1/72 scale kits of the MiG-15 (NATO "fagot")
review / modelling report
...continued from page 4....
This brand from Czechia issued a series of very good MiG-15 kits in 1/72. They are the best of kits and came in different packages such as the Combo series with more kits, Profipacks and as Weekend editions.
In the box you will also see spare parts of other kit releases: the lower wing part with the landing light (for the "bis") as well as various pylons for the MiG-15bs (SB) with some bombs.
Decals in the Profipack are for:
There are also a few Eduard Combo sets with 2 kits and extra's in package.
In many kits, an extra wing halve is found that has an extra landing light for the "bis" and UTI.
I engraved the wing ailerons a bit deeper with a scriber. A nice touch is that Eduard sometimes suggests to make a small half-circular hole in the inboard wing fences.
The starboard wing pitot is not seen on the wing. I made one from a metal needle and applied it when the model was almost finished.
Also different main wheel disks are provided. (When making an unknown MiG-15 it will remain difficult to see which one is appropriate).
The rest of the assembly of the Eduard kits is straight forward.
Several EDUARD MiG-15 kits will be made and with all other kits it is a real.... MiG Alley!
Very many decals are now there and
as seen previously also I had additional after market decals for the MiG-15
such as from Hi-Decal Line and Kanga. Some of these were from very old
Microscale and also I found a Neomega set for a resin seat and another
unclear resin seat...
The Eduard kit assembly is simple using also the General Remarks above for the kits.
Some photos of the assembly.... Note the part numbers set with a permanent marker inside to avoid mistakes
... and a nice comparison of the Hobbyboss
MiG-15 kit (described on page 2) and the Eduard
MiG-15. The shapes are very the same.
...Being in "America's back yard", the first military aircraft in Cuba were Curtiss trainers in 1917 and some DH.4 bomber biplanes. A hurricane destroyed many of these in 1926 and not earlier than the mid thirties that a small Army aviation and navy aviation was established with WACO and Stearman aircraft. After the war, in 1948 some P-51 Mustangs and B-25 Mitchells were obtained. The first jets were T-33's from 1955 by the Fuerza Aerea Ejercito de Cuba.
Fidel Castro became active with guerillas in that period and March 1959 the existing Batista regime over thrown and a Socialist regime established and support from the Soviets announced. (The USA still had and has their Guantanamo Bay base).
The Cuban "Defensa Anti-Aérea Y Fuerza Aérea Revolucionaria" got first some 20 MiG-15bis and 4 UTI trainers from the Soviet Union. (this was negotiated by Fidel's brother Raul). The delivery in crates in May 1961 was a month after the "bay of Pigs" invasion by the Americans. Assembly was done at San Antonio de los Banos. In the following years some 40 additional MiG-15's followed. Numerous incidents occurred with nearby USA and a few pilots also defected. Some of the old MiG-15 were operated until the 1990s!
> For more information about Cuba look on the MiG-21 page here...
This Eduard model was finished as a Cuban MiG-15bis and a photo is shown in the OKB book (see references) page 145. The very nice decals were sourced from the kit package 7056. But I used another buzz number "23" which was slightly different. (May be I should have installed the small radio antenna on the fuselage spine as well).
MiG-15 "FAGOT-A" Soviet Union (U.S.S.R)
The radio antenna on the early
FAGOT-A is a flat plate on the spine (so not a blade antenna). This is
correctly done as per kit.
Note that the number styles on the nose varied between demonstration aircraft or the number was even absent. On the upper wing no Stars were ever applied.
Also note that some drawings are on
internet that suggest a low light blue finish but the film clearly shows
these demo MiGs had metallic lower surfaces.
<later style "squared" insignia
DDR ("Deutsche Demokratische Republik" / East Germany) in orange red on the map. On the left is West Germany ("Bundes Republik")
This Eastern block country was separated from West Germany by the Soviet union mid 1945 , the German Democratic Republic (DDR). It later became part of the Warsaw Pact and got over 150 aircraft of the MiG-15 during the Cold War. Remember also the Berlin blockade and the tensions at the time.
This very nice Eduard MiG-15bis "FAGOT-B" kit (in package 7056) was simply assembled with also using the kit decals of this kit package 7056. These still has the old style DDR squares (without hammer and compass that were later used). This MiG-15bis was of JAG 11 that was a school unit.
I could not find photos with black
walkways so these were not applied. Also it was not clear if the radio blade antenna was fitted on the fuselage spine.
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