MiG-15 bis, Captain Pavel Milauszkin, 176 IAP / 324th IAD, Korea 1952. Tamiya 1/48

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  • Louis Gardner said 6 months ago:

    I mentioned building this one back when the MiG group build was first announced. Time is getting closer to the deadline for the reveals, and I had not started work on the model yet. Something had to be done………………. So here we go !!!

    I’ll be the first to tell you that Soviet aircraft are not one of my strong points as far as knowledge goes, so this will be a learning curve for me. Having said this, here’s where I am right now with the build.

    I have 3 of these kits in the stash.

    This is the decal set that I have had for many years. This is Aeromaster set #48-230. “Korean War MiG Aces”

    At the time I purchased this set of decals, I wasn’t aware of what I had stumbled across, nor how this would be personally related………. more on that later.

    My Dad was a Korea War combat veteran and served with the US Army. He had a childhood friend named Michael Rebo, who flew F-84’s over Korea. Here’s a photo of Mike……….

    My Dad’s childhood friend “Mikey” was shot down and killed over Korea. 1st Lt. Michael Rebo was listed as MIA for many years. Only recently his remains were repatriated from North Korea and he was positively identified after his family provided a DNA sample.

    As it turned out, Mike was shot down by this Russian pilot……………

    flying in a North Korean marked MiG-15. I was not aware of this fact until I started doing some research for another model that will be on the work bench soon. This upcoming plane will be Mike’s F-84………. so please stay tuned for it to show up here on Imodeler.

    Assembly started with the front office………… I’m building all 3 kits at once.

    The details are OK. Not spectacular, but not bad enough to warrant a replacement set as far as I’m concerned. I want a simple easy build here, nothing fancy.

    So far it has been a typical Tamiya build and uneventful. It would be nice if Tamiya released this kit again, as it is currently not available or in production.

    I am planning on painting the cockpit interior using this color. Model Master USSR Interior Blue Green.

    I was going to paint the interior of the landing gear wells and landing gear struts / inner doors in this color as it’s indicated on the model’s instructions.

    Does anyone have a better thought or know for sure what colors these areas were painted ???

    Please let me know before I get to the next step which will be the painting of these parts………

    Thanks in advance.

  • Pedro L. Rocha said 6 months ago:

    Another serial build, this time it’s the OKB works? Fascinating thing about this WIP is the personal detail you manage to trace with that MIG. Regretfully I’m in the dark when it comes to Russian jets or its manufacturing, but surely a lot of people here will bring forth the info you need. Keeping an eye on your MIG thread, Louis

  • Louis Gardner said 5 months, 4 weeks ago:

    Thanks Pedro. @holzhamer

    Building a MiG is not in my normal area of expertise or comfort zone. So I have been reaching out for some advice on these three MiG-15’s. There is some information about the different colors used, but I’m not fluent in the language.

    Luckily for me, our very own Imodeler friend Dmitry Stropalov has been helping me out a lot with various translations and color recommendations. So thank you very much Dmitry @starfar
    for all of your help !!!

  • Louis Gardner said 5 months, 4 weeks ago:

    Dmitry sent me some very good pictures and explanations of what I was looking at.

    First off are some pictures of a MiG-15 cockpit.

    Then he told me that there was a white stripe that ran down the center of the instrument panel. This was a visual indicator to the pilot that the control stick was in a neutral position.

    Dmitry told me that the cockpits were a blue ish gray color, and there were rumors of one factory producing MIG-15’s with green cockpits. I opted to go with the standard Blue Gray color for mine.

    I chose a Model Master color for the cockpit. I used French Dark Blue Gray for the cockpit color, since it was reportedly different than the typical A-14 “Steel Gray” color.

    This is an approximation of A-14.

    Here’s how the cockpits look in Dark French Blue Gray

    more to follow………………..

  • Louis Gardner said 5 months, 4 weeks ago:

    Here’s a good color chart for several Soviet colors.

    and a photo showing a relic that was painted in the color A-14. The relic looks to be much lighter than the color chart.

