MiG Group Build, Tamiya 1/48 MiG-15 bis, People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Korean War
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This model was built after I was inspired by a fantastic MiG-15 that was built by Tzigkounakis Tasos @t-tasos
I saw the splendid camouflage pattern he painted on his MiG, and I knew that someday I would be building one like his. Along came the MiG group build, and it was the perfect excuse and timing to do it. Years ago I saw a similar paint scheme on a 21st Century Toys MiG, but I failed to purchase it then. I knew that someday I just had to get it done… so I was off and running. Be warned however that the “Bort” number on the nose is fictional. I made it up using the kit decals and swapping them around a little.
This model was part of the MIG Group Build and it was built along with two other Tamiya MiG-15 kits at the same time. I also wanted a jet fighter flown by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) during the Korean War for my MiG collection, so this one fit the bill perfectly.
This kit was finished last night. It went together very nicely, and no filler was needed during construction. Model Master enamels were used throughout the build, and a build journal can be seen by following this link.
I built 3 1/48 scale Tamiya 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 1/48 scale, kit number 02806. These Tamiya 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 Korean War Group Build in next June.
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.
There was also a gunnery training film that was made by the US Air Force during the Korean War. In this film, they showed that the MiG-15 was best “attacked” when fired upon from this position. This “angle” made the fuselage appear larger and gave more area for the .050 caliber bullets to impact the fuselage, thereby increasing the odds of damaging or downing the MiG. The MiG-15 was a fairly tough plane, and often made it home after receiving numerous hits from .050 caliber weapons.
Here are two photos showing this “preferred” angle of attack…
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…
22 additional images. Click to enlarge.