La Maquette d’Étude et d’Exposition (MEE) was for a long time the official manufacturer of Dassault models is well known among collectors. Its various 1:50 scale Air Force resin models on a marble base or French aircraft manufacturer’s prototypes are always a favourite and sought after among connoisseurs. MEE also produced numerous other models of different scales, made in resin or wood specifically intended for trade fairs. Because they were produced in a very limited number, these models are obviously rarer. It is the case in the piece presented here.
It is a 1:20 scale Mirage IIIE model made in wood. This piece is quite large with a 41 cm wingspan and a 75 cm length. It is displayed with its landing gears out. As with smaller models it is completed with a canopy and a fitted cockpit and its pilot.
The model dates back to the early ’60s and underwent some restoration work. Its missiles have clearly been glued back. A few bits are missing at the tip of the wings and on top of the tail fin. However, it is clear that throughout its 60 years of existence, its various owners have taken great care of it as it is in very good condition with an almost undamaged original coat of paint and decoration!
Given this is a factory model, its design and specifically the distinctive wasp-waisted shape are perfectly rendered. Both connoisseurs of beautiful models and legendary aircraft lovers are likely to admire this very nice piece and its undeniable evocative power!