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Each kit has about 35 fine resin
parts to a high standard. Also some etched metal parts inside e.g. for
a boarding ladder , tank fins etc. Cast metal parts are there for the landing
gear. Each kit has a vacuform canopy and one spare! Nice!
kit 1 is for Mirage
IIIC (kitno. 721016 ) with decals for schemes:
2 is for a Mirage III
B/B2/CJ, a two seater (kit no 721024) with decals for 3 schemes:
(note: PJ has released various other Mirages with different boxes and decals as well).
The resin surfaces have nice recessed panel lines. Gear bay interiors are very detailed and also a nice cockpit interior comes with it.
Here parts for the two seater are
Once the parts are separated from
their moulding bits and some sanding was done, the kit can be assembled.
This preparation work takes some 15 minutes.
|The assembly of both PJ kits is a
bit more complicated as superglue is required for the resin and metal parts.
ZAPP-A-GAP medium superglue "cyano acrylaat" was used.
The PJ parts are fine with nice recessed panel lines, but need carefull assembly. Still, quite some putty is needed at wing root joints, intakes and the nose. Note that the flaps and ailerons are separate parts. These need trimming to fit properly.
Here the single seat Mirage IIIC is
Here the PJ two seater is seen:
The single seater will be finished as a French Armee de l'Air Mirage using kit decals and in a natural metal look using PJ kit decals.
This requires a metallic aluminium coat, for which ALCLAD II "polished aluminium' lacquer was used. This requires a gloss Black undercoat, which was first applied with the airbrush.
Than, a special
trick was used to get a bit different metal hues:
Now it was time for decalling. The
PJ kit decals are very good and fine with loads of detail and accurate.
The walkway lines are very thin but convincing.
The landing gear and other details
like the fueltanks were installed. Some extra hydraulics wiring was added
as well that was made from stretched sprue and thin metal strips in the
bays and on the undercarriage legs.
Nearly finished, the model got a decal protection gloss coat with the airbrush using Johnson Future, thinned with 40% Iso Propa Alkohol.
(NOTE: ALCLAD has released end 2013 a special gloss for covering their metal paints, but I found this gloss coat VERY SLOW DRYING and not better than the old fashioned Future. I will not use it again as I heard this from other modellers as well).
The canopy was installed and painted
with some extra detail added.
The PJ kit two seater Mirage awaits
to be finished.
(6) Chematic ? Mirage III EP
It is not clear exactly what the manufacturers name of this kit from Poland is, probably Chematic and the mould seems to be an old FROG. It is stated that it is a Mirage III EP with the later used longer fuselage. It is a very cheap inexpensive kit to buy.
Although the parts are basic, when made straight on this is a nice kit. Fit is not too bad and it is simple and adequate. Panel lines are not recessed but finely raised.
The jet pipe is integrally moulded with the fuselage halves. A separate pipe could be added. The kit included Pakistan decals, but the drawing shows a Mirage IIIC. However, this is only a drawing error, Pakistan flew with the Mirage III EP and the kit can be used.
|The model was simply assembled. The
fit was not that bad but some filler and sanding was needed at the "usual
spots": wing roots and intakes. Note that the nose is one piece with the
The intakes got a black panel to suggest depth with a permanent marker, but.... later nothing was seen of it!
The nose gear bay was cut open, made deeper and boxed in with plastic card to get a wheel bay.
Fit was not bad at all! Now it awaits some filler and sanding.
A grey base coat was airbrushed and next it was time for the camouflage scheme of a Pakistan Air Force Mirage 3 EP.
First, the lower grey was airbrushed, using acrylic paint Gunze Sangyo #332. Next, the dark grey was airbrushed using HUMBROL HU125 enamel "dark sea grey". The green using Gunze Sangyo #309 (about FS34079) was handpainted for a change as the demarcation between the colours is "hard".
The model was ready for its decals, using also a PAF set from a VERY OLD Scale Aircraft Modelling complementary decal sheet 72003 of 1981 !!!
First, a gloss coat was set on the model (using the Johnson Future gloss) to prevent decal silvering using this method.... From the spares decals from the other Mirage models, additional details were added like red walkway lines etc.
When dried, a semi-matt coat was added, using a mix of Johnson Future, thinned with 20% Iso Propa Alkohol with some 10% Tamiya matting acrylic X21 "Flat base" mixed in. This gives a nice sheen and protects the decals.
The kit canopy was not used, but a
spare one from the AML kit. This canopy was set closed and the gaps were
filled with White Glue that was hand painted in the surrounding colours
when dried. Gears were installed and a pitot tube using a metal needle.
AML Mirage IIICJ Shahak
AML is from the Czech republic and this is an injection moulded plastic kit with about 110 plastic parts and some 15 resin parts. A vacuform canopy and a spare canopy is also included. It represents an Israeli Mirage III Shahak version wth a longer engine exhaust pipe and longer fairing. This kit dates from 2005.
(NOTE: AML has also released some other Mirage kits, like of the IIICJ recon. and a normal Mirage IIIC with not a longer exhaust).
This kit (no.72010) has decals for 4 Shahak IAF schemes:
1. natural metal Israeli Mirage IIICJ in 1970 with 10 kills
2. camouflaged Mirage of 101 tayset, 1970
3. natural metal Mirage 117 tayset, 1967 war
4. camouflaged Mirage 117 tayset, 1970/1971
The seat is nice and 2 good vacu canopies are included. (the spare will be used on other Mirage models).
And although there are nice detailed
resin parts... they do not fit! This will be seen during assembly. But
eventually, there will be a 1/72 Shahak to finish with painting and schemes......
|The resin part for the main gear
bay is too thick and considerable sanding off the roof is needed. The cockpit
tub also does not fit inside.
After sanding the main gear bay resin part very very thin , it fitted with some trouble inside the upper and lower wing halves.
Large gaps are seen here with a terrible fit of the rear fuselage end.
A fit round of filling using Alabastine white car filler and sanding was done.
The scheme for this Israeli Mirage III CJ picked is from the kit for no.745/ 117 tayset Hel Ha' Avir that shot down 2 enemy aircraft on June 6, 1967.
This requires a metallic aluminium coat, for which ALCLAD II "polished aluminium' was used. This requires a gloss Black undercoat, which was first applied with the airbrush. The "special trick" as described above was used as well.
Now it was time for decalling. The kit decals were very good and fine with loads of detail. The 2 kill markings on the nose are alo included. The red areas are a combination of red decals and some red paint to get a good red coverage. The decals are also accurate. The walkway lines are very thin but convincing.
Next the model got a decal protection
gloss coat with the airbrush using Johnson
Future, thinned with 40% Alkohol.
The landing gear was set, with doors and so on. The details are aluminium.
Pylons were fixed and the very nice vacuform canopy was cut out with sharp sissors and edges painted aluminium. Some mirrors and handles were added from scrap using thick aluminium foil. A pitot tube was added. The kit resin seat was installed after it got painted black with leather brown and black details with a brush.
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