Mirage F-1 CT/CR
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||2618 - Mirage F-1 CT/CR
|Contents and Media:
||121 parts in injection molded
||Only current injection 1/48
single-seat F1; New parts to make current versions.
||Numerous ejector pin marks on detail
parts, old molding, simplified cockpit.
Recommendations: Recommended only if you really want a 1/48 single-seat
Mirage F1 and donít mind a 20-year old kit.
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Reviewed by Dave
For those who were searching eBay or private
sale lists for the ESCI Mirage F1 kits, Italeri has recently reissued the kit,
adding some parts to update the kit to current Armee de líAir versions. To be
fair, the kit is probably around 20 years old and fairs poorly when compared to
anything recent by the likes of Tamiya, Hasegawa, or Revell. Although the
exterior features relatively nice scribed panel line detail for the time, the
cockpit is very simple with decals for the instrument panels and consoles (NOTE:
Cobra Company has just released a resin cockpit set which is highly
recommended), the missile and landing gear detail is simplified and crude in
places, and a number of detail parts require cleanup due to heavy ejector pin
marks. Rather than go into detail on why a two decade old kit isnít up to
todayís standard, this review will focus on the new parts to bring the kit up to
In the box, you get the F1-200/F1-AZ boxing of the ESCI kit, with the addition
of a new sprue for the update parts. The only modification to the original ESCI
parts is that the molded-in cannon muzzles have been removed from the gun
troughs on the fuselage and provided as separate parts. The reason for this is
that the new avionics have resulted in the deletion of at least one of the
original two cannon from either version. The CT only has the starboard cannon,
while the CR normally retains only the port cannon, although some CRs fitted
with a FLIR pod have both cannon deleted. The area of the fuselage molding where
the muzzles were removed is a little rough. Other parts remain unchanged and
some, such as the R530 missiles and underwing pylons are still included, but are
marked not for use.
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The cockpit is unchanged, except for the
addition of a SEM/Martin Baker Mk 10 seat on the new sprue. The sides of the new
seat feature some detail, but the cushions are completely smooth, unless you
count the ejector pin mark in the middle of the backrest.
New undernose fairings are provided for the
panoramic camera box of the CR and the TMV laser rangefinder of the CT, however
no new clear parts are provided, so the optical windows will have to be painted
of the new sprue is devoted to underwing stores which include new inner wing
pylons with twin stores carriers for what appear to be SAMP 400-kg dumb bombs,
and new outboard pylons with a Phimat chaff pod (starboard) and a Barax ECM pod
(port). Unfortunately, the only centerline store is the old drop tank from the
original release and you do not get any of the CRís reconnaissance pods. Also,
the kit does not contain the conformable Corail flare dispensers that may be
fitted under the wing root, although you do get a Lacroix flare dispenser which
can be added to the end of the brake parachute housing at the base of the tail.
The remaining new parts consist of a large
underfuselage air intake, various probes, and new Sherloc RWAHS fairings for the
tail of the CT. Ordnance reused from the original kit includes a poor pair of
Magic AAMs and a centerline drop tank. The new inner pylons and Barex and Phimat
pods are nice, although the pylon of the latter is marred by sinkmarks.
Markings are included for four aircraft: two CTs from E.C. 1/30 and 1/13, both
in wraparound gray/green camouflage, and two CRs from E.R. 1/33 and 3/33, both
in sand/brown over aluminum.
Although this isnít a state-of-the-art kit by
any means, the ESCI Mirage F1 kit has been out of production for quite a while
and has generated some level of demand, regardless of its faults. The fact that
kit is available again, for a reasonable price, is good enough for many
It is also good that Italeri at least added
some new parts to update the kit instead of just releasing the old kit
unmodified, but with current markings. The new inner ordnance pylons are
especially desired as the original kit only contained the pylons used for the
R530 and Super 530 missiles.
The bottom line is that until someone makes a
new tool single seat Mirage F1, this is your only choice in 1/48 scale.
Recommended (with the above qualifications!)
Kit courtesy of my increasing credit card
Review Copyright © 2001 by Dave
Page Created 02 November, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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