RV Aircraft 1/72 MiG-21MF
about $31.00 including shipping
from the Czech Republic
over 40 options
Scott Van Aken
High grade kit with p.e. and
The MiG-21 was designed as a point defense interceptor to be used
against the expected waves of American bombers carrying their nuclear
destruction into the Motherland. As such, it was designed to be fast and
to get to altitude as soon as possible. Armed with a single canon and
two rather poor air to air missiles (thought they'd be fine against
lumbering bombers), the initial MiG-21F and F-13 fighters were perfect
for the job.
Of course, all that speed came at a price. There was very little fuel
carried, even with a centerline tank so their endurace was quite short.
The aircraft had no on-board radar and the avionics suite was basic.
Still, of all the thousands of MiG-21s built, these were the best flying
As with all planes, the aircraft got heavier as more equipment and
capabilities were added. All this reduced speed, reduced its turning
abilities, and did nothing for endurance. The MiG-21 MF added a second
set of wing pylons to carry more fuel and it could be equipped with a
centerline gun, the gun having been removed in the previous versions
after the F-13. It was probably the most exported of all the MiG
variants as it had turned into a proper multi-role fighter, capable of
carrying bombs if needed. Still its missiles and avionics were far
behind those of Western powers. While even later aircraft got more
powerful engines and were able to carry more fuel and improved weapons
and avionics, the type was always a step behind what the 'other guys'
were flying. Not to say that the MiG-21 was a sitting duck as the type
was surprisingly effective during the 1967 and 1973 wars with Israel,
despite was Israeli propaganda would have one believe. They were also
inexpensive to buy and operate, though even that often came with the
price of having to deal with the Soviets.
have been a MiG-21 fan for a long time. I suppose it is due to all the
different markings the plane carried and all the different countries with
which it flew. In the last decade, there have been a number of recent tool
kits from Zvezda and RV of this important Soviet fighter, these kits
overcoming the subtle glitches of the Fujimi kit and the rather crude
detailing of the even older KP kit.
This particular kit is a high grade boxing that includes a goodly amount of
photo etch and resin along with an additional decal sheet that really
increases the number of markings options available. The base kit is in tan
plastic on two sprues. There are two fuselage halves with the fin molded
into one side. Wings are top and bottom on both sides with the tail planes
being single castings on each side.
The cockpit is mostly resin a resin seat, photo etch pull handle and a resin
control stick and main instrument panel assembly. All three wheel wells are
single pieces that fit into the fuselage halves and there is plenty of room
for nose weight. Nose gear well is also resin. The intake piece is a single
piece that butts up against the nose gear well with the exhaust being a five
piece assembly. There is a single piece nose intake rim.
All the wing fences, various scoops, AOA mounts, antenna, ventral strake,
pylons and various antennas and probes are separate. Both the forward and
aft speed brakes are separate and can be posed open. Tear doors are separate
items with the main gear having retraction struts. The centerline gun is
three parts with the small aerodynamic 'wings' being separate. Windscreen
and canopy are separate with two different canopy options, one having a bump
for a rear vision mirror. The base photo etch fret has no instructions and
one has to hunt to see where they are used. Many bits like the various
antennas and fences as well as the nose gear doors and gun gas deflectors
are in photo etch.
instructions are fairly well done, though not very crisply printed so one
has to pay attention. The base decals
have four Czech options from the 1990s, a Slovakian plane from 1998, a
Hungarian version from post-1991 and an Egyptian version as shown on the box
art. The standard decals are superbly printed and include the black outlines
to the large orange bits on the Egyptian markings option.
What makes this a special boxing are the two additional photo etch frets and
the additional decals. One of the two etched sets is a full color Eduard
cockpit. The other includes a boarding ladder, intake cover and detailing
for the afterburner. Both of these other frets include full instructions.
The other upgrade is two decal sheets that provide an additional 37
markings options including Syria, Bangladesh, Cuba, Chad, Uganda, Ethiopia,
Angola and many more. There is also a small masking set for the canopy and
If you are a fan of the Mig-21 and are looking for a
kit where you can pretty much go all out, then this is it. The killer additional
decals will be enough to keep you in interesting markings options for many years
You can thank me for ordering the kit
so you can see what it is like.
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