Academy's 1/48 scale
by Bob Aikens
Academy's 1/48 scale MiG-21MF
is available online from
This is my build of
Academy's MiG-21MF, kit # 2171/FA147.
The box top says
copyright 1998, but it may have been issued earlier than that. As has
been noted on numerous articles on this kit the model is rather a MiG-21
bis 'Fishbed L', rather than an MF.
As Hans-Heiri Stapfer
notes in the Squadron Signal 'Walk Around MiG-21 Fishbed Pt. 2: "The
MiG-21 bis Lazur featured a wider, deeper dorsal spine than the earlier
MiG-21MF. This spine was faired further back into the vertical fin,
nearly to the braking parachute bullet faring." This is a notable
feature of this model kit.
Overall, this is a very
good model kit. The fit is generally excellent-the wings, for example,
fit so snugly to the fuselage than no filling is required. The
front-rear joint (to accommodate Academy's PMF version) requires some
filling and sanding.
The cockpit, however is
quite spare and inaccurate, but if the canopy is left closed it is not a
My build contains the Black Box resin cockpit. The plastic from the kit
instrument shroud area must be removed to accommodate the resin parts.
Other than that the kit is straight from the box.
The topside painting was
done with Tamiya acrylics; Desert Yellow XF-59 lightened with White X-2
and JA Green XF-13, lightened with Field Grey XF-65. The undersides are
AeroMaster Lt.Ghost Gray 'blued-up' with MM Azure Blue.
The decals are from Hi-Decal Line-48-001 MiG-21 BIS Fishbed L/N-an
excellent sheet, similar in quality to TechMod.
'Yellow 01' is a MiG-21
bis - SAU Fishbed N, Ukrainian Air Force, 1992. It should feature
'Swift-Rod' ILS antennae under the air intake and atop the tail fin.
As the viewer can easily see the camo scheme was done with masking
tape...I still have second thoughts about this-but there is always the
option of doing another free-hand rendition ! Until the issue of this
kit, the only MiG-21MF kit in 1/48 was the OEZ example. Revell did issue
a PMF in 1/48 in the mid-70s-I still remember clumsily grafting the
larger spine over the PMF one to get an Egyptian MF....those were heady
days ! (see pics)
References for this
project were Walk Around MiG-21 Fishbed Part 2, Squadron/Signal
Publications, and also their MiG-21 Fishbed in Color, both by Hans-Heiri
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|Arab MiG-19 and MiG-21
Units in Combat
(Combat Aircraft 44)
Author: David Nicolle and Tom Cooper
Illustrator: Mark Styling
US Price: $19.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: March 25, 2004
Details: 96 pages; ISBN: 1841766550
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