Mirage V, ‘BD 09’, 8th Squadron, 3rd Wing TAC BAF
My latest build, the Mirage 5! This aircraft is really particular for me since when I was 'still' young, I had many chance to visit an operational airbase (thanks to my nanny's husband) which operating with Mirage. So let's the story started: I found back few picture of my self in the cockpit of those beautiful jets, then I decided to reproduced each series of them the BA, BD, and BR. Only problem I never sat in a BD... NO PROBLEMO, there is a team not so far from my position who has one! The BD 09 TEAM! That's a fantastic team composed of mirage lovers (pilot, technician, fanatic [like myself]).
So there we are: starting to find a kit, I chose the Kinetic, since that's, at my knowledge the only one available on this scale on the market. Purchased the BAF decal from DACO and I got this result about 1 month ago, but I didn't want to go to the Highlight before seeing the real one (and of course take some shot of them together).
About the plane, the BD09 started his career in March '71 and ended it on the 13 th Jan 1993. During his life time he spent in each squadron, 1st, 2nd, 8th and 42nd SQN. After retirement he was sent to France and then sold for auction. In 2018, he was back in Belgium thanks to the BD09 restoration group. I f you are passing by Belgium don't hesitate to visit their hangar, the team is formed with aircraft enthusiasms.
Regarding the kit, I suggest to visit the WIP:
The kit is really well detailed and enjoyable to mount. only problems I encountered was the decals (I used only 3) but were really thick and not sticking to the model.
Hope you enjoy and don't hesitate to give comment and of a Merry Xmas & Happy Modeling.