MiG-21 UM in 1/32 scale by Trumpeter
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Well.... yep, got another fine 1/32 scale Trumpeter kit of the MiG-21, the 21 UM with NATO codename "Mongol-B" , the two seater trainer variant. The kit (no. 2219) was issued at the same period as the F13 and other MIG kits of Trumpeter and is of the same high quality as these kits. The parts and overall engineering is very impressive! As with the other Trumpeter kits of the MiG-21...
1- you get a demo aircraft (as seen in the box art) of a CZECH "stress team" demoteam no.3756;
I saw this aircraft at an air show and made a photo.
Observations about the kit decals and scheme:
- the wall bricks details at the doors should be "red" and not orange; can be corrected as extra white decals are included ;
- this is a spectacular scheme and the wood pattern is partly done with decals! Alternative decals have been coming from "TIGER WINGS" for this kit.
for a Czech
camouflaged MiG-21 UM; the Czech national insignia are not correct (they
should be mirrored and are too small in size; you may use a spare decal
from a Revell 1/32 kit...)
Other tips on
- the seats
are OK, but add some more details!
the quite good kit parts for
the cockpit tub:
may be added under the windscreen and if you leave the avionics bay open,
also in part C17.
A nice touch
is the parachute housing that can be set open at the rear of the tail (parts
G2 G1 etc).
General other tips and tricks are the same as for MiG-21 F13 and other MiG-21 kits that are seen on previous MIG-21 pages.....
A few parts
were already detailed and "pre-painted" of the cockpit section. This will
easy later adding details as the base color is there...
The excellent Trumpeter kit of the two seater MiG-21 is very good indeed.
Nice touches are the special lower fuselage air brake that can be set opened, the correct larger wheels as of the MF, the correct large vertical fin, the correct wing and the correct ejection seats.
It was decided that the kit would be assembled with rear fuselage attached, closed avionics bay and no further opened panels. this was done on many of the other kits, so this is a bit of a relief.
The intake has the correct smaller
intake bullet with no radar; make sure to remove the various edges and
alignment pins to get a good seam.
The lower fuselage area with the rear
brake and main undercarriage bays is quite nice. I has some problems with
the fit of the bay parts but used white glue to close gaps.
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