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Italeri 1/48 Kfir C1/C2 IDF Special Edition

Italeri 1/48 Kfir C1/C2 IDF Special Edition KITS AIR MILITARY MODERN 48

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ITA-02688

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Recommended Paint:

Flat Black

Flat Medium Grey

Flat Insignia Yellow

Flat Olive Drab

Gloss Silver

Gloss White

Flat Gun Metal

 

Recommended Glue

Humbrol Poly Cement

 

In the late 1960s, the Israeli Military Air Force was comprised primarily of the French built Dassault Mirage III fighter jet. However, the Israeli General Staff felt they needed to make some changes to the basic specifications of this aircraft. The Mirage III proved very effective in the air-superiority role, but the Israeli military determined they needed more of a ground-attack aircraft. Some of the sophisticated “all weather” fighting systems could be removed to make room for increased fuel capacity for longer ground attack missions. It would also help in reducing maintenance costs. This revised aircraft would be known as the Mirage M. 5J and 50 Mirage 5Js were paid for by Israel. But then in the summer of 1967 the Six Day War everything changed. With the start of the Six Day War, the French government imposed an arms embargo on Dassault and the aircraft could not be delivered. The Israeli Military felt that the Arab countries could gain the upper hand if something was not done and done quickly. The Mossad stepped in, who launched a covert action and acquired the blueprints to the Mirage III, all 250,000 pages of them. It has gone down in history as one of the biggest espionages cases ever exposed. The actual first version built off of these plans was called the Nesher (Eagle) and built totally in Israel. The biggest difference in the design was the modification to accommodate the General Electric J79 turbojet the same engine used in the F-4 Phantom. This more advanced power plant gave the aircraft far better performance than the older Mirage III. After numerous revisions and improvements, the Kfir, which translates “Lion Cub” in Hebrew, finally entered service in 1975. Its role as the primary air superiority aircraft of the Israeli Air Force was very short however. In 1976 Israel started to take delivery of F-15 Eagles from the United States. They were used more for ground attack missions throughout their service life until 1990s when they were withdrawn from active duty.

 

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