I’ll try making an aircraft plastic model for the first time in a long time. This time it is Academy Mig-21. When I built a Mig-21 Dolphin decal version of the same manufacturer before, I failed to paste the large format decals. I want to succeed as it is a normal marking fighter this time.
Although it was a kit released 20 years ago, I thought the decal was not deteriorated. I can choose to make the Indian Air Force and the Hungarian Air Force. This time I will probably make it as the Orthodox Soviet Air Force fighter.
I knew that the Creos releases the interior color of the Soviet aircraft at the end of December, I regret a bit whether I should have started to build it a little later. These are the Creos Mr. Color No.6 Green, No.57 metallic blue-green, No.115 German aircraft light blue and No.323 light blue, which I chose a candidate for a color mixture. I guess it is okay.
The pitot-tube original plastic part was twisted pretty well in the box from the beginning. It was broken when I tried to fix it straight with bending a little. To buy the metal pitot-tube parts sold separately to this kit, it takes a searching and delivery time and money.
So I will make my own Pitot tube. A brass pipe with an outer diameter of 0.8 mm and an inner diameter of 0.4 mm was combined with a 0.4 mm ultrafine brass pipe, and after that, cut and pasted from broken plastic parts. I drilled a hole at the base of the Pitot tube of the plastic parts, and since I inserted a thin brass wire, the strength increased. Some brass wire and brass pipes are prepared at hand, so it is only useful to use it in such a case.
I used gray FS 36375 of Creos #308, such as the landing gear compartment and the inside of the air brakes. The lower side was with light blue-gray FS 35550 in the manual of the Academy. However, since this color is not in the list of Creos, I used the #117 RLM 76 light blue which seems to be an approximate color. I suppose FS 35550 is available Vallejo color.
I thought whether I can blow the top surface if adjusted the angle of the airbrush without masking. However, because there are also difficult parts such as pylons, I masked it a little. I don’t like masking work very much.
Since there is no specified color of Creos light sand FS20260, I substitute it with the #44 Tan. I chose the Japanese Army tank color brown color TC17 for dark brown. Creos #310 FS30219 is a bit too light, and it seems to be too dark with mahogany. After all, it is my personal preference.
I pasted decals. Although it is a kit of 20 years ago, it has not deteriorated. The white part is also beautiful. However, the margin is quite large. It is unsatisfactory that the caution decal is small compared with recent model kits such as Trumpeter. I wanted a decal for the atoll missiles, if possible. I suppose not to think about the details, the amount of decal has been moderate just right to make it quickly. When I don’t think about anything, forgot to paint the engine, what shall I do?
Academy’s MiG-21 was completed. This time it is two-color camouflage of light brown and dark brown. I think this camouflage paint is common in desert areas in the south such as Afghanistan and the Middle East etc.
I used a plastic part Pitot tube well, and at that time I broke it during painting and rebuild with a metal material. This time, it broke early and made it stronger, so it is comfortable without damage after that.
In the old Communist countries, there are Atoll missiles similar to Sidewinders. These two types are a little different. I think whether to attach two different types of weapons in the same fighter, but it looks smarter than the rocket pod.
If you buy a MiG-21 plastic model, now it may be better for Eduardo and Trumpeter. Although it depends on the kit, I remember the weapon of the modern Russian aircraft of the Trumpeter kit is of high quality. Anyway, I enjoyed the kit of this Academy well enough.
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.