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Dassault Mirage III/5BA Heller 1/72
Szmann
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Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 09:04 PM UTC
Great job, Thomas!

After all that work you should display the cockpit separately!

Waiting for the continuation,
Gabriel
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Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10:29 PM UTC
Hi everybody and thanks for stopping by!

Finished the kit's seat/cockpit part transformation, so let me show it before it went inside the fuselage.
Bashed with decals the details were painted and flat coated. Maybe some touchups; the colors pop a bit more out in the pics than in real.

I'm not going to do a harness as it could only worsen that already really time consuming tiny and fiddling piece.
Besides the fun, I tell you this is true hard practising for me. Just to see what is possible and suitable in enhacing/editing the given parts.












Cheers, Thomas
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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 10:44 PM UTC
Thanks Oliver, a will surely help much.

Done the nozzle and call it "okay":




After comparing the wing parts to pics of the real a/c I wanted the flaps down. So they have to be cutted off from the one-piece-molded upper part. Then aligning the connections for the right angle for glueing on. The sink marks on the flaps are another problem

... and the plain undetailed wheel wells need some additional work as well.





Thomas
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Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 12:55 AM UTC

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Hi folks!
Again thank you, Gabriel and Oliver for your words.
And thanks guys for looking, hope it's quite enjoyable .



Thomas, yes this build thread is really enjoyable. Got chair and beer ready.
Very nive progress. Love the tubing!

Oliver
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Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017 - 11:31 PM UTC
Hi folks!
Again thank you, Gabriel and Oliver for your words.
And thanks guys for looking, hope it's quite enjoyable .

Some more progress on the above shown parts.

The instrument panel gets an update from styrene parts.





While detailing the cockpit's rear I had to leave the fuselage halves unglued, otherwise it's impossible to attach finally the pit/bay-part inside. So that made it all a bit tricky for the tiny parts and dryfitting procedures.

Now took again the halves, inserted some nose weight (care:tailsitter!) and gave a first shot of primer.
Also primed the pit and the front wheel bay. For all I'm using Vallejo Black Primer (for some depth/preshade-reasons).

I must say, that I'm quite happy how it turned out and think that should be enough scratching there without looking overdone.










Have a good time; Thomas
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Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 01:31 AM UTC
Thomas, you're overcoming beautifully the kit's shortages. Following. Learning. Thank you!

Gabriel
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Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 07:14 PM UTC
Wow, great and inspiring work on the nozzle! This one will be very nice. Keep on posting.

Oliver
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Posted: Sunday, October 08, 2017 - 11:52 PM UTC
Hi there!

Not very much to show, wish I were few steps ahead.

Went little on with the instrument panel of the kit, no details at all - just plain styrene. Yet to be finished.
Than had a look at the nozzle that needs attention and went on with it.







Thomas

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Posted: Friday, September 15, 2017 - 09:53 PM UTC
Hi guys!
Thanks for the kind comments, Gabriel and Oliver!

Slow but steady little progress. I'm still working on the pit and modified the kit's seat. Gave another shape, scribed some lines and added some styrene. Didn't finally glued the back cushion/parachute for better painting later on and still some touch up's to do. Although I think that's all I can manage to do with the seat.














Thanks for looking, cheers Thomas
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Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 07:45 PM UTC
Thomas,

very nice work on plumbing the landing gear bay and cockpit. Good You chose to make a seperate blog of Your build. It really deserves one.

Oliver
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Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 01:20 AM UTC
Nicely done, Thomas. Following with interest this build.

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017 - 11:17 PM UTC
Hi guys!
Decided to show a seperate build log for my recent job.
HELLER'S 1/72 Dassault Mirage III / 5 BA

It's part of the "2nd Gen. Jet Fighters" campaign and will be shown there partially as well.
Since it is a very basic and old/well known kit I try to improve something and practise myself in doing that.

The kit offers 3 options with differen parts to use:
III E - Spain
III R - France
5 BA - Belgium

Not yet sure which one I'll go for...










First started with the cockpit/front gear bay part...
The part offers nothing! So I went for some addional parts.
After the bay I'll try to improve the pit a bit as well. There is only a basic seat, a simple joystick and a plain instrument panel. No engravings, no decals.








Now went for he upper side...
Adding a plate glued to the back of the seat to close up the side openings. Than some scratched parts on the rear wall of the pit.






Next will be the seat itself, dials, dashboard, interior etc. ...

Thomas