This will be my third build of a Mirage from the same manufacturer. Though this is not the best yet, as PJ has since issued a revised moulding of the same plane, this one remains a very good kit. Recessed panel lines are a bit too deep, and that's the only weakness of this kit. It allow for two versions of this single seater jet, either the fighter bomber version or the photo recce version. This time I've decided to produce the recce one.
initial steps go very fast. I painted the interior of the fuselage
halves in black, inserted the cockpit also painted black. Dashboard can
be inserted later on, so I kept this one apart. Fuselage is assembled,
spine added on top, careful joining is recommended. Then come the
base of the tail has to be removed to make room for the newer tail
section fitted post '80 on the whole single seater fleet.
Some sections of styrene are required to adapt the hole for the new resin tail tenon.
Some minor work is needed on the bottom to clear the joints. The nose gear bay is also slightly filled with mastic.
transparent resin nose section with the cameras is then fitted in
place. It is slightly smaller in diameter than the nose cone of the
aircraft. Some mastinc and sanding is also needed here.
The tail section comes next. A small amount of mastic fill a small gap at the base of the fin. Camera windows are masked off.
The paint job
of the painting phase. First coat of black as a pre-shading, then the
sand, a mix of Gunze FS30219 with a lighter tone.
Camo progress, all three colors are on, top and bottom. The gear bays also receive a shade of aluminium.
Once the paint is
completed, the aircraft received a coat of Klir, then the decals were
applied. The landing gear was also prepared and the aircraft put on its
Le modèle est mis sur ses roues, les ailerons sont mis en place de même que les porte de train et les bidons, les derniers détails sont ajoutés.