Mig-15 UTI Conversion model in 1/32 scale
The Mig-15 was the first real operational
Soviet jet fighter that was put into service after 1945 and that saw operational
war usage, in Korea. The Mig-15 used a "copy" of a Rolls Royce engine that
was made in the USSR and that was quite successfully at that period.
Regarding the actual MIG-15 series,
this type later evolved by Mikoyan into produce the larger Mig-17. The
Mig-17 is in fact a sort of Mig-15 with longer fuselage and afterburner
added to the jet engine.
Trumpeter released Chinese F-5,
F-5A and FT-5 kits. These planes are Chinese PLAAF versions of the MiG
17. The Trumpeter kits of Mig-15bis and the 3 other "Mig-17" kits share
a lot of parts as the real ones. The F-5A is a radar nose version of the
Mig-17 and the FT-5 is the Chinese trainer version. Actually, the FT-5
"Mig-17" two seater is unique as the Soviets never made a trainer variant
of the Mig-17 but the Chinese did. The Soviets used the two seater Mig-15
UTI to train both their Mig-15 and Mig-17 pilots as that plane was satisfactory
for training pilots for both types.
The Chinese Mig equivalents were copies
made using Soviet patterns and assistance of the planes made in China as
the Communist Red Block. At that time the Cold war was going on.
seater Chinese "Mig-17": FT-5 with decals and parts
The Chinese Trumpeter
manufacturer issued these kits in 1/32 scale.
Canada used a Trumpeter made moulds for their MiG-17F and a Mig-15bis kits.
single seat MiG 15 kit looks a scaled up version of the Tamiya 1/48
kit. The Mig-15 kit was the first kit under their own Trumpeter name and
nowadays many kits can be bought from Trumpeter, and these include some
very exiting ones. The kit was also issued under the "Hobbycraft"
and FROG label from Hong Kong.
This first Mig-15 kit originating
from Trumpeter is the simplest 1/32 model kit, newer kits being released
becoming better and better. These Mig kits are rather simple and crude
in some areas. However, the kits can be used as starting point for quite
good made up models.
OK, what do you get.
Both Trumpeter Mig-15 as Mig-17 type
kits come with a jet engine and include a trolley to handle the rear fuselage
if this is separated showing the engine.
The kits have four main sprues, three
in lighter gray and one in dark gray. The dark gray one contains the engine
parts and trolley. Included are also unrealistic rubber tires and all other
parts are plastic. Panel lines are engraved with riveting but not totally
Between the Trumpeter Mig-17 kits
and Mig-15 kits, 2 sprues are common. Extra parts are there like
3 types of nose intake ring and two simple ejection seats. The FT-5 kit
is a double seater variant of the Chinese Mig-17 so that is the main reason
that you get some parts extra.
General kit construction notes:
a. the elevators part numbers
are mixed up on the Mig-15 instructions.
b. all trailing edges of wings,
stabilizer and rudder of the kits are way too thick and need a lot of sanding
to get them thin. This is quite some work but really necessary.
c. there should only be a
single trim tab on the right elevator of the Mig-15. The Mig-17 has
also this single small trim tab.
d. The rudder of the Mig-17
has a small balance trimtab at the lower rudder, it's missing in the kit.
e. the Mig-17 afterburner
can (part # A1) is in many cases not installed on actual planes.
f. the exhaust pipe is a bit
rough with gaps; replacing it with a tube looks better. The Mig-17 engine
pipe seems to be of a thicker diameter and looks to be larger than the
Mig-15 jetpipe. By leaving off the rear afterburner fairing you can suggest
g. At the exhaust outlet,
put in a small piece of cart to cover the "gap" for both kits.
h. The Mig-15 kit has trailing
edge lower flaps; they will benefit from adding some structural details
and filling the gap between the wing and the flaps.Also you will need to
add some guiding rails if you set them open and you should set them to
a more rear position.
i. The Mig-15 wing fences
on the kit are way too thick and a little bit too short, they should be
over the whole wing chord. I removed them and add new ones from thin card.
j. The Mig-17 kit wing fences
are too thick but can be sanded/scraped thin.
k. The windscreen of kit of
the Chinese Mig-17 has a "cross bar" and is not correct; as I will use
a Squadron vacuform canopy this will be solved.
l. The Mig-15 airbrakes need
filler and the airbrake bays are not deep enough; The brakes can best be
assembled in closed position.
m. The Mig-17 stabilizer elevator
hinges are not correct and a balance trimtab is missing. (see also point
d.) Fill and rescribe.
left Mig-15 UTI, right Mig-17
n. You will need to add substantial
nose weight to prevent a tail sitter in both kits. These are provided in
o. The ailerons on the kits
have U-shape hinges; this is not correct and should be straight flat joints.
Fill , sand and rescribe.
p. The main gear bay is too
shallow; remove the inner "roof" section and box in with card. (all, thus
both Mig-15 and mIg-17's kits); rescribe in the upper wing parts.
q. the nose gear bay wheel
bay is missing as the bay is too shallow; cut out and box in.
r. The cockpit and ejection
seat are very simple; add details here as in this scale a cockpit screams
for details; the same applies for the instrument panels; Use / check references
such as the internet or the 4+ booklet
s. the intake tubing is missing,
you look straight into and onto the tub and wing joint. Add thin card to
make a streamlined engine airflow intake
t. fill the holes for the
u. correct the location of
the antenna on the right side of the cockpit as the hole on the kit is
in the wrong position; there should also be an antenna wire! Yes, on a
v. Fill and sand the gun fairings
on the lower side of the forward fuselage.
w. add some more detail on
the undercarriages and the hubs of the wheels.
x. The kit's canopy parts
of the Mig-15 were scratched and damaged a lot and are very thick; I ordered
a replacement part directly from Trumpeter in China through email but did
not get it. I bought a SQUADRON vacuform Mig-15
You will need some putty and sanding
in areas as usual but there is nothing that can not be overcome by the
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