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  1. In July 2020 Kinetic is to release new variants from its 1/48th Dassault Mirage III/5 kits: a "2 in 1" boxing from the IAI Nesher S & T (single or double seat) - ref. 48056. Source: https://www.facebook.com/Kineticmodel/posts/1567070526793386 Soon here: https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48056 https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/K48085 V.P.
  2. Dassault Mirage 2000 family by Kitty Hawk confirmed - 1/48th or 1/32nd? Images look like 3D scans from M2000B 5-OW n°519 preserved at Espaces Aéro Lyon Corbas - EALC http://www.ealc.fr/ & https://www.tripadvisor.fr/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g1582569-d5979211-i156131920-Ealc_Musee_de_L_aviation-Corbas_Rhone_Rhone_Alpes.html Source: http://www.greenmats.club/topic/1267-новый-mirage-от-kitty-hawk-слухи-и-догадки/ Hey Tali, your source? I mean the Chinese forum link? Updt: Thanks Tali!!: http://tieba.baidu.com/p/4260567148 V.P.
  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 Dassault Mirage F-1, Special Hobby is to release a complete family of 1/72nd Dassault Mirage III/5 Nesher/Dagger kits. Sources: http://www.specialhobby.info/2018/10/special-hobbys-new-172-mirages-iii-5.html http://www.specialhobby.net/2018/09/special-hobby-pripravuje-modely-mirage.html First 3D renders of MIIIC and CJ V.P.
  5. After the single seater Mirage IIIE and more here are the two seaters 1/72nd Mirage IIIB by Modelsvit. Source: https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2389839241285113&id=1854784001457309 V.P.
  6. I have two qustions: First, does anyone know if Kuwaiti Mirage F.1s were camouflaged in the same shade of sand/brown as Qatari Mirage F.1s? In the photos online they can sometimes look quite similar. Second - Special Hobby says the Qatari Mirage F.1B was Brown FS20117 and Sand FS20260. Does anyone know of a good match for FS20260 (FS30260)? Building two F.1s at the moment. One Qatari - hopefully the second will be a Kuwaiti aircraft. But if I can't get comfortable with the colours of the latter she may end up as an aircraft of the airforce of Ecuador.
  7. A close inspection from the soon to be released 1/32nd Italeri's Mirage IIIC sprues pics (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234975571-132-dassault-mirage-iiic-by-italeri-box-artdecals-release-late-september-early-october/?p=2112443) show clearly the typical MIIIE wheel brakes as an option. A new variant in view? Time will tell. V.P.
  8. 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.
  9. Hi, Since I didn't meet the past two group builds' deadlines on time, I've chosen a build I hope will prove less time-consuming. I don't have much time this year, additionally I'm a slow builder and when dissatisfied I rather tear something off and start again than just leave it be. Initially I really wanted to do a Mirage IVA because I have a nice and complicated modification plan for the Heller kit, but that'll have to wait till another time. So instead I'll do a super smart looking air defence Mirage F.1C in the time frame between 1975 and 1982. I haven't quite made my mind up as to the version; the F.1C-200 which comes standard in the kit or the vanilla F.1C which requires some modification. I'm slightly partial to an F.1C-200 from EC 1/5 Vendée but we'll see about that. Oh look, here's a random picture... As I'm now working on an 'Hangarette' aircraft shelter to complement this project, seen behind the aircraft in above shot, the Mirage build won't start straight away. I'll include pics of that project in this thread. Jay
  10. I have an old Microscale decal No.353-International Mirage. One of the markings is for an Australian Mirage IIIO belonging to 75 Squadron. One of the markings for this aircraft is large yellow triangles on the wings. I have not found any pics showing those markings. Does any body have pics they can post or explain why they were used for?
