Ben Hobby 1/100 MiG-21
Mig-21 is the most produced fighter jet in history with over 10,000 airframes
constructed. The Mig-21 is a single engine fighter that filled the role of both
a fighter and interceptor at the time of its inception. The aircraft is capable
of mach 2 flight and is known for its good speed and maneuverability, at the
expense of avionics and carrying capacity. The Mig-21 first saw action during
the Vietnam War, where its maneuverability gave it an edge over American jets in
the earlier years of the conflict. After Vietnam, Mig-21s were employed in the
various Arab-Israeli wars, the Iran-Iraq War and last saw major action during
Operation Desert Storm. Updated Mig-21’s continue to serve in air forces around
the world today, most notably within the Indian Air Force.
1/100 Mig-21 is a reboxing of the Tamiya 1/100 kit, as such the molding is
superb even if the details are soft. The plane comes in two sprues molded in a
light grey plastic with a clear piece for the canopy. Markings are provided for
three aircraft, a Russian Mig, a North Vietnamese Air Force Mig with several
kill markings and an Indian Air Force version. The decals are in good register
and there is no yellowing given the age of the model.
Due to the small parts count the construction of the model went very smoothly
and it was possible to complete the model in a weekend. Construction started in
the almost non-existent cockpit. The
consists simply of a blocky seat barely visible under a thick clear canopy. The
interior can be approached two ways, it can either be painted in a medium gray
as recommended by the instructions, or alternatively it can done in black due to
the small scale and the fact the interior will be barely visible through the
thick clear plastic. I opted for the former and just brushed the interior with
Citadel’s “Codex Grey”. After the interior the bulk of the airplane comes
together. The fuselage was glued together and once the glued was finished curing
the wings were attached. At this stage the model is mostly complete with the
exception of the landing gear and armaments, so I masked off the cockpit and
proceeded to prime the airframe and remaining parts with Krylon grey primer.
With the most of the assembly complete I carried on to the painting phase. All
three decal options for the Mig-21 are finished in bare metal with a dash of
olive drab on the nose cone and landing gear detailed in light
painting stage was very easy; I simply applied several thinned coats of
Citadel’s “Chainmail Silver” by hand until I achieved the desired look. Next I
detailed the landing gear with a light grey and painted the tires flat black.
The missiles were painted “Skull White” with the tips detailed with flat black.
Once the painting was complete, the landing gear and armaments were attached to
the airplane. To prepare the model for the application of the decals, an acrylic
gloss varnish was applied by hand.
Of the three decal markings provided I chose to use the Indian Air Force
version. The decals are quite thick and thus quite durable during handling. The
decals went on with ease. After the decals were applied, I hand brushed painted
a glossy acrylic clear coat to seal the model and protect it.
The Tamiya 1/100 series jets are excellent kits, it’s a shame the scale never
really caught on with plastic modellers. The Tamiya kits and reboxings by
BenHobby can still be found in several hobby shops and online for very
reasonable prices. The models are also quite simple and offer relaxing weekend
builds. I recommend these kits for anyone into small scale jets, especially
those fond of 1/144 scale aircraft.
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