Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21
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1/72 scale kits of the Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21
kit 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


The decals look OK.

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:
Sand / beige: Revell Aqua 314
Olive green: Revell Aqua 361
Light blue (lower surfaces):  AKAN 73008 acryllic

The lower fuel tank was airbrushed aluminium and the cockpit interior the "soviet emerald green" using AKAN 73005 acryllic. 

There is no real depth in the jet pipe, a pipe was made using thick aluminium foil wrapped up in a tube. 

The large pitot tube made of a metal needle and smaller sensors set in place. Finally, I added static dischargers from thin fishing line.

Decals came from Berna set 72-76 for the Nigerian scheme. The book "Soviet and Russian Military aircraft in Africa" shows it on page 204. 

The model finally got a couple of semi-dull varnish coats using a mix of Johnson Future / Pledge thinned with 30% alkohol and with a few drops mixed in of Tamiya matting agent "Flat Base" X21 acryllic. I decided also to add some intake covers from thin plastic card.

MiG-21 aircraft were purchased in the mid seventies with probably 25 MF's and 8 UM trainers. Used at the Makurdi base, in a decade half the aircraft were lost due to accidents. 
Makurdi airport
Another batch of  MiG-21bis were acquired. Due to lack of spares most MiG-21's were out of service in the mid nineties. Later, Chinese F-7 , the MiG-21 "copy" , aircraft were purchased with final delivery in 2010. 

...................MiG-21MF  Nigerian Air Force  "NAF 671" 


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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. 


On the right the extra sprue with the recon pod is seen and wing tip pods. Decals in the R kit are for a Soviet or Polish aircraft. 

This is the very similar SMT box with no. 7214 which probably originates from the year 2008 from "Eastern Express":


Only a single Soviet decal set is provided in this SMT kit and it's quality looks not good. 

OK, let us start building the three Condor models........

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 acryllic colours:
Green : Gunze Sangyo 303
Blue:  a mix of Gunze Sangyo H25 blue with a bit white mixed in.
Light grey: Gunze Sangyo H324

Cuban roundels were retrieved from AZTEC decal set 72049 and the nose code "125" found in the spare decal box. The tail rudder fin flash was on Tally Ho set #956 for the MiG-19 and trimmed to fit. 

Note that the wing tip antenna pods were also fitted. The model finish was made "as in well pristine" conditions as they are well maintained in Cuba.

Several MiG aircraft were supplied despite the tensions with very nearby United States continent. As Cuba became a socialist country under Fidel Castro, as early as 191, in the Soviet Union training began of a MiG-21 F13 wing. Mid 1962 the aircraft were set in crates and these arrived in Cuba end September 1962 in utmost secrecy. This was the F13 version and the first aircraft flew on the island at the end of September 1962 and based at san Antonio, Santa Clara and Camaguey. The Cuban missiles crisis started just a month later October 22, 1962 that nearly became a World Nuclear War. After the crisis, starting 1963 officially not earlier than August 1963 the MiG-21 F13 was introduced at the Cuban FAR ("Fuerza Aérea Revolucionaria"). Later additional versions of MiG-21 were delivered including the PFM in 1966, MF in 1968, bis in 1976, R and UM trainers were delivered, a total of about 270 MiG-21 aircraft. They formed the back bone of the Cuban air force for many years. They were also based at San Antonio de los Banos air base, south east of La Habana capital. Only much later, MiG-29 "Fulcrum" aircraft were delivered. 

 Los Banos  with right a detail with what looks like MiG-21, MiG-27 and MiG-29 aircraft

MiG-21R of the Cuban Air Force or  "Defensa Anti-Area y Fuerza aerea Revolucionaria" , coded "125


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:
dark green:  AKAN 73024
medium green:  Gunze Sangyo 303 (approx Fed.Std 34102)
sand: AKAN 73080
sand/brown: Revell Aqua 314
lower light blue: AKAN 73008

The green die-electric panels got a Revell Aqua 361 green colour. 

MiG-21 SMT  Soviet Air Force  "Blue 08"

The bulky dorsal spine is well seen as compared to other MiG-21 versions. 

The second Soviet Air Force MiG-21SMT CONDOR kit got these colours:

dark green:  AKAN 73024
medium green:  Gunze Sangyo 303 (approx Fed.Std 34102)
light brown: I was not sure about this colour needed, so omitted it.
dark brown: AKAN 73026
lower light blue: AKAN 73008

Decalling in progress on both SMT kits...

These models were finished as normal with a final semi-dull coat.

The second SMT model: 

MiG-21 SMT Soviet Air Force   "Yellow 03"

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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