MIG-21MF FISHBED J SOVIET AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY 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.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY The seat belt is molded on the seat part, it seems good looking after detailed paint.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY Instructions advised using 15g of weight. There was only the 11g fishing weight, I use the other small weight, too. It would be entered the gap under the cockpit, if possible.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMYAlthough it was a kit released 20 years ago, I thought the decal was not deteriorated. I can choose to make Indian Air Force and Hungarian Air Force. This time I will probably make it as the Orthodox Soviet Air Force fighter.
(04-December-2018)

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY The mold of the cockpit panel has also been reproduced finely. But it is not easy to paint without a decal.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY 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 color mixture. I guess it is okay.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY I actually painted it on the parts. Since only a small amount of color mixing was done, just in case, I keep the bottle and small plate without cleaning until this MiG-21 is completed.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMYWell, finely painted the cockpit panels. I still want a decal. Because it is a display over the canopy, there will be less impact if I don’t draw too detailed.
(06-December-2018)

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY After combining the left and right parts, the parts of the front and rear of the fuselage are also to be combined. Because the body is too long to fit into the box?

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY Well, I felt the big task was completed by assembling the fuselage and the main wing. I may have to fill in some gaps.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY 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.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMYSo 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.
(08-December-2018)

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY The pitot tube was attached and assembly was completed. The remaining work is only canopy masking.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY In this process, there are limited places to hold by hand where there are many parts.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY I thought of what to do when the pitot tube broke, but it was good that I could repair it. Bonding strongly with instant adhesives and plastics adhesives in combination.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMYAll pylons and fuel tank of the same color as the aircraft’s bottom surface were installed on the fuselage.
(10-December-2018)

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY I masked the canopy with a masking tape fits the curved surface and the masking sol.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY First painted green, using Creos #302, Green FS 34092.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY I painted the whole surface in black. Because it is camouflage paint, is not effective of shading so much?

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMYI 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.
(18-December-2018)

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY 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.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY 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.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMYI 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?
(21-December-2018)

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY 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.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY I made it a clear coating with a slight gloss than a semi-gloss finish.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY The painting instructions were not very fine, and there was a place I did not understand.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY Looking at this, the Su-17 of the Polish Air Force which I made earlier was truly straight, but the MiG-21 is a little round.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY I did not go with a very good finish because there are some parts have not been perfectly jointed. It seems OK for somewhat long viewing.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY 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.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY I worked hard on the cockpit panel, but I could not see the details finely through the photo. The panel is in the back, MiG-21 has small cockpit and canopy.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY 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.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMY So, the weapon of this MiG-21 is one large drop tank in the middle and equipped with Atoll missiles K-13 and K- 13A on both sides.

SOVIET AIR FORCE MIG-21MF FISHBED J 1/48 ACADEMYIf 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.
(2018/12/23)

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