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Author Topic: Eduard MiG-21MT completed  (Read 4854 times)
Seawinder
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« on: October 03, 2015, 06:08:29 AM »







This is the Eduard MiG-21SMT kit, which builds more accurately as an MT since it doesn't provide ordnance for nuclear strike, the primary mission of the SMT. It's a really fine and comprehensive kit and was built OOB with the exception of two gear door actuators that had to be scratchbuilt after the kit parts were devoured by the carpet monster. I also drilled out all the fuselage intake scoops and simulated the cockpit sealing gaskets with stretched sprue.

The multi-piece photo-etched cockpit fit together remarkably well. I used decanted Model Master Tropical Turquoise spray lacquer, tinted with a bit of Mr. Color bright blue, for the matching canopy and sill areas. Exterior colors are AKAN for the under-surface blue-gray and the two upper-surface browns, and Mr. Color 34102 and 34087 (as called out in the Eduard instructions) for the greens. Decals, including the copious stencils, are from the kit. The Eduard Profipack provides Brassin resin UB-16 launchers, which were hung on the inner pylons.

Markings are for S.N. 96.40.14, now (presumably) on display in a drastically weathered condition at Dolgoye Ledovo Airfield near Moscow. Only 15 MTs were ever built. Although intended for export, they were only flown by the Russians: 12 served with the 66th Fighter Bomber Air Regiment, while the remaining 3 were stationed at Kubinka for display to foreign delegates and may also have served with the 234th Guards Fighter Air Regiment.

Cheers,
Pip
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Massimo Tessitori
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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2015, 06:49:42 AM »

Hi Pip,
beautiful model indeed. Is the camouflage painted by free hand airbrush, or you have utilized some kind of spaced masking?
A nuclear bomb would have been an interesting option, if available. Do you know images of them?
Regards
Massimo
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Seawinder
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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2015, 07:17:39 AM »

Hi Pip,
beautiful model indeed. Is the camouflage painted by free hand airbrush, or you have utilized some kind of spaced masking?
A nuclear bomb would have been an interesting option, if available. Do you know images of them?
Regards
Massimo

Thanks, Massimo. Yes, it's all airbrushed freehand.

Here's a link to a description of the VVS nuclear strike program, with a few relevant images:
http://www.16va.be/3.8_armes_speciales_eng_part2.html
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Troy Smith
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2015, 02:52:20 PM »

that's come out really well Pip.

My interest has come out of interest in the Six day War and Indo-Pakistan conflicts

I've ended up ordering a couple of the PF kit as they have been available cheap in the UK.....   and i found that I had alternate broad PFM fins in some dodgy MiG-21 kits, as I want to do an Indian FL

The other is intended to be crossed with a Neomega MiG-21 F-13 resin conversion, which was intended for the Academy kit, as the experten have damned the Trumpeter MiG-21 F-13

Of course doing this will bump Eduard into doing an F-13 and FL, both surprising omissions given their widespread use by Arab nations, and the Indian use of the FL.

For those puzzled by all the variants, as I still am, this is very useful basic guide as to what there are etc
http://www.mig-21.de/english/technicaldataversions.htm

Arab use
http://www.acig.info/CMS/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=176&Itemid=47

war of attrition
http://www.acig.info/CMS/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=209&Itemid=47

Indian use
http://www.acig.info/CMS/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=169&Itemid=47

http://www.acig.info/CMS/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=168&Itemid=47

Sorry if off topic, but thought might be of interest.... I've ended up getting the first volumes of Arab Migs as result..

interesting build of 2 MiG-17's here, with comments on marking from Tom Cooper, who does ACIG I linked, as well as the Arab MiGs books.

cheers
T
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otto
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2015, 10:13:39 PM »

Congratulations Seawinder, the camouflage of your MT is really good!
Eduard and Aerobonus both make an IAB-500 imitation atomic bomb:

http://www.eduard.com/store/Eduard/IAB-500-imitation-atomic-bomb-1-48.html?cur=1&listtype=search&searchparam=imitation

http://www.aires.cz/en/product/iab-500-imitation-aerial-bomb-with-bd3-23n-pylon/3-661/

Eduard's includes additional instruments for MiG-21 cockpit, but misses the stencils decal sheet included in Aerobonus' kit.
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bbrought
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2015, 04:07:26 PM »

Pip, sorry for only commenting now as we had the discussion about colours earlier. I just wanted to say I absolutely love how it came out! Really excellent work.

Bennie
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Seawinder
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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2015, 02:21:18 AM »

Thanks all for the comments -- much appreciated.

FWIW, I forgot to mention what I used for the cockpit color. I got a very close match to the Eduard PE color using Testors Model Master spray lacquer 26114 Tropical Turquoise, decanted and mixed with a small amount of Mr. Color 34 Sky Blue.

Cheers,
Pip
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