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  1. Modelsvit is working on a 1/72nd Dassault Mirage 2000 family. Source: https://www.facebook.com/modelsvit/photos/a.1859368940998815/2393286317607072/ V.P.
  2. Hello Here is my prototype Dassault Mirage 4000 built in 1/72 from a Modelsvit kit. This one is not so easy than their last Mirage IIIB but at least I have finished it. This Mirage 4000 was as seen in 1987 with fake AA missiles under the wings and camouflaged to tease Middle Eastern rich countries. In the end this one stayed a one off partly because France did not buy any. But the design was useful for the next Dassault project : Rafale. The build is here : https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235096406-modelsvit-dassault-mirage-4000-172/ Patrick
  3. Hello As I wrote many weeks ago I am in with this wonderful prototype that was the Mirage 4000. It was a bigger Mirage 2000 which first flew in 1979 with two SNECMA M-53 engines but at the time France could not afford such a combat aircraft. I will build this one as it was at 1987 Paris Air Show with a desert camouflage to tease Saudi Arabia but to no avail. Patrick Here are the sprues and other parts from this 1/72 Modelsvit kit.
  4. Hi fellow modelers, This topic is about my latest project in progress, the Modelsvit 1:72 Antonov 225 Mriya. Enjoy! On april 3th 2020 it finally arrived, my dream kit I was waiting for.. A 1:72 scale An-225!! Carefully wrapped and packaged for transport from Ukraine: As you see, a lot of content in the box... 975 parts in total, with PE set and mask, and 4 decal options. The first thing I just wanted to see was the size when finished , so a quick dry fit was done: Length: 1.17 meters width: 1.22 meters weight: 2.5 kilogrammes. I also have the Modelsvit 1:72 Antonov 124, a project on hold now I have the 225 kit. The 124 is the 'little' brother of the Mriya. Here you see them side by side.. I also have the Amodel 1:72 Buran kit, the Russian Space Shuttle for which the 225 was specially designed. It was meant to ride 'piggyback' on the 225 for transport, just as the Boeing 747-123 SCA (Shuttle Carrier Aircraft). (I'm also building a 1:72 B747 SCA with Space Shuttle, a project on hold, but I will add that topic on Britmodeller some time ). I could place the Buran on the 225, then it would look like the Mriya on display in the late eighties: And this is what my model would look like: Look at the 1:72 scale figure... This will be REALLY huge! The problem is, I really like the modern An-225 with yellow and blue striping. I'm still doubting which version I'm going to build.. Well, first I need to start building this kit, time enough to make the ultimate decision which version it will be. I started with the tail. As the fuselage and wings are made of fiberglass with a thin polyester coating, it's kind of difficult to work with. So sanding the surfaces to be glued rough, and use superglue or 2 components glue for the different materials used in this kit. The tail was a bit tricky, as there is a difficult dihedral angle in the tail of the 225: Then I started attaching the 'bumps' on the fuselage. Quite a lot of them: I didn't attached the biggest bumps yet, as they partially cover the wings which are detachable. So to avoid breaking loose again during a test fit, I'll wait with the attachment on the fuselage: A 1:72 Piper Cub for scale comparison.. Look at the massive size of the stabilo: The tail has 2 large aerodynamic cones attached to the rear, so I glued those parts to the tail but didn't fit at all.. Be warned, as you will notice during this project, literally EVERY part of this kit has to be sanded to shape. Modelsvit kits are not for the 'easy-builders', you need to do a lot of scratchbuilding and improvising to get things done.. These are the cones: The fiberglass under the polyester layer becomes clear after sanding One thing I noticed during the very first dry fit, was that one of the 2 provided aluminium tubes (used for sturdy but detachable wings on this model) had a wrong diameter. As you see, in the manual it says 5mm and 8mm diameter: The 8mm fits like a glove: But the 5mm doesn't fit: After checking: ..it needs to be 6mm. The problem with this fiberglass-polyester coated material that it is really hard t cut or drill; it is very brittle so widening this hole with a drill is risky.. I screwed up a little on my Modelvit An-124 model with cutting a piece, the material just 'shattered' during cutting. So as this hole is very important for a 'glove-like' fit (it has to support a large wing with 3 engines!) I will look for a 5mm diameter tube as replacement. The kit comes with a little PE set, consisting of little vents to be placed over the fuselage: Also, the fuselage has a sharp hardened edge over the entire length. So that needs to be sanded carefully: Now a little side jump. I