1/72 scale kits of the Dassault Ouragan
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Another Heller MD 450 Ouragan kit #201 was made (as seen on page 1..).
In 1975 some 18 ex- Israeli air force Ouragans were sold to El Salvador in Central America. A few photos were found on the internet (but I also found out that Valom released a kit with these markings; the Valom instructions were used as a guide).
The kit was made straight out of the box. The cockpit interior is "coal black" as usual in those days. The canopy would be set closed. Add plenty of nose weight before closing the fuselage to prevent "tail sitting" and take care to align the intake tunnel section.The colours were difficult to established. I settled for these acrylics to be airbrushed:
- lower surface light grey Gunze Sangyo 308 (approx. FS36375);
- medium green camouflage Gunze Sangyo 303 (FS34102);
- darker green Gunze Sangyo 309 (FS34079);
- sun burned tan brown camo Revell 16 aqua + 40% white mixed in;
With a piece of paper, masking was done during paint airbrushing.
markings are very basic with apparently no roundels. A coloured rudder
shows the El Salvodor flag and I also saw an aircraft with these
blue-white-blue stripes. This one was made.
The kit got its undercarriage and the cockpit got a few bits for more details. The canopy was set closed and any small gaps filled with white glue. When dried the edges were hand painted in the surrounding camouflage colours.
The model looks a bit barren so I opted to install four pylons below the wing. These were made from scrap plastic. On the inboard pylons 2 rocket LAU-3 pods were set in place obtained from Hasegawa weapons set X72-1. These pods are painted green on the El Salvador Ouragans.
Final touches were a wire antenna in front of the cockpit, below the fuselage and painting the tip tank anti-collision light red and green. On the intake a protection cover was set in place from card.
More information can be found about El Salvador here.....
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