Building the Mirage IIIEE of the Spanish Air Force from a Eduard Mirage IIIC - 1/48 scale

by Jose Angel García Martin © Modeler Site

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When I started to think about this project, I knew it would be a problem since there’s not a kit available in the market for the Mirage III EE I intended to build. Thus, I began looking for kits to be able to accomplish it, I also looked for seats, cockpit and so. Finally, I decided to use the Eduard Mirage IIIC and a transkit from Aconcagua Models.


I have to say that I’m reluctant to make pejorative comments to those that, with effort, encourage us to make different models but in this case, I have no alternative. The resin from Aconcagua is bad designed and you’ll have to spend many hours so that the model matches the real thing. Besides, I had to make a lot of parts of the model from scratch.


As I stated before I tried to make a conversion from an Eduard Mirage IIIC to a Mirage IIIEE which served in the Ejercito del Aire. There are a lot of differences between the IIIC and the IIIE. In the following picture you can appreciate the resin and the front part of the kit, see the differences.



This was the first cut, it was the part I had to remove to fit the resin one, I used a saw and a scalpel for the upper area.



Once the cut was made, I dryfitted the parts.



I made the same procedure in other areas I had to remove parts from.



Next step was to glue the resin parts of the cockpit in the fuselage, I had to test fit once and again to see where to sand and adjust. Yet, I had to sand the fuselage to solve other problems.



A: I had to sand to adjust the landing gear.
B: Also sand to make the cockpit tub fit correctly
C: Gap that needed to be filled

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