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Dassault Mirage IIIEPL
« on: May 17, 2020, 04:10:42 pm »
"Back in 1968, the Portuguese Air Force was quickly becoming obsolete. Plans were made to acquire new fighters, attack/transport helicopters and other vehicles needed for a full modernization of the PoAF's inventory.
With the sanctions imposed by NATO regarding armament sales to Portugal, France was the only real option to consider because of the good relations between both countries and also because of a mutual interest in keeping colonies in Africa.
This situation led to the choice of the Mirage IIIE as the high performance fighter that the PoAF's generals desperately wanted."

So, for this whif i'll be building the PJ productions 1/72 Mirage IIIE kit with a couple of extras...



Heard so much about the Yahu instrument panels that i had to buy one to see what the fuss is about and there's also a metal pitot tube by Master model.
The kit looks good although i believe this is an older release as i've read somewhere that either High planes or PJ had reworked the molds and reduced the panel lines' width and depth. The panel lines on my kit seem a bit too wide and deep, and also soft edged but anyway, that's what i've got and it'll have to do. :rolleyes:
Still, the majority of the parts look very good and the kit has a lot of parts that are not used on the OOB Mirage IIIE, including 4 types of nose cones, styrene and resin tail fins, 2 pairs of different intake shock cones and more.

I've already cleaned up a few parts and this build will not begin with the cockpit but instead, it'll begin with the main fuselage and wing parts so, that's a first for me. :thumbsup:
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Re: Dassault Mirage IIIEPL
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2020, 04:26:37 pm »
Gonna be great !
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Re: Dassault Mirage IIIEPL
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2020, 12:18:56 am »

Heard so much about the Yahu instrument panels that i had to buy one to see what the fuss is about

I'm a fan of them and always check to see if they do one for a kit when I buy a new one. They are specifically tailored for an individual kit, so as long as the one you have is for the PJ kit it will simply drop in  :thumbsup: No fiddling about with multi parts like Eduard, although I think Eduard have started going down the Yahu path ? Tend to be very good price as well.

Advert over, I shall return you to the build  ;). Looking forward to it  :thumbsup:
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Re: Dassault Mirage IIIEPL
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2020, 02:27:30 am »
Gonna be great !

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Heard so much about the Yahu instrument panels that i had to buy one to see what the fuss is about

I'm a fan of them and always check to see if they do one for a kit when I buy a new one. They are specifically tailored for an individual kit, so as long as the one you have is for the PJ kit it will simply drop in  :thumbsup: No fiddling about with multi parts like Eduard, although I think Eduard have started going down the Yahu path ? Tend to be very good price as well.




No worries, advertise good products all you want, mate!  ;D :thumbsup:
Well, looking at the package, this one doesn't mention any specific kit just that (and this is why i may have some issues) it's for a Mirage III CJ and this is an E model so, i'm not sure how that will affect the use of the part. The kit also has a very good resin instrument panel that is molded with the coaming and all... guess i'll have to see what the kit's parts look like. :thumbsup:
Really getting psyched on this build too, i love the Mirage jet fighter family and i'm very curious to see how this kit builds up. :mellow:
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Re: Dassault Mirage IIIEPL
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2020, 08:35:51 am »
Excited to see where this one's going, especially regarding the camouflage.  :thumbsup:  Mirages look equally fantastic in either greens and browns or in greys.
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Re: Dassault Mirage IIIEPL
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2020, 03:53:59 pm »
A favourite aircraft  of mine (and the Honduras airforce) I have lots of various  versions built and waiting to be built.  Looking forward to seeing what you do with it  :thumbsup:
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Re: Dassault Mirage IIIEPL
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2020, 04:16:28 pm »
A favourite aircraft  of mine (and the Honduras airforce) I have lots of various  versions built and waiting to be built.  Looking forward to seeing what you do with it  :thumbsup:
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I'd like to see a Honduran Mirage.
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Re: Dassault Mirage IIIEPL
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2020, 02:53:34 am »
A favourite aircraft  of mine (and the Honduras airforce) I have lots of various  versions built and waiting to be built.  Looking forward to seeing what you do with it  :thumbsup:
Chris

I'd like to see a Honduran Mirage.
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Re: Dassault Mirage IIIEPL
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2020, 05:38:39 am »
Excited to see where this one's going, especially regarding the camouflage.  :thumbsup:  Mirages look equally fantastic in either greens and browns or in greys.

Regarding a scheme, that's always a hard choice for me...  :banghead:
I've got a few options which include going with a real world scheme, and that in itself will provide more options.
Then there's the overall olive dark green scheme which was supposedly the scheme the PoAF's Mirages would have worn.
Profile below by Paulo Alegria taken from the online page of the PoAF's magazine "Mais alto" or in English "Higher"



I'll be modelling the EPL as a modern Mirage 5 that entered service as a IIIE, so i have almost total liberty with this one but i also wanna keep it within some degree of plausibility.
I have plenty of time to choose so no worries for now. :mellow:

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