I am not really into modern jets but have always admired the outlines of the delta wing Mirage series, and of these, I like the Mirage 2000C/D best. I recently picked up a couple of Italeri Mirage 2000D kits and some attractive markings from DXM Decals. The Italeri kit contains a large centreline fuel tank but the decal sheet includes markings for a large tank carried under the port wing and suggests this be sourced from the Tamiya Rafale C kit.
A quick look at Scalemates shows the Tamiya Rafale kit to be ex-Italeri; also reboxed by Heller and Revell. A couple of reviews of the various boxings indicates that wing tank to be included in every one. It looks like the HobbyBoss Rafale kits also contain said wing tanks. But I don't really want to buy a Rafale kit just to source a wing tank, especially when I have no interest whatsoever in having a Rafale model in the collection. Admittedly, the cheapest of the Rafale kits seems to be the Italeri Rafale M kit, at as little as US10.00, but I'm wondering if anyone who is familiar with these aircraft can suggest another (AM?) source for the correct fuel tank?
Being a simple shape, I could probably either scratchbuild a tank or modify the centreline tank in the kit, but if I can find one that is a near drop-fit for less than the price of a Rafale kit, then that would naturally be much easier and more preferable.
Cheers all, James.
I have a part started Rafale that I won't likely finish, I think the wing tanks are attached but could be carefully removed. You can have them if you wish
If you are interested I can dig the kit out and send images?