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Title: Academy MiG-21PF 1/48
Post by: scottminium on October 15, 2018, 07:12:25 pm
After boxing and trashing the other MiG, I picked up an Academy kit.  MUCH nicer!
A nice shot of the box art, and then the wing assemblies.  There are landing lights recessed in the wings, and on this kit the clear pieces are mounted on the inside.  I dropped them in place and then locked them in with strip styrene after painting the back side silver.  To prep for painting later the exposed part will be covered with micro mask.
Title: Re: Academy MiG-21PF 1/48
Post by: scottminium on October 15, 2018, 07:16:01 pm
After priming the cockpit details with stynlyrez white some of the instruments were covered with micromask.  Then the interior was painted a turquoise color (check out some photos, that's really the color) and the masks removed.  Then the instruments were dabbed with thin black paint, drybrushed with light gray, and given a drop of clear.

Next up is the ejection seat, which was primed, painted, and then drybrushed to bring out details.  Almost forgot the headrest!
Title: Re: Academy MiG-21PF 1/48
Post by: MSgtUSAFRet on October 17, 2018, 08:01:27 am
Scott,

Found you!

I wondered where you had gone! :)

First off, why a MiG? Any particular reason to build this one?

Second, love the detail work you did on the instrument console! I have an RC-135 that I hope to work on soon and I was debating on how best to paint it so your post and pics of your work seem to have solved that problem. Thx! (Now comes the application part...)

What type of hull paint do you have planned? Alclad2 paint? If so, I have an F-104 in the stash, from TOS "Yesterday is Tomorrow" episode, that I hope to use it on.

Always curious. Keep up the build and the posting!

Yспех!

Steve
Title: Re: Academy MiG-21PF 1/48
Post by: MSgtUSAFRet on October 17, 2018, 08:04:51 am
Oh, Okay.

I just saw your abandoned thread and now I understand the why of the build.

But still interested in the paint scheme - if you have time. :)

Steve
Title: Re: Academy MiG-21PF 1/48
Post by: scottminium on October 18, 2018, 06:30:11 pm
@Steve,
The MiG-21 is a continuation of my on again, off again building of Ace Pilot planes.  Previously I've done an F4U-1, P-51, F-4, and P-38.  In the stash is an Eduard Mirage-IIIC, which I am working up to.

For this build I am doing a North Vietnamese MiG-21PF.  The North Vietnamese had several aces, mostly because they had few pilots and few planes that never rotated home for a break. 

Toward the middle/end of the war North Vietnam started painting their aircraft with a crude camo scheme to avoid spotting and bombing by US planes.  I gather they figured this made them safe even on airstrips. :P

Below are some pics of what I am aiming for with a paint scheme.  The bottom will be silver (I'd use alcad if I had it) and the upper will be grey with a touch of green with dark green splotches.  Actual colors to follow.

BTW, the cockpit interior is Vallejo 808, which I'd call a spot on match for photos.
Title: Re: Academy MiG-21PF 1/48
Post by: MSgtUSAFRet on October 19, 2018, 07:40:54 am
Scott, thanks for the info!

Toward the middle/end of the war North Vietnam started painting their aircraft with a crude camo scheme to avoid spotting and bombing by US planes.  I gather they figured this made them safe even on airstrips. :P

Uhm......okaaaaaaay.... Hey, just a thought...maybe don't park them on a grey concrete runway where the camo would make them STAND OUT!  ;D ;D ;D

BTW, the cockpit interior is Vallejo 808, which I'd call a spot on match for photos.

Interesting that they would pick yellow for the cockpit. Is that supposed to "blend in" with the paint scheme or is that some sort of sun shade? Dunno.

Either way, I look forward to seeing what you're gonna do with this build!

Keep going!

sự th
Title: Re: Academy MiG-21PF 1/48
Post by: scottminium on October 20, 2018, 09:09:18 am
Steve, the 808 is 'blue green', turquoise really.  Here's a shot:
Title: Re: Academy MiG-21PF 1/48
Post by: scottminium on October 20, 2018, 09:48:18 am
The assembly of the first part of the fuselage is a great example of how engineering affects a build.

The seam behind the ejection seat is very tiny and the fit of the halves is superior.  However, you will notice where the sprue attachment points are located.  Why not have placed them in the notch for the cowling and windscreen? These scars would then be invisible after assembly.  Likewise, on the underside a great place for the attachment points would be the landing gear doors.

