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  1. Hello fellow modelers, Finally I am glad to present my recent finished kit, The Mirage III EA. For more pictures and details I would be glad if you visit my full article here: https://72insight.com/en/mirage-iii-ea-1-72-modelsvit/ Any comments or suggestions are welcome. Also some highlights from the build are in my continuous thread here on BM: David´s highlights from the workbench - Mirage III EA
  2. Hi all, This week I am also launching my slow build of a Polish Su-20 '6252'. The kit will be Modelsvit with a supporting cast from the Mistercraft kit, which will provide the serial number and unit badges. The kit is this: while the Mistercraft is this: The Mistercraft serial, badges, script decals I will use - assuming they stay in one piece when I get them close to water - are these: In addition I will use a little aftermarket in the form of 1) tanks, 2) a Su-22 pitot set (assuming it is compatible) and possibly a Su-22 cockpit set if it matches the Su-20 in any way. If not I will keep it for my Su-17 . The latter might not give the right detail but I will try. My references will be these plus - of course - the internet So, a placeholder, and a build I will start soon Martin
  3. Modelsvit is working on a 1/72nd Dassault Mirage 2000 family. Source: https://www.facebook.com/modelsvit/photos/a.1859368940998815/2393286317607072/ V.P.
  4. After the Su-22IG (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234963366-172-sukhoi-su-22i-su-7ig-su-7bm-with-variable-geometry-wings-by-modelsvit-released/?hl=sukhoi), the new Modelsvit's 1/72nd model kit is a Sukhoi Su-17M "Fitter-C" - ref.72011. Pics and Russian in-box review here: http://scalemodels.ru/articles/7548-obzor-modelsvt-1-72-su-17m.html Soon here: http://hobbyterra.com/product/sukhoi-su-17m-soviet-fighter-bomber-1-72-model-kit-modelsvit-72011.html V.P.
  5. In the Facebook comments about a future P-51H kit (Link), Modelsvit team has also announced that a new tool 1/48th North American F-82G Twin Mustang is also in the pipe line. Source: https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2231688117100227&id=1854784001457309 V. P.
  6. Bf.109Z-I Zwilling (4809) 1:4 A&A Models by Modelsvit As the tide of war turned against the Nazis during WWII, a need for powerful and heavily armed interceptors was identified, and in order to shorten development time, it was decided that an existing type should be the basis from which to develop a new aircraft. The Germans already had experience of creating Zwilling or Twin aircraft by mating two airframes together, using a straight centre-wing section, which would also be a useful load-carrying area into the bargain. The 109Z was essentially two Bf.109Fs joined by the aforementioned centre wing section, a single elevator panel suspended between the two rudders, and the pilot in the port cockpit, the starboard aperture faired over for aerodynamics, and IIRC it could also hold additional fuel. An initial prototype was completed in 1943, but this was damaged during an Allied air raid, which led to the project being cancelled in 1944 to concentrate scarce resources on other projects that were considered more worthy by the higher echelons. The twin Mustang created by North American in the USA was basically proof that the concept had some validity, although it kept two cockpits to split the workload between the pilot and radar operator, and it had a relatively short career thanks to the advances being made in jet-engine technology. Incidentally, there is a kit of the F-82 from Modelsvit in 1:48 scale. The Kit This is a new tool from A&A Models/Modelsvit, although it may share a few sprues with their other Bf.109 kits in this scale, but I don’t have any of those, so can’t say definitively. It arrives in a top-opening box, and inside are a surprising thirteen sprues in grey styrene, a clear sprue, a sheet of pre-cut vinyl masks for the canopy and wheels, decal sheet plus another small instrument dial decal sheet, and a portrait A4 instruction booklet with spot colour on glossy paper. This is a short-to-medium run kit, and as such the sprue runners are slightly utilitarian, and there is a little flash here and there. You also can’t expect the same level of detail from these types of kits, as they aren’t able to use the advanced production methods available to larger companies. That said, the detail is quite impressive, and with the inclusion of engines, bombs and a well-appointed cockpit there is plenty to go at, and if you want to improve on what’s there, there’s a good foundation to work upon. Construction begins with a choice of whether to pose the engine cowlings open (Version 2) or closed (Version 1), which will mean some changes to the cockpit and the engines, which will have more detail added to it, plus some alterations to the fuselage halves. Speaking of the cockpit, it is the first assembly to be made, starting with the seat, which bears a passing resemblance to a modern racing seat, with two sides added to the base. A double trim-wheel is mounted on its base, and the two rudder pedals are placed on another base, as is the control column. The floor of the cockpit has two notches cut from it for version 2, with spacing and size given in a scrap diagram before the sub-assemblies are mounted on it, followed by a small instrument bundle on the floor, the rear bulkhead, fuel line and the seat. A blank cockpit floor is also created for the faired over fuselage as part of the process. The gunsight has a clear glass part glued to it, and it is glued into the front of the instrument panel, using either the part with moulded-in details or a flat panel with decal. I’d be inclined to try the decal over the engraved panel to maximise the detail. The cockpit sidewalls are moulded into the fuselage halves, and are augmented by more small parts and a decal for a sloped box with twin dials on it. The engines are next, and whether you choose Version 1 or 2, you’ll still need to make up two engines, just with different parts. The closed cowlings require the minimal number of parts to fill the area, while the exposed engines are much more detailed with many more parts, including the supercharger “conch”, oil tank, engine mounts, and ancillaries behind the block. All the engines have separately moulded exhaust stubs, although they don’t have hollow tips, so black paint would be a wise move to create the illusion of depth. The section of the fuselage in front of the cockpit is a separate insert to which the instrument panel is mated, using