1/72 scale kits of the Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21
review / modelling report
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Another KP kit of the MiG-21MF was made.
However, I used two spare delta wing halves parts from the RV MiG-21 kit; these have nice engraved panels and thin trailing edges but not the oval shaped panels. On real MF's there are small differences depending on the Soviet manufacturing plant. MF's made at Sedivka Gorki have a deep cut-out on the sides of the engine exhaust and an oval-shaped bulge in front of the lower fuselage main gear bay. But not any reenforced oval shaped panels on the upper wing halves as on MF' made at the Stracena Moskou plant.
I also used two spare wheels from the RV kit. This improved the crude old KP kit.
The colours and the camouflage scheme
used are my interpretations:
These were applied with the fine
Steinbeck airbrush. The gear bays are not deep on this KP kit, so the
"ceilings" were painted black.
Somalia roundels came from Berna Decal set 72-69 with general AF roundels and the buzz number from the spare decals box. Also some spare Revell MiG-21 F13 stencilling decals were used. The MF model was depicted as seen in 1993 at Mogadishu airport.
MISTERCRAFT / MASTERCRAFT
This Polish brandname is confusing: also Mastercraft is used in the website name.... This kit #C-14 for a MiG-21SM kit with sub-title "303 CAD". The kit looks to be a mix of KP and CONDOR but the panellines are recessed. So, a good kit but the smaller parts remain very basic however. But not a bad kit to use for its price.
There is a big colour paint conversion
table in the instructions but it looks inaccurate!! I recommend using the
latest AKAN acrylic colours.
There is no exhaust pipe in this kit
so I suggest to make one. I used a large bomb from the spares box to fit
inside the aft fuselage. The canopy is a single piece part. The wheel bays
are not deep.
I had two kits, so these were assembled in parallel.
The cockpit has a "tub" with bulkhead
but is basic. I used some spare etched metal details I had (e.g. EX72152
from EXTRATECH ).
The panels lines were made a bit deeper
with a scriber at the flap and ailerons at the wing. In STEP 7 the large
intake scoops at the rear are parts #21 and the smaller ones #22.
I had seen some nice information in the very nice book "Soviet and Russian Military aircraft in Africa" (see references) and I opted using Berna decal set 72-76.
, Ethiopia Air Force, Asmara airbase. See info page 306 of the
book which colours I interpreted as follows:
Finally all smaller parts were added like gears, metal pitot tube made from a needle. As some spare wheels and gearlegs of an RV MiG-21 kit were available, these were used as these are finer than the Mastercraft parts. The windscreen and canopy frames were hand painted with the remaining gaps 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. Finally, I added static dischargers from thin fishing line that was painted rather than the vulnerable etched metal parts.
The model finally got a couple of
semi-dull varnish coats using a mix of Johnson Future / Pledge thinned
with 30% pharmacy alkohol and with a few drops mixed in of Tamiya matting
agent "Flat Base" X21 acrylic to get a mat effect. The canopy was finally installed.
The Berna decals set 72-76 has also a nice markings for a MiG-21bis , Malagasy Air Army (Madagaskar) at Ivato - Antananarivo airport; The great book "Soviet and Russian Military aircraft in Africa" shows it on page 170. I opted to make it using this kit although maybe not totally accurate. The MiG-21bis spine is a bit longer but looks similar as to a SM with particularly internal updates. This model was kept simple and "clean".
For the overal light grey colour of the Malagasy aircraft Gunze Sanyo 306 grey acrylic was used. For the green antenna panels Revell Aqua 361 acrylic was used. I brush painted the gear bay interiors pale blue (AKAN 73008).
On both models, some smaller stencilling decals were used that I had from a dedicated decals set EDUARD, set MiG-21 stencils #72004.
Small static dischargers as on the
other models were added and final assembly was as on the other kits. And
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 acrylic.
...................Madagascar has a small air force (Armée de l'Air Malgache). A number of MiG-17s were used as fighters and later a few MiG-21's and it appears that these MiG-21 aircraft were delivered mid seventies with also operational support from North Korea!
Now only a small fleet consists with transports like the Antonov AN-26, Cessna's, a B737 and a few Alouette II helicopters. No fighters are available. The main base is at Ivato Airport outside Antananarivo.
, Malagasy Air Army "TAFIKA ANABAKABAKA" at Ivato - Antananarivo,
the Capital City of Madagaskar
MiG-21bis , code 138, c/n 750-138 that was used from ??? at Antananarivo and this particular aircraft scrapped beginning 2011.
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