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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG 15 Bis, Red 40, 1953

 

I completed my model of this Soviet fighter which I finished with the colors and markings of the mount of pilot Nikolay Shkodin, who obtained five victories during the Korean war. I chose not to install the provided jet engine inside the fuselage and to display it next to the aircraft. For increased detailing, I used aftermarket seatbelt, instrument panel and main wheels from Eduard's.

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The jet engine Klimov-vk1 which is provided with the kit is adequately reproduced for this scale and, as said, I am displaying it on a static stand which was scratch built.
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The model was finished with mixes of Tamiya acrylic colors, while Vallejo metallic paints were used for the metallic finished parts. I sprayed the camouflage bands free-hand to obtain feathered demarcations, however, I am afraid that the obtained effect that might be a bit out of scale.

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I replaced the 2 x 23 mm gun muzzles with aluminium tubes, while the muzzle of the 37 mm cannon is an Eduard replacement.
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I also substantially modified the oversimplified pilot seat to better reproduce the type which was used at the time of the depicted aircraft.
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Panel lines were obtained by oil colors washes and other small stains with watercolor pencils.

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This is my first Russian subject and I found it rather an interesting aircraft to build (the build log can be found under this link: MiG15 build log).

 

I hope that you like my final pictures. 
Best regards,
Dan

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