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New Review: 1/48 Mirage F-1 CT/CR "Special Edition" with Tru-Color Paints

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The paints were provided by Tru-Color Paint.   http://trucolorpaint.com/

This is a combined review of the 1/48 Italeri Mirage F.1 "Bye-Bye Mirage" and a selection of Tru-Color paints provided for the build review.

When you open the box you find a total of 5 sprues (one clear) with many parts marked as "not for use" -weapons for the most part. The overall look of the plastic parts is good. No flash, smooth surface, finely recessed panel lines and the transparent parts are free of scratches. You also get an excellent decal sheet with markings for 3 airplanes, all of them in the retirement scheme of the Mirage F.1

Based on my limited research the plastic parts were originally molded by ESCI back in 1978. Back in 2002 Italeri improved the molds to add newer parts (due to the modernization of the airplane new antennas, air scoops, etc. were needed). The newer parts also included a few replacement parts of the original ones.

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