Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15
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1/72 scale kits of the MiG-15  (NATO "fagot") 
kit review / modelling report

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MiG-15bis Mongolia

Mongolia is since 1921 an independent state between the former Soviet Union (now Russian Republic) and China. 
By 1966 the air force was renamed the Air Force of the Mongolian People's Republic. A few MiG-15 fighters and at least 3 UTI's were delivered starting 1969, being the first combat jet aircraft in the Mongolian inventory, entered service in 1970. The UTI were used until 1986. I never could find a photo of a Mongolian MiG-15bis but references say they used a few of them and one aircraft is "preserved at Nalaih ?". Here a two seater UTI is seen on a pole. 

This Hobbyboss MiG-15bis kit got a metal finish using the ALCLAD system. Decals came from Kanga decal set 72017 and the stars look like Soviet ones but are slightly different with the "Soyombo" symbol. The Kanga decals must be treated with several layers of MicroScale Decal Coat in order not to fall apart.

Again, a nice model in the collection of World Air Forces.


MiG-15bis Algeria
Immediately after its independence from France in the mid nineteen sixties, the Algerian Air Force "Al Quwwat aljawwiya aljaza'eriiya " acquired planes from the Soviet Union including MiG-15bis aircraft. It started with 5 UTI's and 20 MiG-15bis delivered through Egypt in 1964 equipping the first jet squadron at Dar el-Beida. More MiG-15's and other aircraft were delivered later on with a few flying as late probably as 1984. 

The Hobbyboss kit was simply made and it has the old style roundel markings. Those from Microscale set 72-426 were used although a bit too large. 

Note also the slightly different metal panels using the trick described here....


  at Boufarik air force base...........


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    Pre-1958 Eqyptian Roundel   and later roundel

Egypt Air Force MiG-15bis 

Egypt was a British protectorate in the 19th century and was independent in 1922 with the exception of th Suez Canal zone. After the declaration of the Arab Republic of Egypt June 1953 by Nasser, the Egyptian Air Force ( "Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Jomhouriya il-Misriya") was created. 
Egypt bought over a 100 MiG-15bis aircraft in the mid nineteen fifties from Czechoslovakia (licensed Aero S-103) with the sponsorship and support of the USSR. Also over 40 UTI's (licensed Aero CS-102) were delivered and MiG-17 aircraft. Soon the Suez Canal Crisis outbreak (26 Octobre-7 November 1956) saw their deployment although few pilots were probably trained to fly them effectively. Air patrols were done also countering British aircraft like Canberra's and during the air combat against the Israeli Air Force, the Egyptian MiG-15bis managed to shoot down 3 Israeli aircraft: a Piper Cub, a Meteor F.8 on 30 October 1956, and an Israeli Dassault Ouragan on 1 November. In Egypt also a local aircraft industry was set up with Helwan being established with support from Hispano in Spain. Helwan types were the HA-200 Saeta called "Al-Kahira" and a small jet fighter HA-300 was developed.

This is a MiG-15bis using the Hobbyboss model, decals came from Hi-Decal Line 72-022 sheet. It carries the old style pre-1958 Egyptian roundels but the nose number is not on the sheet. The nose number came from Microscale set 72-426; please note that the green colour of the Microscale set for Egypt AF seem too dark so better use those from Hi-Decal Line (or from Eduard Profipack 7056). This particular aircraft flew in October 1956 and the special striping was used probably for identification.

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MiG-15 Hungarian Air Force (" Magyar Légiero")
The type was also delivered in the Cold War to Hungaria as part of the Warsaw Pact by the Soviet Union. About 60 MiG-15' s, about 100 MiG-15bis and more than 60 MIG-15 UTI two-seater trainers were delivered. The Hungarian pilots sometimes called their MiG-15 the "Jaguar". The MiG-15's were flown in Hungary until 1975. 

Again, the Hobbyboss kit was made with decals from Microscale set 72-426. Note the special anti glare panel and the walkways made from decal. 


        .....  Hungarian MiG-15bis, beginning nineteen sixties.


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