Dassault Mirage IIIE
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||Stock No. FN6035
|Contents and Media:
||28 parts in low-pressure injection
moulded plastic; 23 parts in high-quality resin; 34 parts in white metal;
entire Heller Mirage IIIB/C kit
USD$62.97 from Squadron.com
||Important subject; effective use of
multi-media and elements of older Heller kit; excellent resin details;
recessed panel lines and vents on new plastic parts; ample ordnance; four
colourful marking options
||Modelling skills required;
flash on many parts; some sink marks; no seat harness supplied.
||Recommended to experienced
Miniatures' 1/48 scale Mirage IIIE
online at Squadron.com
There are two Mirage III kits available in 1/48 scale - the Heller Mirage
IIIB/C and the ESCI Mirage IIIE/O.
The Heller kit is certainly the pick of the two, being more accurate.
However, both kits suffer from their fairly old age.
Fonderie Miniature has now released a 1/48 scale Mirage IIIE which is
This model includes a brand new injection moulded fuselage and ordnance, plus
resin cockpit, afterburner can, wheels, wheel wells and white-metal landing gear
legs, gear doors and other details; all combined with the wings and some minor
detail parts from the older Heller kit. Despite only a small percentage of the
Heller parts being used, the entire kit is included in a separate bag inside the
box so you will have plenty of spare parts!
Plastic parts are typical of FM's recent improved efforts. Surface detail is
by way of finely engraved panel lines and recessed vents. Some of this detail is
a little soft on the starboard side fin of my review sample, but this will
easily be corrected after a few minutes' attention with a scribing tool. Subtle
rivet lines are also present in appropriate places. The surface texture is
slightly rough to the touch and will benefit from sanding and polishing before
assembly, especially if your Mirage is fated for a Natural Metal Finish. Flash
is present around most of the main plastic parts.
Resin detail is excellent. FM has gone above and beyond the call of duty with
truly terrific resin wheel wells.
The forward gear bay is cast as two separate parts to guarantee deep,
authentic detail on the sidewalls and the top of the well. The cockpit, burner
can, wheels and Matra missile body are equally well done. My only complaint is
that the seat has no harness - neither cast in place nor supplied as a separate
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White metal landing gear will ensure adequate strength for this area of the
The quality of the Heller plastic parts is quite good. Most of the surface
detail is recessed on the wings, including the speed brakes, vents and large
access panels. It will be up to the individual modeller's discretion whether to
sand off and rescribe the remaining finely raised panel lines.
Lots of ordnance is supplied. In addition to the underwing supersonic tanks
in the Heller kit, FM has added two big 625 litre ferry tanks, two Sidewinders
and a MATRA R 530 missile for the centreline.
Four colourful decal options are included. All four options are for
Instructions are typical Fonderie Miniature fare - three folded black and
white A4 pages, with one sheet dedicated to construction, one sheet to
camouflage and the final sheet to background.
Fonderie Miniature's 1/48 scale Mirage IIIE represents a
big improvement over the ESCI and Heller kits in terms of detail. The
inclusion of full interceptor fitout plus ferry tanks is also very
gratifying, and the interesting markings are worthy of this interesting
I am also pleased at the prospect of being able to build
any one of many colourful RAAF Mirage IIIO subjects almost straight from
However, as is the case with earlier Fonderie Miniature releases,
modelling skills are required - this is not a "shake and bake"
proposition. Patience, planning, parts-cleanup and plenty of test-fitting will be the best
formula for approaching this model.
The inclusion of resin and metal pieces will lift
the finished product to a very high standard if adequate preparation and effort
is applied. You will not have to spend a cent (or should that be a
centime?) on aftermarket accessories to obtain a beautifully detailed
Thanks to Squadron.com
for the review sample
Review and Images Copyright © 2003 by Brett
Page Created 24 July, 2003
Last updated 15 August, 2003
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