1/72 scale kit of the HAL Mig-21
review / Building report
The Indian aeronautical industry started, after the Second World war and the India independance, developing many aircraft at the time. The desire was to have an independent industry and also to have many aircraft as to opposing countries.
The Soviet Union
also supported various nations like India and delivered Mikoyan designed
fighter aircraft. The Mig-21 being amongst them. Hindustan Aeronautics
Limited (HAL) in India built in license the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 including
the "bis" and "MF". Production of the MiG-21s started at HAL in Nasik in
1966. Between 1966 and 1972 over 200 MiG-21FL were produced starting from
sub-assembly kits. After 1971 the MiG-21M was produced until end 1981 with
about 150 delivered.
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The ZVEZDA Mig-21PFM is a nice kit but rather basic.
Note that the model is for a MIG-21
PFM. I used it for the HAL Mig-21 "MF" without any modification. May be
the top fuselage fairing is slightly different in shape but I did not bother
for such a small model to worry about it.
The kit parts are very simple and
it would better to use another kit if you really want a detailed Mig-21.
So this little 1/72 kit was made straight out of the box.
For the cockpit, only a bulkhead was
made from thin card.
Ready to apply the paint scheme.
First, the overall model got a light
grey base coat. After that, a gloss black coat was applied. Next after
drying for the Aluminium/ natural metal ALCLAD II was used for the
Final painting was done on the undercarriage
with for the wheel hub green XTRACOLOR X628 enamel used.
After applying the few decals as per instructions, the model got a decal protecting coat of Johnson Future/ Pledge with the airbrush.
The inside of the cockpit was only
detailed by adding some seatbelts/straps made from tape. The nice kit canopy
was cut with a TIGER razorsaw and set open. The interior was painted light
and here with the HAL Ajeet....
UPDATE JANUARY 2015: More 1/72 scale MiG-21 kits are being built.... Look here.....
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