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    Mirage 2000 N & D 1/48

    Post  Panos Gaoutsis on Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:49 pm

    Greetings to everyone!

    As a greek saying goes "If you join the dance-circle, you must dance", here is my first work in progress!
    It is Kinetic Mirage 2000 B/N/D kit no 48032 in 48th scale and i've decided to build the "N" version of French air force, with the desert camouflage as it has participated in the Red Flag exercise in the early 90's. Having already posted another Mirage, you can tell it's my favorite type of aircraft Very Happy (another 3 are in my future plans!).

    Here, you can have a quick look of the sprues
    http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/kin/kit_kin_48032.shtml
    Compared to Heller Mirages, i must say the detail is much better but some parts are delicate as they can easily break and there's excess plastic that needs to be cleaned, the panel lines however, are nicely engraved. The kit includes alternative parts in order to build versions "B", "D" and "N", some of which are not correct or mentioned by the instructions, e.g. i placed the wrong vertical fin on my previous model Evil or Very Mad. Also, the instrument panels depict a modernised M2000-5 cockpit!

    It's going to be an out of the box construction, as i prefer not using aftermarket products and my philosophy is "keep it easy, keep it fun"! I don't mind if the result won't be accurate like the real bird but i'll do my best!!

    So. let's go!
    As usual, start from the cockpit. I painted the tub by looking other wip's as i couldn't find photos because of the aircraft's nuclear strike purpose and therefore, the cockpit area is supposed to be confidential. The color should be darker :oops:but i have already glued both halves of the fuselage and any thoughts correcting it, were immediately vanished. The dash boards have false lay out as i mentioned earlier, so i hope they won't be visible under closed canopies.     





    Finished also the Mk-10 ejection seats.



    I've made the seatbelts out of aluminium tin foil which i took from a coffee can and is used to preserve the content. I find this material really good for this purpose.    


    More photos to come!
    Regards cheers


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    Re: Mirage 2000 N & D 1/48

    Post  skyhigh on Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:25 pm

    nice work .........cheers 

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    Post  Ray on Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:40 pm

    skyhigh wrote:nice work .........cheers 
    Make that x2 please cheers 

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    Post  bcauchi on Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:16 pm

    looking good Panos, maybe you can give the seat belts a coat of matt varnish before closing them up in the pit, they are a bit too shiny and don't look like belt material. Otherwise lovely work!

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    Post  Panos Gaoutsis on Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:05 pm

    Thank you all for your kind words! cheers 
    bcauchi wrote:..maybe you can give the seat belts a coat of matt varnish before closing them up in the pit, they are a bit too shiny and don't look like belt material..
    I'll have that in mind and do it sometime before gluing the seats. Thanks for the advice!

    Some new photos.
    I assembled fuselage halves and other parts, quite few gaps; air intakes, part of the spine and mostly on the wings. Putty and sanding between long term pauses and a quick coat of matt grey to check progress and there's still plenty of work that must be done.


    And here, you can see the parts that are not mentioned by the instructions
    i) C 32 [chaff flares control panels], ii) C 34 [parachute braking], iii) E 19 [arresting hook, on Greek BG's] and iv) E 21/E 22 [wingtips with ICMS Mk1 countermeasure system, also on Greek BG's], alternative parts E 14/E 15 are installed on the model.    


    This lack of information can mislead modelers, so research is preferable in order to avoid mistakes.

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    Post  Ray on Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:49 pm

    Looking good cheers 

    Even better that you appreciate any advice that might help you.....Bravo n keep it up Twisted Evil
     

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    Post  Panos Gaoutsis on Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:55 pm

    In the meanwhile, i' ve started working on other parts. Here's the open nozzles exhaust which in contrast to the closed one, there is no detail in the inside.
    I first made an effort to add some detail with tin alluminium foil but after painting it, it just looked horrible!

    So i replaced them with plastic sheet, then painted and particially weathered.


    Also, a part of the loads, 4 mk-82 bombs taken from Kinetic F-16 kit. Normally, N's can carry such amunition, those however that took part in the exercise with the specific camo, seem to be loaded with only two under the air intakes but i like my models to be heavily armed!  
    Pylons are not included in the kit, they are actually matra mica pylons from Skunkmodels weapon set, given as extras by a greek modelshop and which i modified a bit. Same parts along with other french weapons, come also with the Italeri "D", basically a kinetic rebox with different decals.      


    Landing gears, added some wiring and tried to simulate pressed tires by touching wheels on a heated clothe ironing device.

    That's all for now, thank you for your time! cheers


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    Re: Mirage 2000 N & D 1/48

    Post  Panos Gaoutsis on Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:13 pm

    Thank you very much Ray!
    Any advice is welcome and i'll try to put it to a test.

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    Post  bcauchi on Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:48 pm

    Very nice work Panos, especially the exhausts. Don;t forger that the tyres have to be matt too. Better matt than shiny on an aircraft. Well done for the build, looking really good.

