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MiG-21MF ‘Fishbed-J’

I don’t do a lot of commission builds so this is more of an exception. A flight-simming friend did me a lot of favors in the last few months for which I am very grateful. And he’s a big MiG-21 fan so one thing led to another and I present you a ‘Fishbed’ made for him. It’s a well known Eduard MiG-21MF model in 1:48 scale. As he wished that the aircraft is on ground with a pilot in the cockpit, I’ve decided to go for weekend edition of this popular kit. I used Aerobonus resin pilot with ejection seat and Begemot decals for the stars and bort number as the kit comes only with one Slovak option.

The build was pretty much uneventful although I did experience some minor fit problems in the lower fuselage/wings join to the fuselage. Painting was done with combination of Alclad metallics and Mr.Paint lacquers.

Model Data
Company: Eduard
Scale: 1:48
Aftermarket: Begemot 48-002 MiG-21, Aerobonus MiG-21 pilot with ejection seat
Paints used: Mr.Paint (MRP-001 Russia Turquoise Cockpit, MRP-004 White, MRP-32 Green for Wheels, MRP-051 RLM04 Yellow, MRP-098 Light Gull Gray, MRP-049 Light Gray Blue, MRP-131 Interor Green, MRP-173 Tire-Rubber Matt, , MRP-186 Light Gray)
Alclad (ALC-101 Aluminum, ALC-103 Dark Aluminum, ALC-104 Pale Burnt Metal, ALC-106 White Aluminum, ALC-111 Magnesium, ALC-113 Jet Exhaust, ALC-123 Exhaust Manifold, ALC-405 Transparent Smoke, ALC-416 Hotmetal Sepia)




Finnish Fishbed

I apologize to the readers and visitors of my blog for a longer absence. Real life has stepped in and prevented any serious attempt at modelling for the last couple of months. New Year came in the mean time and I hope Santa (or any other local good old guy) brought you some new models under your trees.

As I’ve lost a bit of a modelling mojo during this time, I’ve decided to kick-start my building process by building something simple yet nice. Eduard’s 1:144 MiG-21 kits are just that – they simply fall together and there are countless of marking options for you to choose from. For this project, I’ve decided to build a Finnish bird and the only resentment I have towards Eduard is that they printed the FiAF roundels out of register.

Paints used were ModelMaster enamel Dark Green B-52 FS34096 and Revell 9 Anthrazite which were given an oil colour filter, which darkened the green, gave the Black that greenish tone, highlighted all the panel lines and toned down the markings.


And of course obligatory 1 Euro coin comparison 🙂


Albatros D.V – part 2

Time to move on. Simple shape means fast building. Little clean up of the join lines and separated elevator and we’ve got ourselves a model ready for primer.



Engine is quite a simple affair, though as it’s mainly hidden, I think it’ll do the job quite fine.





Given that fuselage will be painted in bright colours, Alclad’s White primer was used; remember Red, Yellow and Orange colours prefer white undercoat.





As you can imagine, no, I don’t have purple paint in my paint stock. A few drops of red, a drop of blue and a drop of White and adjusting the quantities of these drops a bit and I got this purple colour. Is it correct for the so called Mauve paint? I don’t know, but asking this question on some WW1 forums will be like opening a can of worms. I might build my next biplane in black and white, as my friend suggested. 😉



And she’s done. There are some little touch-ups to be made, but she’ll receive a gloss coat tomorrow.



As Eduard screwed the pooch with decals (included are late war straight crosses instead of mid-war styled ones and there are photos of this particular aircraft available on the net), I now have to wait for the correct ones to arrive. Next update will include the applied decals and oil colours weathering.

Albatros D.V – part 1

Year 2014 marks the centennial of the beginning of World War one. Building mostly military subjects, I felt the need to build a WW1 subject as a commemoration of this tragic event and I found Eduard’s Albatros D.V kit in 1:72 scale. I have to admit, WW1 biplanes intimidate me – replicating wood in scale, all those vivid colours on the planes and last and definitely not least, and worst fear of all – the rigging. But, as you may have already find out with my builds, I am not afraid of a good challenge and here is my try at it. I apologize in advance for the mistakes I will made, but my sole previous experience with biplanes dates back a few years ago, when I built an ancient Revell Albatros D.III.

The interior of this aircraft was made of wood, so replicating that, was the first challenge. I have used Radome Tan as a light sandy base colour, which was protected by a coat of Future. As I use primarily enamel paints, this is an important step and you have to allow both paint and later Future to cure properly, so leave them at least 24h to dry. Next step was creating wood grain, using oil colours – namely the Burnt Sienna. I used a short haired flat brush, slightly dipped into the oil colour and applied it to the surface. Then I started removing the excess by wiping the brush clean after each pass, until I was satisfied with the result. A little bit of Raw Umber was added to the Burnt Sienna, which was used for picking up the interior framing as well as for the seat.


The kit I used was given to me at some competition as an entry reward. It was packed in bag, containing single markings and a single A5 page of instructions, so I believe, this was some limited edition of Eduard’s weekend edition of this kit. Weekend edition don’t include any photo-etched parts, meaning an open cockpit would be practically devoid of any detail – just like you see it on the above photo (seat and control column not attached). Dryfitting the fuselage halves revealed, that for such small aperture in the fuselage, a whole lot can be seen inside of it. Decision was made, to spice things up a bit but not to go over board with extra detailing.


Engine controls block was added on the left side, including the power handle with wire connecting it to the engine.


