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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  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. 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.
  6. 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.
  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. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Modelsvit is working on a 1/72nd Dassault Mirage 2000 family. Source: https://www.facebook.com/modelsvit/photos/a.1859368940998815/2393286317607072/ V.P.
  12. 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......
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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"
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Armée de l'Air 2000D at RAF Faiford. Pics thanks to Mike.
  22. * "ORP Sokół (Polish: Falcon) was a U-class submarine (formerly HMS Urchin) built by Vickers-Armstrong at Barrow-in-Furness. Shortly after launching in September 1940 she was to be commissioned by the Royal Navy as HMS Urchin, but instead was leased to the Polish Navy due to a lack of experienced submarine crews.[citation needed] A sister boat to Dzik, both boats operated in the Mediterranean from Malta, where they became known as the 'Terrible Twins'." * 1/400 scale Mirage kit contains PE and resin upgrades. Only resin part is nose. And it does not fit well. So it needs alot of filling and sanding. * I scratchbuilt ladders, gun barrel, weld marks, exhaust covers etc. Thanks for viewing... Çetin
  23. Dassault Mirage IIIE/RD/O Revell 1:32 History While the initial Mirage IIIC model was heading towards quantity production, Dassault promoted a long-range, all-weather air defense/strike fighter (multirole) variant of the design as the "Mirage IIIE". The prototype first flew on April 1st, 1961 and included a lengthened fuselage with increased avionics and fuel, a Marconi navigation radar, Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) and Cyrano II series air-ground radar. The Mirage IIIE was outfitted with the SNECMA Atar 09C series afterburning turbojet engine and a total of three prototypes furthered the endeavor prior to production. After adoption by the French Air Force, the IIIE was also licensed-produced in the countries of Australia, known as the Mirage IIIO(A), and Switzerland while fielded by the forces of Argentina, Brazil, Lebanon, Pakistan, South Africa, Spain and Venezuela under various export designations. French Air Force Mirage IIIE models were cleared for nuclear ordnance. As with other interceptor aircraft of the period, a dedicated reconnaissance variant soon emerged as the "Mirage IIIR". This variant offered the ground attack frames of the Mirage IIIE models with the avionics suite of the Mirage IIIC interceptor. They lacked radar under the nose cone and housed multiple cameras for photo-reconnaissance sorties instead. The Mirage IIIR was then improved through the "Mirage IIIRD" upgrade. Reconnaissance types were adopted outside of France by the forces of Israel, Pakistan, South Africa and Switzerland. The Model Originally released in 2016 by Italeri, Revell have now re-boxed the kit with new decals. The kit comes in a top opening box which is still incredibly flimsy, which showed by the fact that the review samples windscreen had been badly cracked. Inside there are six large sprues of grey styrene, one of clear and a large, colourful decal sheet. The moulding of the parts looks to very nice and fine, with no flash or other imperfections. Whilst quite detailed out of the box, there is plenty of room for extra, should the modeller wish. Construction begins with the assembly of the nine piece ejection seat with a choice of ejection handles on the head box. Although nice, the kit only comes with decal seatbelts, etched steal/brass or cloth would be much better, so you will have to resort to aftermarket items. The single piece cockpit tub is fitted out with a lower front bulkhead, alternative two piece instrument panels, depending on whether you are building the E/O or RD versions, joystick, and three piece coaming with optional head-up display. The upper rear bulkhead and sidewalls are then attached to the tub, followed by the three piece nose wheel bay, which is attached to the rear of the cockpit tub. The cockpit/bay assembly is then glued to the lower fuselage, which will also need some holes drilled depending on which version you are building. The main wheel bays are each made up from four parts, which are then glued into the lower fuselage. The full length intakes are each made from two halves, but in such a way that there shouldn’t be any seams to worry about. The rear sections of the intakes where they join is a single piece, which when all assembled allows the intakes to be fitted to a bulkhead which is then glued into one half of the upper fuselage. Strangely enough, the instructions then tell you to build the engine at this point, which is a very nice six piece assembly, as a standalone model itself, but could have been left till the end where its transport stand is also assembled. The fin is then assembled and again, the modeller has to drill out holes depending on the version they are building. The fuselage halves are then joined together, sandwiching the intakes in-between, after which the fin assembly is glued into place. Each