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May 15, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #10 Decals

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:34 am
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Previous post here.  I am into the decal stage.  Using Xtracals sheet 72-313.  The instructions show the national insignia in 6 positions, but the sheet only gives you 4.  This caused momentary panic and anger until I looked at the photos of the plane and determined that the wing insignia were upper left and lower right only, not all 4 wing positions as indicated on the instructions.

Here is where I am now.



May 13, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #9 Out of the paint shop

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:47 am
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Another update.  Previous update here.  The MiG is done with painting and has now been glossed in anticipation of decals.  So far, so good.












And here she is glossed up.

April 26, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #8 Better late than never

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:58 pm
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The last time I posted an update was on April 4th.  My apologies.  While I have been building on the MiG, I haven’t posted an update.  The model has been primed and the flaws revealed have been fixed.  I have begun painting the underside blue.  I preshaded and then applied a light base coat and a highlight coat.  Here is where it stands.

Underside blue

April 4, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #7 I’ve been framed

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:11 am
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The MiG is ready for primer.  However, before that could happen I needed to paint the canopy frames Alclad Dull Aluminium so that you’d see that as the inside frame color.  Wiled I was at it, I sprayed a bit of Dull Aluminum in the intake tunnel to cover some minor touch up and also painted the underside of the tail under the burner can.  I also assembled the two drop tanks.  While I am not going to use them on this model, I know this isn’t the last Airfix MiG-17 I’ll be building and most of them carried the wing tanks, so this will get me ahead of the game in the future.  Also, I want to use the opportunity to do a little research and see what I can do to improve the kit parts.

March 29, 2020

MiG-17 #6 Prime time

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:35 pm
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Last post here.

Work on the MiG has been progressing.  Finally got it to the point where she is ready for priming.  Here is where she sits.

Ready for priming

March 4, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #5

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:07 pm
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Previous post here.

Apologies for the delayed update.  The fuselage is together, though I don’t yet know if I avoided the model being a tail-sitter.  I did forget to mention that I’ve followed the instruction sequence, except that I left the gun site off so that I can attach it later in the build.  Here is the state of things. The wings are assembled, but are just dry fitted into the fuselage in these photos.


















February 25, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #4

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:26 pm
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Part 3 here.

Well, I added a crap ton of weight behind the cockpit and on the side of the fuselage ahead of the wing.  There is also a small weight under the cockpit, behind the wheel well.  The problem with the positioning of the weight is that it is farther back than the nose and thus will be less effective in keeping the nose down.  Here it is right before the fuselage is closed up.

February 23, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #3

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:40 pm
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Part 1 here.

Part 2 here.

Work continues on the Burkina Faso MiG-17.  The seat and cockpit were finished and assembled into the cockpit tub.  There is a space in front of the tub where Airfix recommends you put 20g of weight in order to avoid having a tail-sitter.  If you happen to have a slug of depleted uranium lying around then by all means use 20 grams of it to weight the nose. However, for those modelers who don’t have some slightly radioactive super heavy metal lying around, good luck.  Because using any normal metal as your weight is going to leave you well short of 20 grams.  I used liquid gravity, which is very tiny lead shot which I sealed in with 6 minute epoxy.  Filling the cavity to the brim packed very tightly allowed me to pack in. . . . 3.5 grams.  Hmmm.  This presents a challenge.  Also, since the nose of the MiG is open, you’ll need to paint the inside of the fuselage to represent the inside of the intake tunnel I attempted to add depth I painted the fore part aluminum and the back portion steel.  Here is where it stands.


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.

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

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