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Mirage 2000D/N

Kitty Hawk Models 1/32 Mirage 2000D/N Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2020 Manufacturer Kitty Hawk Models
Subject Mirage 2000D/N Scale 1/32
Kit Number 32022 Primary Media Styrene, Photo-Etch, Resin
Pros Nice details and options Cons See text
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $129.99

First Look

Mirage 2000D/N
Mirage 2000D/N
Mirage 2000D/N
Mirage 2000D/N
Mirage 2000D/N
Mirage 2000D/N
Mirage 2000D/N

During the Cold War, many folks would think of two major players in the development of fighter aircraft: the United States and the Soviet Union. While for some years after the end of World War II this was true, Marcel Bloch rebuilt his own fighter company after the war as Dassault Aviation (named for his brother's codename who had perished during the war fighting the Germans). Dassault was able to get access to captured German engineering after the war and began a path to develop relevant fighter aircraft. By the end of the 1950s, Dassault had caught up with the introduction of the Mirage III, bringing France into the Mach 2 fighter world at the same time as the other two nations. In those days, combat aircraft were fairly specialized with the F-104, MiG-21, and Mirage III all being initially developed as fighters/interceptors. Dassault developed the derivative Mirage V for air-to-ground capabilities and this design was as successful as the Mirage III. By the end of the 1960s, Dassault had developed the Mirage G-series as a multi-role aircraft with variable geometry wings while the Soviets ironically produced the MiG-23 about the same time. While the MiG-23 did enter production, the French Air Force wanted a fighter that could perform air-to-ground missions, not an air-to-ground aircraft that could do intercept missions. Neither the Mirage G series nor the MiG-23/MiG-27 were very maneuverable in a dogfight. We won't even talk about the F-111. By the end of the 1970s, Dassault had introduced a new family of multi-role aircraft with the Mirage 2000.

The Mirage 2000 was a light-weight single-seat, single-engine fighter that was equally comfortable in a dogfight as well as putting iron on target. Dassault had also developed a larger, twin-engine version as the Mirage 4000, but there was little interest in the design unfortunately. Nevertheless, the Mirage 2000 has been seen combat operations in a variety of coalition actions in the middle east and Europe and has proven itself. The type is also very adaptable with the two-seat Mirage 2000N which replaced the Mirage IV in the nuclear strike mission, and the two-seat Mirage 2000D which mirrors the F-15E Strike Eagle and F/A-18D Hornet (USMC) in their precision strike capabilities. By the time production ceased in 2007, over 600 Mirage 2000 variants were produced, many of which have been updated with glass cockpits, improved avionics and weapons under the Mirage 2000D/N-5 program.

Here's a kit that many have anxiously awaited from Kitty Hawk, the Mirage 2000D/N in 1/32 scale making this the first production kit of this subject in this scale. The kit is molded in gray styrene and presented on 13 parts trees plus one tree of clear parts, one fret of photo-etched parts, and one resin afterburner nozzle Among the features and options in this kit:

  • Nicely detailed cockpits and ejection seats with photo-etched restraints
  • Positionable canopies
  • Detailed landing gear and wheel wells
  • Nicely detailed M53 engine with resin afterburner nozzle
  • Nice doppler radar antenna under a positionable radome
  • Choice of radomes: with and without lightning arrestors
  • Wing slats are posed open
  • Positionable trailing edge flaps
  • Positionable flaperons
  • Positionable rudder
  • Choice of vertical stabilizer tips with different antenna configurations
  • Positionable speed brakes

External store options include:

  • 2 x CC 630 gunpods
  • 2 x RP 541/542 2000 liter external tanks
  • 2 x RP 522 1300 liter external tanks
  • 2 x SCALP/APACHE cruise missiles
  • 2 x AUF-2 vertical ejector racks
  • 2 x R550 Magic 2
  • 2 x R550 Magic training rounds
  • 2 x MICA missiles
  • 2 x Super 530 missiles
  • 2 x AS-30L laser guilded missiles
  • 2 x LRF-4 rocket pods
  • 1 x ATLIS II targeting pod
  • 1 x PDL-CT targeting pod
  • 1 x PDL-CTS targeting pod