wing, also requiring holes to be drilled out depending on version are each made up from upper and lower halves, but before joining them together the modeller has to fit the upper and lower airbrakes, outer main gear bays and main gear oleos. Clear lenses for the navigation lights are then attached. If you’re building the RD reconnaissance version then the camera nose needs to be assembled. Each of the four cameras are made from three parts including clear lenses. The rear nose bulkhead is then fitted with the camera platform onto which the cameras are then fitted. The lower camera bay hatch is fitted with clear ports, after which the nose halves are glued together with the bay in-between and a fifth camera in the extreme nose and the final clear parts to cover the ports. The bay hatch can either be posed in the open or closed position with support rams to hold it open should the modeller wish it. The upper and lower fuselage sections are glued together, followed by the fitting of the wing assemblies, intakes and either the RD or E/O nose sections having fitted 20g of nose weight just forward of the cockpit first. Now the rather confusing bit in the instructions, which show the engine assembly being slid into the exhaust orifice before the exhaust fairings and nozzle sections, yet in another diagram it shows the nozzle and fairing being fitted without the engine. So, it looks like you can either engine on the display stand or in the aircraft, yet there are no other details for the interior of the fuselage should you want to display it out. The wings are fitted with half of the flap and aileron actuator fairings, whilst the other half is fitted to the control surfaces. The main undercarriage assemblies are then completed with the addition of scissor links, actuators, outer doors and two piece wheels. The inner doors are fitted with separate hinges before being glued into place. The nose wheel is made up from thirteen parts not including the bay doors and once assembled is glued into position. In front of the nose wheel bay there is a bulged panel, which looks like a doppler panel, and depending on the version the modeller is building there is an option of two types. The build of the aircraft is completed by the fitting of the windscreen, canopy, which can be posed open or closed, various aerials, pitot probe and a nicely produced access ladder. The optional engine stand is then assembled from thirty six parts and will look great in a diorama setting. If you are building the E/O strike version then the kit comes with a wide selection of weapons to hang of the aircraft. These include the Matra R530 missile, 500 l, 1300l and 1700l drop tanks, JL 100R Rocket pods/fuel tanks, R550 Magic missiles, AIM-9B missiles, Matra AS37 Martel missiles, Barax pod, Barracuda pod and Phimat pods Decals The decals come on a large sheet and provide options for three aircraft. The decals look very nice, being in register, good colour density but with quite a matt/satin finish. Some of the decals are quite large and will probably need some softening and setting solutions to bed down correctly. The sheet also contains a full set of stencils and warning symbols for both the aircraft and the ordinance. The options are:- Mirage IIIE 3-XT “50 Years EC 3/3 Ardennes” Armee De L’air, BA133, Nancy-Ochey, 1993 Mirage IIIRD 33-TI ER 3/33 Moselle, Armee De L’air, BA124, Strasbourg-Entzheim, 1987 Mirage III0, A3-49, 3 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, Butterworth AB, Malaysia, 1983 Conclusion I never got to see the Italeri kit when it was first released, so it’s nice of Revell to re-box it. The kit does look very nice and will certainly look stunning in any collection, just a shame that you have to use the separate engine either on the stand or in the aircraft. It would have been nice to have a simpler tube just to fit in the aircraft. Not really knowing the subject I can only go by those who have reviewed the Italeri kit when it comes to accuracy and from what I’ve read it does measure up well with the real aircraft. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
  24. The Kinetic's German partner, Wingman Models (http://wingmanmodels.com/wm/Pulsar/en_US.CMS.display.65./superior-military-aviation-model-kits-accessories), is to rework the chinese new 1/48th Dassault Mirage IIIE/O/R kit (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234959104-148-kinetic-mirage-iii5/) to propose a Belgian Dassault/SABCA Mirage 5BA & BR in its Superkits range (http://wingmanmodels.com/wm/Pulsar/en_US.Store.display.80./superkits) - ref.WK48014. Source: https://www.facebook.com/wingmanmodels Now what about the two-seat Belgian variant, the Mirage 5BD? V.P.
  25. Hello, I'm looking for information on the Belgian Mirage 5BA during the 80's. In the specific what kind of weapon load could carry, in addition to the two huge 1700L fuel tanks. I found some pics of Mirage 5BA with LAU rocket pod under the external wing pylons, but nothing else. During the Desert Storm some of the 5BA were deployed in Turkey carrying 2 AIM-9J Sidewinder. I saw a picture of a Mirage 5BA in a museum surrounded by different bomb loads like Snakeye bombs, BL755 cluster … Also I'm looking for some good photos of the Mirage 5BA nose, especially the lower part. Thanks in advance. CIAO! Piero
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