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(F) 2 OCU


High Planes Models, 1/48 scale


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Catalogue Number and Description:

High Planes 4805 - RAAF MIRAGE IIIO (F) 2 OCU

Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Decal sheet; detailed colour placement instructions and historical notes.
Price: AUD$15.00 (approx USD$11.37) from High Planes Models' website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Interesting subjects; good quality colour instructions; thin carrier film; crisp printing
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Mick Evans

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High Plane’s new release of RAAF Mirage IIIO 2 OCU decals contains a variety of schemes for the Mirage during its service with No 2 Operational Conversion Unit based at Williamtown NSW.

The decals are nicely silk-screen printed with a few decals such as the serial numbers on a common carrier film, which just means the modeler will have to cut each decal individually from the sheet depending on aircraft serial number quite an easy process. The carrier film is quite thin and should disappear under a coating of clear finish. The decals are very crisply printed and have good detail and colour rendition. The colour reference sheet provided is excellent giving good colour reference and decal placement for the 4 schemes provided.

The decals cover the 3 major schemes and one temporary scheme used at 2 OCU.


Markings are provided for Four aircraft listed below.

  • A3-48 in all over silver with the late OCU tail chevron with the tiger head. This aircraft had yellow intake cheat lines instead of the standard red that the aircraft were delivered in.

  • A3-48 in the standard BS-638 Dark Sea Grey/BS641 Dark Green/FS 25440 Light Grey lizard scheme that was the most common scheme for the Mirage.

  • A3-42 in the standard BS-638 Dark Sea Grey/BS641 Dark Green/FS 25440 Light Grey lizard scheme. This aircraft is depicted during Exercise Pitch Black 1984 where the deployed squadron had the BS-638 Dark Sea Grey over painted with temporary water colours mixed from red and yellow. This is depicted as being close to FS30219 Tan. You could not go far wrong here as it depended on the ratio of mix as to the shade of tan and the colour faded rapidly.

  • A3-7 in a late FS35237 Blue Grey over FS 25440 Light Grey scheme worn during the later years when trialing colours for the F18 Hornet.

Highly Recommended

Thanks to High Planes Models for the review sample.

The full catalogue of High Planes Models' kits, conversions and accessories may be viewed at High Planes website http://www.corryongcec.net.au/~hiplanes/intropage.htm

Review Copyright © 2005 by Mick Evans
This Page Created on 30 June, 2005
Last updated 29 June, 2005

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