started my 1:72 An-124 a couple months ago, but that's a project on hold at the moment as I want to finish the 225 first. From the 124 kit I already finished the nose with cockpit section; that was a project on it's own as nothing fits inside the fiberglass nose! It's a matter of constructing the polystyrene flightdeck parts together (sanding every part and filling of gaps of course): And then just 'glue the flightdeck somewhere in the nose' or something like that : ( .. No prefabricated inserts or points to attach to: So I thought first: I'm going to use my finished An-124 nose on the 225 kit, as both have identical nose shape and it saves time.. (I'm going to post my An-124 topic here some time, promised, but here a very short side jump of the construction of the 124 nose). First I glued the transparent upper part to the nose section: And here you see the constructed flightdeck, attached to a scratchbuilt support fuselage-rib, and the attached nose weight for a sturdy construction of the flightdeck to the nose. Yes, be prepared to improvise and adapt with this kit! Ok, a little more explanation. Here you see the 2 noses. Left the 124-one, right the 225-one. As you see, I fabricated a supporting rib from Plasticard. This rib 'fills up' the empty nose and provides support for the attachment of the flightdeck. This way it is possible to safely attach the flightdeck into the hollow nose, because should you 'bump' the kit to something after glueing the nose to the fuselage, and the flightdeck should come loose... you never can repair or attach it again. Also, this rib provides sturdy and secure support for the heavy nose weight these kits need to have as these kits are potential tail-sitters. This is the flightdeck: I need to blend the rib with parts of the flightdeck to make it 1 smooth construction. In this case, I replaced the curtains-parts by drawing the contours on the rib and cut it to the same shape: Measuring the width of the front flightdeck, so it can fit through the rib: This is how it will look: After cutting the contours of the curtains and fitting the flight deck through the rib, this is the result: But I engaged some fitting problems afterwards with the flightdeck, so I let it be for the moment. So I started the construction of the engines.. 6 in total. 6 Little projects, as there are quite a few parts: For every part you need to remove edges, and sand them smooth first. For example: I sprayed the turbine blades parts polished steel: And here I made a mistake.... Due to an error in the manual! It shows an incorrect drawing of fan blades attachment, so I need to glue 1 part upside down to avoid too much distance between the 2 fan blades parts. It's a little difficult to explain, but it needs to be said that this is a careless mistake from Modelsvit. Also because it's not clear how the parts finally look after glueing them. Well, lesson learned: more dry fitting with the rest of the parts first! The 2 fan blades parts are supposed to fit into each other so the 2x16 fans have to shape into 1 ‘disc’ of 32 fan blades..?? It’s clearly that that is not possible... whatever I try; upside down... ...it keeps consisting of 2 parts stacked on each other. This is how it's supposed to look: So I did it my way. The manual is just wrong. First I cut of each blade of 1 of the 2 fan blade parts and I glued each fanblade between the other part’s fan blades. I used a circular mold to keep a steady circle as the little fan blades are bended and need to be glued at an inclined angle: Almost finished... And there it is, a perfect 32 bladed fan. Now 5x16 more blades to go.. ...but job done, and ready to continue the build. So be warned, don’t glue something from this kit before test fitting it and think in advance what the result will be. Continuing the engine project, first a lot of sanding and test fitting before painting and gluing. Some parts are quite a challenge: And surprising, the engine halves don't fit at all. So sanding again... The turbine parts: The exhaust cones need to be drilled open: during the build, I made a bigger shelf to the wall as this behemoth needs a place to sit later. The shelf is 2.50 meters long and 60 centimeters deep.. ...and guess what.. still needs to be deeper, I think 70 cm: Well, first continue the build. I still got time enough left to think about another shelf. After research on the Internet I found out that the 225 engines are quite 'clean' and maintained from the inside, I saw a lot of white inner plating. So I decided to do that instead of 'gunmetal' inner halves as the (wrong) manual says: Added just a little weathering of panel lines, you don't see much left later on as the halves are glued together: And, the intake ring and exhaust cone need a lot of sanding as they do not fit well. still a lot of work to be done to these engines : ( To be continued....