For the rear part of the fuselage you don't have to spend any time worrying the seam on the top side as this will be covered by the fuel tank fairing and the vertical stabilizer.   Some cable and hydraulic tubes were added to the main gear well using thick gage wire instead of brass tubing based on size.
Title: Re: Academy MiG-21PF 1/48
Post by: scottminium on November 04, 2018, 12:29:21 pm
forgot to paint the main gear wheel wells before assembly, and the nose gear well required some work, so the first pic is catching up on that.  The second pic shows the wings and horizontal stabilizers installed.  You can also see that the intake spike is installed when the fuselage halves are mated up, which means it needs some paint first.
I added the third pic to provide an idea of the detail in this kit, here the nose gear parts.
Title: Re: Academy MiG-21PF 1/48
Post by: scottminium on November 04, 2018, 12:43:04 pm
another shot after adding some small parts, fuel tank fairing and vertical stabilizer.

One small problem was that I didn't realize what the instructions meant when they pointed at several spots and added the label 'HOLE'.
This meant a few spots that needed to be drilled out before assembling the wings and fuselage. 

So for the wing missile pylon a bright light was shined from the back and the spot marked.  After drilling this out the pylon was used to locate the second hole.  For the centerline tank the pylon was leveled out and two holes drilled, thus allowing the pylon itself to be used to align the holes in the fuse.  As an added bonus, holes were drilled in tank as well, improving its stability.
Title: Re: Academy MiG-21PF 1/48
Post by: MSgtUSAFRet on November 05, 2018, 07:49:22 am
This plane seem seems to coming along nicely!

Did the model come with those recessed areas or did you make those?

Nice of them to at least tell you "hole"; why didn't they add the "holes" when they made the model?! Interesting.

Looking good! Keep at it!

Steve
Title: Re: Academy MiG-21PF 1/48
Post by: scottminium on November 10, 2018, 11:06:16 am
@Steve,
I think the 'holes' were left out in case you wanted to build the kit smooth.  And the kit came with recessed panel lines and rivets.  Pretty awesome overall.

Next step is to finish any minor putty work and then prime to test how everything looks.  In parallel the windshield and canopy need to be masked (my least favorite part of plane builds  :P) and the landing gear finished.  I'm also practicing my camo painting skills with the airbrush and finalizing color selection.
Title: Re: Academy MiG-21PF 1/48
Post by: scottminium on November 17, 2018, 06:20:45 am
Updates are slow with work and what not.

Masking is complete, including the use of the speed brakes and the canopy to mask those internal spaces.  The main landing gear doors do not line up as cleanly, so here the wheel wells were masked with liquid mask--the small bits of tape are to ease removal.  For the canopy, tape was cut and recut to get good coverage, then supplemented with liquid mask.  Lastly, the edges of the canopy were painted with Micro Liquitape, which also makes for a nice canopy glue.  Fit of the canopy was perfect, so it should serve well as a mask.

next, painting the underside silver before taking on the camo on the top.  Painting and assembly of landing gear and ordnance proceeding in parallel.
Title: Re: Academy MiG-21PF 1/48
Post by: scottminium on November 25, 2018, 08:41:13 pm
Out of town for the holiday, but back this afternoon.  First up, lay down the light green base coat.  Then cut a bunch of stencils, then try to paint a camo scheme!  Next up is touch up, unsealing the canopy, sealing with gloss coat and decals!

For my first attempt at airbrushing a camo scheme I am pretty pleased with the results.
Title: Re: Academy MiG-21PF 1/48
Post by: MSgtUSAFRet on November 28, 2018, 09:35:36 am
Hey Scott!

Your cammo paint looks great!

This seems to have gone together pretty quickly. Looking good!

Steve
Title: Re: Academy MiG-21PF 1/48
Post by: scottminium on December 03, 2018, 08:29:03 pm
Tomorrow the demo of the fireplace begins!  So tonight, on time, I finished the MiG!  After completion I added a light coat of transparent gray (testors AB paint) to dirty it up just a bit, then testors matte clear, and then the canopy was put in place with elmer's clear glue.  Overall I'm pretty happy with my first real airplane airbrush.

Decals  for the main kit by Cartograph (awesome!) and the North Vietnam decals were by PrintScale.  All totally awesome!

After finishing painting the whole lot was painted with clear gloss (floor polish).  Decals applied, more floor polish, then the gray, and finally matte clear.

For the panel lines I used a very thin black pin wash.  In this way the panel lines are obvious, but not OBVIOUS.  It looks more like the photos in this way (at least to me).

OK Boyd, my build is done.  Ready for the shift to the new network!!!
Title: Re: Academy MiG-21PF 1/48
Post by: MSgtUSAFRet on December 06, 2018, 07:24:00 am
Scott! Outstanding Job!

I love the panel lines on the belly (have to look up "black pin wash") and the build is, of course, up to your usual standard or excellence!

Good luck with the fireplace demo! What's going on? Replace, restore, remodel? What ever it is, be and stay safe.

Although, truth be told, I'm looking forward to your next build!  :o ;)

Star Trek Steve  :)