Heller 1/72 Dassault Mirage III-R
I's a basic kit, keeping in mind the tooling is over 40 years old, but the lines of the Mirage III are well presented.
I have build it almost OOB and only added a full resin cockpit set from Pavla, as the Heller cockpit is quite empry to say the least.
It takes a lot of patience to paint all the details. The HUD is made using a tiny scrap of Bare Metal foil chrome and add a drop of clear green and blue. The angled projecting glass is not present in the kit and I made this from a little square piece of acetate. The radar screen is made using the same method.
Underside of the fuselage is painted with Tamiya sky grey. The upper fuselage is revell Aquacolor greyish blue with Lifecolor dark green. These colors came as close to the original colors used by the French airforce in the early 1980's.
The canopy is normaly not fitted to open posing, but to show the nice cockpit details I used a tiny strip of tinfoil from a winebottle to act as a hinge, and it works fine to keep the canopy in place. Great fun building such a old school kit, and I've bought some more older Heller kits on the last model show in Holland. So they will pop up here on iModeler in due time. Thanks for looking and your comments, ideas etc. are allways appreciated.
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