Platz 1/72 MiG-15 UTI 'Finnish Air Force'
Eduard kit with metal weights
When people in the US
who are into aircraft think of 1950s era trainers, they think of the T-33.
This is a trainer development of the F-80 that lasted in military service 50
years. When people in Russia and Eastern Europe think of 1950s era trainers,
they think of the MiG-15UTI. This was a two seat development of the MiG-15
fighter and lasted in military service for the same amount of time if not
It would not be out of line to say that if a nation flew a Russian made jet any
time during the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and even into the 1980s and later, there is
a good chance that their pilots learned about jets in the two seat MiG-15. The
plane had all the attributes of the single seat version which included being
easy to fly and equally easy to maintain, traits that put it in good stead with
nations where skilled technical capabilities were often not available.
This ease of flying and maintenance has made the two seat MiG a favorite with
warbird operators as well and one can often find these flying the skies in the
hands of those wealthy enough to be able to own such a piece of history.
In addition to producing its own kits, Platz is
known for reboxing the best in a certain subject from time to time. So it is
with the two seat MiG-15 in 1/72 scale. This time it is the Eduard kit,
which modelers have rightly determined to be the best there is of this
aircraft. When Eduard released its 1/72 MiG-15bis kit, it was only a matter
of time before we knew that the two seat plane was going to be done. Platz
often upgrades the kits they repackage and so it is with this one as there are
form fitting weights to add to the nose, which you can see in the parts layout.
Here is a rundown on the kit itself.
The interior is nicely done as you can expect with nicely molded bang seats.
The inside of the cockpit walls are curved as the intakes extend on either
side to the engine. This is a feature that is missed by other kits. Once the
cockpit is built up, it is trapped between the fuselage halves along with
the exhaust pipe. One then uses the included nose weight pieces prior to
closing the fuselage halves. The separate rudders are also trapped between
the fuselage halves during construction.
Two types of fuel tanks are provided and one needs to open holes in the
lower wing for these. On the underside of the fuselage are two windows to
help the instructor and student see the ground coming up during landing.
This is another feature seen for the first time on this kit in this scale.
The plane was used for gunnery practice as well and a single cannon is
included. Apparently there are two different styles of main wheels for the
plane and both are shown, though there is no indication of what scheme uses
You can pose the forward and aft canopy open if you wish and with all that
p.e. in there, it wouldn't be a bad idea. Oddly, the kit has no provisions
for open speedbrakes. These were seen open or at least cracked open a bit
quite a bit. Two different styles of drop tanks are provided, with the
Finnish version using the slipper
tanks and the larger ones used by the other versions.
which, the kit provides markings for all four of the early MiG-15UTIs used by
the Finnish Air Force and for one of the later planes. Perhaps the other three
crashed or something. Those are in overall unpainted metal. These are actually
Czech built CS-102s. A pair of Polish SBLim-1s are also provided with one in
overall white from 1988 and the other in unpainted metal. Note that the
alignment of the PAF insignia is correct for the time frame. In 1993 this was
turned 90 degrees. Instructions are well done with Gunze and Model Master paint
references. Instructions are in Japanese. A very nice addition to the kit is
that an alignment jig is provided on the bottom of the box. One simply cuts it
out and uses wood skewers to hold everything together. A very helpful addition.
For those wanting a nice kit with the added benefit of
nose weights, then you should seek this one. Platz also makes a line of photo
etch parts and masks for this one and they will also fit the Eduard kit.
My thanks to Platz Model for
the preview kit. If your local retailer doesn't carry it, ask them to order it
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