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MENG AIR MODELLER
JUNE / JULY 2014
CHOCKS AWAY ON REVELL’S NEW 1:32 SPITFIRE MK.IIA
Mirage IIIS Albert Tureczek shows us there’s life in the old Revell 1:32 kit.
Me Bf 109G-14 One of Germany’s final fighters modelled by Josef Blazek.
CH47-D Chinook Eric Powell details Trumpeter’s 1:35 green giant.
Spitfire MkII A The Editor ploughs straight into a test shot of the brand new 1:32 Revell kit.
Big Bird B-17, Part 5 The Editor continues his build of HK Models spectacular 1:32 Flying Fortress.
Air Born New releases.
AN-26 Aleksandar Šekularac builds the big Russian transporter in Serbian Service
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ALPINE MIRAGE MIRAGE III S
ALBERT TURECZEK BUILDS THE VETERAN 1:32 REVELL KIT
In 1961 the Swiss Air Force decided on a serious upgrade of their aerial defence capabilities and ordered the Marcel Dassault Mirage III. With the Doppler terrain following radar, Mach 2 capability and the IBIS fire control system the Mirage was cutting edge technology in 1961. 100 of these supersonic fighters were ordered in 1961 but they had to be customised to fit special Swiss requirements. These alterations were structural and so extensive that the Swiss Air Force received a very different version, which was known as the MIRAGE III S. The changes included a complete new radar and fire control system, the HUGHES TARAN 18, which could fire the AIM 26B Falcon and the SIDEWINDER missiles instead of the French MATRA 530. Further alterations included an extendable nose gear, strengthening of the airframe, leading edges, landing gear and the adaption of JATO bottles. The original 2
Doppler radar had only limited use in a mountainous region and takeoffs and landings in this environment put a special strain on the airframes and landing gear. The aircraft also were stored in mountain caverns and the extended nose gear helped in lowering the tail fin in order to pass the low entrances of these caverns. Once in service however, the Swiss Mirages performed outstandingly, were loved by the pilots and remained in Service until 1988. In 1980 all aircraft underwent an extensive midlife update, which featured the addition of canard wings and the adoption of a two tone Low-Viz grey paint scheme as the most recognisable features. Beside the MIRAGE III S the Swiss Air Force also operated the Recon version III R with the camera nose and the III B trainer version, in total 61 machines, of which only three were lost due to accidents.
THE MODEL The model is a real classic and I bought mine in Perth/ Scotland in 2003, when I was there for the Scottish Nationals. It was very cheap and still had the same box art as it had way back when I got it for the first time as a Christmas present in 1974. I have always had a weak spot for the Mirage and I wanted to add another one to my collection. I knew the kit already and was very aware of the task ahead, which would not be an easy one. The kit is 60’s style with all the flaws and shortcomings of the period, in other words, a real challenge. The basic shape however and the dimensions are very sound and provide a solid starting point.
GETTING TO WORK My project started with a nail, a simple metal nail available from every DIY supplier. I started to work on one to shape the distinctive nose pitot of the Mirage III, to me the single most characteristic feature of the plane and a clear focal point on the model. No other fighter has this specially drop-shaped pitot and the kit part here is a joke. After shaping the nail and even hollowing it at the top with some superfine metal burrs I had a fine MIRAGE Pitot. All I had to do now was to build the model around it. I started the building with the nose, with the pitot fitted into the two nose halves and secured with Resin on the inside. To be on the safe side I added some weight inside the nose cone to avoid “tail-sitting”. The kit provides the entire jet engine which will have to be incorporated into the two fuselage halves, together with the cockpit. The cockpit with pilot figure is shaped very roughly, typical of a late sixties kit. The instrument panel was a flat piece of plastic with a nice decal. THE COCKPIT I started by building up the side panels with the consoles, switches and chart pockets. Next was the rear bulkhead and the uneven floor with the pedals. The rear cockpit bulkhead in the Mirage III is a very complex thing and was built up mostly with Evergreen styrene parts. The Martin Baker Mk 5 ejection seat was built from Styrene sheet containing the cushion, which was shaped from Milliput. The distinctive handles for the release were added from lead wire. The rather complex pilot harness with the belts was made from various folded sheets of lead foil. The Swiss Mirage had very different instrument layout from its French sister. The HUD and the instrument panel had a different appearance all together and the interior colour was overall mint green. I mixed the colour from metallic green and aluminium, 4
because I could not find an exact match from standard colours. The instrument panel was built up with two pieces of Evergreen styrene sheet on top of each other. I drew the circles of the instruments on the top sheet and punched them out with my WALDRON Punch and die. After this I placed them on top of each other and airbrushed a thin matt black layer on both sheets. Now I had the perfect black circles on my lower sheet, on to which I could draw the markings. For this I used a very sharp scriber from FLEX-I-FILE. This instrument allows you to change the tips to different strengths according to the job you need them for. After finishing that I had to put the needles into the gauges. The needles were cut from very thin sheet and placed inside the bezel with the help of a No 11 surgical blade and some gloss varnish. Some instruments needed a little colour spot in red and white and the artificial horizon was made from a piece of styrene rod, sanded to a half round shape and painted blue/white, with the measuring lines scribed on. After finishing up this job I placed the top sheet over the base sheet with a little distance added by some very thin plastic pieces glued between the two sheets. To complete it I punched out round bezel glass from clear plastic sheet and closed every instrument gauge with it. I used MICRO STIX from FLEX-I-FILE to place the glass parts onto each instrument and sealed them with clear coat. The switches and levers were made from rod, and various pieces of wire. Only one thing remained for me before the cockpit module was ready for fitting: The control stick. It had to be replaced with an entirely new and custom-made stick, which also had to be painted mint green. The canopy and front windshield were too thick and distorted the view through it, so I thinned it out by sanding both parts down. This way I could align the windshield perfectly with the airframe. This was not a problem for the canopy, as I would place it in open position. I built a frame from plastic strip around the glass canopy. 5
The reworked clear parts were polished to
of Swiss modellers calling themselves
construction I painted the parts with
high gloss appearance. And the framing
“Matterhorn Circle”, but I had made a
polished steel from Humbrol. This could
covered with metal foil, just like the rest of
promise to myself to avoid all aftermarket
then easily be polished to the desired
products and use only kit parts and things I
could make on my own, so this tempting
option was avoided. The parts for the
Revell promoted the engine as a special
exhaust were cut from metal foil. The large
The overall shape of the airframe is
feature of the kit when it was released. It
exhaust nozzle contains an inner nozzle,
captured amazingly well by the Revell kit,
was a module, which could be taken out of
which can be regulated in diameter
right down to the twisted wingtips, but that
the model to be displayed. The module
involving a lot of structural parts to be
is about all the compliments I can pay it.
was placed inside the model into a
added. I could not use lead foil for this
The panel lines are all raised, and they are
bulkhead, and this bulkhead is important to
task, it was simply too soft and I had to
scattered randomly across the surface, not
the structural stability of the model so I
find a stiffer metal. I found this on top of
even close to the real thing. I did not really
decided to use it, but without the engine.
the wine bottles from Hardy’s, an
mind that because all of the raised detail
Instead I built a new one with the
Australian producer. The foil is much stiffer
would have to be sanded down anyway so
characteristic waved surface in layers,
and thicker then the usual lead foil but can
my starting point was a clean surface.
which could be permanently mounted into
be bent and shaped and even ground with
Armed with accurate plans and drawings I
the bulkhead. I made the...