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MiG-15 Kit

Attack Hobby Kits 1/144 MiG-15 Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2005 Manufacturer Attack Hobby Kits
Subject MiG-15 Scale 1/144
Kit Number 14404 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Nice detailing Cons  
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $6.01

First Look

MiG-15 Kit
MiG-15 Kit

While the Germans were the first to field an operational jet fighter, it was in the early 1950s during the Korean War that another jet fighter would appear on the scene that would transform aerial combat forever - the Mikoyan MiG-15. This was a light, agile, and heavily armed gun fighter that forced US airpower to push the development of their own fighters to counter this new threat. From those days over Korea to present time, it doesn't really matter what kind of enemy fighter is spotted in combat, over the air the call is still "MiGs!".

While the USAF would eventually attain a reasonable kill/loss ratio over Korea, that ratio was nothing like the kill ratios experienced during World War 2. This was partly due to Soviet fighter pilots flying the North Korea MiGs. On more than one ocassion did an allied fighter pilot spot a blonde-haired pilot ejecting from a crippled MiG. The MiG-15 would find its way into many air forces around the world and would prove a deadly adversary in the right hands.

The Attack Hobby Kits' 1/144 MiG-15 kit is molded in light gray styrene and features some beautifully cast details throughout the kit. While not a complex kit, it will become quickly obvious just how much detail is present once the completed model has been weathered.

As with the full-scale aircraft, the kit offers only an optional set of external fuel tanks for underwing stores.

Despite its petite scale though, this kit features some nice details that will look great after assembly. This should be quick and painless with the majority of time will be spent cleaning up the tree attachment points, and these are minimal.

Markings are provided for five examples:

  • MiG-15, 3137, Czechoslovakian Air Force
  • MiG-15, 317, Soviet Air Force
  • MiG-15, 46, East German Air Force
  • MiG-15, 616, USAF (evaluation aircraft obtained from a North Korean defector)
  • MiG-15, 1032, North Korean Air Force

This is a nice little kit that will go together quickly. Recommended!

My sincere thanks to Hobbyshop.cz for this review sample!

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