a different part depending on whether you are exposing the engines or not. With all the sub-assemblies built and painted, the fuselages can be closed up around the cockpit, floor of the covered cockpit and the two engines, with the occupied cockpit also having an insert placed behind the pilot’s head. The closed cowlings are fitted with a horseshoe-shaped oil reservoir and a plate behind the spinner, then the supercharger intake can be added to both fuselages, the fairing is added over the empty cockpit, and the sills and instrument panel are fitted to the full cockpit. For the open cowlings, you must first remove the forward section of each fuselage half according to the scrap diagrams, then close them up around the two cockpits and insert the detailed engine at the front. Both versions have the rudder inserted in the tail fin, which appears to have some leeway for offsetting should the urge take you. Incidentally, the elevator is moulded into its panel, but scoring a line along the hinge-point should allow you to offset it if you wish. The lower wing is a single part that spans both fuselages, and has the bay walls added to it before the three upper wing segments are glued over it, the fuselages are inserted into the gaps, and the elevator panel is slotted in between the two fuselages by the usual slot-and-tab method, although it will be easier to do before the fuselages are mounted on the wings. From here on in, the instruction steps get more complex, as there is two of almost every sub-assembly, starting with the radiator housings and their cooling flaps under the wings, which have the cores made up first, placed in the recesses and then faired over with separate intake and outlet flaps. The ailerons, leading-edge slats and the flaps with their separate radiator sections are also glued to the wings at this point, then the cockpit glazing is fixed, with a choice of two styles of windscreen, head armour inside the canopy opener, and the fixed rear that has a hole for the aerial mast. The clear parts are sufficient for the job, but they are a little distorted near the edge of the panes, although they should look better after a dip in some Klear/Future or its equivalent. Moving back to the underside, the cannon gondolas under each wing are made up from two halves plus a barrel each, and are slotted into the wings outboard of the gear bays, then in the centre a short pylon to carry the included bomb is fitted on a slightly raised fairing that covers the leading-edge, and has separate anti-sway braces. The landing gear is standard Bf.109, although their positions were changed slightly to cope with the different angles of joining two aircraft together. The four gear legs are made in pairs and are a single strut with separate oleo-scissor, captive bay door, and two-part wheel, while the tail wheels are a single part that are trapped between the two halves of their yoke. All the gear legs are inserted into sockets in their gear bays, and a small door is inserted between the two paired main gear legs after cutting the part in half as per the scrap diagram. The closed cowling version has the oil cooler under the chins made up from a three-part radiator that is inserted inside the fairing, which is then placed in the lower cowling and glued into the fuselage. A number of small intakes are added round the cowlings, the rear spinner plate is slipped over the prop-shaft, followed by the three-blade props and a cap that is glued in place to allow the blades to spin if you wish. The spinner is added over the top to complete the nose. For the open cowling, a support is placed between the bulkhead and oil reservoir cowling over the engine, then the separate cowling parts are detailed with intakes and supercharger intake, then fitted with bracing struts and glued to the centreline, while the lower cowling with the chin intake is glued underneath hanging by one of its sides. The props are built in the same way for both options, as is the pitot probe on the port wingtip, both tips also having clear lights on the sprue. Markings There was only one real example of a Zwilling Bf.109, so your only historically accurate choice is to paint your model in RLM02, but then you could always go off-book and make up your own scheme for a speculative in-service machine, based on real schemes, or covered in polka-dots if you prefer. The decal sheet allows you to depict the real machine, and any other option is up to you. Decals are well-printed with good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas, and various instrument decals on the sheet, plus another on the small sheet that accompanies it. The Swastikas for the tail are printed in halves for you to use or leave off as you see fit, or as your local laws dictate. There are a substantial number of stencils included for you to use too. The masking sheet includes masks for the wheels and the canopy, with the individual pane numbers called out at the bottom of the profiles on the back page. Conclusion The Bf.109Z is an interesting dead-end project that appeals to this modeller, and it’s nice to be able to build one in injection moulded styrene at long last, but bear in mind that it won’t be shake-and-bake. Regardless, every home should have one! Highly recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. Modelsvit is to re-release its 1/72nd Antonov An-124 Ruslan/"Condor" kit - ref. 7201 - with new 3D designed parts. Source: https://www.facebook.com/modelsvit/posts/pfbid02Xbgutxf7H77JPvWXBs7Zy7NDW2zKx8wSARhKYW5M71YmZRzS9bvsohmKzVAJBhYbl V.P.
  10. Here is my Mirage 2000EG of Hellenic Air Force in 1:72. Modelsvit kit 72073, made almost "out of the box", except for resin AM39 Exocet missiles (Eduard), metal Pitot tube and tip of refueling probe (Master) and pylons for Exocets (scratch). Painted with Gunze Mr.Hobby C series. Thank for watching!
  11. 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....
  12. As for the Mirage III V01 & V02 ( http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234966443-172-dassault-mirage-iii-v-01-v-02-by-modeslvit-for-bassin-maquette-v-01-released-v-02-in-december-2016/), Modelsvit is to tool a 1/72nd Dassault Mirage G-8-01 & -02 kit for French shop Bassin-Maquette. Release expected in 2018. Source: http://www.master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=93502 V.P.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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!
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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