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  1. Hi all! I would like to present my latest 1:48 build, as a part of a Mig-21 group build. The Weekend edition is a "basic" set, containing all plastic sprues for a mig-21MF, with a simplified decoration option (one airplane with full stencil) and no photo etch and resin goodies. One catch is that some parts needed to properly represent a MIG-21, Eduard supply them as photo etch, and the weekend edition does not include them. Nevertheless i wanted to keep the build as simply and strait forward as possible. During the build, i opted to add a metal pitot tube from master, as the kit's part is very simple. Another adition were scratchbuild seatbelts, made of lead foil. As the original decoration is too "Green", i choose to use a decal sheet bought a couple of years ago, from berna decals , african migs Part 1 and i choose a Mig-21 MF from ethiopian airforce. the colour scheme allowed me to work on the weathering process, as it's my favourite part of it. In the end, some issue with the decals (my fault due to laziness), but i'm happy with the result. Also, there's another two of them waiting in the stash. For the painting process, AK's Real Color range and gunze, were used. As so, let's go the photos. The Dials were cut one by one from the decal sheet and glued on the instrument panel. As putty i used superglue mixed with black pigment. the front windscreen needed some attention and care, but i think that the poor fitting was caused by a cockpit miss align by me. Priming using Mr Surface 1200 thinned with mrcolor levelling thinner. All surface was then polished with a 3000 sandpaper. As my workbench is on a garage, lot's of dirt lying around, waiting for the right oportunity (when the paint is wet...) Lower color applied. Upper camouflage, light color. Details painting Decals aplication Final Pictures I don't have pictures of the weathering process, because simply, i'm lazy and i require to move a lots of stuff around to properly set the photo box, that doubles as storage area. So i leave you with the final pictures. Conclusion i might notice some errors, they are there and for me, each time that i'll look at this model, i'll remember them ( i hope!) ! I could detailed the landing gear, sensors, etc, but i prefer to keep it simple. It was challenging and fun! Thanks for watching ! best regards from Portugal!
  2. Some time after I built my Phantom model, I thought it was a good idea to build one bird from the other side and I started my MIG-21 project. A little bit of history taken from: “MiG 21 units of the Vietnam War” January 2, 1967, in the skys over Noi Bai, Nord-Vietnam, at least five MiG-21 succumbed to the fire from 8th TFW Phantoms leaded by major Robin Olds. This unexpected loss was a terrible blow for the NVA 921 Fighter Group, including future NVA aces Vu Ngoc Dinh and Nguyen Van Coc who survived ejecting themselves. Speaking of the model itself, in addition to the Trumpeter kit, I used: True Detail Seat, Print Scale decals, Begemot stencils and Eduard Brassin AIM-9B to replicate AA-2-Atoll missiles. These are a few photos of the complete model and some from the w.i.p.
  3. 1:48 Mig-21PFM “Days of Glory and Oblivion” AK Interactive Catalogue # AK 148003 Available from AK Interactive for €49,95 Introduction Already the third collaboration with Eduard, that establishes not only as a paint and weathering brand, but also kit ‘manufacturer’. I’m hyphenating this, since the sprues are 100% Eduard, but the schemes and some other parts in this kit are AK’s work. Eduard is known for it’s clever engineering, good fit and well researched subjects, so in that sense one of the best parties to collaborate with. What AK Interactive adds is a selection of interesting schemes (with lots of scope for intensive weathering), extra parts and superb instructions and decals. Days of Glory and Oblivion The theme of this boxing clearly refers to the golden days of soviet and communist aircraft design and development, followed by the demise and abandonement of numerous airframes. Left to the elements and final decay. In other words: there’s two ways to go with this kit. Full shiny AK Xtreme metal (or Alclad J ) or bring out the chipping fluid, grime, pigments and washes. The kit This kit is basically the same kit Eduard offers in their #8237 kit and is concerns the PFM version of the Mig-21. PFM stands for: - P = Perekhvatchik ("Interceptor") - F = Forsirovannyy ("Uprated") - M = Modernizirovannyy ("Modernised") Actually only one scheme features the PFM version, with the other two being the East German Mig-21SPS, where SPS = Sduv Pogranichnovo Sloya ("Boundary Layer Blowing"). To avoid confusion with the local "MiG-21PFM" designation given to the modified MiG-21PF the East German air force redesignated the "real" MiG-21PFM as "MiG-21SPS." AK Interactive has selected