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1/48 Eduard MiG 21bis WIP

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Before the end of 2019 i decided to go back to my first beloved scale, 1/48. So i started to sell some 1/32 kit's and buy some 1/48 to replace them. One of them was the splendid Eduard MiG 21bis around the world kit. This kit is notorious for it's quality of the kit part's and the almost perfect fit. So i wanted to see that in first person.

Shortly said, Eduard did a splendid job on these MiG 21 kit's, they are simply the best MiG 21 kit's to date at 1/48 scale.

For this kit i chosed to add some resin goodies by the hand of the same manufacturer, by name the Eduard Brassin range which came into the large Big Sin box. For reference i use the nice Squadron Signal Walk Around books which gave me enough info to get a more or less realistic appearance.

First, the goodies

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First thing to tackle, the resin cockpit : i have to say, these resin cockpit sets are in my humble opinion the best there is. The resin details are supported by the colored pe, so, put this together and you get a very nice detailed cockpit. One of the nice surprises is the fact that Eduard uses a very clever way for building up the cockpit part's. The various buttons inside the cockpit can be painted i the color. After the buttons are painted you need to add the colored pe part. In this part there are tiny holes made so they fit over the buttons. My worry, hopefully the holes are in the same line-up then the buttons so everything will fit......and yes they do.:respect:

So shortly said, i painted the whole cockpit and ejection seat, and it gave this result :

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I used the MRP paints for the turquoise color and Vallejo Model Color for the details. 

Same go's for the ejection seat. Base color is MRP and detail painting was done with Vallejo. I used some different lightning conditions to take the photo's just to give an idea of the real look of the seat.

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Next thing to do is painting of the wheel-bay's.

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Next, fitting of the cockpit and wheel-bay's into the fuselage halves and wing. Did i said fitting.:secret:.......well no need to fit these, just sand away the casting block and bang them onto the plastic, because the fit is simply said excellent.:151_41_44_712.09472830013627761

Instal of the wheel-bay's went like a charm.

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Instal of the cockpit, just the same, like a dream.....:thumbsup2:.........but, just when thing's are going very well, there is always something that has to go wrong........

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Like i said before, the resin cockpit fit's perfect into the fuselage halves, the only thing Eduard didn't do right is the bulkhead behind the ejection seat........

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This seems to be a little to small to fit perfectly against the top of the fuselage. So some Evergreen was used to fill this gap.

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At the moment, this is the only thing that could be done better by Eduard, but still it isn't really bad so it can be easily solved.

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Greetz

Danny

 

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Danny, happy new year, that pit and seat look fabulous, Eduard’s attention to detail cannot be faulted..........

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Hi Danny, the 48 scale is obviously not hindering you to do your magic. The pit and ejection seat looks great. I have two of these Mig's in my stash with all the Brassin goodies and will follow your build closely. I will actually build one as a 'Bunny Fighter', the other will be a Vietnamese one.
Glad that the bulkhead fit is not good, otherwise it might have been the perfect kit and the search for that would be over ;). Have fun with your Mig and thanks for letting us in.
Are you sure, your Brassin set is for the right MIG version with that bulkhead issue, I can't see it in your pic?

Cheers Rob

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Lovely work Danny. It certainly looks a darn sight better than the Trumpeter 1/32 scale 21.

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16 hours ago, Bomber_County said:

Danny, happy new year, that pit and seat look fabulous, Eduard’s attention to detail cannot be faulted..........

Happy new year Phil. Thank's for the nice compliment. 

16 hours ago, DocRob said:

Hi Danny, the 48 scale is obviously not hindering you to do your magic. The pit and ejection seat looks great. I have two of these Mig's in my stash with all the Brassin goodies and will follow your build closely. I will actually build one as a 'Bunny Fighter', the other will be a Vietnamese one.
Glad that the bulkhead fit is not good, otherwise it might have been the perfect kit and the search for that would be over ;). Have fun with your Mig and thanks for letting us in.
Are you sure, your Brassin set is for the right MIG version with that bulkhead issue, I can't see it in your pic?

Cheers Rob

It's a great scale in which i lost myself from time to time. A few years back i decided to go on the 1/32 road regarding jet's, but due to lack on space at my home i needed to find a solution. So i decided to go back to the 1/48 scale. My second MiG 21 is ordered, the MiG 21PF variant so i will get that one later this week i hope.

This build will be an in between build because i decided to get back on the Revell Tirpitz, a project i really want to finnisch this year. Stay tuned for this on the topic because i made already some new progress on this beast. So from time to time i will go back regarding the MiG, but i need some good rescribing tool. My old one is damaged so i won't use it on a nice project anymore. I will look out for a new one.

Regarding the Eduard pit, it is the right one, and to be honest it crossed my mind also, but it's a 21bis cockpit so it has to be right isn't.

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10 hours ago, GusMac said:

Lovely work Danny. It certainly looks a darn sight better than the Trumpeter 1/32 scale 21.

Thank's my friend, i still have the Trumpy 1/32 MiG 21UM in the stash which is for sale.

Thank's all of you guy's for the nice comments.:thumbsup2:

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