1/72 scale kits of the Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21
review / Building report
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AKURA has issued what seems a copied Mastercraft kit. This kit was made in a similar fashion as seen on Page 3.
I opened up the nose gear wheel bay a bit. Otherwise, it was simply assembled.
It was finished
in a scheme of the NIGERIA air force with a camouflage pattern was
used with these acryllic (water based) colours airbrushed:
The lower fuel
tank was airbrushed aluminium and the cockpit interior the "soviet emerald
green" using AKAN 73005 acryllic.
from Berna set 72-76 for the Nigerian scheme. The book "Soviet and
Russian Military aircraft in Africa" shows it on page 204.
Condor has also issued kits in 1/72 scale of the MiG-21. Probably they were originally from "Eastern Express" dated from the year 2003.
I had 2 kits for the SMT kit #7214. And a single kit #72005 ? for the MiG-21R which has an additional sprue for the lower reconnaissance "Type R" looking pod to be carried below the fuselage and it has also the wing tip SPO-3 antenna pods in this sprue.
Otherwise the parts are similar with
about 50 parts in these very basic kits. But there are a few panel lines
and these are finely engraved.
This is the very similar SMT box with
no. 7214 which probably originates from the year 2008 from "Eastern Express":
In the Condor kits, the ejection seat is better replaced if you have. There is no real depth in the jet pipe, a pipe was made using thick aluminium foil wrapped up in a tube. I also opened up the nose gear wheel bay a bit.
I finished the MiG-21R as a Cuban
Air Force aircraft with photos found on internet. I airbrushed the following
The other two very similar Condor kits of the MiG-21 SMT was finished in a similar fashion. Both were to get a Soviet Air Force scheme, but with different camouflage patterns. I drooped the inboard flaps down: first saw loose the flaps and than reposition these.
MiG-21 SMT (scheme 1) was airbrushed
with the colours:
The bulky dorsal spine is well seen
as compared to other MiG-21 versions.
dark green: AKAN 73024
Decalling in progress on both SMT
The second SMT model:
A side note: here it is seen what different "lighting" outside conditions do with the colour appearance. Something that happens on real aircraft as well! So it is not always very simple to establish for weird aircraft in foreign countries what colours used actually are!
A nice bunch of MiG-21 1/72 scale models is now in the World Air Forces collection!
and yep.. still a number of nice RV kits are on the stack...
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