  11. Hi all. This will be my 2nd Mirage F.1. Both of the Czech brand Special Hobby. The first was a single-seater M and this second will be an CE also single-seater and with a familiarly called "lagarto" scheme (lizard). I still think that it is not the definitive kit at 1/72 of Mirage F.1 but at this scale I think it is the best there is. The materials I am going to use are: - Special Hobby Kit - Decals of Series Españolas - CMK resin wheels - Resin seat of Barracuda Models - Photo etched for cockpit or Eduard - Eduard Brassin AIM-9J resin / photo etched missiles - Pitot tube and AOA probe in turned metal from Master Model - L’Arsenal cabin photo etched access ladder - Stretched plastic and plasticard of different thicknesses - 0.1 mm self-adhesive aluminum - Paints of Alclad, Vallejo MC, Tamiya, Gunze and Live Color as well as varnishes of Tamiya and Marabu I am unorthodox when it comes to starting a model. I usually do it wherever I want, either by construction, painting of that particular part or for whatever reason. In this case I started with the ventral deposit that will take. I remove the details that they bring in positive (some transverse rings and the filler cap) making them negative. The stabilizing fins that it presents in the back are thick for the scale and I replace them with 0.2 mm plasticard, which are much thinner. The next thing I've tried to fine tune has been the air intakes for the reactor. Air intakes often have a thick leading edge in kit parts. And although in this case it is not exaggerated I try to refine them. I apply blade, file and sand all of it on the inside. I bought the cockpit ladder at a French store that makes its own photo etched especially naval ones: L’Arsenal. It was the only one I found at 1/72 for F.1. These photo etched complements always have a flat structure, when in this case it should be cylindrical tubes, although at 1/72 it is apparent. In the photos I have found of them you can see the very chipped paint, especially on the left side, and so I have reproduced it. I have used black oil + ocher to simulate some dirt accumulations (which are not seen in the photos) and later I have made generous chipping with a mixture of black and reddish brown from Vallejo MC. On some step I have passed the lead of a pencil mine. The base color has been Tamiya XF-3 Yellow with a pinch of orange. Satin varnished by Marabu. And the last thing for today has been to replace some ventilation ducts or maybe drainage, I don't know, that appear in the fuselage. Specifically on the sides next to the ventral stabilizing fins. The detail provided by Special hobby is very poor. They are really some ducts tilted back about 45º and whose mouth is cut consistently. To reproduce them I have used a brass tube of 1 mm in diameter. The screws that are distributed by the panels have been made with a punch since not even one is reproduced in the pieces of the kit. It is something that I consider negative of the kit. Regards. Andrés.
  12. Iraqi Mirages The Dassault Mirage Family in service with Iraq 1981-1988 Middle East @ War No.17 ISBN : 9781912866342 Helion & Company via Casemate UK The Dassault Mirage F.1 has been a successful point defence fighter and attack aircraft for over thirty years. It was developed initially as a private venture by Dassault as a replacement to their ageing Mirage III fighters. It is a single-engined, single-seat fighter aircraft with a high-mounted delta wing and capability of reaching mach 2.2 in short order. Power was provided by a single SNECMA Atar turbojet providing about 7 tonnes-force (69 kN; 15,000 lbf) of thrust. Dassault soon found an eager customer in the shape of the French Armée de l'air, who bought various versions over the years starting on 1974. The French retired the Mirage F.1 in 2014. The EQ was the version for Iraq, these were modified for longer range. Some aircraft for Iraq were reconfigured from general aircraft to dedicated attack aircraft with increased payloads and additional ECM gear. The Iraqi aircraft were capable of carrying the potent Exocet missile. This book looks at all aspects of the use of the F.1 by Iraq. The aircraft itself, training, weapons and tactics used by the Iraqi military. The war with Iran and the use of the aircraft is looked at in detail as this was the major conflict the aircraft took part in. Also considered in the book are the 5 Super-Etendards leased to Iraq due to delays in F.1 deliveries. Also mentioned is the use of a modified Dassault Falcon 50 Business jet for reconnaissance and later anti shipping duties. The radar and ire control system from an F.1 was fitted to the Falcon, a complete F.1 cockpit was fitted in the left hand side of the air-frame and hard points added for Exocet missiles. This aircraft was then responsible for the mistaken attack on the USS Snark in 1987. The book is A4 softback and 88 pages long. It is illustrated throughout with black and white photos, and maps. There are 6 pages of colour aircraft profiles, and a further 2 colour pages of pictures and maps. Conclusion This book will give the reader a good understanding of the use of the F.1 buy the Iraqi Air Force during this time. Highly Recommended for fans of the F.1, or Middle eastern conflicts, Review sample courtesy of
  13. Kinetic is to release from 2019 a family of 1/48th AMD-BA Dassault Mirage F-1 kits. Source: https://www.facebook.com/284153468459310/videos/946333875574596/ V.P.
