ESCI Mirage F1AZ 1:48
This is my second contribution, and it ties in with my first ; it’s the Mirage F1 AZ in 1:48 of the South Africa Air Force (SAAF) during the early eighties. This a/c was crucial in lending tactical air-ground support to the various SADF expeditions into Angola.
I finished this last year and I used the ESCI kit in conjunction with the SA Scale Worx conversion. I have included photos of some of the conversion work. All in all, a nice project with an uncomplicated but comparatively nice donor kit and a well-researched conversion kit of SA origin. I had to scratch build the centre bomb rack and it’s an approximate
The SAAF participation in the various Border War has become something of a pet interest of mine the last five years. There are quite a few English language titles knocking about. Also, the titles being published by Helion under the Africa at War series are great at filling in the blanks. In the last two on Angola we are starting to see the Cuban contribution as well which makes for interesting reading.
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