  5. My second entry is this - it models one of the two MiG-21s modifed for use as a testbed for the Tu-144 (Concordski) wing design. First time building a Modelsvit kit - I couldn't find any exact masking set for the kit, I'm hopeful that the Eduard mask kit for the Modelsvit MiG-21F is a close enough match to either use directly or if not an easy modification with some minor chopping and changing. Other than that I plan on just doing a straight OOB build, another attempt at NMF. Progress will begin once my Bomber/Ground Attack GB Catalina is finished and literally out of the way on the workbench!
  6. Modelsvit is to release a limited edition 1/72nd Bartini-Beriev VVA-14 ekranoplane kit - ref.72014 Sources: http://scalemodels.ru/news/8000-anons-Modelsvit-1-72-bartini-vva-14.html http://hobbyterra.com/product/vva-14-soviet-experimantal-hydroplane-modelsvit-72014.html V.P.
  7. This aircraft, which is sometimes categorized as a Caspian sea monster, is indeed a monster. The only larger models I own in 1/72nd scale are an Avro Vulcan and a Lockheed AC-130. It depicts the VVA-14, which first flew in 1972, in its early incarnation before the fuselage was lengthened and another pair of engines added, among other modifications. It is not literally a space ship, of course, it just looks like one. It is a surface effect craft that could also fly at altitude when required. The parts have no pins and sockets, so lining things up is more tricky than with a conventional western-made kit. Because of that, I found that I often left the model for a day to let the glue dry. Handling it, it was too easy to knock things out of whack when they are held in place just by a small glued area. The tailplanes and ventral fins are examples. In contrast, the wings, tailplanes, and outrigger wheel pods (on the hull sides beneath the wings) are ‘plugged in’ Airfix style and are therefore more robust. Parts fit varies from good to OK, with some exceptions described later. The ejector seats are highly detailed. I omitted everything from the back cockpit because you cannot see any of it through the side windows. The kit does not include crew, but I put a jet pilot (Airfix I think) in the front cockpit. Black and white film of the crew boarding the real thing shows them in light colored flight suits. I used flight test orange. Construction of the side sponsons (whatever they are called) is tricky in that their two halves meet only at their ends for a short bit of gluing. What is more, one half has to bow outward (under compression) which puts the glued contact areas under sheer. I found it best to glue one end and tape it up, then the other end. Then the upper halves of the sponson bases go on. These go the other way up to my first instinct. The clear instruction diagrams are a great help with that. The lower halves of those long plates that form the undersides of the sponsons are almost symmetrical, but they differ slightly, so take care to get each on the correct side. Tip: Do not glue the engine assembly to the body until after painting and decaling (applying the transfers). Painting and decaling the engines is tricky otherwise, only partly because of the fins in the way. On the other hand, the whole thing is such a weird shape that I found the engine block — glued to the body — was an indispensable handle with which to hold the model when painting it… I used some filler on the gear doors, which I built closed. The outrigger doors are very fiddly and I used much filler. However, I expect that if you build it wheels-down, all would be OK. Also I used filler on the join of the nose cone (crew compartments) to the main body and various other places. Canopy paint masks are included with the kit. The canopy, which consists of three transparent parts, needed some filling and filing to obtain anything approximating to a smooth contour with the fuselage. The wings seem to me to have too much dihedral when compared to photos of the real thing. Bending them down a bit before the glue set solved that, then fill in the resulting gap… Some photos of the real thing show it with the ventral fins, some without. I lost one when it broke off unnoticed by me. It must be in my room still, but I know I will never see it again. I brush-painted it in acrylics. To highlight panel lines, I used pencil on the matt grey and Flory Models ‘dark dirt’ on the gloss white. I then coated the whole thing in satin varnish.
