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Dassault Mirage III/5BA Heller 1/72
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Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2018 - 06:21 AM UTC
Wow,
Thomas this truly is a gem! I just love the way, you build the kit. And Your photographing skills are excellent, too.

Thank You very much for an inspiring modeling thread! I will enjoy Your next build.

Oliver
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Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2018 - 09:58 AM UTC
O.K. dear fellow modellers, finally I call this done!

Also I finished my first build log and hope that was somehow enjoyable. I would be happy to do another any time.

Thank you all very much for your patience in following this thread and for the posts and support. Everything is highly appreciated.

Managed to took some pics with daylight and indoors and choose a few to show.
That by far was my longest journey ever in building a kit but I'm quite happy what I've done with that old and simple bunch of styrene as this was only planned as an exercsise in scratching something. Regarding it was just 1/72 I can't believe the time I needed .
I know, there's always space for more improvements but I hope I could pointed out some things one find useful as well.


... on to the next construction, 'till then, and again thanks!

btw: as you can see this unit ("08") seems to be more or less overpainted several times so please don't blame me for an accurate camo while trying to give that aspect .


















































































Cheeeers , Th mas
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Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2018 - 09:58 AM UTC

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Thomas,
Please forgive me, I mix up a lot of names lately.

Maybe you missed the light for detail picture, but those 4 backlite sunset shots are tremendous. They look as real as you can get.

Joel



No apologies required, Joel!
And thanks for giving me a thumb up for the pics.
Hope you enjoy the finals as well.

Th mas
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Posted: Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 06:24 AM UTC
Thomas,
Please forgive me, I mix up a lot of names lately.

Maybe you missed the light for detail picture, but those 4 backlite sunset shots are tremendous. They look as real as you can get.

Joel
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Posted: Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 02:32 AM UTC

Thanks, Joel!
Any post from you no matter the Name you're giving is much welcome as long as itís the right thread.


Sorry, not the whole finals.

Started yesterday late with the last glim of daylight before the longest total Lunar Eclipse of the Century on July 27-2018 Ė The Blood Moon. Hope youíve had a nice view.

So again bad luck with good illumination for photos (but really like the sprits of sunsets ) and after the last pic I managed to break off the pitot-tube due to wind avoiding spinÖ
Some work and restart with the picsÖ

















Cheers, Th mas
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Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 08:22 AM UTC
Oliver,
It's been a long journey, but you're almost there. Pics look really good. I wouldn't worry about the gear at this point of the build. Not even sure that there's AM replacements for it.
Joel
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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 09:22 AM UTC

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P.S. that is you desk light? You might be a feline as well if you can model in the dark

Gabriel



Thanks a lot Gabriel!
I'm far from a feline - in fact I'm quite strong myoptic.
Well it's just my Desktop light, where I prefer a smooth illumination. There's much brighter light when I normally work at my small bench.


Th mas
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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 09:05 AM UTC
Hi, Thomas!

Not bad at all, I must say, considering your below zero starting point

Waiting for the "reveal" pics.

P.S. that is you desk light? You might be a feline as well if you can model in the dark

Gabriel
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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 08:55 AM UTC
OK Guys,

this must surely come to an end.
In addition to the last post let me show the gears from the underside view. You can recognize that the struts still look a bit crude and maybe one should use A/M parts or scratch them seriously to improve more than I can do.
Same for the kits flaps. I missed to thinning them down to scale what would have been a good idea.


Pre-finally added the pitot and even those 2 tubes in front of the canopy using some sprue. About my own made seatbelts I'm not sure if I leave them. Not much visible in the pics because of the sponge that helps the canopy to cure.


If my final checkup won't show anything disturbing I'll be back quickly with some final shots.
Hope you stay tuned ...


















Cheers, Th mas
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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2018 - 09:20 AM UTC

Hi all - still there!?


Roll out comes closer - ... she got legs and stands.
Weighted nose works

sorry for poor pic quality, just made them that moment with only desk light.













Th mas
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Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 08:03 AM UTC

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Thomas,
the weathering, while light, still adds that operational look to a well maintained aircraft. The panels lines have become more prominent, but not stark looking nor out of place by any means.

Getting closer to crossing that finish line.

Joel



Yes, the weathering is really nice. Canīt wait to see her on her own feet.

Oliver
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Posted: Friday, June 22, 2018 - 10:09 AM UTC
Thomas,
the weathering, while light, still adds that operational look to a well maintained aircraft. The panels lines have become more prominent, but not stark looking nor out of place by any means.

Getting closer to crossing that finish line.

Joel
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Posted: Friday, June 22, 2018 - 04:19 AM UTC

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Hi, Thomas!

Quite eventful build thread, was it?
Anyhow, this is a happy-ending story because your model looks great!
Thanks for sharing your experience!

Cheers!
Gabriel





Gabriel,
thank you so much for following the way since the start and for your kind words!

And WOW, hardly believe that Iím on it since Aug 2017 while the bench & kit was always in sight along the whole build. Not really a quick one and I didnít want to hurry up the steps I went.
Really didnít expect this extended timeframe to come close to an end!!!

As this was my first build log I would be happy, if it was at kind of interest and somehow enjoyable thus far.

