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OFFICIAL: MiGs Campaign 2019
petbat
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Posted: Monday, October 28, 2019 - 08:06 AM UTC
Something a little different?

TimReynaga
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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 01:14 AM UTC
That's cool, Peter, but I for one prefer the red MiG profile on the existing award ribbon. Maybe the star for the next MiGs campaign...?

TimReynaga
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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 01:41 AM UTC
Anyway, I’m in with Eduard’s diminutive 1/144 scale MiG-15.

This is my first Eduard kit, and the parts look fantastic. There are even two of these little beauties in the box!

john41492
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Posted: Sunday, November 03, 2019 - 07:38 PM UTC
Hi All,

Here's my entry for this build!



So far, it looks to be a fun and trouble free build! Plus it's a weekend edition, so I think I can finish it in a month or so! Hahahaa. This is also my first Eduard kit, so I'm a bit optimistic!
BlackWidow
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Posted: Saturday, November 09, 2019 - 03:06 AM UTC
I have just signed in. Hopefully I'll cross the finish line with my Bristol Blenheim within the next 2 weeks or so, so I have still time enough to squeeze a long planned kit into my production plan ....

This will be my entry. MiG 21bis from Eduard in 1/48 ....

.... although I like the polish version a lot, I have no choice when finnish decals are also offered. So this is how the model should look like in the end ....


I'm pretty sure that Eduard has got some wrong colours on this bird (FS24127 and 20108). Have seen a few Ilmavoimat MiG21 at the museums in Tikkakoski and Kotka (though not MG129) and they all look different to this one. Have to check what paints are correct. Any suggestions? Maybe Pasi?

Torsten
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Posted: Saturday, November 09, 2019 - 04:51 AM UTC
Torsten,

I've always liked the Finnish MiG-21 and have this kit in the stash. Looking forward to your build!

Michael
PasiAhopelto
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Posted: Saturday, November 09, 2019 - 06:27 PM UTC
Torsten, MiG-21 BISes were painted in Soviet Union before delivery as per Finnish instructions. The exact colours varied from batch to batch. Later the planes were repainted in Finland following original pattern. The Soviet colours varied from light green with brown to slightly darker green with almost black brown.

The MG-129 was in main batch delivered in 1980, and MG-140 of same delivery was painted in olive green (FS 24127), dark brown (FS 20108) and light grey (FS 26373) according to Kyösti Partonen's book Finnish Jet Colours. So Eduard's instructions should be OK.

MG-129 was repainted in 1989 with small roundels (according to Jyrki Laukkanen's book MiG-21 in Finnish Air Force), and if they used specified colours then the colours should be (Partonen) IVN 2 brown (FS30040), IVN 3 green (FS34102) and IVN 1 grey (FS36440).
BlackWidow
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Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 03:24 AM UTC
Pasi, thanks a lot for your in depth information! It's much appreciated. After reading your post I did some search and in my paint board I found Green FS34102 from Agama and Grey FS36440 from Vallejo. But nothing near to FS20108 or 30040.

Here is MG-138, a MiG 21bis, at the Tikkakoski FiAF-Museum. She makes quite a deplorable impression, standing outside in wind, sunshine, snow and rain ....

.... a much better resting place has MG-116, another MiG 21bis, at the little shelter museum near Kotka. Still cold inside but no rain, no snow. Here I think that green and brown colours are good visible ....

I made the photos during my holidays in Finland this September ....
Concerning that brown colour I wonder if Olive Drab would be okay? I've painted my SAAB Draken with that a few years ago. Or should it be chocolate ....


I have quite some books about the FiAF but all are from Stenman/Keskinen concerning WW 2. Still have to do some research ....

Torsten
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Posted: Monday, November 11, 2019 - 02:27 AM UTC
Torsten, the Drakens were in Swedish camouflage pattern, and as far as I know the colours were different compared to MiG-21s. Your Draken looks right to me, but for the MiG I'd try to find equivalent paint of the FS codes just to be safe
BlackWidow
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Posted: Monday, November 11, 2019 - 07:08 AM UTC
Thanks again, Pasi. I've also noticed that. Olive Drab is not close to the correct tone, which I surely won't get with Gunze, Agama or Vallejo. So I guess I have to stir up some dark chocolate sauce ....
V2Phantom
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Posted: Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 03:55 AM UTC
It has been a hectic month+ with life & work but I have managed to make some progress on my 1/144 MiG-21MFN build. The fuselage is now painted and ready for a gloss coat. Here's how my build looks this morning:









You get an idea as to the overall size of the model when it is sitting on top of the Tamiya glue bottle! After I get 1 or 2 gloss coatings on the MiG, it will be on to the decal stage!
Have fun modeling
Mike
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Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 03:05 AM UTC
Hi everyone
It has been a bit quiet arond here so hopefully everybody is modeling away. I have another update on the progress of my 1/144 MiG-21MFN. I now completed adding the decals so here is how it now looks:







After I clean the decal residue off, I need to do some touch-up on the decals (mostly builder errors) and start the clear coats so I can finish this off.

