the rudder parts. The fuselage can then be completed. The next step to then tackle is to make up the wings. These are of conventional construction split top/bottom. Holes must be made for the drop tanks. Once these wings are complete they can be attached to the completed fuselage along with the tail planes. Final construction steps are to add the gun pack under the front fuselage, the nose intake ring and some external antennas. The landing gear can be made up, the front is a one part fixing where as the mains are four part affairs with separate hubs. Once the gear doors are attached the canopy can be added along with the drop tanks. Canopy A largish clear sprue is provided as seems to be Eduard's want. This seems to be a good idea as I have never had loose canopies rattling round their boxes, or any damage to clear parts. They are well moulded and thin for the scale. They look clear and should provide the modeller with no problems. Decals As this is the weekend edition only one decal option is provided. This is for a Soviet aircraft which had been in North Korean service at some time. North Korean markings are provided over which the modeller must add the Soviet markings if they wish. The North Korean markings will have to be suitable weathered to indicate an attempt at removal before hand though. As well as the standard decals a set of eduard seatbelts are also included. Conclusion Given how excellent the original bis edition was, it should come as no surprise that this kit is equally as good. It is both accurate and well engineered, putting other 1:72 kits of the type in the shade. The level of detail Eduard have packed in is superb, as is the treatment of surface details. Its great to see the weekend edition for those of us who don't like multiple decal options and all the photoetch etc Eduard throw in some of the boxes, or for those on a budget its a great way to get these new tool kits. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Happy new year, fellow Britmodellers! After much lurking in the shadows, I bit the bullet, fired up the Dremel and connected up the Ol’ Harder ‘n Steenbeck… and lo, an Airfix Mig-15! (Almost OOB). A little artistic license in the undersurfaces being nice Russian blue prior to the crazy Koreans slathering on the matt black. Oh what fun it is to drill a 0.3mm hole and try and get some EZ line into it… and let’s not forget the hours on the carpet looking for the teeny tiny resin landing lights (so called “pickup pencil” my a**) Albion alloys micro tubes for guns. Airmodel seat buckles and homemade belts: And a complete new jet pipe with throttle body that is now invisible, sigh.. even first time builders succumb to AMS. I learnt a lot: Airbrushing is hard. Resin is hard. Seam hiding is hard. Placing micro dots of superglue is hard. And getting to anywhere near the standard of most of you guys is pretty hard but what the hey, what have I got to lose but my sanity? Cheers Anil PS Best bit was firing up my new Nikon D600 and finding all the images have huge dust/oil spots because there is fault with their sensors...ah well it only cost £2000, whaddya expect for that?
  8. HpH is to release a 1/32nd resin kit from the MiG-15 "Fagot". Release expected in June 2014. Source: http://www.hphmodels.cz/index.php/en/news/item/231-mikojan-gurevic-mig-15-1-32 V.P.
  9. Okay.. This T plus build 8 since getting back into this modelling 'thing'. (and counting till I've done 12 ) This was supposed to be a quick build, and finished some weeks ago. It was going really well, but a little thing called life did something very unexpected in a manner I couldn't have even imagined.. so on the back-burner it went. Also kept me away from having a browse around here! The horror! So, this is the Eduard rendition of the Mig 15 in 1/72, recently reviewed right here on Britmodeller. This one being from the Dual Combo kit they do which I bought on a whim at a silly bargain price. A bit of PE in the box, some masks, and a few resin stores that are not used on this version. My first go with one of these Eduard things and golly! I'm impressed. Nicely engineered and the only area you really need to take extra care about is making sure the gun pack and nose all fit nice and snug. Oh, and stick some weight in the front where there is space fore of the cockpit tub. I had some liquid gravity on hand so it was the perfect test for it. Alclad Alu all over. Nose is painted Xtracolor high speed silver where apparently this aircaft had it's old code painted out. The blue bands were applied for wargame duties and I've done them using one of those nice Revell acrylics. So few markings this was the quickest decal session I've ever done! Thank you for your attention again. Next up after this one... I think it's back to something with familiar RAF roundels on. Which probably means I'll do an IAF Spitfire. I am so fickle. First, obligitory cockpit shot, because just for a change I had a pocket cam handy. Mig_15_150214_01 by IrritableRabbit, on Flickr Mig_15_150214_02 by IrritableRabbit, on Flickr Then my usual let's not even attempt to pretend it's not a model images. Mig_15_100314_04 by IrritableRabbit, on Flickr Mig_15_100314_08 by IrritableRabbit, on Flickr Mig_15_100314_09 by IrritableRabbit, on Flickr Mig_15_100314_05 by IrritableRabbit, on Flickr Mig_15_100314_11 by IrritableRabbit, on Flickr Mig_15_100314_13 by IrritableRabbit, on Flickr Mig_15_100314_07 by IrritableRabbit, on Flickr Mig_15_100314_16 by IrritableRabbit, on Flickr
  10. Mikemx

    Mig 15 question

    Now I have my new Eduard double MiG-15 kit, I'm going to get one of the made up along with my Hobby Boss one. The Hobby Boss MiG-15 will be an Egyptian MiG-15Bis as used in the Suez Crisis and the first Eduard one I'm making is a MiG-15 of Jaroslav Sramek (Czech Air Force) 1953. This is the aircraft he used to shoot down a USAF F-84 that had strayed into Czech airspace. I have the same question for both. Regarding drop tanks, I have 3 choices for each model - 1) none, 2) the small drop tanks that fasten directly to the wing, 3) the larger drop tanks suspended on pylons. Which should I use for each model? thanks Mike
  11. We've got the new Eduard 1/72 MiG-15 Dual Combo in stock now for £23.50! In addition we have the Brassin resin parts that were released a while ago and the Brassin that's just been released. Word of warning about the resin, the kit already has the rockets and the Cockpit sets have Ejector seats in them, so you don't need to buy the Ejector seats if you buy the cockpit set! We've only got a few kits in and limited numbers of the Brassin but we might be able to get more in for later this week. If you order and we're out of stock, please let us know, so we can order more in for you! The kit looks great, nice crisp clean moulding, very little flash. You can make a MiG-15 and a MiG-15Bis from the kit and it includes the mask, colour etch and resin rockets/pylons. Markings are for 10 different Czech Air Force aircraft. I saw the original release before the moulds broke and this is much much nicer! http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/edk2113-172-mikoyan-mig-15-dual-combo-2766-p.asp thanks Mike
  12. MiG-15 Wheels - Brassin Resin Accessories for Eduard Kit 1:72 Eduard It’s not every day that we’re given an aftermarket item to review before the intended recipient kit is released, but I think we can make an exception in Eduard’s case. If you haven’t heard already, the moulds for Eduard’s much-anticipated MiG-15 were damaged early in the production run, and the kit has been delayed whilst replacement moulds are manufactured. Nevertheless, Eduard have chosen to press on with the release of a number of resin items designed for the kit, starting with these resin main landing gear wheels. Two different types of wheel are included, meaning you will have enough for two kits. Whilst I can’t comment on how good the original kit wheels are/will be, I can vouch for the quality of these resin items. They feature pin-sharp detail and the quality of casting is excellent. Eduard have chosen not to cast flat spots on the tyres, but these can always be added to suit individual tastes. In common with other resin wheel sets in their range, Eduard have included a set of pre-cut paint masks designed specifically for these wheels. Having used Eduard’s pre-cut masks on a number of occasions, I can vouch for their quality. Conclusion I’ll stick my neck out and suggest these resin wheels will probably be a step ahead of their plastic equivalents in terms of detail and finish. Hopefully we won’t have to wait long to check! Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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