Mig-21 F13 in 1/32 scale of Trumpeter
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The early type F13 model of the Mikoyan Mig-21 had already many panels being removed as this model was to detailed further. The excellent Trumpeter kit was now to be given a color finish.
It was decided that a nice metal finish would be a good idea, and the model to be finished as a Finnish MiG-21 F13 example. The Finish "Suomi" air force got their first Migs in the nineteen sixties and this would be a nice special model in the collection. They acted as fighter / interceptors. The blue/white roundels will be used as supplied in the Trumpeter Mig-21UM twoseater kit.
The metal coat was to be applied using
the newest ALCLAD II system. The paint, ready for airbrush
use, must be applied over a very dark acrylic base coat. Also,
the kit surfaces MUST be absolutely free of scratches and even finger prints
will show through the Alclad metal. So it was assured that the models'
surfaces were polished and thoroughly cleaned. Next, masking various details
that were not to become metallic (such as cockpit, wheel bays etc) was
done with tape. When that was done, it was time for a dark base coating.
Best effects are obtained with a BLACK coat as being "very dark"
!! Very scary, but as will be seen it really works....
I tried to use Tamiya acrylic black gloss paint, but had troubles with
my airbrush. Therefor I first applied a matt black coat of Humbrol
over the many parts of the model and then a gloss coat of Humbrol black.
Next, to make a very gloss highly shining coat base, a couple of coats
of Johnson Future acrylic varnish
(later called "Pledge") were applied.
model sprayed "black"
After drying 24 hours, the model was
ready to receive its first coat of Alclad; there are several shades available
of these metallic paints, the overall model color used was the highly
polished aluminum shade Alclad II #E ; apply in very thin layers, do not
over rush here. The paint will build up slowly and after several layers
with drying times of 30 minutes in between, a real metal look appeared......
Also, it was seen that the real Mig
has several different metal shades at certain panels and areas; this is
caused by different metals and/or different manufacturing processes that
give the real metal skins different shades. The old Japanese BUNRIN-DO
book no 55 of the "famous airplane series" of november 1974
has a good drawing on were these panels are.
So on the Mig 21 F13 model, the general
lighter panels were masked off, and the remainder darker panels were given
another aluminum Alclad shade #A, thus emphasizing the different panels.
Assure in all cases that a number of thin Alclad coats are applied indeed otherwise the metal look will not be obtained.
In the end, I sprayed about two thirds of a bottle of Aclad shade #E over the model and a quarter of a bottle of shade #A. After spraying, masks were removed and also the various masking tapes over the opened panels and cockpit areas.
Next, the various opened panels were
detailed with paint and sprue etcetera. The Verlinden book on the Mig-21
(Lock-On number 21) was used as a reference.
avionics bay in front of cockpit
|The older type MiG-21, the F13 was
to be finished in Finish markings. The roundels were obtained from the
MiG-21UM Trumpeter kit. The special Finish Air Interceptor squadron had
a animal marking on its vertical rear tail. This was hand painted using
pictures as a guide.
The aircraft depicted is in a " maintenance " scene, so some panels and details are to be added to a diorama setting later on.
No seat fitted.
... in a scenery
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