  8. Instantly recognisable as a member of the MiG-21 family, the Ye-166 was a fictitious designation for the Ye-152-1 in order to register the speed records without disclosing the real designation. I've built a few MiG-21s but this seemed more like 1/48 than 1/72 and was a lot bigger than I expected. Built straight from the box but care is needed to work out the exact configuration to be modelled as there are a few options and the instructions are a bit confused/confusing. With the Ye-50 to show the size difference Thanks for looking. Steve
  9. Hi all, My latest project idea Is a string of Fitters. My question is about the conversion of a Modelsvit kit to the long nose version. Are there any conv kits out there? Thanks. Martin
  10. Mirage IIICJ (72062) 1:72 ModelSvit Sacré bleu! If you have not heard of the Mirage III where have you been? The Mirage III is one of the most recognisable aircraft to emerge from the Dassault Aviation stable in post war France. The Mirage III grew out of French government studies for a light weight all weather interceptor able to reach 18,000 meter in altitude in Six minutes and able to reach mach 1.3 in level flight. The tail less delta combined the wing with an area ruled fuselage to achieve its speed. The Mirage IIIC would remain in French service from 1961 until 1988. The largest export customer for the Mirage III was Israel. This version being the Mirage IIICJ. Israel found these aircraft more than a match for anything her neighbours we able to field with the aircraft being a success in combat with Syrian, Jordanian and Egyptian aircraft. Israel then sold some of these aircraft to Argentina. 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 7 sprues of grey plastic, a clear sprue, a PE fret, masks(not shown) , and a decal sheet.. Construction starts in the conventional way with the cockpit. The seat is built up from 7 parts with PE belts and handles. The tub is made up from the base, rear bulkhead, two sidewalls and the area behind the cockpit. The instrument panel with its PE faces goes in, and PE is supplied for the side consoles. The cockpit then goes into the fuselage. The coaming then goes on in front of the instrument panel. Next up the engine exhaust is made up. This is a three part tube with the engine end and burner ring at the front and the inner nozzle at the rear. Once the engine and cockpit are in the fuselage can be closed up. Construction then moves onto the wing, first up the wheel wells need to be fully boxed in. Holes need to be opened up for the underwing stores. The main fuselage can then be joined to the lower wing with the upper wings following as well as the vertical fin. At the rear of the main wing the separate flaps and flap tracks are fitted. Here there are parts for dropped or straight flaps. The intakes are then fitted to the main fuselage, and at the rear underside the ventral strake is fitted. Moving on to the landing gear, the legs are made up and the main wheels can be fitted to their gear legs, and these can be fitted, along with the noise wheel at the front. For under wing/fuselage stores a single Matra R530, 2 Shafrir-2, 2 AIM-9D sidewinders, 2 RP-62 1300L tanks, and 2 RP-18R 500L tanks are supplied. These and the appropriate pylons can be fitted. Finishing touches are fitting the gear doors, canopy (both a one part closed, and multi part open options are provided), lastly some aerials (where appropriate). Decals There are 5 schemes provided in the kit; the decals are well printed by Decograf with no obvious flaws. From the box you can build; Mirage IIICJ No. 103, 253 Sqn, Eitham Air Base, Israel 1981 (2 tone grey scheme) Mirage IIICJ No. 758, 101 Sqn, Harzor Air Base, Israel, 1974 (Brown, Green, Tan scheme) Mirage IIICJ No. 107, 117 Sqnm Ramat David Air Base, Israel, 1973 (Brown, Green, Tan scheme with large yellow recognition markings) Mirage IIICJ No. 159, Argentinian Air Force, seen at the IAF Museum 2004 (Green, Blue Scheme) Mirage IIICJ No. C-704 Argentinian Air Force, Base Aerea de Rio Gallegous, 1986 (Dark Earth, Sand scheme) Conclusion It is good to see a decent model of the Mirage IICJ 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
  11. Salutations, Today I would like to present the largest model I've ever made! It is a Be-12PS in Ukrainian Naval Aviation markings. The build spanned 4 months of occasional work due to my constant flux of motivation to continue assembling these parts which fought me at pretty much every step of the way. However after liberal application of filler putty and careful sanding, I got the joins looking smooth enough to paint. I have to say that landing gear door and support assembly was one of the most complex subassemblies I've put together so far and it was a true test of my modelling mettle. The kit came with masks which behaved well. I feel accomplished for seeing this project to the end and giving it a suitably grimy and well used aura! These aircraft have been in service since the 1970s and reportedly, Ukraine still has 2 in service. The rest had to be left behind when Russia annexed the Crimea in 2014. As you can see, this beast takes up a whole half of the top of my drawer display area! I've placed it next to my PB4Y-2 and Revell Arizona tucked off in the corner. I have plans to make a seascape base for my next floatplane... Thanks for looking and I hope you like it!
