Eduard 1/48 Mirage IIIC
|PRICE:||CDN $100.00 MSRP|
|NOTES:||Includes internal/external PE, resin ejection Seat and Lock On Video Game|
Born out of a lightweight
fighter spec from the late 1950s, the Mirage
The Six Day War proved to be
it’s first and most important combat as Israeli pilots flying Mirage IIICJs (J
for Jewish) helped destroy several Arab air forces in a matter of hours on June
This success helped the French sell
many Mirages world wide, but also helped end the relationship between France and
Israel in 1968.
Despite being cut off, the Israelis
would fly the Mirage IIICJ and its variants thru the 1970 War of Attrition and
the 1973 Yom Kippur War till the French built Mirages were replaced by Israeli
made Daggers, Neshers and Kfirs which were based on the Mirage.
The design of the Mirage
Eduard produced its Mirage kit in 2002 to wide acclaim, but it seems not a popular kit to built.
This particular boxing is the first ever Eduard Royal Class kit. A Royal Class boxing contains everything (short of paint and glue) that is required to build a highly detailed kit short of opening up all the compartments.
kit comes with all the photo etch required to build it plus two resin pieces,
the ejection seat and the cockpit rear bulkhead.
Plus it includes a multitude of
schemes which encompass all the Eduard releases of
the Mirage IIIC.
Among the schemes are various
French, South African and Israeli planes.
Some are baremetal while many are
camouflaged (the color callouts in Gunze paint.)
the Mirage IIIC. Among the schemes are various French, South African and Israeli planes. Some are baremetal while many are camouflaged (the color callouts in Gunze paint.)
My copy’s canopy seems to be distorted as mentioned in Tom Cleaver’s build article, but it has more to with the shape than the manufacturing process.
Finally, it comes with the Lock On, PC air combat simulator game.
This kit is still the ultimate Mirage IIIC kit and
comes with everything required to make an award winner if you so choose.
I will say that I’ve spoken to a few modelers about Eduard Royal Class Kits and they seem to have a reluctance to build them because of the price and the pressure of building the “perfect” model can be quite intimidating which is understandable.
Kit courtesy of my wallet. I’m usually happy to buy the profi-pack version of the kit instead of the Royal Class kits, but I bought this one at a considerable discount a few years ago when the LHS wanted to get clear their shelves of some dust collectors.
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