1/72 scale kits of the Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21
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Revell Germany issued a very nice kit in 1/72 scale of the MiG-21 F13 in 2004. This kit # 04346 is far better than older kits in 1/72 of the old version of the MiG-21 (e.g. the very basic Hasegawa/FROG kit or ACADEMY copied kit). The MiG-21 F13 was "license" made in China as the Shenyang J-7.
The Revell kit #04346 has fine recessed
panellines and has a nice interior. The canopy of the MiG-21 F13 hinges
up front and this is possible with this kit, a very nice option.
The nose cone cowl shape looks a tiny bit "off", not being a continuous curve to the intake lip. There are correction sets of PAVLA and also Quickboost (see below).
The other parts like the weapons and stores like the rocket pods look OK of this kit but the nose wheel looks a bit strange. The main wheels should be of the smaller diameter as the F13 is one of the first MiG-21 versions and look OK. The pitot probe is very thin and fine. Stores are also included for rocket pods, fueltank, a few rudimentary FAB500 ? bombs and a sort of ECM pod. But no K13 missiles though their pylons are there though the F13 could fire them. The speed brakes are separate parts.
The decals are very good with loads
of smaller markings as well for a MiG-21 F13 for:
PAVLA issued a small correction
set 72064 with resin parts for the MiG-21 F13 nose intake, a new resin
seat, new wheels and a vacuform canopy. The nose cone cowl shape looks
a tiny bit "off", not being a continuous curve to the intake lip, but I
found it to leave a bit of a "kink". So the Revell kit is good enough for
me if I make additional kits.
This Revell model will be made a a Chinese Shenjang J-7.
The various resin seats from the kits
and PAVLA sets are the usual Soviet KM-1 ejection seat. Paint AKAN
73008 blue or AKAN 73004 green with black head-rest, green/grey para-pack;
red ejection seat handles.
QuickBoost also has a correction
set #72-012 for the nose intake and its bullit:
In addition, I had a etched metal
set #EX72152 from EXTRATECH for some airframe details. This set
was used on a few kits.
Having a whole bunch of the Revell MiG-21 F13 kits, several kits in 1/72 were made. I had a problem in one kit with one main canopy that was not very clear with the plastic too much cooled probably inside the mold (on other kits I did not have this problem though).
Building the model is straight forward.
The cockpit is nicely done.
Here the first kit is seen
But the kit canopy was used which
was better, so the PAVLA vacu canopy was not used here.
The China AF
decals used came from PRINTSCALE decalset 72009 with buzz number
"1856" black. (None of the Revell decals were used). They went straight
onto the gloss ALCLAD.
After decals were applied, the smaller parts were set in place like the gears, pitot and antenna's. The landing gear looks great. The model finally got a couple of gloss varnish coats using my usual technique with Johnson Future / Pledge thinned with 30% alkohol. A couple of rocket pods were set below the wing and canopy installed.
this very nice model.
The wing trailing edge got a black edge painted. The large fueltank was painted red and canopy set open. Small parts were set in place. Again a gloss coat was set over the model using a mix of Johnson Future / Pledge thinned with 30% alkohol. And canopy set in place opened up completing this model.
Other MiG-21 F13 kits in 1/72 scale
of Revell will be made rather straight out of the box in the future. (If
you want to see my
1/32 Trumpeter MiG-21
F13 of FINLAND... look here...)
the Second World War, Indonesian Nationalists wanted independence that
was achieved in 1949. But still there were conflicts in West Guinea that
was still under Dutch control. The Operation Trikora conflict in the Western
New Guinea was escalating and as Indonesia had a Leftist regime the Indonesian
Air Force got Soviet aircraft. That included also 22 MiG-21 aircraft with
first delivery in 1962 consisting of 20 MiG-21F-13 and MiG-21U trainers.
But there was a Suharto coup and regime change in 1965 with U.S. backed
anti-communist forces and a new government was in place. It seems that
about 4 Indonesian MiG-21 aircraft were in 1973 shipped to the USA. In
exchange the Indonesian Air Force TNI-AU got T-33 trainers, UH-34D choppers
and later even more MiGs were exchanged for F-5 fighters and OV-10 aircraft.
Some of the transferred MiGs were added to the USAF 4477th Test and Evaluation
Squadron ("Red Eagles"), a USAF aggressor squadron at Tonopah Test Range
at Nevada state in the USA. (Tonopah is now a very secret USAF test base).
The latest series of MiG-21 kits in 1/72 scale is from RV Aircraft. These kits were first issued as "Hi Tech" and are quite expensive with also some resin detail parts in the kit for the KM-1 seat, cockpit and nose wheel well and etched metal fret for small aerials, wing fences and so on. What I do not like is that there are no armament stores in this expensive kit! The kit has engraved panellines. The fuselage shape is a suspect with a bit small intake. The windscreen is rather massive with thick frames as well.
(Simpler less expensive kits have also been released as "basic" kit).
Nevertheless, a few RV kits were purchased. With RV Aircraft kit #72031 for a MiG-21 MFN a start was made. What is nice is that there are a few useful SPARE parts in the RV kits. The spare parts can be used to improve the other kits made, like of KP, MASTERCRAFT etc.
The decals of this MFN kit are nice
with Czech Air Force markings for no less than about 8 overall light grey
aircraft. But no other Air Forces markings are included.
Some built suggestions for this RV
After STEP 3 do first an overall putty and sanding phase to have better access before assembling the wing halves.
In STEP 4 that airbrakes #49 and #50 do not fit when set closed. I wanted them closed, so used card in stead and puttied and sanded the lot smooth.
In STEP 5 the flat wheelbay panels #45 and #46 do not fit! I had to do quite some sanding.
There are 2 types of main wheels with slightly different hubs, and also TWO different wing halves. The spares will be used for other kits!
 The first RV kit was finished
as a MiG-21MF of the Bangla Desh Air Force
(year 1973) in an overal "used" metal finish. I had a tiny decal set from
(Mini Print Decal); these decals need thick coats of Microscale Decal
Film otherwise they fall apart. But the few Bangla Desh markings are there.
The book "Soviet and Russian Military Aircraft in Asia" (see
ref.) gives on page 50 an idea.
After that, the few MPD decals were
And again a gloss coat was set over the model using a mix of Johnson Future / Pledge thinned with plain 30% alkohol.
The windscreen is rather massive with a thick frame. I used it anyway but you may want to replace it with another spare one or vacu one. The canopy gaps were filled with White Glue and painted once dry. This seales all gaps.
The large pitot tube made of a metal
needle and smaller sensors set in place with Eduard "medium thickness"
superglue. Finally, I added static dischargers from thin fishing line that
was painted rather than the vulnerable etched metal parts of the kit.
Again as with the other RV kit, the windscreen is rather massive with heavy framing. And again, the nose intake is a bit too small it seems.
Colours airbrushed were:
Berna Decal set 72-65 "MiG-21 African
Air Forces" has the main Mozambique markings. Some smaller stencils
were obtained from the Eduard stencil set.
When these decals were dry, with the airbrush the same paints were "oversprayed" onto the decals in thin subtle layers. Also some white acrylic was added and this gives a worn / African sun affected paint effect.
Finally all smaller parts were added
like gears, metal pitot tube made from a needle and the canopy and unfortunately
the rather massive windscreen with heavy framing. Some white glue was used
to seal small windshield gaps and brush painted when dried.
A nice model in the collection.
of the "Peoples Republique " Mozambique Air Force . They
were flown from Beira base , year 1988. After independence the FRELIMO
regime had a socialist attitude and the Soviet Union supplied the aircraft.
There was also a conflict with South Africa and Rhodesia.
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