  14. 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.
  15. AVM Scale Models has just released an updated Mirage M-50 Pantera full resin conversion kit. Retooling edition 2019 .recommended kits : Heller , Revell , H.Planes , Pj , Novo/Frog/chematic and also can used in Kfir Italeri and Hasegawa to .price U$D 25 + s/h Source: https://www.facebook.com/AVM.ScaleModels/posts/2549448548411979 V.P.
  16. A new Ukrainian model company - name still unknown but reported linked to Art Model - is to introduce at the Nuremberg International Toy Fair 2017 (01-06/02/2017) a new tool 1/72nd Dassault Mirage IVA kit to be followed later by a IVP (P for Pénétration) the version carrying the ASMP air-launched cruise missile. Of interest in the picture 1 is the Hurel-Dubois CT-52 recce pod dedicated to the Mirage IVA & P fulfilling the strategic reconnaissance role. Another 1/48th secret project from the same company should be also unveiled at the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2017. Also a Mirage IV? That's the question. Source: http://www.greenmats.club/topic/2803-mirage-iva-в-172-масштабе/ V.P.
  17. Morning all Decided on another "Quick Build' for a breaK from the big one's on the bench at present.....so saw this kit by Mirage. I'm going to trial a lot of manufacturers of kits and see if I like the brand etc. So far this one hasn't been too bad. Some fit issues. Overall, I think just a lack of sharpness and accuracy in the parts. Which though overall can result in accumulative error as we designers say. There's a lot a warpage in the overall spru's and more than I like flash on parts where you really don't want it, and plastic is very, very soft. The big issue for me is the gate connection points to the parts, and right where the detail is and really big....sometimes up to 3mm thick on a 5mm part!!!!!... Here's a good example. This is the "thin" metal cover over the side mounted exhaust. As you can see, not too thin and huge ejector marks on the backside. I've decided to rebuild these and hopefully the fenders too in some Coke can aluminium. I think I may have been better to go for the Tamiya Renault UE, and add the "Stuka Zu Fuss" to that. For such a small kit, tolerances and mould quality are paramount....I may still do that and just have this as an ammo carrier. I'll see how this one progress's. One last point on spru attchement points. The front drive sprockets actually had the connection to the spru right in between two of those 1mm diameter teeth....I had to carve around them to keep them.....as you can see, I lost one from a total of 8 connection points....... The rear storage unit shown separate at present was a real problem due to bad tolerance and accuracy. One of the long wall parts, the main that attaches to the main hull was 3....yess 3mm longer that where it was supposed to go. So that took some sanding and paring to fit. Still needs filler.....still not 100% happy with it. Maybe some mud splatter here and there. Never happy to have to do that to a kit to hide bad mould and accuracy issues myself. I have to say....I'd be very un-happy to be assigned to one of these things, when compared to other vehicles in the Panzerwaffe line up......I'd really feel the recruiting officer exaggerated a little......
  18. Dassault Mirage IIIC (8103) 1:48 Eduard - ProfiPACK Edition Sacré bleu! If you have not heard of the Mirage IIIC 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. Export order would be received from Israel, Argentina, South Africa, Pakistan, and Lebanon. The Israeli Mirage IIICs performed very well against the MiGs of Egypt, Jordan and Syria. In addition Pakistani aircraft performed well in the 1971 war with India. The Kit The Eduard Mirage IIIC has now been with us since 2004 and it is still a great tool of this famous aircraft. Eduard have released it in various boxing over the years, the moulds still look as good as they did the first time around. In addition to the sprues with the fuselage halves, and the wings we get six additional sprues of parts, and one clear sprue. You get a decent set of underwing stores as well. Two types of fuel tanks, Sidewinders, Matra 530 missiles, Matra ATM-9D missiles, and rocket pods are provided. For the profipack edition you get some PE, masks and 5 decal options. Construction starts in the cockpit area (quelle surprise!). It is quite something how many parts there are here and how much