PJ Production 1/72 Mirage IIIE/O/EBR/EP
|PRICE:||€41.50 from PJ Production|
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Resin kit with photo etch, cast metal and vacuform parts|
What has been lacking for decades is a well done injected plastic 1/72 Mirage IIIE. Sure, there is the Heller kit, but that is rather long in the tooth and not up to modern standards. Why one has not come out of Korea or China is beyond me, but fortunately for us all PJ Production has had a quality resin kit which gets reissued in a variety of guises from time to time. This time, it is being produced as an aircraft used by France, Australia, Brazil and Pakistan. What's more, it has all the various bits and pieces to do the differing variations appropriate to the country of use.
For instance, it has the extended fin fillet for the Brazilian version as well as the canards used by Brazil. There is the under nose Doppler antenna that the French and the Brazilian Mirage IIIs used. A separate fin with the ESM antennas molded in as used by the French is also included. Then there is the ILS antennas and well, you get the idea that this is one very comprehensive kit.
As I mentioned, the molds for this one have been used in several different boxings and so it isn't all that surprising that a few molding glitches have appeared. For instance, on the upper spine of one fuselage half, there are a couple of areas that look 'melted', so will have to be filled and rescribed. I also found some air bubbles along the edge of the ventral piece that used to hold the rocket motor. These are all minor, and experienced resin kit builders expect to find these.
The general detail of the kit is superb. Crisply engraved panel lines, full cockpit and nose gear well detail molded into the fuselage halves, a detailed bang seat. Three optional fuel tank sizes complete with photo etch fins, two vacuformed canopies (on which I found the frame lines a bit indistinct) and optional outer wing pylons are included. There are no weapons in with the kit, but I'm sure they are not going to be difficult to find as spares from other kits or in weapons sets. The photo etch includes the aforementioned tank fins, an access ladder, oleo scissors, some small antennas, canopy mirrors, the intake splitter plates, exhaust afterburner detail and some other smaller bits.
I dare say that this is probably the best Mirage IIIE kit in 1/72 scale. It has all the detail one would want and is well done to boot. If the Mirage is your favorite aircraft, then you really need to look into picking this one up.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirage_III February 2011
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