  12. Here's another Mirage completed same time as my F1. What an absolutely fantastic kit this is by Modelsvit. No filler needed & the best surface detail I've ever seen (so far) on a 1/72 kit. Definitely worth the money as this is slightly more expensive than similar sized kits. Also comes with full etch set for cockpit & fuselage antennas plus canopy masking set. The engineering on this kit is perfection. If Modelsvit can do this then why can't everyone else? Decals from the Syhart "Last Flight Cambrai-Epinoy" sheet. Mirage 2000C 1/72 No.85 103-LK "ESTA 2E.012" Primed with Ammo Mig black primer, both greys from the Hataka Brazillian Mirage Redline set & the exhaust from the Vallejo Metal Colour range. Klear gloss, Mig B/B PLW then final coat of Xtracrylic matt. Found another Master Mirage 2000C pitot in the spares box, which is the only improvement needed to this kit. Thanks for looking. Martin
  13. After the abortive start that was the Mirage F1C (I didn't actually start just realised I didn't have all the bits) I have rooted through the stash and found this I have a particular interest in Argentinian planes and so will be building one of those schemes. I seemed to recall some fit issues but lets see. As always comments very welcome. Dave
  14. Hi, We no longer present the Mirage IIIE, flagship of French aeronautics from the 60s to the 80s which equipped many air forces around the world. The plane presented here has a rather particular history because it is one of the two planes which took part in the operation Tamara in July 1973. This secret operation at the time consisted in dropping on the atoll of Mururoa on August 28, 1973 a 6KT nuclear bomb AN52. The decoration of the plane corresponds to the standard scheme of the time but with some markings specific to this event, in particular the pennant of the C46 on the left fin, emblem of the EM 85 "Loire" based in Mururoa. The model used is that of Modelsvit.. The decoration is also from the box. The model is excellent. Detailed in every nook and cranny with high quality engraving, even if some are skeptical about riveting. In addition to its extreme details, the model is also very precise with high quality of all the assemblies. The whole is at the price of a sometimes a little high complexity and an equally important number of parts. This is the brand's first Mirage III box. The few defects of this box (seal on the rudder, lower surface seal, fixed elevons, dimensions of some cans a bit too short) are all corrected in the following boxes. Well done to Modelsvit for this quality. Make way for photos. Complete set of photos can be find here and the work in progress there. Hope you will like it. Alain.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Modelsvit is to release a 1/48th Yakovlev Yak-9DD kit - ref.4804 Source: http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=68170&start=6390 V.P.
  18. Yakovlev Yak-9D Soviet Fighter (4809) 1:48 Modelsvit The Yak-9 was an evolution of the successful Yak-7 fighter, and was intended to retake the initiative from the Nazis new Fw.190 and improved Bf.109s, which it successfully did. Production started in late 1942, and by summer 1943 there were enough in service to make a difference, playing a part in the crucial Kursk battle, thanks to its agility in the thicker air at lower altitudes and the heavy armament it carried. It was made in a number of different variants with different intended uses, with the D fitted with additional fuel tanks for longer range, and the DD for longer range still. There were also other versions with a larger 37mm cannon in the nose, and even a 45mm cannon in one variant that had to be installed with a muzzle brake. Post war saw the continued development of the type, which involved the installation of a more powerful engine, and these were later hived off to Soviet-friendly satellite states at the end of the 40s, where they served into the 50s, although their unusual lubrication system saw accidents caused by engines seizing due to forgetful pilots neglecting the hand-cranked lubrication lever in the cockpit. Something that might not be top of your agenda during a hectic dog fight or tricky manoeuvre. The Kit This is a new tooling from our friends at Modelsvit, although they do have a DD in their catalogue that dates back to 2015. I can confirm that this boxing shares no sprues with that kit however, having perused both up close. It arrives in a modestly sized top-opening box, and inside you’ll find five rectangular sprues in grey styrene in a Ziploc bag, a clear sprue in its own bag, a sheet of Photo-Etch (PE), vinyl masking material and a small piece of pre-cut acetate sheet in its own bag, decal sheet in another Ziploc bag, and a glossy A4 instruction booklet with colour profiles to the back pages, plus a set of stencil diagrams on the rearmost page. The sprues give the initial impression of being shorter run, but when you look past the runners at the parts themselves, there’s absolutely nothing short-run about it. There is excellent detail throughout, and a good number of parts to make a realistic-looking model of this Soviet fighter. Construction begins with the cockpit, which is suspended within a framework so it’s built within the fuselage halves rather than as a tub. The seat is made of two parts and has four-point PE belts attached, the side frames are detailed with extra styrene and PE parts, with comprehensive painting instructions called out along the way, which is the case all the way through, incidentally. The underside of the nose is fitted out with the two sides of the oil-cooling radiator, a front cockpit bulkhead is put together, and the rear