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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)




MiG-21 was built in more than 11.000 examples so it is no wonder, many of them were used in experimental roles. MiG-21I’s main task was to test different wing shape profiles for the upcoming supersonic airliner Tu-144. Two prototypes were built, based on the MiG-21S airframe. Second prototype was tested at Gromov Flight Research Institute at Zhukovsky. Many cameras were added to the hump and top of the tail and the center-of-gravity was regulated by weights added to the nose and tail of the aircraft. MiG-21I first flight happened on 18th April 1968 and both aircraft made more than 140 flights – first prototype crashed during aerobatic routine, killing test pilot V. Konstantinov while the second prototype was transferred to the Monino Air Force Museum near Moscow, where it stands besides the Tu-144 until this day.

Kit: Modelsvit 1:72 MiG-21I Analog, 2nd prototype – out of the box


And an interesting and rare video of some Analog flying I found on Youtube


Double Delta Fishbed – part 4

Painting time!


A coat of Alclad Gloss Black primer will give a model a proper base for a shiny finish.

This was followed by Alclad White Aluminum.



I did shading with Alclad Magnesium and using a post-it note as a masking guide. While the effect turned out to be really great, I felt it was too exaggerate.




The effect was then toned down by another thin coat of White Aluminum and I think I got it just right – as the real aircraft was just plain aluminum, giving it some shading, I added a bit of interest to the plain surfaces without making things up.


Double Delta Fishbed – part 3

Hey everybody! Still remember photos of a [SARCASM] stellar [/SARCASM] fit of wings to the fuselage on this build? If not, click HERE. Well here I am at the moment – the model in primer. A few touch-ups will be required so if all goes according to plan, she’ll get a nice even coat of Alclad Gloss Black base and metallic finish sometime later this week. I have to admit, I was struggling with putties in the past – they crumbled, sanding was messy, especially in some tight corner and all in all they were quite a horrifying experience. Well, I have to say, I have found a new one and it blew me away with its quality and ease of work.





The product is called Perfect Plastic Putty by Deluxe Materials. It is a water based putty of a similar thickness as Tamiya’s white putty. But the real game changer is that it is water based. In practice this means, that you apply it over the seam, wait half an hour or so to fully dry, then gently rub the seam with damp brush and you will remove excess putty with ease and any residue can be later removed by damp cloth. I will probably make a product review with a video in the near future, to show you how easy it is to use. Oh and yeah, if you let it cure it will sand very nicely as well.


Double Delta Fishbed – part 2

Last time, I was talking about experience required when building short-run kits. Today I’ve decided to show you the hurdles that await me with this kit.


The join between fuselage and vertical stabilizer is rather poor – unfortunately this photo doesn’t show it at its worst, but there’s a gaping hole there at the back of the join. Careful puttying and sanding is needed there to blend the spine extension into the stabilizer.


Dry fitting is of the utmost importance with these kits. As you can see, wing insert is way too thick to fit nicely into the main wing, while there are large gaps of varying width present all over the join line. Major sanding will be required followed by puttying and sanding.


Dry fitting wing to the fuselage also showed gaps all along the seam line. Another area that will have to be taken care of.

Luckily, the fuselage halves went together rather nicely, but I guess this is where it stops. Dryfit of the clear parts showed that the canopy doesn’t fit at all and will have to be posed open. In the meantime, Flanker is progressing nicely so there might be slight delay with the Analog build.


Double Delta Fishbed – part 1

MiG-21I Analog, was an experimental project to test the aerodynamic properties of the wings for the Soviet supersonic airliner Tu-144. Two prototypes were built, based on MiG-21S version but with a more powerful R13-300 engine. Flight testing began in 1968 and continued into 1970 when the first prototype was lost. The second prototype, which will be the subject of this build, was retired to Monino aeronautical museum, where it still resides, alongside the Tu-144 supersonic airliner.


When I first visited Monino in 2007 I was not aware of this Fishbed variant. Yet standing there in the shadows of the big Tu-144, it caught my eye. Needless to say, when I saw Modelsvit released this variant and with my recent interest in Soviet era prototypes, buying this kit was a must. Having previously build Modelsvit’s Su-7B, one of the best if not the best short-run kit I’ve build so far, expectations were fairly high. Unfortunately, upon opening the box, MiG-21I kit is not made to the same level as their Fitter kits. Soft details, flash, big chunky parts and wobbly panel lines promise another build using hammer and sickle instead of more traditional modelling tools.



Cockpit details are raised but barely noticeable. Using some drybrushing and picking instruments and certain buttons out with different colours at least made the small pit a bit more interesting. Ejection seat is made of 7 parts and when you try to insert it into the cockpit tub, you realise it is too wide. I scraped some plastic off the side panels to get it in and added some seatbelts using thin stripes of Tamiya masking tape.


Side panels feature slightly more pronounced details compared to the other cockpit details. However when you finish the tub and try to insert it, you will notice that it doesn’t fit. Why, you might ask? Because these side panels are about 2-3mm too long and the instrument panel doesn’t fit in. Cutting off the panels slice by slice and dryfitting eventually solved the problem.


Eventually everything dropped in with a little luck or use of sheer force 😀 As I write this, fuselage halves were already glued together and I am dryfitting the wings and trying to mentally solve this  upcoming problem.


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 🙂


Eduard kits, Egyptian equipped with Brengun PE set




Models to be published in Scale Aircraft Modelling magazine

19 December 2012


I must say it makes me very happy to see how much interest was shown into my blog, upon announcing it publicly yesterday. However unfortunately due to the misunderstanding from our Greek fellow modellers, the issue of the name Macedonia came up in regards to the poll posted. For those of you, who have issues with this, here is my statement:

I am well aware of the name dispute between FYROM as you call it and Greece. It was not my intention in any way to provoke you using the name Macedonian instead of FYROM. And as I know about why there is dispute as a third party observer and as I have seen politics getting dirty to steer people’s mind away from current situation (we all know the s**t your country is in and your northern neighbour is not much better either). However, Republic of Slovenia recognized Republic of Macedonia by its constitutional name and this gives me the right as Slovenian citizen to use the adjective Macedonian in regards to that republic. And not to forget US, China, Russia and more than 100 other UN nations did the same and use the same adjective. So untill this dispute is settled by either Greek-Macedonian solution or by UN (FYROM is after all just an iterim solution used only by official UN documents), I won’t be using FYROM word.

So I just wish that we all put the politics aside and enjoy what we all enjoy a lot – plastic scale modelling.

I had a day off today and I took advantage of it. Beside some household errands I had to do, I also took some time for modelling. And as you can see, another Flanker has joined me on the table. It’s the Trumpeter’s Su-27UB in 1:72 which I will be converting to Su-27UBM2. I’ve painted the cockpit in light blue today and seats and instrument panel coamings in black. I also assembled the intakes. Some small work was done on Eduard’s little Fishbeds, but more tomorrow.

Here’s a photo of that Su-27UBM2; mine will be Yellow 53: http://www.airliners.net/photo/Kazakhstan—Air/Sukhoi-Su-27UBM2/2108606/L/