by: Damien C. [ ]
IntroductionSince 2011, the last Mirage F-1 (B / CR / CT) of the French Air Force are together in the Recce Squadron 2/33 Savoie then transferred from Reims AB to Mont-de-Marsan AB in the southwest of France. It is from this air base that the 2/33 participated in Unified Protector, Serval, Air Baltic and various national and international exercises (Recce Meet, TLP, etc ...).
This is the period covered by this decal sheet from Mission Mark Decals (except for two aircraft)
Contents- A5 decals sheet (x1)
- Small erratum decal sheet (x1)
- Colored instructions sheets (x2)
- Stencil and load-out instruction sheet (x1)
The decals sheet proposes 12 different decorations with enough stencils for one aircraft. We can find 8 Mirage F-1CR (with 2 representations of one aircraft in 2008 and in 2011) and 3 Mirage F-1CT. Most of the propositions cover latest operations of Mirage F-1 with 2/33 Savoie.
- Mirage F-1CR #604 :
118-CF, 2/33 Savoie, Operation “Serval”, Bamako (Mali), January 2013
- Mirage F-1CR #617 :
118-NE, 2/33 Savoie, Operation “Unified Protector” (Libya), Sigonella AB, October 2011
- Mirage F-1CR #628 :
33-NB, 1/33 Belfort, Operation “Serpentaire”, Kandahar, Spring 2008
- Mirage F-1CR #643 :
33-CE, 2/33 Savoie, Operation “Serpentaire”, Kandahar, Spring 2008
118-CE, 2/33 Savoie, Operation Unified Protector, Sigonella AB, October 2011
- Mirage F-1CR #647 :
118-CB, 2/33 Savoie, “NATO Air Baltic 2013”, Siaulia AB, August 2013
- Mirage F-1CR #649 :
118-CR, 2/33 Savoie, Mont-de-Marsan AB, August 2013
- Mirage F-1CR #654 :
118-NC, 2/33 Savoie, “NATO Air Baltic 2013”, Siaulia AB, August 2013
- Mirage F-1CR #658 :
118-NQ, 2/33 Savoie, “NATO Air Baltic 2013”, Siaulia AB, August 2013
- Mirage F-1CT #223 :
118-QX, 2/33 Savoie, Operation “Unified Protector”, Sigonella AB, October 2011
- Mirage F-1CT #229 :
118-QW, 2/33 Savoie, Operation “Unified Protector”, Sigonella AB, October 2011
- Mirage F-1CT #279 :
118-QL, CEAM, Operation “Unified Protector”, Sigonella AB, October 2011
The print quality is excellent and the film support is barely visible. Decals should not cause worry when being applied on the model. In terms of colors and accuracy, no problem too. This corresponds to what I was seeing during my visits to Mont-de-Marsan AB.
Some decals are also provided aluminum color that matches the paint notably used on the airplane bombs dropped markings.
Colors instructions sheet are made with a 4-view plan for the Mirage F-1CR and Mirage F-1CT camouflage (1 A4 each) on one side and on the other side, we can found profiles for all aircraft propositions with complementary information for some of them.
In the last instruction sheet, we have the stencils positioning in a scheme in A4 format and in the other side, information about load-out, colors of the camouflage and the decals numeration,
ConclusionIf you want to make a Mirage F-1 on the end of career in French Air Force, this decals sheet is for you. Quality and accuracy are here and we can see that the manufacturer did a good job on research. Furthermore, the selling price is really attractive thus making this sheet almost perfect.
In fact, my next F1CR Mirage will be done with this decals.
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