1/72 scale kits of the MiG-15 (NATO "fagot")
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Hobbyboss issued in 2008 and 2009 two different kits in 1/72 scale of the MiG-15 which are very good value indeed.
The reduced main gear legs lengths will result in a "good sit" of the model.
Remove a sliver of plastic at the wing leading edge root to get a perfect wing fit. The rest of the assembly is straight forward taking the suggestions above into account.
5 Hobbyboss models will be made!
Add a little white glue in tiny gaps such as the nose
gear bay to close gaps.
After the model has been basically assembled, apply a lower base black coat. It should be gloss. This can be achieved also a airbrushing gloss layers, e.g. from Johnson Future / Pledge or a straight gloss black paint.
ALCLAD II has different lacquer paints
like High Gloss Aluminium, Airframe aluminium and so on. Different paints
can be choosen for a model as many natural metal aircraft showed different
sheens during their operational career. Often different schenes are seen
on the same aircraft at different panels and so on.
This will reduce the paint covering at the panels, resulting in a different metal panel sheen. Let dry. This trick is far easier than masking between steps when using different paints of Alclad.
A couple of models in the process
of getting metallic finishes....
About decalling: for each model no big gloss over coats were needed. Just a bit of Johnson Future/Pledge was applied below each decal with a brush to prevent decal "silvering". Mostly the finish is metallic and glossy and only a few decals are needed on each MiG-15 model.
OK, a number
of single seater MiG-15bis models will be made first.
This Hobbyboss kit is a straightforward kit made a few years ago in a dull metal scheme simply using Revell Aqua silver "90" acrylic paint and simply the Hobbyboss kit decals. On the instructions it is stated that this Soviet MiG was based in China during the Korean war June 1951.
This model was made as BLUE 211 in a Soviet V-VS demonstration scheme as seen at Tushino Air Show in the beginning fifties. Stalin was on the balcony.... but I could not find colour photos of a blue scheme to verify it. Until I saw the opening shot of a YouTube film ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXVluBxhE0w ) and the scheme was clearly seen! In fact, many demonstration MiG-15 aircraft are seen in the film, with many variations in the schemes and nose number styles.
First, the upper Blue colour was applied with the airbrush. The blue colour was unclear but I used Gunze Sangyo blue #15 acrylic.
The model was masked and than got
the lower metal lower finish using the Alclad II system
and using some special tricks.
I suggested the old MiG-15 FAGOT-A by not fitting the radio blade antenna on top of the fuselage spine.
and the MiG-15
"Blue demo" 211
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