    Earlier I had mixed up some Tamiya Neutral Gray XF-53 and painted the landing gear struts, inner doors, and landing gear bays using this color. To me it looked way too dark. Dmitry thought so too………. so back to the drawing board.

    After comparing the color spray card on the Tamiya XF-53 color next to the actual FS chip in my color book, you can see just how dark the Tamiya color is.

    It’s way darker than FS 26187.
    After discussing things several times with Dmitry and Chuck Villanueva, I did something a little odd.

    I took colors from my paint stash, and mixed them up very well so that all of the pigments would be blended into the suspension. Then I simply brushed the colors on a paper towel.

    Once the colors dried, I picked one that looked to be the closest to the color that was provided by Dmitry with his Yak model. Here you can see a good example of A-14 inside the landing gear wells of his Yak.

    I chose this color. It’s FS 36375 “Light Ghost Gray”.

    I mixed some up and sprayed the parts again……….. This time I was much happier. You can see the difference between the darker Tamiya color on the top wing, and the much lighter gray on the bottom wing.

    I think this is very close to what the actual A-14 color could look like. I placed it next to a color card that I painted at the same time to use as a future reference for Soviet builds. The wing is sitting on the sample spray card.

    Then I compared the “A-14” card to the one I sprayed out for the cockpit color which was a blue gray color. The blue gray color is on top, the A-14 below in the next two pictures. The lighting can affect how it looks a little.

    The color is advertised as FS 36375, but once it dried, it was actually more like FS 36373. You can see the cards placed next to my Federal Standards color chip book.

    So now I have the color problems sorted out. I couldn’t have done this without the help of my two friends, Dmitry @starfar

    and Chuck. @uscusn

    Next step will be to assemble the front fuselage section once the cockpit details have been picked out.

    Thanks again gentlemen, without your help, this would not be anywhere near as correct as it is now.

    As always,
    Comments are encouraged.

  • Pedro L. Rocha said 5 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Louis, grey shades (the whole forty of them, sorry about the pun) are my favorite, doing what is now called “modulation”, or in my somewhat handicap lexico, a degradê that can easily highlight or darken the base shade. A good example to pick is that photo where you present the relic and the colour chip. I would start up the darker shade and move to the lighter one seen in the metal scrap part. It’s good fun and definitely improves the whole cockpit perception.

  • David Mills said 5 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Great start Louis – and you’ve answered a question for me on the cockpit colour!

  • Louis Gardner said 5 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Thanks gentlemen for the compliments. Yes I have been having some fun with these three MiG’s. I’m looking forward to getting the cockpits painted and fully detailed. I’ll post up some pictures once that is done.

    As far as the actual color I used for the cockpit I’m happy with the choice.

    The French Dark Blue Gray looks very good, especially when you compare it to the photos of the real thing. From what I have been advised, the original color I had planned on using called “interior Blue Green” was used on the later MiG 21 and newer Soviet aircraft.

    I have already learned so much from this journey. That’s half the fun !!!!

    Based solely on the pictures (not actual relic parts) I am also very happy with the color choice we made to represent the A-14 color. When I compared the color cards that I sprayed and placed them next to my Federal Standards FS book, the closest color match to A-14 was more like a FS 36375 or 36373 shade.

    I’m very happy as to how it looks right now.

    Thanks again everyone for the excellent advice and great comments.

  • Louis Gardner said 2 months, 2 weeks ago:

    I have been working diligently on getting several previously started builds completed.

    These models have self imposed deadlines on them. This will make more sense when you read the stories during the reveal articles on these planes.

    Now that I am fairly certain the deadlines will be met, I will add this kit to the MiG Group Build.

    It’s the Hobby Craft 1/48 MiG-17F. From what I have read, it’s not very detailed. I plan on building it as is, right from the box (warts and all).

