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This one is for @Sam

 

This is the PJ Productions kit.  As you can tell from the battered box, it has been in The Stash for some time. 

 

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The kit does not have any Swiss decals, but Matterhorn Circus sheet 72014 does. :)  However therein lies a problem.  Why are there so many interesting schemes for Swiss Mirages?   It would be so easy to fall down a rabbit hole.  Roll on the Special Hobby IIIE so I can build a Swiss IIIS in the nice air defence scheme. 

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On 2/19/2023 at 8:34 PM, Enzo the Magnificent said:

The kit does not have any Swiss decals, but Matterhorn Circus sheet 72014 does. :)  However therein lies a problem.  Why are there so many interesting schemes for Swiss Mirages?   It would be so easy to fall down a rabbit hole.  Roll on the Special Hobby IIIE so I can build a Swiss IIIS in the nice air defence scheme. 

It's best you get more Mirage III kits to ensure decent value from that decal sheet boss. Otherwise it's simply a waste ;) 

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3 minutes ago, Col. said:

It's best you get more Mirage III kits to ensure decent value from that decal sheet boss. Otherwise it's simply a waste ;) 

 

I agree.  There are at least two IIIS aircraft that I have my eye on.  Roll on the Special Hobby IIIE release! 

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Here are the parts.

 

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The panel lines are quite deep and wide - not Matchbox-style, but sort of what Airfix were being criticised for a few years ago.  I believe that PJ adapted the moulds to make the panel lines finer.    I don't believe they will be an issue as I tend to use a lot of primer...   They have never been an issue before.

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I am building one of these (well the 5RAD) in the Dassault GB, the parts look the same as what is in mine and is so far a very good build.

 

On 25/02/2023 at 19:06, Enzo the Magnificent said:

The panel lines are quite deep and wide - not Matchbox-style, but sort of what Airfix were being criticised for a few years ago.  I believe that PJ adapted the moulds to make the panel lines finer.    I don't believe they will be an issue as I tend to use a lot of primer...   They have never been an issue before.

 

Although produced by PJ is not the plastic by High Planes as stated on the box top? I think PJ just made the resin, etch metal and decals.

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As @Jabba correctly pointed out, the plastic parts are by High Planes.

 

PJ/HP produced a range of Mirages, including T-birds.  This meant that the parts breakdown was quite complex to accommodate the different noses and spines.  It is quite similar to the RV Aircraft kit in this respect with one important difference. The PJ/HP kit has a wide tab at the front of the main fuselage which provides a lot of structural integrity. :thumbsup:    The fin for the IIIR is provided as a resin part.  This requires the parabrake housing to be carved off the plastic fuselage.  In this photo I haven't yet completed that process on the rear fuselage parts.

 

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Main fuselage and wing assembled. 

 

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The forward fuselage parts illustrated with some atrociously bad photography skills...

 

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Main assembly complete.  There is a fair amount of filling and cleaning up required, mostly around the wing root.  I've noticed this is a common theme with Mirage III kits - the new Special Hobby kit being a wonderful exception.

 

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Main assembly completed.  The clear resin nose has a slightly wider diameter than the fuselage so it needs to be carefully filed down

 

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Pre-primed with a coat of lacquer and then primed with grey plastic primer from a rattle can.  The next step was to spray overall with Lifecolor UA-073.

 

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The disruptive pattern was masked with my usual technique of Blutak worms, masking tape squares and Copydex.  The pattern is totally different to the French Mirage IIIE that I am building in the Dassault GB.

 

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The green was sprayed with Lifecolor UA-238.

 

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On 2/19/2023 at 9:34 PM, Enzo the Magnificent said:

Roll on the Special Hobby IIIE so I can build a Swiss IIIS in the nice air defence scheme. 

SH will do a IIIS specific kit as well. 

 

Cheers,

 

Andre

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This one is looking rather smart boss. Those large Swiss roundels do add a nice burst of colour to the model even if at the same time they make the camouflage somewhat redundant :lol:

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