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WIP 1/48 MiG 15

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    March, 2015
WIP 1/48 MiG 15
Posted by JohnnyK on Saturday, April 13, 2019 4:23 PM

My next build is an older Tamiya 1/48 MiG15.

This is a rather simple kit, it has only three small trees of parts. The third tree is mainly composed of parts for the engine. There is also a small tree of clear parts. It also has a weight for the nose so that the plane is not a tail sitter. Can you imagine that, the kit has a nose weight. Will wonders never cease!

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, April 13, 2019 4:55 PM

 Cool,  I'll be following as a mig15 is on my list.  



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    April, 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, April 13, 2019 5:20 PM

I have been strongly thinking about getting one of these. I‘m in. 


God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 ICM Fw 126

On deck: 1/72 Airfix Lightning

In the hole: 1/72 Airfix Hunting Percival 

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    March, 2015
Posted by JohnnyK on Saturday, April 13, 2019 5:49 PM

This looks like an easy kit to build (knock on wood). It looks to be much easier that the P-38 that I just finished. 

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    December, 2018
Posted by Tosh on Saturday, April 13, 2019 6:51 PM

The Tamiya 1/48 Phiel also comes with a weight.  Great concept!  Looking forward to your build sir.

Your friend, Toshi

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell


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    March, 2015
Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, April 15, 2019 2:39 PM

The cockpit is a rather simple build. It has only four parts. The cockpit tub, seat, guage cluster and control stick. Per the instructions, the color of the cockpit is light blue. Molded-on detail is pretty minimum. I used red, black and silver markers to highlight the detail. I also used a black dry brush to add a dirty texture to the cockpit.

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    March, 2015
Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 12:53 PM

The kit includes the figure of a pilot. The suggested colors are brown for the pants and jacket, black for the boots and gloves, green for the oxygen hose, and gray for the helmet. I added a couple of drops of clear glue on the googles. The skin was painted a flesh tone and I used a fine tip marker to make the eyes. The uniform has too much shine. I'll need to paint it with a flat acrylic. 

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    March, 2015
Posted by JohnnyK on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 5:29 PM


The ejection seat is light blue with black cushions. The pilot is glued to the seat which is glued to the cockpit tub. The seatbelts are molded onto the figure of the pilot.

I highlighted the guages with a silver pencil.


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    March, 2015
Posted by JohnnyK on Friday, April 19, 2019 4:23 PM

Time to glue the top and bottom halves of the main wings together. Numerous clamps will make for a tight joint. This is going to be a slow build. It is Spring and that means yard work.

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    March, 2015
Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 12:58 PM

After the clamps were removed the seam was filled with Mr. Hobby Dissolved Putty.

The next day the putty was sanded which resulted in a perfect, tight joint.


The tips of the wings were painted with Testors' Metalizzer Aluminum. After drying, the paint was buffed with a cotton ball. I painted the tips because it is really difficult to cover those in Bare Metal Foil.

Next I started foiling the main wings. These are small wings with very simple shapes, so the foiling should go quickly.


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