I see that the old Revell 1/32 Mirage has been rereleased in Europe. Anybody care to comment on the quality of this kit before I throw my $$$ down? I'm especially interested in overall accuracy when compared to the 1/48 scale Heller Mirage III. Thanks in advance for your comments, Nick V
It is a very basic kit, but I have seen it built into a very impressive model. It requires a lot of scratchbuilding to get a decent cockpit. The seat is not much and as someone else pointed out, the instrument panel is a decal. That may be O.K. in 1/72 scale, but not in 1/32. I am hoping that someone will do a decent resin cockpit set now that it is being re-released. I have three sitting down in the collection. "Are you listening, Black Box"?
I got hold of one to convert into a Kfir C-2. I'd have to agree with Kitt - it's good for the conversion only because the missing detail is supplied in the conversion kit. Definately not as good as the stuff from Revell of late.
The Revell kit is 30 years old, and to build an accurate Mirage III with it is a long and hard way : the majority of parts are wrong (fuselage, wings, etc...). I don't think it is impossible, but you need to not be afraid to scratch build a lot of important parts.
The 1/48 Heller is a kit I love, from a very long time. Accurate, fine... All I want when I build a model. But it isn't a model easy to buils : the fuselage is cut in front of the air intake to lat the choise between B version (two seater) and C versin (single seater). In the same time Heller wings profile is the only one I know so accurate. the surfaces are not engraved, and I'm sure it is the better way for the Mirage III, wich is a very smooth plane. A simple pencil line is enough to bound panels.