POLISH AIR FORCE MiG-21MF ACADEMY 1/48

MiG-21 of the Academy, special decal of Cartograf and photo-etched parts

It is MiG-21 of the Academy. Special decal of Cartograf and photo-etched parts are attached. It is a very beautiful decal. I began making it for the silver fuselage to try again, so I believed that it would be silver painted at the beginning. When I put the left and right sides of the fuselage together, the body of this marking’s color is a light gray or light blue. I am a little sorry rather than metallic.

I have lots of fishing weight to put in the nose.

I have not been going fishing recently, I have lots of fishing weight to put in the nose. This MiG-21 needs 15g, so make 20g for just in case. The mold of the cockpit and the side panel is very nice, but there is no mold on the side of the cockpit, it is a regrettable point. There is a strike pin mark on the side.

cockpit of MiG-21 blue metallic color cockpit

I wonder if cockpit of MiG-21 may be a blue metallic color to use for Zero fighter. What should I do to make it a little more pale color? I wonder it mixed silver or green.

radome was painted in green FS34102

The radar dome was painted in green FS34102 and the inside of the nose was black iron color.
(09-Feb-2017)

surface treatment and filling of gaps, MiG-21

It is roughly shaped and surface treatment and filling of gaps. Because it is not a metallic paint, I wonder if I do not care too much the surface quality. It’s long fuselage about 30 cm.

After attaching the photo-etched parts, MiG-21

After attaching the photo-etched parts, very careful handling is required. I want to finish this MiG-21 early, before I took some mistakes to break it.

removed the plastic thin plate, MiG-21

I removed the plastic thin plate on the top of the main wing with a nipper, cutter and file and attached the photo-etched parts. Hurdles are high because I rarely do this kind of work in an airplane modeling. Although I do not need to use it by force, The box said “Limited Edition”, I would like to build all the parts as much as possible.

Various photo-etched parts were installed in the lower part, MiG-21 of the Academy

Various photo-etched parts were installed in the lower part of the fuselage.

polarize finish green-magenta film of Hasegawa, MiG-21 of the Academy

I used the polarize finish green-magenta film of Hasegawa on the clear parts of the cockpit’s sighting device. But, I could not see the difference very much.
In the meantime, I finally saw “exposure of Citizen Four Snowden”, but my wife dropped out in less than an hour. Personally, it’s pretty interesting, but this is definitely 0 entertainment, because there is no thrilling scene in the image. It is amazing that original tapes are used. I’ll watch the Oliver Stone’s movie near future. I wrote about it so much and I’m worried to be on their list, hahaha…..
(11-Feb-2017)

cockpit masking, MiG-21 masking of the landing gear compartments

Areas painted in green are dispersed pretty much like front and rear and landing gear compartments. I am now doing masking work.

base color of this aircraft is Mr. Color No. 73 Aircraft Gray, MiG-21

The base color of this aircraft is Mr. Color No. 73 Aircraft Gray.

swordfish decal made by Cartograf, MiG-21

It is a large format swordfish decal made by Cartograf. Illustrations of the fish are drawn on the left and right.

one big fish with a combination of several decals, MiG-21

Since it becomes one big fish with a combination of several decals, I did not use a softening agent until I adjusted the whole balance.
(14-Feb-2017)

using a powerful decal softening agent and completely failed

I tried the decal fitting perfectly to the plastic surface using a powerful decal softening agent and completely failed. Swordfish on the right side is better than the left, but left too much use the softer, become Wrinkly. Next time, I’ll try to soften the decal with a steamed towel.

After drying it left a lot of wrinkles.

Here is the decal on the left. After drying it left a lot of wrinkles. Besides, while playing with the decal, I got hit the metal parts of the very long Pitot tube and small part on the vertical tail. I must breathe deeply and feel calm. I had not minded seriously softening agent too much use, from the successful experience that it was beautiful after drying even it became wrinkly while wet. In the future, I would like to be cautious about handling large format decals. I have never used such a big decal in the past. Impossible to repair, I wonder if it will be destroyed. Since work has progressed so far, discarding is a matter of concern.

I filed the wrinkled area. MiG-21 of the Academy

For the time being, I filed the wrinkled area, and as this photo. Well, not very well.

