1/72 scale Yom Kippur War
Israeli Air Force
Yom Kippur War Israeli
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The photos in this article show Yom Kippur War Israeli Air Force
veteran fighter planes including: (IAI built Mirage V) Nesher 565 of the
First Fighter squadron with 7.5 kills, Mirage IIIB no.286 of the First
Jet squadron with 4.5 kills, Mirage IIIC no.458 of the First Fighter
squadron converted to recon configuration with 13 kills and Saar no.096
of the Scorpion squadron in an air to ground configuration.
For the sake of contrast, an Egyptian MiG-21MF in 1973 war colors is
The use of yellow and black identification triangles/trapeze on IAF
fighters began in the middle of the October 1973 war when Libyan Mirage
5 fighters began attacking IDF forces in the Sinai.
During the 1973 war, IAF airplanes were given a two digit tail number
and if there were more than 100 airplanes of the same type in service (
i.e. A-4 Skyhawk) there were given a third number, usually by the
squadron. After the war, a three digit number was introduced, where the
first digit of the number was used to designate the type of airplane.
For example, the most numerous "Delta Fighters" were given 1- Mirage
IIIC, 2-Mirage IIIB, 4-Recon Delta fighters, 5-Single seat Neshers,
6-Two seat Neshers, 7-Kfir.
The models shown are all in 1/72 scale. The Nesher is Heller's Mirage
IIIE/V with a PJ resin nose section. The Mirage IIIB is PJ productions
recently released all resin Mirage IIIB kit. The Mirage IIIC recon nose
is AML's recently issued kit. Saar 096 is Airfix Super Mystere converted
to the Saar using an extended exhaust section from an A-4.
The MiG-21MF is KP's old kit with a resin ejection seat and scratch
For markings I used IsraDecal sheets for the Super Mysteres and Mirages
and for the MiG-21 I used HQD decal sheet made for Arab MiG-21's.
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Text Copyright © 2007 by Yoav Efrati
Page Created 13 December, 2007
Last Updated 24 December, 2007