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PostPosted: 18 Mar 2018, 19:04 
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Dull black radome with gloss black backing ring :

ImageIMG_0451 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Airbrushing oranje-blanje-blou rudder :

ImageIMG_0452 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr


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PostPosted: 18 Mar 2018, 19:06 
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Question for Piet and the other Mirage IIICZ aficionados : I recall seeing French Mirage IIICs variably having yellow primer coloured rear ventral panels and gun tray panel. Can someone confirm either / both was common to natural metal SAAF Mirages ?


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PostPosted: 18 Mar 2018, 20:16 
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Hi Mistral

What techniques do you use to make sure the left and right side markings are the same?


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PostPosted: 18 Mar 2018, 21:08 
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MARS wrote:
Hi Mistral

What techniques do you use to make sure the left and right side markings are the same?


A small steel ruler, eyeball Mk. 1 and some strategically placed masking tape guides - for the fuselage GT stripe. For the intakes, eyeball Mk. 1. :smt023


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PostPosted: 18 Mar 2018, 22:02 
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Some impressive masking skills. =D>

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PostPosted: 19 Mar 2018, 19:14 
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Looking good! :smt023

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PostPosted: 19 Mar 2018, 19:26 
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Good idea to mask the red Malcolm!

I'm not sure how common the yellow primer was, but this rare shot of the undersides (on very close inspection) reveals that most of the fuel bays were indeed in chromate yellow, as is the forward section of the ventral fin. Only 803 appears to have a chromate gun pack.


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PostPosted: 19 Mar 2018, 20:24 
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Great pic Sean, thanks :smt023 . You learn something new about SAAF Mirage III colour schemes every day. I wonder why those areas were not painted in silver. And the leading edge of the ventral fin - what's all that about ? Well, I think I'll go for a chromate primed tank and gun pack as well as the leading edge of the fin :D


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PostPosted: 21 Mar 2018, 19:50 
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Ok, so masking in progress for chromate yellow underside bits :

ImageIMG_0453 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Mixes of Tamiya XF-4 yellow green for the front panel and a dash of XF-5 green for the rear panel and ventral fin. Then oversprayed to lighten using XF-20 medium grey, followed by some XF-3 yellow. Gloss varnish then thinly applied to add a slight satin sheen :

ImageIMG_0454 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Primed panels still need to be weathered.

ImageIMG_0455 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr


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PostPosted: 22 Mar 2018, 23:39 
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That is one hell of a good looking Mirage.you really do her proud


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PostPosted: 10 Nov 2018, 21:49 
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Finally finished :

ImageIMG_5889 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5892 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5896 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Equipped with two AIM-9B Sidewinders and 2 JL-100 combined tank/rocket pods. There are photos of natural metal CZs with this weapons fit so it's not fictitious :D

ImageIMG_5897 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr


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PostPosted: 10 Nov 2018, 21:53 
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Markings are a combination of home printed decals (Bokkies - thanks Sean), specially printed on order by MavDecals (Thanks Zane), kit decals and some masked and painted - like the GT stripes and the E on the vertical stab.

ImageIMG_5898 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5899 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5900 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5901 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5906 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr


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PostPosted: 10 Nov 2018, 21:57 
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I've now built three of these Italeri Mirage IIIs and can say that, although at times challenging to assemble, they build into nice replicas of my favourite delta.

ImageIMG_5910 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5911 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5912 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5914 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5916 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5920 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr


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PostPosted: 11 Nov 2018, 07:52 
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Another masterpiece. =D> =D> =D>

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I have to say that it looks fantastic :shock:
It makes me wanna buy and start another Mirage III right now... :lol:
I hope pics will not disappear because it's a great inspiration =D>


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