Meanwhile get the Gear flaps on, glue has to cure. Gear struts are next. Must check the pitot tube and still think about a harness, as well as since the beginning about the two little intakes/tubes on each side in front of the canopy. Surely Iíd been able to snip these 2 guys off any time.




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Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 09:05 AM UTC
Hi, Thomas!

Quite eventful build thread, was it?
Anyhow, this is a happy-ending story because your model looks great!
Thanks for sharing your experience!

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 08:17 AM UTC
Joel (already checked your Auto show-nice!) & Oliver, thanks a lot for staying tuned!

Well everybody,
welcome again!
Little BA-Mirage didnít left my workstation and Iím still on it.

Since the weather here was fine and urged by my 40 potted largely inside plants crying for maintenance. it was necessary to put them into new pots and potting soil first before I go back to the bench.
And I enjoyed the outdoor activities and the work with something alive tooÖ


So hereís the actual stage and hopefully the next post will show it standing on its own feet.

Did some slight panel and detail wash (Flory) and a small amount of pigments. Really didnít want to overdo that, so probably itís too little.
Finally (??) covered with a few layers of Vallejo PU-Acrylic Satin, I used for the first time. Running smoothly through the a/b with a drop of thinner and is maybe a bit too shiny with photo lights but o.k. Although it took quite a long time to cure and I had a serious dust problem while it was sticky and not properly covered after I removed all the masks.
Also installed the 2 Supersonic tanks and then the wheels will be next to proceed the rolloutÖ

























couldn't resist ...








Btw: Too late to correct a major fault by using the wrong part Ö Recognized it early after the first paint stage, but left it. Since no one mentioned it already, it seems not to be very obvious or harm.

thanks for stopping by, Th mas
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Posted: Friday, May 11, 2018 - 02:32 PM UTC
Thomas,
glad to see You are working on Your Mirage again! Looks very good from here!

Oliver
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Posted: Friday, May 11, 2018 - 02:18 AM UTC
Thomas,
really starting to look quite good.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 - 09:56 PM UTC
Folks,
glad youíre still stopping by!

About the Rhinos, Magnus, itís obvious that they should have been careful with humans.

I finally found back to my workstation (truth is, itís just opposite my desk - 2m away. So no excuses but sorry for the delay )

Spend some time to move on with the color progress.
Repainted the intakes and removed all masks, except those on the pit and the exhaust.
Clear-coated and got at least the only few decals on. Despite their age they were still in good condition and worked very fine with no issues, assisted by Mr. Setter & Mr. Softer.
But do not follow blind the simple instructions, and compare the positions with references.

Some more minor things to do before a weathering process will start, which I try not to overdo.













Thanks for checking,
Thomas
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Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 10:43 PM UTC
I'll stay tuned, be careful with the rhinos !



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Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 11:06 PM UTC
Thomas,
Sounds like a great trip. Cya when you get back.

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 02:31 PM UTC
Magnus & Joel,

thank you very much for you kind and quick replies!
Much appreciated !

Not any progress worth for showing. Just as I said I sanded and polished a bit and gave a first shot of a glossy clear coat.

Now preparing for a 14-days trip to Kenya starting today with my Mom, my daughter & her girlfriend ...

So see you thereafter, till then
Thomas
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Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 08:07 PM UTC
Thomas,
The camo paint scheme looks perfect. Very well done.
Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 12:29 AM UTC
Thats a really good looking Mirage, with some decals and a bit of weathering this will be a beauty!



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Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 11:54 PM UTC
Well, as promised here's the first result of the camo ...

Daylight was used for the photos.
Not touched up anything, only removed the masks.

Since the many variants I did the paint job a bit on my own way.
As for me, I'm very pleased how it turned out so far with no issues in masking or paint weakness.



But have a look, compare and decide by yourself ...


Used Dark Green - Humbrol acr., Middle Stone - Vallejo acr., Own Medium Green-Mix - Revell/Humbrol acr.
The colors of the patterns are applied and shaded in different ways while the masks are still on and I preferred sharp lines. Anyway each is made with many thin layers of fairly thinned colors to give the shaded primer a chance to survive - could be done better and matched not overall after drying.
Blended up the brown with thinned white, gave some filter-mix to the medium green and did the darker green in higher density since it always looks like the most dense color of the whole camo ref. to pics.


























Still have to remove all the tape from the underside.
Going to look close up now for required touchups and have to sand/polish/blend all at a first stage before clear costing/decaling/weathering the surface.

Thanks for having a look, folks! Thomas
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Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 02:02 AM UTC
Hello again!

After my last post I spend the available time in masking and a/b my first 3-color camo what took up hours (and days for the color to cure).

Now I'd nearly removed 2/3 of the masking tape on the upper side but what I can see so far isn't bad at all.
Try to shoot some pics and show them in the next post quickly.


Meanwhile just have a look on the not very uniform camo paints of the BA's Mirages ...

btw: Research shows that colours should be FS30219 brown, FS34279 green, FS34102 medium green ... good luck










Thanks www. for the free available photos. The shown pictures are not for comercial use and only used as historical reference.




Have a good day, Thomas