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February 17, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #2

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:26 am
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First installment here.

I continued to make progress on the Airfix MiG-17.  While the cockpit and seat in the kit bear only passing resemblance to the actual MiG-17 cockpit and seat, for this scale they aren’t bad.  (BTW, there is a sink mark that needs to be removed from the back of the seat headrest) This is especially true if you intend to keep the canopy closed. While a medium gray is recommended (correctly) for the interior, I used several different shades of gray to try and add some life and contrast to the cockpit.  While the instruments on the instrument panel and some of the cockpit sides are represented by decals, they don’t look bad and go down well when applied. This kit will definitely benefit when Yahu makes an instrument panel for it, and I suspect that a full replacement interior with seat will also eventually be released. I also constructed the tail cone afterburner pieces, and chose the option to have the airbrakes closed. Here is where she stands.

Cockpit parts and seat












Burner can














Completed cockpit

February 12, 2020

The Burkina Faso MiG-17

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:12 am
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I am using the Burkina Faso MiG-17 markings from Xtracals sheet X72313 for the Airfix MiG-17 I am building OOB.  One of my many areas of interest is Small Air Forces.  This set of markings gives me a chance to build an aircraft from an air force that I’d otherwise probably not get to do.

The Burkina Faso MiG-17 has an interesting bit of history.  It is the only jet aircraft ever operated by the BFAF. (Libya did lend the BFAF some MiG-21s but they were never owned or operated by the BFAF, were operated by Libyan pilots and never flew operationally.) The BFAF only had the 1 MiG-17, which was apparently either bought from or donated by Algeria. The plane was used operationally in a short lived conflict with neighboring Mali, known as the Agacher Stip War or the Christmas War in 1985.  When no longer operational, the MiG first sat derelict for a while, but now sits as a gate guard at an airport in Burkina Faso.  (It is apparently still there. If you want to see it on Google Earth, click here.)  There are about 4 good photos of the aircraft taken at different times and it always seems to have worn the same scheme and markings.

MiG-17 cockpit

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:01 am
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If you are going to build the new Airfix MiG-17, and especially if you are going to add detail to the cockpit, this 360 view of the cockpit courtesy of the USAFM will be most helpful.

February 10, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #1

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:47 pm
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I’ve been anxiously awaiting this kit and thanks to friend of the blog, Jim “The X-Acto” Bates, I’ve now got one.  I was anxious to get going, so after a quick examination of the instructions, I started.  The cockpit on almost all MiG-17s is a mid-gray color.  I used a gray from the Colourcoats line.  The instrument panel is represented by a decal in the kit and the instructions call for the panel piece to be painted black.  I went with a dark gray for a little more visual interest.

MiG-17 cockpit pieces














I’ve already decided that I am not using the kit decals for the main markings.  Instead I am going to use marking off a new Xtracals sheet for the one and only MiG-17 operated by Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso markings

January 30, 2020

Cool modeling video

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:13 am
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Not the right scale, but this is a really nice YouTube video build of the Airfix F6F in 24th scale. (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves)

November 29, 2019

More on the Airfix Vulcan

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:52 pm
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See here.  Looks like at least one version will have the Blue Steel missile included.

November 21, 2019

Airfix Me-262 build

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:16 pm
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Over on his website, Model Paint Solutions’ John Miller has a beautiful build of the newish Airfix Me-262 in an unusual paint finish.   Having seen this model in person at the Chattanooga IPMS/USA Nationals I can attest to the fact that it looks as good as it does on the website.

June 5, 2019

MiG-17 decals

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:00 pm
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Hi, I David and I’m a decalaholic. {Hi David}.  One of my favorite aircraft is the MiG-17.  Airfix made my year when they announced a new kit coming out.  I already have tons of MiG-17 decals, but I can always buy more.  Apparently Xtradecals knows this.  They’ve announced a new sheet, and it will be a must have.

May 13, 2019

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!!!

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:54 pm
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Looking good.  I cannot wait.  I may buy these by the case.

January 7, 2019

Airfix 2019

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:41 pm
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Some good news for modelers of the One True Scale from Airfix in 2019.  A new tool MiG-17F (God, please don’t make it too chunky), a H.S. Buccaneer and the B version of the B-25, apparently with Doolittle markings.  Can’t wait.

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