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TMMI’s Fabrice Maréchal is perhaps better know for his car models, however, he’s pretty good with aircraft too…

When the Editor suggested that I build Italeri’s recently released 1:32 Mirage IIIC, I was rather excited, as I had dreamt for a long time about building a model aircraft that had been created with today’s technology. As a child, like many others, I built Matchbox kits in 1:72 plus some military vehicles, sometimes even painting them! I’m colourblind and using the correct colours is not easy for me. Moreover, since the age of twelve, I have not touched a military subject.

However, although I only build cars and the occasional figurine these days, I read a lot of books on military modelling and weathering techniques. With the Mirage IIIC, the opportunity presented itself to try out some techniques.

While perusing the ‘AMMO by Mig’ website, I saw the ‘Encyclopedia of Aviation Modelling Techniques Volume 3’, a book dedicated to the painting of model aircraft. Using Mig products is a personal choice due to my colour blindness and nothing else, but without the book, I do not think I’d have reached my goal. However, as this article hopefully shows, you will see that I adapted the techniques described in the book in my own style, which gave birth to something slightly different to what is described. In any case, I hope that my approach and explanation will convince undecided modellers to embark on the exciting adventures of military aviation!

An overview of the books and products used as references for the painting and weathering stages. AMMO by Mig was used here but other brands offer similar products; the author chose the products that best suited his needs
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