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  1. So where is that MiG-21PF in 72nd from Eduard. In January a “dry run” Pure Plastic version was built already but that one was only to see the fit of parts on the test shoots of the new kit. It looks alright but it is completely naked. : ) There were some annoyed Czech modellers looking at it as a degrading of our hobby. I could not give a toss for their opinion. : ) Two kits are on the workbench in parallel builds. The PF of course will be a Hungarian version, that particular one for which a lot of research was done for Eduard. It is a/c 409. The PFM will be a Soviet version. This is the kit. The Pure Plastic version And now to some real business. Here is the extra photoetch sheet from Edu for the PF. Some basic preparations were made, cutting parts from sprues, cleaning them up, adding some primer grey after a complete wash and also some colour this time. The engine parts. The constriction petals are still in the making as the PF had a very unique version that no kit maker or aftermarket manufacturer has ever produced so it will be all scratch. The one on the photos will be used on PFM kit which is a parallel build. All sorts of parts were used just as a very wide variety of paints. A lot of Mr. Paint was in use as it is simple, excellent coverage, good colours and very fast drying. Both kit plastic parts, some Edu etch and some bits and pieces from the spares box, including the flame holders. Did not like the 2 dimensional plastic version in the kit, nor the etched one. They don’t look good so had a look in the spares box and came up with a resin replacement which is spot on. Here of course for the photo the flame holder ring is fitted on the shaft with Blu Tack. Don’t forget don’t glue it on the shaft (Part D20) only after the afterburner chamber (Part D47) was glued to the turbine plate (Part D50). The Eduard instruction sheet is wrong in naming colours. Part D47 is NOT green inside but a mid grey metallic. On the afterburner flame holder only the central part is that ceramic Russian green and even that with use goes pale and there are a lot of streaks of lighter colours going out from the centre. The very centre (the afterburner igniter) is bright metallic colour. The “arms” of the flame holder are metallic grey with a tinge of brown/sand in it. Don’t expect anything soon as I take my time. There is absolutely no hurry, I enjoy simply the build and will show what is new, as and when it is available. Best regards Gabor
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