    It will fit in nicely with the other MiG-15 builds that I have stared. I hope to paint it up as a plane that was flown by “Col. Tomb”, if he actually existed……………. This could possibly lead up to a few F-4 Phantoms eventually, maybe a Crusader or even a F-105 “Thud”………. although much later down the road.

    For now, I have some MiG’s to build………….

    So please stay tuned as the “Iron Werks” gears up for some new aircraft subjects. There will be a learning curve, which is a good thing.

  • Pedro L. Rocha said 2 months, 2 weeks ago:

    I don’t believe I’ve seen one of those old Hobbycraft Mig made. It will be an interesting comparison vs Tamiya

  • Louis Gardner said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Hello Pedro @holzhamer
    You really don’t see too many of them built up. A little while ago we had one posted here on Imodeler and it looked really good. In fact, it was what has inspired me to start building this last addition, the Hobby Craft MiG-17.

    Granted it’s not a shake and bake kit like a Tamiya or a Hasegawa, but I’ve been enjoying the build none the less. That’s what it’s all about, having fun.

    Please stay tuned for the next installment………….. I think you will like it. The HC MiG 17 is now just as far along on the build as the rest of the Tamiya group of MiG-15’s are. So things are caught up.

  • Louis Gardner said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Yesterday and earlier today I did some assembly work and painting on this Hobby Craft MiG 17. I am completely shocked at how fast it’s going together. The cockpit is assembled and since these photos were taken, it’s been painted too. Granted it’s a basic representation, but it will work for me.

    It could probably stand a nice replacement seat…………..

    Then I removed the fuselage from the plastic trees and now it’s ready to glue together.

    The wings and tail surfaces were next. These parts fit together rather nicely, and no gaps were present. This may change when it’s time to glue the wings to the fuselage……… Time will tell.
    I will have to do some light sanding on the leading edge of the wings to tidy things up.

    Ironically the nose wheel well is not shown in the instructions. They must have forgot to draw it on the illustration. You will have to add it before the fuselage is glued together. Otherwise, this part will not fit inside.

    The details inside the main landing gear wells are basic, but this kit is well over 30 years old.

    Then it was time to fire up the wheel assembly line again. This time it was for painting MiG wheels………… but I managed to sneak a few sets of F4U Corsair wheels into the mix.

    The kit supplied wheels are very basic. This is another place where a set of aftermarket wheels would be nice.
    For now, things are drying in the box, waiting for the next step.

    Please stay tuned for another update. I plan on doing some more work on these very soon.

    As always, comments are encouraged.

  • Sebastijan Videc said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    A true MiG factory! 😀

  • Louis Gardner said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Thanks Seb !!! It’s starting to look that way isn’t it ???

    I know that I mentioned before that I was going to build the Hobby Craft MiG 17 straight from the box…………… That didn’t happen. I ordered a set of replacement resin wheels for it, and a new resin seat.

    The wheels arrived today.

    Both items will be a definite improvement over the kit supplied parts. As soon as I finish my 1/48 Tamiya F4U, (that should hopefully be tomorrow), I will get these MiG’s underway, in true “Iron Werks” fashion.

    As always, comments are encouraged.

  • Louis Gardner said 1 month, 3 weeks ago:

    Greetings everyone !!!

    Over the past few days I managed to get some work done on the MiG’s. I feel like I have definitely made some progress.

    I wanted to install the new resin seat in the 17.

    I also wanted to save the original kit supplied seat, but I had glued it in, and did a bang up job with it. It was stuck so I ended up sanding away the floor and the rear bulkhead. Then I had to fabricate these parts using flat plastic sheet.

    The new resin seat was test fit………… and it fit nicely.

    Following this, I re sprayed the new parts to match the rest of the cockpit.

    Next the new seat was painted and reinstalled.

    The final touch was to add a few drops of clear gloss over the instrument panel gauges. It really won’t be seen, but hey……………….

    Stay tuned for “Part 2”

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