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||23 parts in low-pressure injected
grey styrene; 2 clear parts on a vacform sheet.
||AUD$12.65 (approx USD$7)
||Nice quality plastic; tidy engraved
detail; good detail for this scale; nice clear vacform parts; very crisp
decals for this scale; thoughtful engineering attempts to assist
alignment of wings and tail surfaces.
||Shallow cockpit tub; oversimplified
nose gear arrangement; fuselage interior not blocked off.
OzMods is an Australian company with a small range of
products in diverse scales, media and subject matter.
Their range includes a 1/48 scale vacform and multimedia
Caribou, a 1/144 scale resin and white-metal Caribou, 1/72 and 1/48
scale accessories and conversions including parts for Hercules, F-111,
Macchi MB326, Super Constellation and DC-3. A selection of resin
Australian Destroyers in 1/600, 1/700 and 1/350 are also available, and
the diverse subjects even include a 1/40,000,000 scale resin Australia!
OzMods latest release is a 1/144 scale MiG-15UTI. The
two-seater MiG trainer is tiny in this scale, but OzMods have packed in
a surprising amount of detail including a cockpit tub with integrated
side consoles, ejector seats with harnesses and mounting rails, wiring
detail in the main gear wheel wells and an intake ring with splitter
The whole package is supplied in a package about the
size of an Eduard Photo-Etched set.
The little MiG is supplied as 23 parts in dark grey, low
pressure injection moulded plastic, and two canopies (including one
spare). The plastic is shiny, with no real blemishes and crisp,
consistent engraved detail.
Cockpit detail is really quite good for this scale. In
addition to the aforementioned cockpit tub, the control columns and
instrument panels are also supplied. A wash over the basic interior
colour will highlight the engraved instrument and switch detail in the
cockpit. The seats are well shaped, and the inclusion of basic
representations of harness and rails is appreciated. The tub itself is
way too shallow, but this will barely be noticeable in this scale by the
time the cockpit assembly is installed.
The main parts, fuselage halves and wings, are equally
good. The fuselage includes a separate intake ring with a splitter plate
moulded on. This is a sensible arrangement. It is very pleasing to see
that a slot has been moulded in the mid fuselage to assist the mounting
and alignment of the wings. However, there is no tailpipe or interior
bulkhead supplied, so modellers may wish to block off the fuselage or
daylight will be visible from the front of the fuselage at the jet
intake to the exhaust at the back.
The wings are moulded in one piece each. They include
wing fences and basic wheel well detail - more than acceptable in a
1/144 scale model. Trailing edges are thin.
Minor parts are impressive (click
thumbnails below to view larger images of detail parts).
The wheels/gear legs (moulded as one part for each),
gear doors and drop tanks are flawlessly moulded and recognisable - even
without magnification! The vacform canopy is supplied with a spare, and
I suppose the truly demented small-scale modeller could even depict the
MiG with its canopy open.
tiny decal sheet is printed perfectly. All the markings are crisp and in
Instructions are supplied on the cardboard backing
sheet. The small number of parts mean that the single exploded view
diagram is sufficient. A marking guide is on the back of the packaging.
OzMods 1/144 scale MiG-15UTI is an impressive and
inexpensive little package.
Thanks to Greg
Anderson from OzMods
for the review sample.
OzMods products are
available from Australian hobby retail outlets
or direct from OzMods via their email address email@example.com
Review and Images Copyright © 2001 by Brett
Page Created 10 June, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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