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June 5, 2019

MiG-17 decals

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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!!!!

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Looking good.  I cannot wait.  I may buy these by the case.

January 7, 2019

Airfix 2019

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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.

December 21, 2016

MiG-17 decals

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:16 pm
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Another decal company I’ve never heard of, releasing MiG-17 decals.  I love the MiG-17.  Now if we can just get a new kit.

October 21, 2016

More MiG-17 news

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AZ is going to reissue their MiG-17 kits.  They have previously said these are going to be completely redone, which is good as the original kits are awful.

October 16, 2016

MiG-17 news

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More decals for one of my favorite aircraft.  Now, if only we can get a new tool MiG-17.

April 27, 2014

Magazine review: Scale Aircraft Modelling Vol. 35 #12 (Feb. 2014)

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This issue attracted me immediately since on the cover it had a model of one of my favorite aircraft, the MiG-17.  Sadly the model build of the 17 inside is in 32nd scale.  However, the feature article is also on the MiG-17, so it is well worth the price of the magazine.  The article itself is nothing special, but the plans and color side drawings are great.

For the 72nd scale modeler, there are build/kit reviews of the Hobbyboss Tu-2, The Airfix Harrier GR.1 and the Special Hobby Yak-23.

All in all, it is a good issue, though the typo/proofreading issues of previous years seems to be coming back with a vengeance.  I spotted over a half dozen in on quick skim thru the issue.  I hope this doesn’t continue as it mars an otherwise good magazine.

August 21, 2012

2012 Nats 72nd Jets

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Here are some 72nd jets from the Nats.







Dragon/DML MiG-17







January 14, 2009

End of the year lists

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Every December and January you get “end of the year” lists.  Best of this…Worst of that, etc.  If it is good enough for everone else, it is good is enough for me.

Top 10 models I completed in 2008:

#10 thru #2 {blank}

#1 Revell 72nd scale Hawker Hunter

Now, I know what you are saying to yourself.  It is number one because it is the only model you finished in 2008.  While techincally true, that doesn’t keep it from being #1.  As I said in a previous post, it is a great kit.

Ten worst models I finished in 2008. (See list above)

Yep, same reason. Only one model finished.  Pretty sad.  Doesn’t make for much of a list.

Top ten models I’d like to complete in 2009.  Now I know what you are saying to yourself.  You finished one in 08, what makes you think you can finish 10 in 09?  I don’t really.  My eyes are always bigger than my stomach or my building skills.

10. Academy F-8E (The Battle of the Barristers build)

9. Trumpeter Su-15

8. Trumpeter P-40B/C

7. Revell Me-262

6. Trumpeter Hawker Sea Fury

5. DML MiG-17

4. Another Revell Hawker Hunter

3. Hasegawa B-24D

2. Revell He-177

1. Anything. Just finish a model!!!!

My next post will be a list of all the models languishing in half built condition in my model room, or as it is known throughout the land, “The List of Shame”.

September 5, 2008

MiG-17 Research help

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I need some help.  I love the MiG-17.  I build in 72nd scale.  If any of you have built the DML MiG-17 or J-5 kit you know that the nose is not correct.  The top of it has a lump on it that bears no resemblance to reality.


In doing research to correct the kit I came across something that I can’t explain and that none of my reference mentions.  I am posting here in hopes that someone has an answer.


I have used the following books as reference for the following.

OKB MiG by Butowski and Miller

Aerofax MiG-17 by Gordon

The MiG-17 Fresco in Detail and Scale by Slatton

Squadron/Signal MiG-17 in Action

Squadron/Signal MiG-17 Walkaround

Kagero MiG-17/Lim-5



All of the reference drawings in all of these books depict the curve on the top of the nose from the intake to the windscreen as a single radius curve.  This is true no matter what version they are depicting. 


MiG-17 drawings

MiG-17 drawings




This is true whether or not the SRD-1M radar rangefinder is present.



However, from photographs and personal inspection of two separate MiG-17s, I have found two different distinct nose profiles.  One is the constant curve depicted in the drawings and illustrated in the photo below.



This is a Chinese J-5


This is a Mig-17 Fresco-A


But there is another nose profile.  It rises higher than the ones above and then flattens out prior to the end of the nose panel in front of the windscreen


This is a MiG-17 Fresco-C at Nellis AFB


This is a Czech MiG-17 Fresco-C

The bump is present on some aircraft whether or not the SRD-1M antenna is present.  It can be seen on some MiG-17 Fresco-A & Cs, some Lim-5/6 and some Chinese J-5.  It is not present on any MiG-17 Fresco-D that I have seen.  The nose profile on the aircraft with the alternate nose is also different when viewed from head on, but I don’t think that makes any difference for the purposes of this discussion.


Now can anyone tell me, for sure, anything about this alternate nose profile?  Is it peculiar to a particular variant?  Why do none of the mainstream western publications on the MiG-17 even mention it, much less illustrate it?  I’d appreciate any accurate information on this issue.  Thanks.




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