detail Eduard have packed in. The ejection seat is made up first and this consists of 6 parts including ejection seat firing handles. The cockpit tub is then built up, this consists of 18 parts! the instrument panel and side panels are provided as decals if the modeller does not wish to paint them. Next up on the construction list is the jet pipe, this has eight parts on its own. Once built this and the cockpit can be sandwiched between the main fuselage halves and the intake bullets added to the exterior. The next area for attention are the main wheel wells. These are built up from six parts each and attached to the inside of the lower main wing. At this time the modeller will need to open up the appropriate holes in the wing for the externals tanks/ordnance chosen. Before the lower wing can be attached to the main fuselage the intake are behind the cockpit needs to be installed. Once this is done the upper main wings can be attached. **Note here that due to the flap attachment area Eduard advise no glue is used here at all** Once the main wing is complete it can be attached to the fuselage. Now the main parts are together the intakes can be completed. Next up the modeller needs to select the right underwing pylons for the load being used. The cannon barrels are installed under the intakes at this stage, and on the wing the three part pose able flaps can be installed. The next stage is the construction of the landing gear. Again Eduard seem to have gone to town with the parts count, but this should provide a good looking gear. The front gear is moulded in with its retraction strut so it should be a more stable join than most. The front wheel is attached with a locking part holding it in. One the front gear is in the gear doors and separate retraction strut can be added. The main wheels are of standard two part construction and attach to a one part gear leg. These are installed to the wheel wells and their retraction struts added. The inner and out gear doors are then attached with their appropriate retraction struts. The modeller can then add the canopies and choice of underwing stores. Decals There are 5 options on the decal sheet.. The decals are printed by Cartogaf so there will be no issues with them. The options are; Mirage IIIC, No. 92, EC 2/10 Seine, Armée de l´ Air, BA 120 Cazaux, France, April 1976 Mirage IIIC, No. 31, EC 2/10 Seine, Armée de l´ Air, BA 110 Creil, France, May 1978 Mirage IIIC, No. 259 (ex 59), Tayeset 101, Hatzor Air Base, Israel, 1971 Mirage IIICZ, No. 800, No. 2 Squadron SAAF, Waterkloof Air Base, Republic of South Africa, 1982 Mirage IIIC, No. 87, EC 3/10 Vexin, Détachement Air 188, Armée de l´ Air, Djibouti, October 1984 Masks As well as the usual masks for the canopy and wheels there is also a sheet or airframe markings. These include the dissimilar metals on the NMF aircraft and areas to paint. Conclusion This is a great kit from Eduard, and it is good to see it re-released again. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  19. Aircraft 45 was formerly displayed in the Paris Science Museum, but was donated to the Yorkshire Air Museum in recognition of the close bond between Elvington and the French Air Force. Pics thanks to Jon Kunac-Tabinor.
  20. Hi This is my build of the Mirage F-1C with the Tiger Meet scheme It is the Special Hobby kit. A pleasant kit with no major problem Some other photos at this adress Mirage F-1C "Tiger Meet"
  21. Remora/Sycomor Pods for Special Hobby Mirage Kits 1:72 CMK Special Hobby have released a small family of Mirage kits, and as you would expect, they have supported the kits with a range of resin upgrades from their CMK label. We have received examples of the Remora radar jammer pod and the Sycomor Chaff/Flare dispenser pod. Both pods are nicely made, with crisp detail and flawless resin. What's more, they only cost a few Euros each, so it won't cost you a lot of money in order to hang something a bit more interesting from the wings of your kit. Remora Radar Jamming Pod for Mirage F.1 and 2000 Sycomor Chaff/Flare Dispenser for Mirage F.1 Review sample courtesy of
  22. After the single seat variants (thread here: link) next Kinetic Mirage family will be the MIII two seats variants. First announced boxing: 1/48th Dassault Mirage IIID/DS - ref.48054 Other variants should follow like IIIB/BE, 5BD etc. Source: https://www.facebook.com/Kineticmodel/posts/530695333764249 3D renders V.P.
