MIRAGE IIIO(A) A3-76


1/48 Esci Mirage IIIO(A) A3-76, 75 SQN Butterworth


by Dave Freeman


Introduction


Serial
A3-76
Type
RAAF Mirage IIIO(A)
Based
75 Squadron, RAAF Base Butterworth(circa late 70’s early 80’s). 76 was a GAF build Mirage written off while on strength at ARDU 3/5/1984.
Scheme
Standard three tone lizard.  This aircraft served most of it's life on strength at ARDU, but is shown here in 75 Squadron markings (thats all I had at the time of build!).  I had a long association with this Squadron while I was an RAAF Air Traffic Control Officer stationed at Butterworth March 1979-Sept 1981 then I was at RAAF Darwin where the Squadron re-located to from Butterworth in 1983 (from memory).
Kit
1/48 ESCI IIIE kit built OOB. I picked the kit up at the swap meet during the Canberra Modelling show in 2008. Markings are a combination of ROODECAL markings (serial numbers) with the tail flash coming from another source (originally surrounded by Yellow that I had to cut off).
References
RooDecals instruction sheet, International Air Power Review (IRtime Publishing) Volume 12 (Spring 2004) - Special Feature: Mirage 3 in RAAF Service.

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