deck behind the pilot is glued together with a thick chunk of clear head armour, for which a mask is included for each side. Another small section with the gunsight attached is built, where one of the three punched-out acetate parts are glued in to represent the glass, then the instrument panel is fabricated on a rear panel, with decals and PE parts supplied to bring the detail up to a high standard. All these sub-assemblies are brought together in the fuselage halves, which have moulded-in ribs and had the frames glued in beforehand, after which you can close up the fuselage with a choice of small coamings depending on whether you are modelling an early or late version. The top cowling is separate, and this closes up the front fuselage along with the chin intake that was made up earlier. A scrap diagram helps with the layout of the cockpit. The wings are next, with the main radiator faces inserted into the gondola in the full-width lower half, then boxing it in with an insert and two small struts. The front half of the interior of the lower wing is then painted, and the main bays are boxed in with a long spar that has nice detail moulded-in, and several additional sections around the periphery. In the leading edge of the wing root, two small intakes with PE mesh screens are made up and inserted, after which the cockpit floor is assembled on a C-shaped raised platform, with rudder pedals, flare gun, a choice of early or late control column, and PE straps for the rudder pedals. The wings have separate ailerons that are made up from two halves each, and the elevator fins are made from two halves with additional control surfaces, allowing you to set them at any reasonable offset you like. The lower wing with integrated cockpit floor are mated, the upper wings are glued in with the ailerons, and again you have the option to offset them. The elevators are put in place, and under the fuselage another insert with detailed interior ribbing is added, with the tail wheel assembly fixed to the insert before it is put in place. Incidentally, the rudder is moulded into the fuselage halves, so if you want to mobilise that, you’ll need to cut it out yourself. Flipping over the almost complete airframe, a trio of ribs are added in each main gear bay, and a cooling flap is slotted into the rear of the oil-cooler, with a PE actuator fixed to the centre. The main gear legs are made from the strut, a captive bay door, and a retraction jack that fits between the bay roof and the leg, then each one is given a wheel that’s made from halves with radial tread moulded-in. The smaller inner bay doors are glued to the inside edges of the main bays, and each one has a PE actuator fitted, with scrap diagrams showing the completed structure. At the rear, a pair of clamshell doors are added to the tail wheel bay to complete that section. The prop is a three-blade unit that is provided as a single part, but has a spinner with hollow(ish) gun barrel moulded into the tip, a back plate, and behind that the front frame of the fuselage and a washer that is glued to the axle to allow it to continue spinning if you don’t flood it with glue. This assembly is glued to the front of the fuselage, and again you’ll need to be frugal with the glue to prevent it locking the prop in place forever. The final tasks are masking and fitting the single piece canopy, using the vinyl masks supplied, plus a little scrap tape or liquid mask to fill in the compound curves, and an antenna post that you will need to rig with two lengths from your own supplies. The wing tops have very little detail moulded-in by design because they were wooden skinned, but in the inner centre there are recesses for fuel gauges for the pilot to squint at, which are supplied as decals, clear lenses, and a vinyl mask to keep them covered during painting. At the end of the instructions, you’ll find a scrap diagram of the aerial lines, and the correct angle for the main gear legs with regard to the airframe. Markings There are five options in the instructions and on the decal sheet, two of them in green camo, and three in grey. As mentioned already, a separate set of drawings show the location of all the stencils to prevent cluttered drawings and repetition of effort. From the box you can build one of the following: 4 Fighter Regiment, piloted by I N Stepanenko, Orel area, July 1943 118 Detached Gunfire Spotting & Reconnaissance Regiment, piloted by A A Barsht, 1st Ukrainian Front, Autumn 1944 6 Guards Fighter Regiment, Black Sea Fleet Air Force, piloted by M I Grib, Crimea, May 1944 1st Detached Fighter Regiment “Normandy”, piloted by Leon Cuffaut, 1944 1st Detached Fighter Regiment “Normandy”, piloted by Marcel LeFevre, 1943 Decals are by Decograph, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. The colours are called out in Mr Color and AK Real Color shades, with the name or code of the colour within a rectangular swatch to help you choose your colours. If you’ve been to the Modelsvit site you may see that the fifth decal option is shown in grey, but on the box and in the instruction it is green. Conclusion Modelsvit have done a really nice job of this Soviet fighter, and as there is a spare spinner on one of the sprues, there’s probably going to be another variant down the line. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  19. 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
  20. Modelsvit has announced new design and molds 1/48th Messerschmitt Bf.109C-3 & D-1 kits - ref. 4805 & 4806 So at first sight nothing in common with the recent AMG/Dora Wings kits (link). Time will tell. Source: https://www.facebook.com/modelsvit/posts/2317027111899660 V.P.
