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Mirage IIIE/5 Kit

Kinetic 1/48 Mirage IIIE/5 Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2015 Manufacturer Kinetic
Subject Mirage IIIE/5 Scale 1/48
Kit Number 48052 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Nice details and options Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $39.99

First Look

Mirage IIIE/5 Kit
Mirage IIIE/5 Kit
Mirage IIIE/5 Kit
Mirage IIIE/5 Kit
Mirage IIIE/5 Kit

The engineers at Dassault began work on an a fighter-bomber version of their Mirage III not long after the Mirage IIIC entered production. One distinctive update was a small fuselage plug behind the cockpit to enlarge the avionics bay and fuel capacity. This change launched the highly successful Mirage IIIE. The Mirage 5 replaced the avionics bay behind the cockpit with additional fuel capacity and added two additional weapons pylons to the wing. While the Mirage 5 was initially limited to clear weather air-to-ground missions, mid-life updates and the ever-shrinking size of avionics allowed some aircraft to have all-weather air-intercept capabilities as well.

Here is Kinetic Models' fighter-bomber Mirage IIIE/Mirage 5 kit which follows the Mirage IIIE/O/R/RD release as well as the recent Wingman Models Nesher/Dagger release. The kit is molded in light gray styrene and presented on 10 parts trees (duplicate trees not shown) plus one tree of clear parts. The surface of the model is smooth and details are finely scribed. This model is ready for bare metal or camouflage.

Among the features of the kit:

  • Nicely detailed cockpit
  • MB Mk.4 ejection seat
  • Positionable canopy
  • Intake ducts down to the engine compressor face
  • ATAR afterburner chamber and nozzle
  • Choice of HF antenna vertical stab extension or none
  • Choice of Mirage IIIE or Mirage IIIEA antenna layout
  • Positionable elevons
  • Positionable speed brakes
  • Positionable landing gear
  • Optional Mirage IIIEBR canards
  • Optional IAI Dagger nose

Among the external store options in this kit:

  • 2 x Magic I/II missiles
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinders
  • 1 x AS-30L missile
  • 2 x JL-100 rocket pods/external tanks
  • 2 x LAU-32 rocket pods
  • 2 x RP-19R external tanks
  • 2 x RPK-10 external tanks
  • 2 x RP-30 1700 liter external tanks

This release has five colorful marking options:

  • Mirage IIIEBR, 4914, 1° ALADA, Anapolis AB, Brazil, 1975
  • Mirage IIIEBR, 4926, 1° GDA, Anapolis AB, Brazil, 2003
  • Mirage IIIEA, I-018, Grupo Aereo 6 de Caza, Rio Galegos AB, Argentina, 1983
  • IAI Dagger, C-418, Grupo Aereo 6 de Caza, San Julian AB, Argentina, 1982, Falklands/Malvinas War
  • IAI Dagger, C-415, Grupo Aereo 6 de Caza, San Julian AB, Argentina, 1982, Falklands/Malvinas War

These decals are designed by FCM Decals and are nicely done. The sheet includes a nice suite of airframe stenciling - painting instructions are provided using FS 595 colors.

This is another very nice release from Kinetic and adds the Latin American variants to the menu.

My sincere thanks to Lucky Model for this review sample!