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MiG Group Build, Tamiya 1/48 MiG-15 bis, Major Nicolay Shkodin, 147th GIAP, 5 victories Korea July 1953

December 31, 2019 · in Aviation · · 7 · 2.5K
This article is part of a series:
  1. MiG Group Build : 1/48 Tamiya MiG-15 bis, Captain Pavel Milauszkin, 176 IAP / 324th IAD, Korea 1952.
  2. MiG Group Build, Tamiya 1/48 MiG-15 bis, Major Nicolay Shkodin, 147th GIAP, 5 victories Korea July 1953
  3. MiG Group Build, Tamiya 1/48 MiG-15 bis, People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Korean War
  4. 70 years ago today. 1st LT Michael Rebo, shot down over North Korea. MIA for many years, and a childhood friend of my Dad

This kit was finished last night, and it was part of the .

It went together very nicely, and no filler was needed during construction. I had originally painted it and used a hard edge camouflage pattern, but later I decided to go back and re-spray the entire model all over again to achieve a soft edge pattern instead. It just didn't look right to me, and I'm happy that I decided to do this now.

I found several photos showing a camouflage with victory marks near the cockpit, but no photos of this actual plane. The model was built right out of the box, with the only exception was to use a set of aftermarket decals.

The decal set used was made by Aero Master, #48-230 Aces part 2. The colors I used were an educated guess and not confirmed. It is very hard to find any pictures of MiG-15's that were used in the Korean War.

Not many people know this, but there were Soviet pilots flying MiG-15's in combat against the UN Forces during the Korean War. They flew in planes that had Chinese or North Korean markings on them, and were forbidden to fly over UN held territory for fear of being captured if they were shot down. These Soviet pilots were given orders not to allow themselves to be captured alive, in order to maintain secrecy with their involvement during the conflict.

This particular plane was supposed to have been flown by a Russian pilot who also was an Ace in the Korean War with 5 confirmed victories over UN aircraft. What type of planes he shot down and the dates have eluded me so far.

All of this information was based on what was supplied on the decal sheet.

Model Master enamels were used throughout the construction, and a build journal can be seen by following this link.

I built 3 MiG-15 models so far, and have one left that I will complete at a later date. Since then, I have obtained a Trumpeter MiG-15 in scale, kit number 02806. These kits go together very nicely, but it will be interesting to see how they compare to the newer Trumpeter model. I will most likely find out soon, when we start our in next June.

These last few photos show the 3 MiG-15 kits that I built for the project. I had the Gardner "Iron Werks" up and running at full speed, but on occasion it was shut down for a short while due to "life" getting in the way with my wife's ongoing battle with cancer. She's one tough little lady. Tougher than any MiG-15 !

I have to thank Tom Bebout, @tom-bebout
for sending me this fantastic base, on which I have the model displayed when I took the pictures.

I also want to thank Dmitry Stropalov @starfar
for his assistance with the proper colors that were used on these MiG jets, and

Sebastijan Videc @inflames
for extending the group build until the end of December. had he not done this, I couldn't have completed these last two models in time to make the deadline.

Thanks also go out to all of you who followed these build journals... your comments helped to keep it a fun build.

As always, comments are encouraged, and may we all have a safe, healthy, prosperous and Happy New Year...

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7 responses

  1. I like it...Two thumbs up, Louis!

  2. As usual Louis, and exceptional model. Well done!

  3. Another well done MiG-15. All different in scheme and a NMF one to boot as well. None really simple paint schemes either. Your an inspiration Louis. Happy New Year!

  4. Very nice Louis - that's a great-looking trio! Happy New Year to you!

  5. Nice looking MiGs. The paint schemes are nice, as is the bare metal jet. I have a Monogram MiG-15 almost ready for paint, it was a bag kit with no decals . I found some for a Russian plane on eBay. I’m going to use. I was looking on imodeler for painting ideas snd saw yours. I think I’m going to use the earth/green over blue scheme,

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