  21. #10/2021 My dad´s latest completion. The not that bad Modelsvit kit which is basically the same as the AMG ones, same engineering and parts break down but a bit more detailed. Kit comes with some PE parts, masks for canopy and sharkmouth, although the masks aren´t really usable. My dad painted the red part of the mouth, the teeth are kit decals. Camo done with Gunze Aqueous RLM 70/71/65, brake lines added with plastic rods and lead wire, antenna wires with EZ Line. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235089748-shark-in-the-sky148-messerschmitt-bf109d-1-jgr-176/ Model shows a prewar bird of JGr. 176. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  22. Time for a new 109. This time my dad tries out the new Modelsvit Messerschmitt, his first from this manufacturer. As far as he can already tell, this kit is more detailed than the AMG Schmitts but much part clean up and testfitting is neccessary to make the parts fit. Most probably doing a splinter scheme, maybe from the kit maybe aftermaket stuff, don´t know yet. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr a bunch of PE parts for detailing DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  23. Another one to my "Falklands collection", this time 1:72 Mirage IIIEA, I-014, 1st Squadron, 8th Air Group Argentine Air Force, Rio Gallegos, May 1982. New Modelsvit kit, built "out of the box" except metal Pitot tube (Master) and squadron emblems decals on the fin (Condor Decals). Painted with Gunze Mr.Color C series. The Modelsvit kit itself is just great - extremely well detailed as for 1:72 scale, crispy molded, well fitted (although a bit complicated - definitely not for beginners). I think it was the best short-run kit I've ever assembled. "Work in progress" topic was on Polish forum: https://www.pwm.org.pl/viewtopic.php?f=884&t=90757 And now some pictures: Thanks for watching!
  24. Hello Here is at least my first kit of the year with this 1/72 Modelsvit Dassault Mirage III B. I chose to build her as a/c No 203 #2-FG, a natural metal two seat trainer from ECT02/002 in 1974. This kit is easy to build with very nice and fine parts. The only trouble went when I tried to insert the well detailed injected cockpit inside the fuselage. Actually I had to sand on the sides of the cockpit and even the position of the closed canopy is not perfect. So it would be better to make her with this canopy open. The paint came from Duralumin and Steel Alclad range. Every part came from the box. I think I will build some more in camouflage paint later. Comments are welcome. Patrick
  25. VPAF MiG's, Part 5: MiG-21F-13 'Fishbed-C' (Modelsvit 1:72) MiG-21F-13 'Fishbed-C', '4426', pilot Nguyen Nhat Chieu, 921st FR, Kep, 29 October 1967 According to VPAF records, Nguyen Nhat Chieu was flying '4426' on 29 October 1967 when he shot down an F-4 - his sixth kill. US records do not verify this. Couldn't help myself - I just received this and it looked so interesting that I had to put it up here too. I'm getting bit crowded already for the rest of the year but oh well.... what's better than four migs, right? Five of course. Decent amount of stuff in the box - no aftermarket stuff in this photo apart from the couple Print Scale numbers. Kit plastic is bit of a mixed bag - sure it has some flash and stuff, but looks like the details are there, just needs some prep work. Lots of plastic, lots of small parts. Altough the kit itself might not be as refined as Eduard for example, there is still sense of quality with the kit - including the manual. Decals. Print Scale numbers on the bottom - I will be mixing the two to create '4426'. Some PE parts are included with the kit. Interesting looking scheme. And like with all my VPAF MiG builds - these are my reference books. My other MiG's: VPAF MiG's, Part 1: MiG-17 'Fresco-A' (Zvezda 1:72) VPAF MiG's, Part 2: MiG-17PF 'Fresco-D' (AZ Model 1:72) VPAF MiG's, Part 3: MiG-21PFL 'Fishbed-D' (Eduard 1:72) VPAF MiG's, Part 4: MiG-19S 'Farmer-C' (KP 1:72)
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