Dual Combo, 1/144 scale
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|Catalogue Number and Price:
Eduard Super44 Kit No. 4444 - Eduard MiG-15UTI Dual Combo
USD$24.95 plus shipping available online from Eduard
|Contents and Media:
||See descripton below
||A cute, well-detailed kit for the 1/144 aficionado offering an excellent choice of markings.
||Fans of this scale and era of aviation will relish the arrival of this kit. It is a fine kit and offers a great range of markings. Canopy masks are a bonus!.
Reviewed by Graham Carter
Eduard's 1/72 scale Spitfire Mk.IXc Late Version Weekend Edition
is available online from Squadron.com
Here is one for the tiddler modeller and you get two to play with.
The MiG15 series should be familiar to most of us being, as it was, used by a multitude of Soviet-leaning and supported nation for their nascent air forces. Somewhere in the region of 18000 were built in the USSR, Czechoslvakia, Poland and China. Countries all over Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia and South America were supplied with new or hand-me-on airframes all through the mid to late 20th century and they saw various war-like activity in a number of spot fire little wars.
In Soviet use it stunned the world when it appeared in the Korean conflict, proving to be superior to the Western forces’ equipment, which in turn led to rapid improving the F-86 series. Part of the legend is the casual handing over by the British of a few RR Nene jet engines to the Russians in the mid-1940s, at that time it was the best jet engine around and the Soviets wasted no time in replicating and designing this little jet around it. Several still exist as private hot-rods and its characteristics made it critical to have a trainer version - hence the UTI version as kitted by Eduard.
Most UTIs were built in Czechoslvakia and some are apparently still in service in North Korea. Again, there are several of these jets on the private scene, including a couple out here in Oz where they were used by the well-heeled to enjoy a jet experience until an unfortunate wheels-up landing here in Bathurst that set fire to the grass along the runway and left some expensive grooves and fire damage to the runway - the plane still had one full fuel tank under its wings when it landed.
The plane in question is still sitting in long grass off the taxiways. I crawled under it a few years back and it looks like someone has had a go with a ball-pien hammer all along the underside but apart from that it seems pretty straight after its accident, probably testament to the “carve it out of a solid alloy block” approach of mid-century Soviet factories!
So what does the modeller get?
In a modest end-opening box, with the eight provided decal versions on the back in colour, are two compete kits sealed in Eduard’s familiar cellophane bag, a seperate bag containing the substantial instruction booklet, a 14x6cm decal sheet and , would you believe (!), a set of canopy masks. The latter will no doubt be very necessary for canopies so petite and clear.
Parts are beautifully moulded in dark grey with some very fine panel detail, especially the undercart, and more than adequate cockpit interiors in this scale although you may need trained midget to paint the details. No instrument panel decals are provided, although teeny-weeny seat-belt decals are!! Good luck if your fingers are the size of mine! The kit includes both fighter and trainer cockpit interiors.
Instructions are Eduard’s usual clear style and include detailed paint and decal guides.
Decals are printed in-house by Eduard, look to have excellent colour density and very little carrier film, and give markings for four NMF and four camouflaged airframes:
In NMF are A Czech museum example, a Finnish one, an Indonesian one with a decorative black, red and white tail ( the modeller only has to paint it black), and a trainer from the USSR with blue fin tip.
a Syrian example in green/sand over pale blue,
a Czech one with temporary green and brown water-based camp over the NMF for an exercise,
and eye-catching Iraqi one in sand/chestnut over pale blue, and
an Algerian plane in green/sand over metal finish.
Plenty of choice there!
Fans of this scale and era of aviation will relish the arrival of this kit. It is a fine kit and offers a great range of markings. Canopy masks are a bonus!
Thanks to Eduard for the sample
Review Text Copyright © 2018 by Graham Carter
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16 May, 2018
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