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Let Let Let - Warplanes => Aircraft Modeling => Topic started by: draken35 on March 24, 2019, 08:01:55 AM

Title: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on March 24, 2019, 08:01:55 AM
Well yes, Belgian Mirage again!
I received the kit yesterday from Didier Waelkens (IPMS-Belgium) that asked me to build it and to make an article for KIT (IPMS-Belgium magazine).
Of course, I have to build it in the Belgian version  :-green
So, I'm busy with Mirage 5 on three different scale simultaneously... Funny...

For the Belgian version there will be some extra work to do; I will explain that during the building stages. First detail: the yellow paint on the tail is due to the participation of the aircraft in an ADAC exercise (aerial combat with aircraft of different types) - But the yellow paint was also present on the extremities of the upper surfaces of the wings (see my remarks on the instruction sheet)

The work will begin soon...
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: No.1 on March 24, 2019, 08:23:05 AM
 :-clap :-clap :-clap
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: Second Air Force on March 24, 2019, 09:43:29 PM
Mirage heaven...!!
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: modellius on March 25, 2019, 06:39:40 AM
good!
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on April 21, 2019, 09:40:46 AM
Now that theatre is finished, I'm back!

Well, as I did not received the instruction from IPMS-Belgium to build the kit "from the box" - that's impossible for the Belgian version anyway - I think I will do some extra work and have some extra fun...

First, the plot below the cockpit roof have to be removed; it will enter in the wheel bay...

Then some "hard" work is to remove the "caudal" element below the wings and to replace it by part 36.
....But part 36 is not corresponding to the Belgian version! The Belgian part is not so large.
So, I've decided to "cannibalize" both elements; removing the rear part of the original element and cutting the one of part 36.
I had to heavily sand that last one and work is not finished yet; I have to use miliput to make a correct element...
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: No.1 on April 21, 2019, 01:47:47 PM
 :-clap :-clap :-clap
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: Second Air Force on April 21, 2019, 02:11:07 PM
Who can build "out of the box" on this forum!!! Good works and glad to have you back from what appears to have been a great theatrical production!
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on April 23, 2019, 07:13:06 PM
Thank you friends!
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on April 28, 2019, 11:19:44 AM
Miliput... A little hole is also filled. Of course, sanding will be needed...
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: No.1 on April 28, 2019, 12:28:10 PM
Eastern... have a drink first ;)
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on April 28, 2019, 05:30:31 PM
Sure!
And before sanding I will have to make a minor correction: not enough Miliput on port side...
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: modellius on April 30, 2019, 01:34:12 PM
Huh,a lot of work mate,keep up the good job !
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on May 01, 2019, 03:24:02 PM
Thank you ;)
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on May 02, 2019, 06:50:49 PM
Caudal element sanded. Result is better than the one showed by the photo... I've also added a FLIR dispenser and the decking stick...
...I'm crazy... :-joke :-joke :-joke
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: No.1 on May 02, 2019, 07:45:20 PM
 :-eek ... 1/144
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on May 02, 2019, 09:41:20 PM
😁
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: modellius on May 12, 2019, 11:02:22 AM
Amazing !
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on May 23, 2019, 07:56:47 PM
Today I've sanded the air brakes on and under the wings: too thick! On actual planes, there are same level than the wings surface.
Long work, uneasy due to the size of the aircraft but result looks good for me!
At that scale, the decal for the air brakes will we enough...
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: No.1 on May 23, 2019, 08:15:28 PM
For that scale so good!!
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on May 23, 2019, 08:24:13 PM
Thank you my friend!
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on May 25, 2019, 03:52:25 PM
The tail of that particular Mirage 5 is from the "late" type so I will have some work to do to represent that.
Evergreen is used to scratch elements and a drop of cyano is put on the top of the tail to fill a little gap due to fixation to the sprue
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on May 25, 2019, 08:42:04 PM
Tail "modernized"  :))
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: No.1 on May 25, 2019, 10:07:21 PM
And precise saw day, I also cut something with such tool :))
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on May 26, 2019, 07:23:06 AM
That tool is really important for modelers...
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: modellius on May 27, 2019, 06:04:37 PM
excellent job mate !
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on May 27, 2019, 06:31:37 PM
Thank you !
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: Second Air Force on May 28, 2019, 12:04:14 PM
Modifications continue!
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on May 28, 2019, 01:42:41 PM
Yes Scott,  but not finished yet...
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on May 29, 2019, 09:56:08 PM
Next step: the little "louves" on the back of the aircraft. Too big in length (correspond to 1/72 scale); not big enough in volume...
Sanding; then new ones are created in a part of sprue/Evergreen and placed on the aircraft.
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: No.1 on May 30, 2019, 03:21:44 AM
 :-clap :-clap :-clap
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on June 01, 2019, 07:27:07 PM
Thank you!
One little louve added again on port side of the fuselage.
I've also tried to make a more better MB 10 seat...
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: No.1 on June 01, 2019, 07:31:23 PM
 :-eek :-obey :-clap
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on June 01, 2019, 08:41:04 PM
Thank you my friend
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: modellius on June 03, 2019, 09:27:28 AM
Superb !
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on June 03, 2019, 04:38:25 PM
Thank you my friend
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on June 04, 2019, 07:33:14 PM
Too lazy to make quantity of work today... Just a little add on the seat; the lateral consoles (not enough place to represent all the buttons...) and the nose; looks a lot better but still needing some miliput...
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: No.1 on June 04, 2019, 08:04:39 PM
Painted instruments in that scale...
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on June 04, 2019, 08:15:19 PM
Painted instruments in that scale...

