Mikoyan Mig-21 "Fishbed"
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Mig-21 in 1/32 scale
   
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The converted Revell kits were finished with decalling and final cockpit detailing. Cockpit instruments came from a combination of kit decals and add on bits and pieces from card and rod. The canopy was made to be detachable through small metal pins and drilled holes to receive them. This enables the canopy to be cleaned periodically and save transport. 

The cockpit canopy inner surfaces were also detailed with de-misting tubing, the various locks and the windscreen gun aiming screen and some instruments with dials were added. The mirror in the middle of the canopy  was drilled open and got inside a piece a reflecting metal as mirror and a glass of "kristal clear" 

The overall kit decals came from various decals from the Revell kits as supplied in various kit versions. The decals are not very good quality as they DO NOT adhere to a glossy surface very well without "silvering". The trick here is to use water based glue! Put on a water based (deletable) glue first on the location of the (small) decals, and then apply the decal. Any residue can be roved with water and a cloth. Press firmly the decal to the surface to avoid silvering, caused by air trapped bubbles.  Later on, additional stores will be added; these will come from any left overs of the Trumpeter kits. 

After applying the decals and sufficient drying time, a clear up was done with a cloth and water. After again 4 hours drying, a final dull coat was sprayed on with an airbrush. Johnson gloss (floor finish) Clearwas used, mixed with a 20% Tamiya Base MATT (paint bottle no. Flat Base X21 ). This gives a fine mat result. 

The final result is very pleasing of the camouflaged DDR Mig-21 MF plane!

  
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       note central fuel tank (from Revell kit) and undercarriage details


        Former DDR Mig-21 MF,  Code " Red 614"
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  upper view

INDIA AIR FORCE

The other converted Revell kit  was finished similarly. Cockpit instruments (assumed to be quite similar to the soviet planes) came from a combination of decals and add on bits and pieces from card and rod. 

The single cockpit canopy was also detailed with de-misting tubing, the various locks and the windscreen gun aiming screen and some instruments with dials were added.

The decals came from various decals from the "reserve" box. The Indian Air Force roundels were based on Italian roundels with the yellow edges cut off. (the decals were from a 1/48 Revell/Italeri Tornado kit). 

The smaller (assumed to be "indian english" ) stenciling markings came from other decals. The plane is fitted with a training Atoll like missile on the left pylon.


The model got the same treatment regarding the mat finish as the DDR model 


 note detailing gear and deepened main u.c. bays 

The final result is very pleasing of the special "yellow" IAF plane
 



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right view IAF Mig-21 MF


    view with yellow Atoll training missile
 

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