Markings are included for eight options:

  • Mirage 2000D, 3-XR, EC3/3, French AF
  • Mirage 2000D, 3-XN, EC3/3, French AF
  • Mirage 2000D, 3-XD, EC3/3, French AF
  • Mirage 2000D, 3-IS, EC1/3, French AF
  • Mirage 2000D, 188-XD, French AF
  • Mirage 2000N, 4-BA, French AF
  • Mirage 2000N, 4-CF, French AF
  • Mirage 2000N, 4-BP, French AF

As you can see in the decal image, There is a nice set of airframe and weapons stencils provided with the various subject options.

Notes:

  • The kit itself looks really nice out of the box, but you'll need some good reference photos to make your kit. The weakness in this kit is the instructions - they tell you how to build the model well-enough, but they don't tell you which parts to use for a given decal subject/aircraft version.
  • While there is a weapons load-out table in the back of the instructions, there is no indication of which external stores apply to which of the eight subjects.
  • The kit provides the AUF-2 two-bomb vertical ejector racks but no bombs.
  • The color call-outs are all Gunze/GSI colors though there are some interesting errors here: Mr.Color C42 is called for Mirage blue-gray though C42 is really Mahogany. It really meant Mr.Hobby H42 Blue-Gray. The brown color for the desert camo subject (5-OP) calls for Mr.Color C66 though C66 Bright Green. This should be Mr.Hobby H66 Sandy Brown which can be found in the Mr.Color range as C19. The color call-outs in the kit are shown below.

Aside from the minor issues above, this is a great-looking kit with lots of interesting options in the box plus I'm sure we'll see some nice aftermarket decals and details coming soon. While I've seen the Mirage 2000 (along with the Mirage 4000) at the Paris Airshow, as well as seeing them on the ramp during one of the Red Flag exercises we flew in, I am by no means an expert on the subject, so like you, I'll be digging through my own references to get the right combination of details together for my own chosen subject. Check out our modeler's online references for photos of many of these subjects!

My sincere thanks to Kitty Hawk Models for this review sample!

Here is a list of paints Kitty Hawk identifies for use with this kit and the equivalent colors from other brands:

 
AMMO
AV
GSI
HAT
LC
MIS
MRP
TAM
TES
XTRA
Black
0032
70.950
C002
H002
N002
A125
C125
LC002
MMP047
005
LP01
X01
1747
 
Red
0049
71.269
C003
H003
N003
A276
C276
LC006
MMP003
002
LP07
X07
1705
 
Yellow
0048
71.078
C004
H004
N004
A290
C290
UA042
MMP007
386
LP08
X08
1707
 
Royal Blue
0103
71.004
C005
H005
N005
A220
C220
LC010
MMP048
384
LP06
X03
2031
 
Silver
0195
71.062
C008
H008
N008
A003
C003
LC074
MMM006
128
LP11
X11
 
X038
Orange Yellow
0039
71.130
C058
H024
N024
 
 
 
 
 
2118
 
IJN Dark Green
Nakajima
0069
71.325
C015
H059
 
 
 
 
AS01
XF11
 
 
Burnt Iron
0187
71.073
C061
H076
N076
A106
C106
 
MMM01
147
LP54
XF84
 
X508
Tire Black
0033
71.315
C137
H077
N077
 
UA733
MMP040
 
LP65
XF85
 
 
Clear Red
 
70.934
C047
H090
N090
 
 
 
266
LP72
X27
 
 
Gunship Gray
0204
71.097
C305
H305
A031
C031
UA022
MMP084
040
AS27
1723
 
Tan
0200
71.327
C313
H313
A090
C090
UA201
 
226
XF59
1706
 
Gray
0241
71.121
C315
H315
A048
C048
 
MMP069
 
XF20
1729
X137
XA1137
White
 
71.279
C316
H316
A049
C049
 
MMP104
099
AS20
XF02
1745
X141
XA1141