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Unread March 21st, 2013, 07:47 PM
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I have always thought the Mirage IIICJ in NMF with red scallops on the intakes from the 6-Day War were pretty cool. I have not decided on which one but the 1/48 Eduard kit gives a lot of choices. After seeing some of the Mirage IIICJ builds on the web, I feel inspired. This one will be OOB, well... except for the Wolfpack MB MK4 seat. The box is open and work has commenced.

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Has anyone used these 3M wet or dry polishing papers? Between these and Micromesh, I am looking forward to this NMF build.

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Hey John. After our visit on Saturday I had a feeling the Mirage was on your short list. Cannot wait to see this one!! Good call on the choice of markings. Go to see the mojo return!
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Thats a great looking cockpit! Those eduard panels really make it pop
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Good choice John. One thing I have noticed with many Eduard Mirage III builds I've seen is that the model seems to have a nose down stance rather than a slight tail down, so I suspect the main gear legs are too long. Something you may wish to look into. I have an Eduard kit in progress (for a long time), but I decided to build it wheels up

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One thing I have noticed with many Eduard Mirage III builds I've seen is that the model seems to have a nose down stance rather than a slight tail down, so I suspect the main gear legs are too long. Something you may wish to look into. I have an Eduard kit in progress (for a long time), but I decided to build it wheels up

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Thanks for that heads up Jens. I suspect it has something to do with an operational loaded airframe. Maybe Eduard measured up a museum object or other relic. I see in the pix what you are refering too and will consider the problem and adjust accordingly when I get ready to set the gear.

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Looking forward to see the source of the problem and how you correct it John.

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Very good job on that cockpit.
I have the Mirage III CJ Hobby Boss, with Eduard Photoeached set.
I liked the MB MK4 seat, maybe buy one.
I really like the NMF in the Mirage.

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The WolfPack MB mk4 seat painted up and placed in the pit. I have not seen a Pavla seat so the WP was the only one available for me. Better than the kit's seat, need to make a throttle quadrant once I find a pic.

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Excellent!!!! Keep it coming!!!
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Just found some original 1967 pix of the single pull face curtain on the MB mk4 seat. Have to adjust accordingly.

I have wanted a Mirage IIIC since the 1970's. This kit I had as a kid was a dog but the box art was great!



Made the Eject face curtain adjustment, and a throttle quadrant. Calling it finished, can't remember the last time I did not use a full resin interior. It should look OK, prolly have the canopy closed on this one.





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Eduard has some nice parts for the ATAR 9B engine but the augmentor lacks detail on the inner walls. I spent a few evenings detailing the augmentor with Evergreen & Plastruct styrene, a few small pieces and the effect improves the augmentor inner surfaces. Ready for metalizing.

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Nice scratching building on the exhaust. That "dog of a kit" may just win best in show!

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Very nice work on the exhaust! You have not lost your touch!
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General assembly: straight forward, cockpit set and augmentor in place. A little seam clean-up and some MS500 in the gap on the left side of the vertical tail. Cool kit, hope I can do it some justice.

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Nice work with the exhaust .. FWIW on your seat, have you thought about brushing some subtle highlites on the hihg points to bring out some detail of the belts and cushions?

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The first fit issue to deal with, getting the forward section of the lower wing to square up to the fuselage around the intakes.



I have added a 2.0mm & 2.5mm shim between the nose wheel well and the inner forward fuselage, the cross sprue runner is to increase rigidity.



A nice fit was obtained as everything squared up so minor sanding, a little CA, & MS500 is all that should be required.



However a nasty gap exists on the lower 3/4 of the nose wheel well. Do not know if this is self-induced or poor design. I got the cockpit tight & square and the nose well shares the backwall of the cockpit. Folks have said they had problems in this area and if all I have to do is block in the nose well, I will have cracked the nut.



I have added some plastic to give the lower rear of the wing something to rest on for strength. I will add another sprue runner for strength after I work the intakes.



Nice fit should need a little CA and MS500 after gluing

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You are moving right along. Nice work
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Reinforced the cavity with sprue runners and test fitted the wings. The upper wing panels fit tight, I will glue them after the lower wing is fit.



Nice fit on the lower wing to fuselage joint now.



Added plastic to close the gap between the wheel well and lower wing, will not be noticeable and adds some strength to this area. Ready to set the wings.

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Before you glue the wings to the fuselage, it may be a good idea to glue the intakes on the lower wing first. This allows you to fill and sand the seam at the bottom of the intakes - because the intakes will be silver the seam will be rather prominent, and almost impossible to deal with with the "mice" in place. You can slip the lower wing and intakes on after you have stuck them on.

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Too late to try that, good suggestion. I did it the conventional way after the shimming and test fitting. No real prominant seam only a hint at the butt joint in the intakes, not distracting. I have good tight joints on the upper wing panels and will glue them tonight. Only some seam clean up and a little CA/MS500 work after that. I will do before and after pix of the joints so anyone with plans to build this kit will have an idea of what to expect. Neat little aircraft.

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