a total of 3 schemes to choose from. Not a whole lot, but this is compensated by the inclusion of a full stencil set (I’m talking hundreds of ground crew stencilling): A • Mig-21PFM, Soviet Air Force, Operation Danube, Czechoslovakia, 1968 B • Mig-21SPS, c/n 944302, JG-8 “Hermann Matern”, East German Air Force, Marxwalde, mid 1970’s C • Mig-21SPS, c/n 944302, Museo del Aire, Madrid-Cuarto Vientos, Spain, 2015 Scheme A and B: Scheme C: As you can see scheme B and C are actually the same aircraft. B depicting what it looked like back in the 1970’s and C how it resides now in the Airforce museum in Madrid… The kit consists of: • 372 plastic parts (with 26 parts in clear plastic) • 1 fret of photo etch • 3 resin wheels with flat or punctured (NOT FLATTENED) tyres for scheme C. • decals for 3 versions (including full stencilling) Sprue M: Just look at that surface detail. Sharp as a knife: Inside fuselage: Sprue E - Weapons and external fuel tanks x2: Sprue C: The cockpit rear wall show sufficient detail on their own. No real need to get the Eduard Brassie interior... Sprue D (Just look at the sheer amount of little parts. Hard to believe we're looking at 1/48 here): Separate types on the wheel hubs, superb detailed gear... Sprue N: The kit lets you choose from two types of instrument panel. Grey plastic. Paint it and maybe die out the instruments from the decal sheet separately. Or use the flat part and apply the full instrument panel decal on it. I'd go with option A... These parts are also featured in clear plastic. Lots of options. Sprue L: Again: lovely surface detail... Inside wheel wells: Sprue G: Superb clarity: And here's the transparent instrument panel option: Extra parts: Pre coloured seatbelts: Punctured tyre: The decals... Impressive set of stencils. Daunting almost. The decals appear to be printed by AK Interactive, which in my experience go down really well and respond to agents nicely. Good detail on the instruments and check out those weathered numerals... How's this for weathered decals? So how does this kit compare to the Eduard Profipack Edition? Brett Green reviewed the Eduard version some time ago, here, and gave it a two thumbs up for building pleasure, fit, detail (in all areas) and surface detail. Looking up close at this kit, I can only concur. The only real difference between the kits is the coloured PE set. In the Eduard kit (which is about the same price) the PE includes cockpit sidewalls, instrument panel and seatbelts. Also included in the Eduard kit is an extra uncoloured PE fret containing various parts. To be honest: the cockpit of this kit is detailed pretty well without the aid of any PE. But if you do want to go Full Monty, you could get the Eduard Brassin upgrade for the cockpit which costs about $29,95. But let’s get back to the whole idea behind this kit! This kit is all about the use of AK paints and weathering agents. For instance: if the decayed museum Mig is what sparks you, then you want to leave the canopy closed and maybe even fog it up! Add the included resin punctured tyres (which are not in the Eduard kit ofcourse) and you’ve got yourself a Jamie Haggo. Or go shiney metallic and try some AK Xtreme metal for a change. Here's a look at the Eduard Brassie cockpit, so you can decide whether to go all out, or keep your pit closed. Tempting right? Look at that helmet in the seat... The instructions seem to be drawn by Eduard (which makes sense, since you need the 3D master models in order to render these drawings), but all the colour codes are added by AK Interactive and call only for a combination of colour description (i.e. Light Grey) and AK paint coes (i.e. AK481). I am always a fan of brands that provide colour charts with Tamiya, Mr Hobby, Gunze, etc.. colours, but this being a paint and weathering brand, it makes marketing-sense they only provide their own line… Instruction booklet: And last but not least: There is an extensive 3 page full colour walk around of the Madrid Museum Mig-21: Verdict If you just want to build a 48th scale Mig-21, you could just go out and buy the best one out there: The Eduard version… or the AK offering. Simply the one you bump into first. The prize is about the same and they were both pushed from the same mould. The plastic, details, engineering is the best out there and won’t disappoint. The Eduard Profpack has a few more PE parts, but the AK version offers cool weathered schemes and resin punctured tyres. So if you want to build a derelict Mig-21 like the one in Madrid, you really want this kit. There are a lot of walkarounds online providing photo’s of this particular plane and there are also a lot of photo’s included in the instruction manual. Another great kit that was given a new make-over by AK. My sincere thanks to AK Interactive for this review sample. Jeroen Peters
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