1/48 scale MiG-15 bis is available online from Squadron.com
The Mig-15 came as a real shock to NATO airmen in their F-80s and
F-84's in the opening stages of the Korean War. It was faster, could climb
higher and had a powerful armament package that included a 37mm cannon
that made mincemeat out of unescorted B-29 Superfortresses. Until the
first F-86 Sabre Jets arrived, the MiG-15 ruled the skies over the Yalu
After the American Sabre evened the score and drove the North
Korean-flown MiG-15s from the sky, Stalin sent his finest WWII aces and
commanders to North Korea, including Ivan Kozhedub and the pilot of the
MiG-15 this model represents - Captain Nicolay Ivanov. An ace with seven
victories, Captain Ivanov flew with the 726 IAP/133 IAD.
1/48 Scale MiG-15
A good MiG-15 had been sorely lacking in 1/48 scale until Tamiya
released their beautiful kit that includes a complete engine.
Having purchased the Aries resin set I decided to go whole-hog and do
the gun bay, cockpit and engine in resin. The Aries set is a gem. The
instructions are clear and concise and the resin parts are, for the most
part, bubble-free and fit precisely. The metal gun barrels and etched
metal details complete this outstanding set.
I had been working on this set for about three weeks when my wife asked
me if I was done with the model yet and I had to admit I had barely
touched the sprues!
The gunpack is normally suspended under the gunbay on four cables for
re-arming, but I thought it would be too hard to see so I scratch-built a
little cart based on photos in the Modelmania book. The engine jetpipe
jackstand was scratch-built from Evergreen strip and guitar string. I
wired the engine with copper wire provided in the Aries set and fuse wire
from an old computer.
The rear fuselage interior was detailed using copper wire and Evergreen
strip. Brake lines were added to the landing gear struts and the rear
canopy area lightening holes were drilled out with a Dremel. The handy
Cutting Edge formation lights were added to the wing tips and Minimeca
aluminum tubing was substituted for the kit's pitot. I left the antenna
wire off as I assumed it would be removed when the engine was serviced. A
scratch built FOD cover was added to the intake.
Tamiya and Gunze Sangyo paints were utilized for the unusual
camouflage, sprayed with an Iwata HP-B and finished off with a spray of
20% Tamiya Flat Base and 80% Future. The tan stripes were sprayed first
with a lightened RLM 79 (to simulate FS 30257) and masked with rolled out
snakes of Blu-Tak. The FS 24172 Green is Tamiya Dark Green and the
underside FS 35526 is X-25.
The interior color is Tamiya X-23.
AeroMaster decal sheet #48-229 "Korean War Aces, Part 1 provided
the markings and camouflage scheme and stencils were sourced from
Weathering was kept to minimum, but the panel lines were accented with
brown lead in a mechanical drafting pencil and various panels were
lightened with pastels and a wash of Testor's Acryl Interior Black was
used in the cockpit, gunbay and on the engine.
Modelmania MiG-15, AJ Press. 1998
MiG-15 - All Variants, Publikace 4+
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