Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Military Aircraft vol.92: Yak15

PM models
US$ 10,00 plus shipping
Injected plastic model with waterslide decals.
This is PM Models' Yak15 in 1/72 scale. It is a very simple kit. Panel lines are almost non existent and a little bit raised. Clear parts look like magnifying lenses and wheel wells are almost flat. I lowered the panel lines according to some drawings i found on the internet. The kit was painted with Tamiya acrylics, with some tone variation done by adding white to the basic colors. Decals are from PM models and are a bit fragile. As this is a very basic and small kit, i placed it on a base simulating a Soviet era airfield. I hope you like it! It was a fun and relatively simple project.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Experimental aircraft walkaround vol.10: Dassault Mirage IIIV

Subject: Dassault Mirage III V
Location:Musée d'lair et de l'espace, Le Bourget, Paris, 2015
Comments: The Dassault Mirage IIIV, also spelled Mirage III V, was a French vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) prototype fighter aircraft of the mid-1960s developed and produced by Dassault Aviation.The Mirage IIIV was a VTOL derivative of an existing conventional fighter, the Dassault Mirage III; the principal difference between the two types was the addition of eight small vertical lift jets which straddling the main engine. These lift jets would have been used during vertical takeoffs and landings, but would have been inactive during horizontal flight. The Mirage IIIV had come about as a response to the issuing of a NATO specification, NATO Basic Military Requirement 3 (NBMR-3), which sought a supersonic-capable VTOL strike fighter. The Mirage IIIV was a competitor with Hawker Siddeley's P.1154 VTOL fighter, a cousin of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier. Both aircraft competed to be selected to meet the NBMR-3 requirement. While the Mirage IIIV is commonly viewed as being more politically palatable due to an emphasis having been placed upon multinational development and manufacturing plans, the design of P.1154 (which only used a single engine) was seen as more straightforward and practical. Ultimately the P.1154 was selected to meet the NBMR-3 requirement to the detriment of the Mirage IIIV. One of the two prototypes constructed was destroyed in an accident; shortly following its loss, the whole project was abandoned; the surviving aircraft has since been placed on public display. (Source: wikipedia)