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Dassault Mirage 2000C Gulf War

February 12, 2021 · in Aviation · · 15 · 3.4K

My first aircraft of 2021 and the first modern one since 2013!

Armée de l'Air, Escadron de Chasse 2/5 Île-de-France,
Operation Daguet, Al Asha AB, Saudi Arabia, 1990-1991

I love delta wings planes and the model 2000 is my favorite Mirage. When I decided to do one there were not many kits in 72nd to choose from and they are all quite old. (ModelSvit is releasing a new tool on March 2021) This one was released in 2016 for the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War but is just a re-box of an old 1992 one and it really shows its age!. Besides the elongated shape (the actual aircraft is a bit shorter) it had many incorrect panel lines and missing detail. The main error was the lines in the radome, that I filled up and sanded. I've added some scratch details as well as the rivets. For the color scheme, I used AK Real Color Lacquers and weathered it with Abteilung 502 Oil paints.

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15 responses

  1. Well,,you've certainly disguised all the "failings" well. Very nice result!

  2. Gorgeously realistic, liked!

  3. Great looking Mirage Jorge, very nice.

  4. Looks great! nice looking scheme.

  5. Jorge,

    I have always had a soft spot for delta wing aircraft and I love the Dassault deltas. You've done an amazing job with this one. Sublime!

  6. 🙂 ... Greetings ... 🙂 :
    A very presentable Mirage 2000 Jorge, beautiful work in every angle.

  7. That's a beautiful 1/72 M2000, Jorge, an amazing improvement over the old Italeri kit.
    I particularly liked the camo rendition. Got to build a desert M2000 one day...
    Well done!

  8. Hi guys, thank you very much for looking and for the lovely comments. I'm happy you liked it! I certainly had fun building!

  9. Very realistic build of this beautiful aircraft, Jorge.
    Absolutely great weathering.

  10. Love is an interesting word in the English language, I love ice cream, etc, but, yes, I like this aircraft very much, great work, definitely liked.

  11. Super job on your Mirage 2000, Jorge. Excellent build, with no sign that there is anything flawed in the kit - it looks exactly like the photo of the real aircraft! I especially like the subtle application of the camo colors you have achieved and the fine weathering. The desert color scheme for the MIrage 2000 is very pleasing to the eye.

    • Thank you so much Colin, I'm glad you liked it. I also like this colour scheme. The weathering was done with oil paint following what I've learned from Michael Rinaldi's TANKART series and his OPR approach. I recommend everyone to take a look at his work. 🙂

  12. A real beauty! I also love the delta Mirages, and the French have great schemes, including this desert one. Nicely done.

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