Jump to content
ARC Discussion Forums
  • advertisement_alt
  • advertisement_alt
  • advertisement_alt
BaconRaygun

1:48 Eduard Mig-21SM in 812th UAP, Kharkov Academy colors.

Recommended Posts

Hello everybody!  First build thread, here goes. 

 

After much consideration, I picked up Eduard's Mig21-MF ProfiPack for my next build.   Not going crazy with aftermarket parts, but I will get the Masters pitot tube and static wicks, and maybe resin wheels and weapons if I see fit... but I'll leave that decision for later.    Maybe at some point I'll even build another variant with all of the resin goodies. 

 

This will be built up as a Mig-21SM, "yellow 127" in 812th UAP colors from the Kharkov Higher Military Academy at Kupyansk Airfield, USSR, 1991.   Basically building straight from the book.   Cant really find actual photos of this specific aircraft, and I don't really care that much.  I'm going to use other Mig-21SM/MF photos as reference for all of the details and for ideas on how to weather the thing.   As long as it looks believable, then I'm happy.  

 

First impressions of the kit are positive.  I'm liking the level of detail, and after dry-fitting all of the major parts, looks like there are no major fit issues.  

 

 

Nothing exciting to show yet.  I assembled the gearbays and then shot some primer onto the gearbays, cockpit and engine parts.   I've got the engine painted and assembled, but nothing exciting on that front.   Originally, I was going to go resin with the engine, but after dry fitting and realizing that you really cant even see the thing, I decided against it.   My only real wish here would be a more detailed flame holder right out of the box.   I understand their logic in holding back the detail for the flame holder, but still, it would be nice, as that really is the most visible engine component.

 

Just some primer, nothing exciting.   For these parts, I used Alclad II gloss black primer... mostly because I knew I needed it for the metal parts and I was too lazy to clean the airbrush to shoot Mr Surfacer 1500 on the rest of these.   I used this method for my Su-35 and it worked well, and if it works, then, well, it woks... 

20190424-233453-1.jpg

 

20190424-233526.jpg

 

I did paint and assemble the gear bays and engine parts, I'll take some photos later.  I will be adding some scratchbuilt details to the gear bays.  More on that later. 

 

Next I hacked out the airbrakes.  From reference photos, it seems the airbrakes are retracted while parked, but are drooping ever so slightly.  I will attempt to model this, and hopefully it ends up looking good instead of looking like I just did a bad job gluing the airbrakes.  We shall see.   Dry fit looked good.   

 

Here is a picture of the hack-job.  Not sure about you guys, but this was more painful than I was expecting.  I drilled around the perimeter and then carefully removed the center, finishing off with files.  Each one took about an hour to drill, hack, file, fit, file some more, fit, file, repeat... and what do you know, I forgot to take a photo of the end result.   Still needs filling, but that will be done after I get the fuselage glued together. 

20190427-195251.jpg

 

20190427-195419.jpg

 

20190428-114244.jpg

 

 

 

 

Last night I got a shipment of paint and was able to get a base-coat onto the cockpit parts.  Tonight I plan on adding a few additional colors for detail and then assembling the cockpit.    

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Despite my best efforts, I could not get a good match to the pre-painted PE cockpit that came with the kit, but it's close enough for me.  It should blend better after some weathering, or at least I hope it will.   

 

Last night I assembled the panels and dry fitted everything else.  Still needs a few adjustments to get the PE side panels to sit right, but its getting there.   The foil pieces are my attempt at modelling the little ridge/sun shade that overhangs the panel.  Should look about right after a few adjustments and some paint.   

 

20190501-232140.jpg

 

 

 

 

I would love to add a few more details to the cockpit, but I cant seem to find any images of the side panels and rear bulkhead.  If anybody has a source, please share, it would be a big help. 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Got some more done this weekend, here's an update for the 2 people paying attention.   

 

Had to scrub the "sun shade" along the top ridge of the instrument panel.  Looks like there is not much clearance between the panel and canopy, and with even just a doubled over piece of foil (which didn't really look right anyway), it was too much.   It did looked great with a quad-folded piece of kitchen foil, though.     This is definitely a big selling point for the resin cockpit, as that part has the ridge/sun shade molded in.  I'm surprised I have not seen mention of this on any of the build and review threads I read.  To me, the lack of that sun shade really sticks out, but not really a big deal. 

 

Anyway, moving on. 

