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Brendon Laureau (bmlaureau)


SAAF Mirage F1 CZ

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1:48 Dassault-Breguet Mirage F1 c/cg/ce/cz (Revell/ESCI H-2235)
Dassault Mirage F.1CZ
ZA Military South African Air Force (1920-now)
3 Sqn. 204 | Waterkloof Air Station


4 | 22. March, 20:34
Nathan Dempsey
Nice work so far :) I love this variant of the Mirage F1 as the retractable refueling probe gives it a sleek appearance.
29. March, 15:50
Brendon Laureau
Thank you Nathan Dempsey, appreciate your comment.
30. March, 04:56
Sebastian Meyner
Great work on a not great kit! And's a SA Mirage...following this one for sure :)
21. April, 06:32
Brendon Laureau
Thank you Sebastian Meyner & yes not the best kit. However with patients, determination & a lot of test fitting before glueing I've had very few fit or gap issues or problems.
21. April, 19:19
Maciej Bellos
Great work! Well done mate!
11. July, 07:32
Brendon Laureau
Thank you Maciej Bellos.
11. July, 07:41
Urban Gardini
Lovely build mate and I like the presentation. A white LED lightening up the afterburner flame from the inside would make it even better, especially in low light.
11. July, 10:55
Urban Gardini
Any pit falls with the kit itself? I've got the Italeri boxing of it and plan to do a Frogie in the Balkan conflict.
11. July, 10:56
Nathan Dempsey
Great finish and presentation :)
11. July, 12:35
Rui S
Well done model, Great base. Original presentation. Very Good
P.s. I think if you crop photo 75, it will be spectacular. you will not regret this tip :D ;) no need for Photoshops.
11. July, 12:38
Guillaume Blanchet
I really like the ''out of the frame'' effect! Good work sir!
11. July, 12:40
Brendon Laureau
Thank you everyone for your compliments, it's much appreciated.
11. July, 21:56
James C
That is an awesome way to display the model
Do you hang them on the wall like a picture?
11. July, 21:59
Brendon Laureau
Urban Gardini I had considered adding an SMD but this would have the wiring visible through the afterburner flame, so therefore did not go for that option.
Regarding your question of the pitfalls or problems with the kit: this is the old ESCI kit & the newer italeri kit has been updated in detail. In particular the extra ejection seat, the added insert of the exhaust nozzle with afterburner details, refueling probe & some extra stores. Another noticeable difference is the panel line details on the ventral & dorsal sides of the fuselage are a lot more defined on the italeri kit. The quality of the plastic is way better than the brittle stuff that ESCI used back in those days.
No major fit problems, just lots of test fitting the fuselage halves & wings & work slowly when applying glue - you shouldn't have any major issues.
11. July, 22:21
Brendon Laureau
Thank you for your compliment James C. Yes this is mounted into a picture frame. I removed the glass that came with the frame & used it as a template to cut a piece of clear acetate/Perspex. After determining where the flame/tube will be, I drilled out the hole using a hole-drillbit & sanded the edges smooth. I then light sanded both sides with 600 wet sandpaper & wiped clean with IPA - this gives a slightly hazy / blurry look that you sometimes see in aerial photos. Paste your desired image facedown using PVA glue around the outer edges & a little around the circular opening. Stretch the page out by forcefully pressing your hands from the inside to outside edges to minimize folds or creases of the image & places a good stack of books on top to dry for at least 12 hours. Once dry flip it over to the side that will be displayed & cut out the opening using a sharp cutting tool. I then airbrushed black around the edges where the frame meets the Perspex to blend the frame with the background image.
The rest is a matter of inserting the flame & attaching the aircraft to that. Warning do this in stages so as to give the glue or in my case epoxy enough time to set & cure so as to minimize movement & stresses of weight of the aircraft.
11. July, 22:49
Urban Gardini
Thanks mate for the info!
11. July, 23:58
Very cool presentation!
12. July, 06:21
Jos Jansen
Very great idea to display the model like this... !
12. July, 06:51
Brendon Laureau
Thank you Neuling & Jos Jansen for your kind words.
12. July, 09:20

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