Israel Aircraft Industries F-
The IAI Kfir is an advanced derivative of the Dassault Mirage V, with its origins in the late 1960s Israeli “Nesher” project which produced unlicensed Mirage V aircraft using stolen plans and with covert technical assistance from sympathetic western sources.
The original Mirage V was designed by Dassault to Israeli specifications, producing a simplified aircraft that was optimised for ground attack in the middle east. However, shortly before delivery, the French government introduced strict sanctions on the supply of arms to Israel in response to Israeli raids on Lebanon and the Israeli aircraft were impounded in France.
To prevent a similar event in the future, the Israelis decided to built an indigenous
version of the Mirage, reverse engineering the design from pre-
From 1974 a more advanced Israeli version, known as the Kfir (Lion Cub) was produced by IAI. The most obvious difference was the introduction of the more powerful US General Electric J79 engine, also used in Israel’s Phantom jets. This required enlargement of the rear fuselage and the addition of prominent auxiliary cooling intakes. Modernised avionics and an increase in fuel gave the Kfir a significant advantage over the Nesher design. Kfirs remained in Israeli service until the mid 1990s.
In 1985, the US Navy and USMC acquired 25 ex-
Building the Italeri F-
This is one of Italeri’s better kits, first released in 1987. It has slightly over-
The canopy is also a slightly vague fit, which wil require carefull cleaning before
assembly. However, the wing to fuselage fit, so often the bane of Mirage models
is particularly well executed and did not require any filler. The three-
I don’t believe they would carry more than one ACMI pod on an aircraft and reference photos confirm this suspicion, so I modified one to be a dummy Sidewinder/Acquisition pod. Similarly, I doubt that the centreline tank is used for other than ferry flights as it would limit manoevering, although there are photos showing it being carried. Wire ejector seat handles were added to the seat, but other than that, the kit is built as supplied and looks to be a good replica of this sleek and aggressive design.
Airfix 1/72 with weapons fit modified
In many ways, Northrop's F-
Over 800 were built with most being exported. The upgraded F-
The Iranian Armed Forces have also produced locally designed aircraft derived from
the basic F-
Because of its small size, manoeuvrability and similar flying characteristics to
Building the Airfix F-
This was my first build of the 1983 F-
In the end, my choice of colours was limited by what I had available during lockdown
and I had hoped to replicate the effect I achieved on my A-
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Here are some real F-
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