 

I made a slight adjustment to the suggested assembly steps for installing the engine.  The instructions called for the installation of the engine to be done before the fuselage is glued together, but this creates a problem for filling the seam at the rear, on the inside of the fuselage. Since the engine sits so far inside, that seam would be quite noticeable.   To remedy this, I made a slight modification that allows me to install the engine after I fill the seam. 

 

You can see this detailed below.   I simply removed the forward ridge that holds the motor in the fuselage.   This allows me to insert the assembled motor through the opening where the wings-roots and gear-bays are mounted.  

 

Here, you can see a small incision.

20190504-160522.jpg

 

And here it is with the ridge removed.   This obviously needs to be done on both fuse halves. 

20190504-160815.jpg

 

 

Next, I put some paint on the shock-cone and then got the fuse glued together.  The fit is pretty good.  Most of the seam will be covered, which makes gluing the halves together a bit more forgiving.   However, murphy's law still prevailed, and the most difficult part of the process was the nose... the most visible part of the aircraft.  

 

20190505-174001.jpg

 

20190505-181301.jpg

 

After some careful sanding, I deduced that the seam didn't need much filling at all.   I opted for trying my luck with Mr Surfacer 1500, painted on with a brush.   500 or 1000 are probably a better fit for this application... but I don't have any, and this will work, so that's that. 

 

...and here is a dry-fitting of the wings, tail, and dorsal spine.  It's starting to look like an actual airplane. 

 

20190505-230638.jpg

 

 

Next up is completing the gear-bays, mounting the engine, and attaching the wings, tail, and dorsal spine. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

I forgot I even started this thread... Whoops.   

 

I ran into a small issue while attaching the wings.  Nothing a little sanding and putty couldn't fix, but certainly makes my noob-ness stand out.  There was quite a bit of sanding required at the forward portion of the joint, and as a result, I lost some detail.  I did my best to re-scribe the lost detail, and I think that came out just OK.  Doesn't bother me, though, as it's on the bottom, and after paint and weathering, it will be barely noticeable.  

 

The air frame is complete.  All that's left is paint, landing gear, weapons, and details like pitot tubes, static wicks, antennas and other tiny details.  

 

I started painting the bottom yesterday.  In the below photos, you will see the progression through the first and second layer of paint.  One more layer and some touch-up, and on to the topside. 

 

20190706-223947.jpg 20190706-225452.jpg

 

20190706-232204.jpg 20190708-112654.jpg

 

 

Edited by BaconRaygun

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey 👋🏻 I’m here and watching.  Great progress- the paint on the underside looks great.  I’ve built one of the Eduard MiG-21s and loved it.  The Master pitot tube is a worthy investment.  Thanks for sharing your progress!

 

Steve

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the kind words, Steve. Definitely a fun kit.  I've thoroughly enjoyed it.  I may even attempt to build a mig-21 analog using this kit sometime in the future... if I'm feeling brave. 

 

Speaking of the master pitot tube (and static wicks); those are the only aftermarket parts that i bought for this kit.  I wanted to build this kit totally out of the box, but I just could not skip that beautiful pitot tube.  It's so prominent on this aircraft that I just couldn't hold back. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

More progress.  Started on the camouflage scheme last night.   Before anybody asks, top-side paints are Mr. Color (per callouts in manual), bottom paint is MRP Sukhoi light blue (yes, I realize this is not a Sukhoi.  No, I don't care, its close enough for me).   Camo is being done freehand.  I don't know if the real thing had hard-edge camo or not, as I was not able to find a single reference shot of this scheme... so, I've made the executive decision to just go with a soft-edge camo look.   

 

Light blue on the underside is finished.  4 layers total.  

20190708-230633.jpg

 

First layer of green and stone down. 

20190709-221140.jpg

 

Second layer of stone down.  Second layer of green will be used to refine and sharpen the edges. 

20190709-230818.jpg

 

Onward! 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

Wow 😮.  That’s looks awesome!  I like the mottling / black basing technique.  It gives the paint so much tonal variety.  

Edited by Falconxlvi

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you sir.  

 

My favorite part about the mottling isn't even how it comes out... its doing the painting.  There is something strangely satisfying about it.  

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 7/11/2019 at 10:51 PM, BaconRaygun said:

<...> My favorite part about the mottling isn't even how it comes out... its doing the painting.  There is something strangely satisfying about it. 

 

A classic win-win situation, then. :thumbsup:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...