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    Post  matilda on Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:47 pm

    mirage is an beauty...
    looking good so far.
    landing gear is really nice.
    keep it posted.

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    Post  Panos Gaoutsis on Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:38 am

    Brian and Stevan, thank you very much for your kinds words! I will also fix the tyres! cheers 

    National holiday here in Greece, celebrating the "No" day, rejection of Mussolini's ultimatum demanding usage of land and infrastructures by the axis forces which immediately lead to Greece's participation to WWII and later to the occupation by the Germans. Greeks fought bravely but nowadays the country, with its leaders' approval, goes under a new occupation, a financial one.

    So, a little progress.
    I've made the Rafaut LBF-2 practice bomb container, using plastic sheet and a matra super r-530 missile, sanded it and added some scribbing. The pylon is also scratchbuilt, some spots have been puttied with instant glue and entirely checked with a wash.           



    And here both parts completed, the red part on the right side, the aerodynamic sensor, is a piece of dymo tape (a kind of hard tape, i also use it for scribbing)  





    Thank you for your time! cheers

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    Post  Ray on Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:26 pm

    Looking GOOD cheers

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    Post  bcauchi on Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:29 pm

    Nice detail work, very neat indeed!

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    Post  Panos Gaoutsis on Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:16 pm

    Ray and Brian, thank you! Glad that you like it!
    I enjoy this kind of improvements with raw materials, final result sometimes can be false or out of scale, but in the end i feel happy. I don't worry being inaccurate, i first make sure to have fun!
         
    And all together tested on the model.


    Kind regards cheers

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    Post  bcauchi on Wed Oct 30, 2013 7:42 am

    Excellent work keep it up and keep the pics flowing.

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    Post  Ray on Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:31 am

    Really nice work....keep it rolling cheers 

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    Post  Panos Gaoutsis on Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:28 pm

    Brian and Ray, thank you!

    Finished the outer pylon loads.
    An exercise Matra R550 magic missile and a NECA pod (or tube), same missile type used as Aircraft Instrumentation System.    


    I also took the decision to change the cockpit area, like the real one  
    http://www.aircraftwalkarounds.be/Images/Mirage2000N/Mirage%202000%2018.html
    so i started from the dash boards by removing paint, in order to make the necessary corrections.


    I will try to add sunshades from thin plastic sheet and remove most of the screens, quite risky, and change tub color with a darker grey.
    Hope i won't regret it!

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    Post  bcauchi on Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:43 pm

    Go for it, you can surely do it if you persist.

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    Post  Ray on Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:38 pm

    bcauchi wrote:Go for it, you can surely do it if you persist.
    Make that x2 please cheers 

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    Re: Mirage 2000 N & D 1/48

    Post  Panos Gaoutsis on Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:38 pm

    Brian and Ray  cheers 
    I believe i managed to deal with it!

    Some progress, ready for painting.
    Removed most screens, along with other panels, and added analog instruments, using thin plastic sheet and pieces of heated stretched sprue in different diameters.

    Also made sunshades


    Started working on the HUD area, it needs further work as the kit provides only a circular and out of scale transparent part.


    That's all for now! Thank you for your time!  cheers

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    Post  bcauchi on Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:37 pm

    Lovely detail work, very neat and accurate.

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    Post  Ray on Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:20 pm

    Some crisp work there  Twisted Evil 

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    Re: Mirage 2000 N & D 1/48

    Post  Panos Gaoutsis on Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:34 pm

    Hello again after a long time!
    Brian and Ray, thank you for your kind words!

    Not much progress, still haven't finished sanding and must rescribe some areas. Trying to find the courage while waiting for a scribbing tool.

    I painted though the cockpit with a darker gray, Humbrol 126



    Made also the raised weldings on fuel tanks, using heated and streched sprue which i first wrapped around a marker and put it in some boiling water for a few seconds, heat made the sprue maintain a spiral shape and was easier to glue each part.



    In the meanwhile, a new delivery to my benchwork. Another Mirage 2000, a Kinetic kit in Italeri box, it's going to be a D version.


    Started it already, removed some plastic from the spots where seats are placed, in order to make them stand to the proper high and made the first necessary modifications to the instrument panels, will try to repeat same work i did on the N.
    That part next to the panels that goes behind the front seat, i'm planning to glue at a later stage as it would be easier to work when fuselage halves are assembled, plus the canopy lift mechanism won't break like on the other mirage.     


    Ignored instructions and glued each half of the spine and the small part of the fuselage ending, onto the respective fuselage half, dry fit revealed several discrepancies so i sanded join points.



    Thanks for your time watching and wishing you a happy Easter!!  cheers

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    Post  bcauchi on Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:19 pm

    Very nice work, the welding seams look really great!

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    Re: Mirage 2000 N & D 1/48

    Post  skyhigh on Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:08 pm

    Same to you ...and happy modeling.......... cheers


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