  23. Mirage F.1C/C-200 Armée de l'Air' 1:72 Special Hobby The Dassault Mirage F.1 has been a successful point defence fighter for over forty years. Originally developed as a private venture by Dassault to replace the ageing Mirage III, it is a single-engined, single-seat fighter aircraft with a high-mounted wing and the ability to reach mach 2.2 in short order. Power is provided by a single SNECMA Atar turbojet providing about 15,000 lbf of thrust. The Armée de l'air operated various versions over the years, with deliveries beginning in 1974 and the last aircraft retiring in 2014. The aircraft was also an export success for Dassault, with foreign operators including Ecuador, Greece, Morocco, South Africa, Spain and Libya. The F.1C-200 featured a fix air-to-air refuelling probe. This is the latest iteration of a well-regarded kit from Special Hobby which first saw the light of day three years ago. The parts are crisp with engraved panel lines that are probably on the deep side, but still acceptable. At least they won't disappear under a coat of paint. The kit is spread across six grey sprues and a single clear sprue. Decals are by Cartograf and the instructions are printed in full colour. So far, so good. Construction starts conventionally enough in the cockpit area. The cockpit is of conventional tub construction, with a multi-part instrument panel and coaming and detailed rear bulkhead. The control column is added as this stage, but not the ejection seat. For some reason step 3 in the instructions has you placing the cockpit inside the fuselage and closing it up, while step 4 has you adding the front wheel well and exhaust into the fuselage. I would say that it's best to reverse these steps. On the subject of the exhaust, it is a three part sub-assembly and the quality of moulding and detail is very good. Once the exhaust, front wheel bay, and cockpit are in the main fuselage can indeed be closed up. Once the main fuselage is together the correct nose can be added for your chose decal option. If you are building the C-200 variant, the IFR probe in moulded in place on the starboard side of the nose cone. Various nose antenna are added along with the front air brakes which are moulded in the closed position. The single-part engine intakes are also added at this stage. Next the main wings are added. These locate via tabs in the wing roots and are of conventional upper/lower construction. Once these are on the vertical and horizontal tails can be added, as well as the ventral strakes. The landing gear - or at least the main gear legs - of the F.1 always remind me of the units for the Sepecat Jaguar. The undercarriage is quite detailed but has been moulded to be in as few parts as possible. The main legs along with their retraction struts are one part, with only a single small section needed for each of the mains. The wheels are one part each and have nice relief for painting. With the bulk of the airframe complete, construction returns to the ejection seat. For the scale this is quite detailed, with four parts making up the seat. Apart from adding the canopy, all that remains to do now is add the pylons and your choice of ordnance. The instructions show which should be added for each decal option, but in total you get: 2 x Matra Magic Mk.I/II AAM 2 x V-3 Kukri AAM 2 x Matra Super 530F MRAAM 2 x GBU-16 LGB 1x ASTAC reconnaissance pod 1x RAPHAEL SLAR reconnaissance pod 1x RP35 reconnaissance pod 1x ARAL 1B Phimat 1x ARAB 9A Barrax 2 x RP35 Fuel Tanks If bonus marks are awarded for generosity in the field of ordnance provision, the Special Hobby get a hat full. A generous four decal schemes are provided on the Cartograf sheet: Mirage F.1C c/n 46. 12-YE, Escadron de Chasse EC 1/12 Cambréses, Base Aérienne BA103 Cambrai Épinoy. This aircraft is finished in blue-grey over aluminium, with tiger strips painted on the tail for the 1979 Tiger Meet; Mirage F.1C c/n 84. 12-ZF, Escadron de Chasse EC 2/12 Cornouaille, Base Aérienne BA103 Cambrai Épinoy. This aircraft is finished in blue-grey over aluminium; Mirage F.1C-200 c/n 206. 5-OA, Escadron de Chasse EC 2/5 Ile-de-France, Base Aérienne BA115 Orange Caritat, France 1981. This aircraft is finished in blue-grey over aluminium, with a fleur-de-lys emblem on the vertical tail; and Mirage F.1C-200 c/n 201. 30-LA, Escadron de Chasse EC 4/30 Vexin, Base Aérienne BA188 based at Ambouli International Airport, Djibouti City, Djibouti, Africa, May 1994. This aircraft is finished in sand/brown/chocolate over aluminium; Conclusion Special Hobby has the F.1 market pretty much sewn up now, and with each new release we got the ability to build more and more variants. The mouldings are crisp and well-made and the overall package is very complete, particularly given the amount of ordnance and the generosity of four decal scheme. Overall, this is a nice kit an can be highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. Hi all, This is the Heller Mirage 2000N modified to get a D version. As usual with Heller, lot of work to get a decent model. Happy new year
  25. Armée de l'Air 2000D at RAF Faiford. Pics thanks to Mike.
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