It's a challenge for me... ;)
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on June 06, 2019, 08:10:02 PM
Miliput for the nose to make a better one. Sanding will be needed of course...
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: No.1 on June 06, 2019, 10:11:54 PM
Not much sanding need, if I can see properly
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on June 07, 2019, 05:36:55 AM
Just a little bit indeed...
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on June 07, 2019, 09:29:04 PM
Nose sanded. I'm happy with the result; you can see the difference "before/after"...
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: No.1 on June 07, 2019, 09:57:39 PM
Smooooootthhhhhhhhh :))
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on June 07, 2019, 10:09:09 PM
 :-green
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: modellius on June 13, 2019, 12:38:45 AM
I'm speechless
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on June 13, 2019, 01:24:15 PM
😉
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on June 22, 2019, 10:07:15 PM
Inside the cockpit... Pilot'stick replaced; made from scratch and not finished yet
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: No.1 on June 23, 2019, 12:24:36 AM
Not finished yet... just wonder how many parts you will add in this scale
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: Second Air Force on June 24, 2019, 04:28:43 PM
Wonderful!
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: modellius on June 24, 2019, 07:34:22 PM
Stunning !
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on June 25, 2019, 07:30:31 PM
Thank you friends!
Well, I have to scratchbuild the front of the cockpit; Belgian Mirages didn't had a cover to avoid too high temperature for some instruments. At 1/144th scale: lenght 3.5mm; large 3mm behind the instrument panels and 2mm in front of the nose. With instruments to be placed on it of course...
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on June 29, 2019, 04:18:05 PM
Before to continue the work on the cockpit, I've begun to resolve another big issue of the kit : the interior doors of the main undercarriage.
On the kit, there are closed (like the ones of an Albatros L39 by example).
...But the photos of the actual Mirages 5 show that those door are open the most part of the time (it's just the prudence that ask me not to say: all the time).
So, I've created new doors with Evergreen. Fitting looks good enough for me.
... Now, the hard job to do: to remove the kit's doors...
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: No.1 on June 29, 2019, 06:43:18 PM
Well, after all of this modifications and details update, must ask you- you have Mirage 5 in garden?
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on June 29, 2019, 11:42:09 PM
Ah ah, no but I would like To....
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on July 01, 2019, 08:11:07 PM
Patrick Bouclans, a friend of mine who is THE specialist of the Mirage 5 gived me some informations about the closed doors:
Engine shut down and accus empty, the doors are open.
When the engine is on, the doors are closing themselves.
...But you can also close them manually...

...Anyway, I want the doors open on my aircraft!  :-green

So I have begun the work. Slowly, to avoid to damage the part. One door ready; must continue with the second one and then to make nice wheel bays...
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on July 03, 2019, 08:35:26 PM
Second door trap OK. I've reinforced with a plate in the interior. Work not finished yet.
I've also modified my arrester hook: I forgot the triangular metalic plates that protect the hook
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: Second Air Force on July 03, 2019, 11:17:00 PM
When you first mentioned these doors I immediately looked at some photos--you're correct to open them! This is just like the D model Mustang, the doors bleed open after the engine is shut down.
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: No.1 on July 04, 2019, 05:22:36 AM
It look like this will be your best kit made last period :))
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on July 04, 2019, 05:41:49 AM
Thank you my friends.
Don't know if it will be my best kit made... I like the result obtained for the Dornier 27; and the Renard is still under construction... But sure it's one of the most corrected ;)
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: modellius on July 21, 2019, 08:44:12 PM
great work mate !
Title: Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
Post by: draken35 on July 22, 2019, 05:46:03 AM
Thank you