Mig15 Bis Fagot B Fighter Aircraft

This is a 1/48 scale Mig15 Bis Fagot B Fighter plastic model airplane.

Trumpeter Mig15 Bis Fagot B Fighter Aircraft Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #2806
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Spotlight Review

 
"Trumpeter 1/48 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 Bis Fagot-B #02806 Kit/Build Review"
Christopher A. Wing (Fresno, CA)
The Trumpeter 1/48 MiG-15 Bis Fagot-B #02086 model kit received an average three star rating for me based on the parts fit issues encountered during its build. The gun panel assembly required that two 23mm guns and one 37mm gun be installed on the inner side of this panel however, when attempting to install this assembly on the fuselage of the model, the barrels would not line up correctly with their respective gun port covers. Another problematic assembly involved lining up the main wing parts. I found that the guide pins were a bit too long which prevented the wing edges from seating properly together. I ended up just cutting them off to obtain a positive fit with proper alignment. This kit will require the addition ballast weight into the front half of the fuselage to prevent the model from being a tail sitter. Unfortunately, I did not add enough weight and I had to install a support rod made from a spare piece of clear plastic sprue. On the back half of the fuselage, there is a large, curved panel that fits into the bottom of this part of the fuselage that requires careful fitting and alinement. I also encountered another issue with fitting the back half of the fuselage over the engine to connect it to the front half of the fuselage. After struggling with this part of the build, I managed to get these assemblies together. Due to this problem, I decided to permanently attach the front half of the fuselage to the back half. The rest of the construction process progressed without additional issues. Two after-market items recommended for this kit are the Montex Mini Mask set for the Trumpeter MiG-15 1/48 kit, Item Code SM 48092 and the Eduard Decal set for MiG-15 Czech and Russian Stencils, Item #D48079. I found that the lack of stencil decals in this model kit was a major deficiency that needed to be addressed. This kit also does not have seat belt detail either molded on the seat and a seat belt decal is not provided. The decals provided in the kit were found to be in register and were of good quality. The kit's decals provide the builder with the option of building either a Chinese MiG-15 or a Russian MiG-15. Kill marking decals were a nice, provided decal addition. For my MiG-15 build, I selected the Soviet Air Force, North Korea 1953 camouflage paint scheme. As with all of my model builds, I applied the primer and paint coats using an Iwata HP-C Plus airbrush with a 0.35mm needle at 18-20 psi. To paint the interior surfaces of the cockpit of this aircraft, I used Folkart Metallic 2588E, Ice Blue and Anita's All-Purpose Acrylic 302278 Black for the instrument panel, control boxes and seat cushions. I also used Anita's Black paint as a primer coat for the exterior surfaces of the aircraft. For the undersurfaces of the aircraft, I used Vallejo Model Air 71.225 Light Blue RLM65. For the upper surfaces, I used Vallejo Model Air 71.324 BS (British Standard) Dark Green and Mission Models MMP-060 Dark Tan FS 30219. For the landing gear struts I used Ceramcoat Metallic Silver 02603 and for the gun barrels I used Folkart Metallic 667E Gunmetal Gray. Acrylic paint layers were sealed with Clear Acrylic Matte Coating, Item No. 706978. There is an aerial antenna wire that runs from the top of the vertical tail plane to a connection point on one side of the canopy. Therefore, I used Fine EZ Line and Gorilla glue to replicate this detail. For plastic parts I used Tamiya Regular and Extra Thin Model Cement. Application of national insignia and aftermarket tiny Russian stencil decals was tedious and required Micro Sol and Micro Set solutions. To protect the decals and seal them to the model, a second coat of Clear Acrylic Matte Coating from a spray can was applied. Panel lines were then accented with Tamiya Black Panel liner for the upper surface panel lines and Tamiya Dark Brown Panel liner for the lower surface panel lines. Despite this kit's problematic build issues, I was able to work them out to get a somewhat satisfactory result. Due to the build issues encountered with this kit, it is recommended for intermediate to advanced fine scale modelers with airbrush and decal installation skills.

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Specs

  • Trumpeter Product Number: 2806

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Reviews

  
 
"Be prepared for a lot of work"
CS
The parts do not fit well, especially the engine fitting into the fuselage, the wing top and bottom halves, and the front and rear fuselage. The most infuriating bit is that the fuselage is molded in 4 pieces, which causes a lot of fit problems. This is also extremely tail heavy, so you have to weigh the front down. While the end product resembles a Mig-15, the build process was slightly frustrating. At 1/48 scale, this is also pretty small when it is complete. If you want to tackle this, get your putty and sandpaper out.

 
"KOREAN WAR"
nylonval
THIS WAS A FAIRLY SIMPLE KIT THE ONLY PROBLEM WAS FITTING THE ENGINE PROPERLY WITHIN. SOME SANDING WILL BE NEEDED TO ALIGN THE INDIVDUAL PARTS. THE DECALS WERE STURDY & WENT ON QUICKLY. I BOUGHT THIS KIT TO GO ALONG IN A DOGFIGHT W/ITS ADVERSARY DURING THE KOREAN WAR ; THE F-86F SABRE ! THEY LOOK GREAT TOGTHER & I'M HAPPY W/THE RESULTS ! VAL

 
"Fit issues, but overall OK."
crawfordwilson3 (Durham, NC)
This kit had some real fit issues. It needed a lot of sanding too. In the end, it did not look bad, but it is the only 1./48 scale MiG-15 out there.

Information

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 was built in huge numbers and became the standard fighter of the Warsaw Pact nations. The MiG-15 bis Fagot-B, the code name given by NATO, was the Soviet Union's first operational swept-wing jet fighter variant developed from the original MiG-15 design. Its maiden flight was in Sept.1949 and mass production began in 1952 with an estimated total of 3,000 produced. This included licensed manufacturing in Czechoslovakia, Poland and especially China, where large numbers of Soviet-built aircraft were erroneously assumed to have been produced from the prototype of the Shenyang J-2.A great number of modifications were made to the MiG-15 bis such as the night aviation system and all-weather aviation instruments. The MiG-15 bis operated in the Korean War where it fought against its counterpart, the US North American F-86 Sabre, with impressive results.

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