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Kosher delta - 1:72 IAI Kfir C2

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  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Kosher delta - 1:72 IAI Kfir C2
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, January 16, 2022 3:44 AM

Hello!

I'd like to show you photos of a model I completed recently. The subject is not my typical Vietnam subject - it's an Israeli IAI Kfir C2. What the Israelis did was they created their own knock-off of the Mirage (called Nesher), and then decided to re-engine it with J79 - and called that thing Kfir (little lion). Whan I was a kid my father gave this kit (Italeri) to my brother who ruined it - and I though it was a kind of a waste. I also always liked the paint scheme with those triangles - so when I came acros a reissue by Revell, with exactly the paint scheme I wanted to do, I just had to grab it.

The Italeri plastic is actually quite bad, the fit needs a lot of filling and rescribing - the assembly took me over a year. Then again the Revell decals are very good - decalling this baby was the most fun of all the build. I have used a lot of AM here - Aires engine, Reskit wheels and Master pitot tube. I have also installed an old resin seat in the cockpit - I had it laying around from an old kit that got broken up. I have also replaced the AA missiles with Hasegawa Sidewinders.

And here are the first photos - I'll take more when I recharge the batteries:

Thanks for lookin' and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, January 16, 2022 4:41 AM

Nicely done, Pawel. The camouflage is very well done. Thanks for sharing.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Sunday, January 16, 2022 4:46 AM

Great job. Looks fantastic.

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    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, January 16, 2022 11:04 AM

Very interesting markings! You've done a great job.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

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    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, January 16, 2022 12:13 PM

That's a nice Kfir Pawel!  The canards make it look so much cooler than the average Mirage.

I too like the yellow-orange triangle markings.  I had read somewhere that the Israelis used it for IFF, but the Arabs upset the apple cart by painting similar markings on their aircraft.  I have never seen what the Arab aircraft looked like in the copycat scheme, but it supposedly put a quick end to the Israeli practice.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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    July 2003
  • From: Building models on my kitchen counter top~somewhere in North Carolina
Posted by disastermaster on Sunday, January 16, 2022 2:15 PM

 A great job (as always) and very well done as usual.

On the kitchen counter top in North Carolina

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, January 16, 2022 4:31 PM

Gentlemen - thanks a lot for your kind words, they mean a lot to me!

Chad, Real G - those marking fascinated me for years, so when I got to see the decals for that included in the Revell offering, I went for it.

Real G - I have a book about aircraft colour by William Green and Gordon Swanborough and in this book I have found this:

Egyptian Mirage

I believe this could be the one you've been writing about.

And I have charged my batteries and shot some more photos of my Kfir:

Thanks again and have a nice day!

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, January 16, 2022 5:42 PM

Pawel, thanks for posting that Arab Mirage pic!

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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    February 2011
Posted by knox on Sunday, January 16, 2022 5:52 PM

I really like this plane and markings as well. You did such a good job on it.  I love the look.  Thanks for sharing. 

                                          knox 

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, January 20, 2022 7:02 PM

G, knox - thanks a lot for your kind words - they mean a lot to me!

Have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, January 20, 2022 9:05 PM

Nicely done.  I did the terrible ESCI 1/48 kit as an aggressor.  It is a very cool looking plane.

Thanks,

John

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    April 2012
  • From: USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Saturday, January 29, 2022 12:00 AM

Outstanding work, Pawel!  I'm not a fan of delta wing aircraft, but this one really caught my eye. Put it out front in your display!

Cheers,

Russ

 

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, January 29, 2022 4:22 PM

John, Russ - thanks a lot for your comments and for your kind words - they mean a lot to me! I agree, the Kfir has nice looks to it - and it's a Mirage on steroids with that American engine in it. In fact those looks were what motivated me to tackle a kit from outside of my usual subject range. Thanks for looking and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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