Mirage IVA / Mirage IVP
1966 - 2005
S u m m a r y
No. and Description
||48001 - Mirage IVA / Mirage
IVP 1966 - 2005
available online from UpNorth Website|
||1 x decal sheet; 3
||Excellent presentation of
impressive package; enables any Mirage IVA or VIP to be modelled
in any of the schemes they wore; very helpful and attractive instruction diagrams and
notes; decals printed perfectly and with minimal carrier film.|
HyperScale is proudly supported by
fairly recent release from the Finish based company UpNorth«,
48-001 is their premier decal release. And a nice one it is too.
The sheet provides markings to enable you to model any of the Mirage
IVAs and Mirage IVPs ever produced.
The placement guide
(which thankfully is in the English language) advises that the
Mirage IV wore two different schemes during its service life that
stretched from 1963 to 2005. These schemes were the initial overall
natural metal finish worn between 1963 and 1975 and the overall dark
grey with a dark green disruptive pattern on the upper surfaces.
This latter scheme also saw two variations to markings.
As stated above,
this sheet will enable you to produce any of the machines
manufactured in any of the schemes it wore. To do this, the sheet
provides you with doubles of each letter of the alphabet bar the
letters L, G, Q, T, X and Y. To realise
the missing numerals, UpNorth«
provide the additional 'missing' parts
of the letters to enable you to convert them, ie. a letter C to a
also supply you with each of the two numeral serial
numbers worn by the aircraft in the original style as well as the
different style worn by the 19 machines that were underwent the P
(for penetration) modifications. These serials are a combined decal
ie. the serial 20 is a separate design with its own carrier film. I
for one was happy to see this as UpNorth«
could have just as easily supplied individual numerals and
let you struggle with placing these minute numerals.
The placement guide
is a two-sided affair printed on an-4 sized sheet. It carries left
and right hand side profiles as well as upper and lower surface plan
views of three different machines to represent the two different
finishes and the three different marking styles. A further header
sheet is also provided and the rear of this carries a chronological
history of the machine detailing when it was introduced, modified
and when the different marking styles came into being. It also
carries a list of each machine, its serial number as well as the two
letter code it wore.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
With judicious use,
you can produce two models from the supplied decals, a natural metal
one and the first camouflage scheme, or two camouflaged models in
the two different marking styles.
The decals themselves have been printed by the Fantasy Printshop.
They are in perfect register and have an absolute minimum of carrier
film which bodes well if you elect to model a natural metal finish
Unusually, the placement guide, header and decal sheet are placed
into an open-ended clear plastic bag and not a zip-loc one. So what
you say? Well, if your decal sheet encounters any moisture in its
travels from Finland to your post box, it will spell disaster.
Zip-loc bags on the other hand offer better protection, as they seal
the package from the elements.
No advice is offered as to which kit the decals are meant for. My
bet is that it is the early Heller one. This is a nice kit, but it
does however have raised panel lines. UpNorth«
also offer a
brass-etch re-scribing set for this kit which
is why I base my assumption on the decals being meant for this kit.
http://upnorth.site.voila.fr/index.html advises that they are
selling these at €11.00 which translates to
$17.00 Aussie dollars. Only 200 copies of the sheet have
been produced so if you want one I wouldn't mess around.
from UpNorth the review sample
Review Copyright © 2005 by
Created 04 December, 2005
04 December, 2005
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