MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 BOX PACKAGEIt 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.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGI 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.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 MAKING MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGI wonder if cockpit of MiG-21 maybe a blue metallic color to use for Zero fighters. What should I do to make it a little more pale color? I wonder it mixed silver or green.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGThe radar dome was painted in green FS34102 and the inside of the nose was black iron color.
(09-Feb-2017)

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGIt is roughly shaped and surface treatment and filling of gaps. Because it is not metallic paint, I wonder if I do not care too much the surface quality. It’s long fuselage about 30 cm.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGAfter 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.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGI 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 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.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGVarious photo-etched parts were installed in the lower part of the fuselage.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGI 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 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)

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 MAKING MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGAreas painted in green are dispersed pretty much like front and rear and landing gear compartments. I am now doing masking work.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGThe base color of this aircraft is Mr. Color No. 73, Aircraft Gray.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGIt is a large format swordfish decal made by Cartograf. Illustrations of the fish are drawn on the left and right.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGSince 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)

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGI 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.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGHere is the decal on the left. After drying it left a lot of wrinkles. Besides, while playing with the decal, I got to hit the metal parts of the very long Pitot tube and a 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.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGFor the time being, I filed the wrinkled area, and as this photo. Well, not very well.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGI tried to paint the right and left swordfish with a brush like a painter, but it is difficult to match 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)

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKThe 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.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKIs a large decal of the swordfish on 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.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKAs you can compare with 500 yen coin, the total length included from the Pitot tube is very long.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKMiG-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.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKI 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.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKThe 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.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORK MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKThis is the exhaust of a Jet engine. When I take a picture at a light place, it looks good to the inside.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORK MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKThere 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.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKArmed with one K-13A radar Atoll missile on both sides, one UB-32 rocket pod is also equipped with both wings.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKIn 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.

MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORK MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKAlthough the decal became wrinkled, I got shocked like after caterpillar in the 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)

4 Replies to “MiG-21MF POLISH AIR FORCE 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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