I tried to paint the right and left swordfish with a brush like a painter, MiG-21 of the Academy

I tried to paint the right and left swordfish with a brush like a painter, but it is difficult to match with the original color. While drawing, it becomes wrinkled again and it is endless. I draw a picture of a fish, but unfortunately I did not have good art scores. Stop it and do inking to finish it up. Now, it has become a terrible thing, It cannot be helped…
(15-Feb-2017)

MF is an export type MiG-21

The MiG – 21MF was completed. MF is an export type MiG-21 and this time it is a fighter of the Polish Air Force as the box art.

large decal of the swordfish on the both sides of fuselage

Is a large decal of the swordfish on the both sides of the fuselage, I made wrinkle by using the Mark Softer too much and failed to paste them. MiG-21MF special marking of the unit’s 45th anniversary, 2002, markings of the 3rd Tactical Sqn, I suppose.

compare with 500 yen coin, the total length included from the Pitot tube is very long

As you can compare with 500 yen coin, the total length included from the Pitot tube is very long.

MiG-21 participated in the Viet Nam war, Indo-Pakistani war, Iran-Iraq war and African conflicts and civil wars

MiG-21 participated in the Viet Nam war, Indo-Pakistani war, Iran-Iraq war and African conflicts and civil wars, used in the countless combats. Because it is a supersonic fighter that is easy to maintain, demand has been high even in the former communist countries and African nations.

I scribed the panel line lightly

I do not want to show photos zoomed up because it is bad appearance decals, this time I scribed the panel line lightly, so I got a clear line with inking. Since the aircraft color is pale, it changed to a lively impression.

The decal was wrinkled by applying too much softening agent

The decal was wrinkled by applying too much softening agent, but the closeness is perfect. I think half of the decal is melted and it is becoming one with a plastic surface. I thought about peeling the decal and trying painting over again with a different marking, but probably the surface would be rough and it might be quite difficult.

exhaust of a Jet engine, Academy MiG-21MF 1/48 scale model exhaust of a Jet engine, Academy MiG-21MF

This is the exhaust of a Jet engine. When I take a picture at a light place, it looks good to the inside.

aircraft plastic model making There were a lot of sharp points. Academy MiG-21MF

There were a lot of sharp points, so I broke up somewhere in the process of assembly. MiG-21’s unique streamlined form is pretty cool.

Armed with K-13A radar Atoll missiles, UB-32 rocket pod.

Armed with one K-13A radar Atoll missile on both sides, one UB-32 rocket pod is also equipped with both wings.

possible to choose the arming of normal K-13 Atoll missiles

In addition, it is also possible to choose the arming of normal K-13 Atoll missiles and UB-16 rocket pods. This time I chose more powerful weapons.

Polish air force MiG-21MF plastic model making Polish air force MiG-21MF plastic model

Although the decal became wrinkled, I got shocked like after caterpillar in AFV model was reversed and completely solidified. It was a little hand-drawn swordfish by a recovery and became truly the only one MiG-21 in the world. That’s horrible…
(17-Feb-2017)

I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.

4 Replies to “POLISH AIR FORCE MiG-21MF ACADEMY 1/48”

  1. I just found your site, and appreciate the effort you take to explain your process.
    I read your post abut the MiG – 21MF, and I am impressed! After masking and painting, how did you highlight the body seams and rivets? Could you please tell me what material you used?
    My son is in the US Air Force at Kunsan AFB, South Korea, F-16 weapons maintenance. I found a set of Block 40 “Wolf Pack” decals from a company in China. I have just purchased a Tamiya 1/48 F-16CJ Fighting Falcon, to build for him, but it has not arrived, yet.
    Thank you, Paul Livermore, CA USA

    1. Thanks for your comment. I think that it is probably a technique called inking in English. Melt a black or gray enamel paint thinly in the Tamiya enamel paint thinner or oil paint turpentine, pouring it into the panel lines. If the ditch of the panel lines are shallow, you may re-curve yourself with a needle. It is interesting because the color of the panel lines will change the image of the aircraft model very much. I think that the important thing is to use enamel paint. Otherwise the main paint will be ruined.
      Your son is in a very important area right now. I should thank you as a Japanese. Tamiya’s F-16 is called masterpiece kit, it seems to be very fun!

  2. I have been working on this same kit off and on for three years now. You have inspired me to get cracking. That is a beautiful build, and as cool as the box art suggests the aircraft’s markings were. You really must write to some of the English aircraft model magazines, and Finescale here in the US!

    1. Thank you for many comments. It’s good for your modeling spirit. This kit is not so expensive in Japan, it is a good kit with beautiful decals and metal parts. Please be careful with handling large decals. Although there are some works that are not very good, I hope it will be helpful for everyone’s model building. (@^^)/~~~

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