Have fun modeling!
Mike
john41492
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Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 06:03 PM UTC
Mike,

Nice looking little MiG!
PasiAhopelto
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Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 07:52 AM UTC
Nice job with the decals, Mike.

Meanwhile MiG-25's cockpit is almost done (instrument panels are by Eduard):



So far I've liked the ICM's kit.
BlackWidow
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Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 09:39 AM UTC
First update of my MiG 21. Have been ill for a week, so no progress after what you can see here.

Hopefully it's enough weight in the radom so that the MiG will not become a tailsitter. I have used fishing lead and RC balance weight ....

.... have painted the cockpit with Revell Aqua 365 Patina Green which I thought would come close to this weird cockpit colour. Well, it's not but I'll close the canopy anyway ....



.... the fuselage halves are closed now ....

I will finish my Kanonenjagdpanzer first before I continue with the MiG. It's close to the finish line ....

Pasi, I have got all necessary paints from Vallejo for the camo now, though it's a bit of a mix of the early and late colours you've mentioned above ....

My next update will come in January. I wish you all a nice christmas time and a good start into 2020. May the modelling gods be with you ....

Torsten
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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2019 - 02:02 AM UTC

There is some nice progress on everyone's MiGs!

Pasi, Torsten, you are tempting me to up my game and build a 1/48 MiG after seeing the great detail in your builds!

Torsten, I think your Revell Patina Green paint will not look odd after the fuselage is closed up and painted. It looks like it will look like a well used, weathered cockpit.

Best wishes for the holidays and New Year everyone and have fun modeling!
Mike
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Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 01:54 AM UTC
It has been a busy holiday season so not much progress when it comes to progress on my MiG build. I have manged to do a little work at my modeling bench and my MiG-21MF is now standing on its own three legs! In addition to getting the landing gear painted, glued on and touched up, I also did some more painting of details and also fixing some flaws. Here's how it looks on the last day of 2019:







Next step is adding the tiny gear doors, stabs and some more cockpit work.

Here's to more fun modeling in 2020! Happy New Year!
Mike
PasiAhopelto
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Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2020 - 01:08 AM UTC
Badly out of focus, but I was curious to find out how large aircraft MiG-25 actually is:



It is big, but not huge compared to F-4. Granted, Phantom is two-seater.
BlackWidow
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Posted: Monday, January 06, 2020 - 07:43 AM UTC
That's not much of a difference, Pasi. Some time ago I saw a photo of an indonesian Su 30 flying side by side with an australian F-18. Well, that's a difference in size ....

Everything quiet on my workbench at the moment, as I have just returned from a few days vacation. Will restart my MiG 21 build in the next days.
TimReynaga
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Posted: Monday, January 06, 2020 - 12:31 PM UTC
Happy New Year! I'm thinking it is time to make a start on Eduard's cool little MiG-15.

Eduard’s MiG is a “Dual Combo” kit with two kits in the box and markings for no less than six aircraft.


The upper half of the airframe comes with the wings already attached complete with the slight anhedral characteristic of the MiG-15. Surface detail is dead sharp and amazingly delicate.


The cockpit comes molded as a single tiny piece with a seat, consoles, panel and stick. Nice!
TimReynaga
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Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2020 - 02:21 AM UTC
The first step was to attach cockpit to the air intake splitter.

There isn’t much room for ballast to keep the MiGs from being tail-sitters, so I cut a lead fishing weight into tiny bits to pack as much into the available space as possible. I hope it will be enough!
b17-peter
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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020 - 06:26 AM UTC
Hi,
great builds everywhere here, I like the Czech MiG-21 with that special scheme
The tiny MiG-17 looks interesting, too.
How about this kit?
I bought it a few years ago, because I remembered the first test flights of the TU-144 supersonic airliner on TV. This modified MiG-21 was the chase plane and looked absolutely cool with its full delta wing!
V2Phantom
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Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 03:06 AM UTC
Tim - It's great to see another 1/144 kit in this campaign. I don't have the Eduard MiG-17 kit in my stash, so I will be following your build to see if I should look for one!

Peter - The A-144-1 looks like a very cool aircraft! I am not familiar with either the kit or real aircraft. I will definitly enjoy your build!
Have fun modeling
Mike
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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 07:30 AM UTC
A life sign from my MiG. After returning from New Years Vacations I finished my Kanonenjagdpanzer and restarted the MiG. Have finished the main assembly on the fuselage, the elevators will be attached very late in the build. The fitting of the wings to the fuselage is very good, no problems here. Next step is working on the ejection seat and the canopy ....


V2Phantom
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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020 - 01:45 PM UTC
Hi everyone! I am happy to report that I have crossed the finish line with my MiG campaign build! I finished my 1/144 MiG-21MF this week and am now ready to post the final photos.











I really enjoyed this build and am looking forward to the other builds now in progress. There are some great subjects in this campaign!
Have fun modeling
Mike