While the amount of work on the right side was much bigger. Tubular framing, various instruments, bullet containers, seatbelts and various other details were added using punch’n’die set, tamiya masking tape, wire, stretched sprue, brass rod and other handy materials. Unfortunately, all these details are very hard to photograph and I wish I hadn’t attached the seat yet.


No, it’s not that chocolate Euro! 😉


Even Master Yoda helped with taking photos but unfortunately that didn’t help much with that seat obstructing the view.


Extra light source used to light the interior of the cockpit – some of those little details can be seen.

MiG-15bis ‘Fagot’

MiG-15bis ‘Fagot’, Eduard profipack, 1:72
Eduard exterior set, Eduard flaps set



Full article will be published in one of future Scale Aircraft Modelling magazine issues.

Eduard kits, Egyptian equipped with Brengun PE set




Models to be published in Scale Aircraft Modelling magazine

28th January 2013


Finally some progress that shows! Both MiGs were first coated with Alclad Aqua Gloss (GREAT STUFF!), and got decalled later. Not a lot of decals thankfully so a job quickly done. Only black border lines for the orange areas gave me some work, but luckily decals performed well. I masked the metal areas on the Flanker and attached the ventral and tail fins. I used Mr Surfacer to fill the little crevices around canopy and tail fins and will hopefully prepare it for primer by the end of the week.


I just talked to a friend via Skype and he ignited a spark in me to build the MiG-31. This massive Russian interceptor was the first aircraft in the world to feature a modern AESA radar and has successfully intercepted SR-71s over flying the Russia without their pilots knowing how close to a shoot down they were. Interceptors were controlled by GCI (Ground Control Intercept radarists) and thus not giving their presence away, came to as close as 6km lateral and 2km vertical to the famed American spy plane. It was the Swedes, who monitored these intercepts, who told the US what they were observing with each Blackbird flight and the result was cancellation of Blackbird ops over the Russian European part and early retirement of the SR-71. I have to MiG-31 kits in my stash and a beautiful Begemot sheet to go with them and I am wondering why not? The only obstacle at this moment is the vast number of review samples I HAVE to build first. Well hopefully there will be a break in the schedule to squeeze one Foxhound in. I took the above photo at MAKS 2011, in Zhukovski.

Here’s also an interesting movie about the young Russian pilots training to be the Foxhound pilots – a position once reserved only for most experienced VVS pilots.


24th January 2013


I love the smell of Alclad in the morning 😀 or was it napalm? Doesn’t matter really as the work was done actually last evening. 4 Alclad shades, one ModelMaster metalizer and the result is NMF bussiness end of Flanker’s mighty Saturn AL-31F engines. Anyhow the whole process was documented step by step and will be hopefully published in the Scale Aircraft Modelling magazine article. While I was at it, MiG-21s also got the exhausts painted and Steel was used for R-27 ‘Alamo’ fins – many modellers mistakenly paint them with black colour, which is incorrect.

21st January 2013


Have you ever had that feeling, that you were working for hours but had nothing to show? It strike me today as I was modelling almost every day since my last post, yet not a lot can be shown, really. Slovak MiG finally got camouflage; I hope this time without any problems – truth will be revealed tomorrow evening. Also orange identification panels were painted on the Egyptian Fishbed. If everything is well with these two builds after unmasking them, they will get exhaust metal parts painted… If there’s enough time, maybe even the green dielectric panels. Flanker is also scheduled for tomorrow’s Alclad session – can’t wait for it. If you look closely at the photo (clicking on it will enlarge it a bit as well), you’ll see quite some ordnance on my table – 2x R-27R, 4x R-73, 2x KAB-500KR and 2x Kh-29T for the UBM2… Since I don’t have a Lightening pod at home and I didn’t receive any reply from Dr.Pepper’s resin, I was forced to order Hasegawa weapons set IX for it. Hopefully it will arrive shortly – and it contains wepons for one of my future projects – A-10C conversion.

I also received Modelsvit Su-7BM ‘Fitter’ model the other day. I can say I’m glad I got this review kit due to my personal connection with the aircraft; and since BKL version is also announced, I’ll build that in the markings of the Fitter I was taking care of. What can I say so far about it? It’s a typical short-run kit without locating pins or tabs. Dryfit of the fuselage showed there’s gonna be some persuasion needed to put it together. But on the other hand, the kit boasts nice details and the guys at Modelsvit supposedly went out and measured the real deal instead of relying on some blueprints of questionable quality. Hats off and I can’t wait to start her… Most likely in February.

Till next time!

17th January 2013


As you can see, my modelling desk is getting cluttered. It’s my way of modelling – start clean and then leave stuff from the current projects on the table until they’re finished. May seem to be disorganized but it is more like organized chaos really. I have to admit, since my last post, I have hit a modelling block, really. And this time I know what caused it. I’ve had my Slovak MiG painted with all three basic colours when I went unmasking and large areas of Grey colour just peeled off. I’m not sure really what to do now but I hope I can salvage it somehow. At least Egyptian machine is now painted up and will receive orange recognition markings tomorrow. Second thing that went wrong was Flanker’s IRST. I cut it off, made a new one from scratch and attached it offset to the right side. But after examining more reference photos, I’ve noticed I was a victim of optical illusion and the device is indeed mounted central to the windshield like with most Flankers. But there’s something good in this at least – Trumpeters part is a bit too small, so I’ll be using mine to correct this flaw. And I know it’s not hard to modify to the offset when I’ll try to convert some Flanker to Su-35S for example. Anyway wingtip pods were attached and so were the scratchbuild ECM pods that form the part of the outmost underwing pylons – others will be added later. Also flaperons and slats were attached and I’m just about to start painting engine/exhaust areas.

Enjoy the nice vid I found today: