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  1. Hi Alain No - this Mirage is not dead! But... I was busy with some other builds that are small scale... Matterhorn Circle is also a Club in Switzerland and we have 10 members. As such, we do themes for our shows - and it was not surprisingly RAF for the Basler Modellbautage that took place the past weekend. Therefore I build this: and this and this on the side (not RAF) apologies to all offended LSP Members - I'm aware that I'm in the wrong scale. Now I need a vacation -
  2. What a great summer. Tempratures in my hobby room are near plastic melting point. The Mirage makes only slow progress. In a previous post I had my focus on the wing and the differences between the E and S. Of course I want to reflect the 'Swissness' in this built. However - before I glued the wings together, I blanked off the holes for the speed brakes. I also added some colored plastic pieces for the navigation lights. After some light sanding, the seemingly deep and wide panel lines from the kit become very neat and fine - perfect. I'm afraid, this sanding process must be done
  3. Almost a month since my last update. I must admit, that I was a bid baffled by learning, that the Swiss Mirages have a strengthened wing and fuselage, but by no means surprised. But it took me some time to come up with the facts - and now it seems logic. The reason for my absence is the summer – I offered myself a vacation – a great one. A bike tour from the Netherlands, back home along the river Rhine. Who needs soccer? The other welcome news is, that during my vacation, the minions fixed the errors Italeri built into the kit. length of the air intakes –
  4. Dear Alain. Obviously I came to the rare conclusion, the E had a different wing than the C. This is true as far as the position oft he wing tanks is concerned, but otherwise, the Italeri wing is correct. This renders the wing of the Mirage IIIS / RS 'unique' and one wonder's why? Wikipedia gives the following explanation: „The Mirage IIIS was with considerably strengthened wings, airframe, and undercarriage as the Swiss Air Force had required robustness comparable to that of carrier-based planes.“ If I hade done my research properly beforehand, my approach to this topic
  5. The wing Thanks to Cheetah11 for pointing out the changed location for fuel tank hard points on the Mirage IIIE. His pictures are an excellent explanation. Now – since Italeri uses the same plastic for their wings either for the Mirage IIIC & Mirage III, one may ask, what else is in the bag? I try to make my point with some pictures. But first some hints: The Dassault engineers implemented the Withcomb Area Rule by use of the Coke Bottle design for the fuselage when viewed from the top. One would expect, that the wing to fuselage joint would follow the curved fuselage.
  6. Nose Job For those of you who decide to build a Mirage IIIS, I provide the .STL file required to print out the nose with a 3D printer. Download: Mirage_3S_Radome_ultrtafine.stl best, Robert
  7. „The engraved details are correct for the E and the location holes are correct for the C's underwing stores“. Hello Nick Are you suggesting, that the Mirage IIIE has a different wing than the Mirage IIIC? Or do you already know? When the hard points for the underwing stores are different, the internal structure oft he wing must be different – that said, you want to look at the panel lines, access panels, dimensions etc. etc. etc. ... the can o' worm... I think you just opened a new topic! cheers
  8. Air Intakes The reason for these pictures is the question if I intend to do the corrections the kit requires - or not. For me this is not a simple yes or no. It's like this: 'believe nothing you hear and only half you see'. This is really a huge advantage of the Forum - especially because I'm not the first to build this kit. I can learn from the observations others made. However - I do want to look at the issues and make my own mind. I do agree, that the air intakes of this kit are slightly too long. BUT, I do not buy the 3mm even it the calculation sums up to th
  9. Hi Alain I'm extremely happy with your helpful picture - now everybody gets the idea! thanks, Robert
  10. Radom While I blend in the new nose and keep myself busy with sanding, I might as well pass on some additional information. Size matters! Everybody knows that. Originally the order was placed for the Mirage IIIC and then changed to the E (resp. S). Now, one may ask what the S stands for…. it might be Switzerland, or simply ‘special'. The selected Hughes TARAN System certainly made the Mirage IIIS special and extra expensive but also longer. The radar was larger and needed more space. This created a new problem. The caverns of the mountain war bases were not wide enough to t
  11. Hi Nick I'm aware, that this kit has some issues. However, I have not yet decided, if I will do every modification I have seen so far. I did not shorten the air intakes as it has been suggested - but certainly will correct the rudder actuator fairing. I do know about the rudder height and read about the fairing and dimension of the drag shute... My rule is, that if it looks right, it is right. Of course, the more you know about a particular aircraft type, the more work you have. Robert
  12. Bravo - does she also fly? This looks so real. The work of a Master! I hope to see this bird in future.
  13. This is the tale of a great kit. Fantastic detail and excellent fit. Just some glue – no filler, and with some light rubs using fine sanding paper, the joints will disappear completely. … but it is just a tale. Of course, we all know, the better the fit before gluing, the easier it will be afterwards. When I started to dry fit the cockpit tub, I realized, that I might have some difficulties to avoid gaps around the cockpit rear wall. It did not take much to make the decision to glue the cockpit into the fuselage, before painting and detailing – well aware that it will get fiddly
  14. I got a bid sidetracked by Davids question how I plan to do the radome. For a while I have put the cockpit aside and present you today one sugestion, how a new rose for the Mirage IIIS could be created. As previously stated, I followed the modern route of CAD design and 3D printing. With some help the drawing for the new nose was actually completed in very little time - compared to the printout. I must admit that I do not possess a CAD programme - therefore the file was created online with some freeware. This has the advantage, that the new Mirage 3s radome hangs somewhere in 'the cloud'
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