Mirage F-1CG "135 ΣΑΜΟΣ" Kitty Hawk 1/48 By: Nikos Koletis

Mirage F-1CG"135 ΣΑΜΟΣ" 342 ΜΠΚ 114ΠΜ Tanagra 1994 By:Nikos Koletis

Dassault-Breguet Mirage F.1CG
Role: Fighter
Dimensions: Screen 8.40m, Length 15.30m, Height 4.50m
Engine: 1 × SNECMA Atar 9K-50 (15,873 lbf thrust)
Weapon: 2 × 30mm DEFA 553 cannons, 4 AIM-9 SIDEWINDER missiles
Crew: 1
Number: (Originally) 40
Country of manufacture: France
Period of service: 1974 - 2003

The purchase of forty aircraft of the type was signed in June 1974. Their delivery was gradual and the Mirage F.1CGs were equipped with 334 and 342 Degrees of All Weather. One particular feature of the Greek F.1CG was that they used the American Sidewinder air-to-air missile. They were painted in Aegean Blue, while the underside of the fuselage was painted in aluminum. Mirage F.1 aircraft were withdrawn in 2003.
   This is Kitty Hawk at 1/48. A lot of detail in terms of both trimming on the shaft and wing surfaces, as well as on individual points such as the landing gear, the nests of the wheels and the engine in which the kit ties its entire body. Rich in, weaponry and publishing options. Crash Recognition and decals for French or Spanish-speaking aircraft. It does not contain the AIM-9P sidewinder of the Greek F 1CG. But neither the corresponding decals of the Greek Mirage F-1. Contains photoetched for airbrakes on the wings, engine nozzle inside and belts for the ejected seat. The application of the kit is moderate to poor, both in the four basic pieces of the body of the shaft, as in the wings in their two halves, but also in their union with the main body of the shaft.

The perpendicular rigid needs to be groomed in order to sit properly, but also in the simplest places, the application of the pieces is poor. As for example on the two wheels and the legs of the wheel. Its great disadvantage is also its very small packaging, which results in the  cracking of some pieces. Even the breaking of its transparent parts. Inspect the inside of the box before buying, if possible.


   As always from the cockpit, which improved at the points of the instruments on the right and left of the operator, as well as on the central panel where Eduard's photoetched was placed. The cockpit's shade was replaced with Nefelga resin. The ejected seat of the kit was also not placed and the MK6 was made of resin with a lot of detail. Only some straps on it, made of maskin tape and a fuse from Eduard's photoetched, were placed. Several details were added inside the hood to show the perimeter of the frame correctly. The two handles and the opening wire were added to the rails.

Next missile closes the spindle signal. Four pieces of it make up a fifth that is the back of the aircraft. Moderate to poor application with the main point of joining the front parts of the kit with the rear (at the height of the air inlets) up and down. Badly applied also to the union of the wings in their two halves but also to their union with the shaft. The vertical stable needed rubbing in its rapture to eliminate the stairs it leaves. The radar cone was rubbed up and down to reduce the intense curvature it has in that kit.

   Finishing with his main assembler and having been filled with epoxy putty, but also Gunze's liquid, he was rubbed at the points and again he was engraved with some bars and cuts of panels that I was forced to lose. The nozzle of the aircraft was replaced with an Amla radius, so it stayed for the future for the whole body of the engine that gave the kit.
The series then had the Landing System. Good in detail in general though a bit coarse in a couple of points, especially in retracted systems. They were completely replaced and new plastic and wire products were built. The necessary wiring with fine wire was proposed in both the main strands and the nerve, as well as wiring and the interior of the aircraft nests.Finally they were made of thin aluminum foil (bindings) where they hold the pipes in the legs. Before painting, they passed with the Alclad Gloss Black Base ALC305 and then sprayed with the ALC106 White Aluminum from the same company. 

   Small interventions were also made at individual points, such as the construction of the landing light in front of the rider's leg, replacement of the shipping lights to the right and to the left in the wings with transparent parts where transparent sprue was used, modification of the left and back to the point where the airplane engine's humidity and modification to the tip. You bring the sidewinder by removing the back to show, as it was in the Greek F-CG. For those Aim-9s that are under the wings. They have been converted to the bulk of them and a long plastic display to them that binds the Italeri kit, since Kitty Hawk does not even contain them in a similar form. Finally, the pitot that gave the kit was replaced and metallic was placed in place.

   For the Blue Aegean variation, the enamels debts of Molak and Model Master FS35164 were used. At first, the model passes through a Valleg White Primer. They were preshadeing and then sprayed with a uniform layer of the color of Molak FS 35164 opened with White by 20%. Then the same soil and in smaller blends with White are sprayed on individual parts of the model and especially on the sides of the shaft, on the wings and the vertical fixed to create the difference. They also stressed the wear and tear on the aircraft surfaces over time.
Finally some shadows with different blends of Model Master FS 35164 with white soil and minimal black gave the desired effect to the different tonality of the variant. For walk ways on the wings, on the depth altitude rudders, but also on the red warnigs on air intakes, no decals were used. Once filmed, they were sprayed with Gunze's H86 Red Madder, barely opening, with White. On the lower surfaces of the shaft and the wings where the aircraft is painted aluminum. Aluminum was first made of Gloss Black Base ALC305 and then sprayed the Alclad ALC106 White Aluminum. Aging, wear and tear were made with painting oil. Ivory Black Rembrandt and ABT160 Engine Grease were used by Abteilung and Van Gogh Oil 535 Cerulean Blue opened in white. The radar cone and the anti-glare line, facing the cockpit. sprayed with Humbrol's 33 Black.
Winsor & Newton varnishes were selected for the final finishing of the model in 65/35 Matt / Gloss proportions to achieve the satin effect.
Decals used by Icarus Decals were used. The reinforcement of the four sidewinder comes from Eduard's set. Remove Before Flight also come from Eduard's photoetched set.

The base where the model is positioned and faithfully represents NATO's Hellenic Airport. It is the construction of the Kiriakos  Creativity Bases.https://www.facebook.com/creativitymodels
On November 7, 1994, at 2.20 pm, as he was flying on a planned flight with a Mirage F-1CG 135 SAMOS aircraft. On the Tanagra-Lesvos-Chios route, he crashes, a few meters from the beach at Union Avenue at the height of Villa Mihalos. Due to mechanical damage and in the effort to remove the fighter from a residential area, he did not quit the fighter and crashed with him.The Mirage F-1CG with number 135, Represents the aircraft of the late. Supporting Officer (I) Panagyftopoulos Stylianou. Together with the gold medal. Nikos also received a disputed prize from the son of the unarmed Fiddle, a bit from the aircraft's fuselage, at the 36th IPMS HELLAS Competition.

   Art: Nikos Koletis