1/72 scale kits of the MiG-15 (NATO "fagot")
review / Building report
The MiG-15 fighter was designed after the Second World War by the Soviet design bureau Mikoyan-Gurevich OKB. It was the first successful jet fighter of the Soviets with a swept wing using German wing reaserach neat little layout and a Klimov RD-5 engine, based on a "bought and copied" English Nene jet engine. The MiG-15 got NATO code name "Fagot".
end 1947, it soon was used in the Korean War against Western armed forces,
fighting against also American F-86 Sabres. The jet air combat was born
in which the MiG-15 proved to be very manoevrable with a great rate of
climb. It was thus also used by North Korea.
The USA wanted to investigate the MiG-15 in detail and did everything to obtain an intact MiG. A Polish pilot defected in a MiG-15 on the morning of 5 March 1953, allowing Western air experts to examine the aircraft for the first time. Soon, others defected as well like a North Korean pilot.
Over 12,000 MiG-15 aircraft were manufactured, many in license in Czechoslovakia (as S-102 and S-103) and Poland (as the Lim-1 and Lim-2, and two-seat SB Lim-1 and SB Lim-2). In China the single seat J-2. Dozens of Air Forces over the World used the MiG-15.
Many many plastic model kits in 1/72 scale were issued during the years of the MiG-15. Very old but inaccurate kits were from Airfix and old Hasegawa. The shape and looks were completely wrong, for example the old Airfix kit was too large and had a much too large intake.
The best old 1/72 kits were from KP from than Czecho-Slowakia.
In more recent years, again kits appeared. The new Airfix kit is unfortunatley again inaccurate and has wrong looks. GRAN came with a kit but this was rudimentary. Hobbyboss of China than came with very good and cheap kits which are worthwhile. More recent, EDUARD came with a series of very nice MiG-15 kits which are very good and detailed. But they are a bit expensive when bought as full special edition.
Most of these 1/72 kits will be made
as models in various schemes and for various Air Forces. For 1/32 scale,
please see the model report here.....
|Over the years several 1/72 KP
kits were purchased as these were the most accurate for years. A KP kit
was also available as MiG-15 UTI two seater. Although good in shape and
dimensions, the KP kits required a lot of alignment and had raised panellines.
To get a good model and lot of filler and saniding meant that most of the
detail panellines were lost.
So these kit remained in the stack as far better and good kits appeared, particularly of Hobbyboss which are great value for money.
An unknown 1/72 MiG-15 kit as issued by GRAN from Russia. The box art and decals seemed great so in was bought at a Prague model show in 2005.
The GRAN decals are nice (printed
by BEGEMOT) for no less than 6 metallic MiG-15's with several "buzz" numbers
from North Korea, two camouflaged North Korean MiGs and a camouflaged Soviet
There are about 50 parts in light white cream plastic and the kit instructions suggest it to be a MiG-15 bis but the features of this version are not seen in the kit. The only exception are the rear air brakes looking appropriate for a bis. The wing has separate parts for flaps that can be drooped down.
The landing gear is very rudimentary: the main doors 38 and 39 should be mounted reversed and the nose wheel leg has no fork. But is has the lower flaps as seperate parts and panels are inscribed. The canopy has a lot of scratches.
The fit is very bad and a lot of sanding and filling was needed. The tail exhaust pipe does not fit inside.
This kit is not recommended but at
the time it looked promising. It was made nevertheless in a scheme for
a North Korean MiG-15.
Before the decals were applied, a
gloss coat of Johnson Future/Pledge
was applied to prevent decal "silvering".
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