1/48 Bulgarian AF Mig-21bis
This is an Eduard “Weekend Edition” kit. It is an extraordinarily detailed model. Lots of parts and sub-assemblies, but they all fit perfectly. It’s my first finished kit for 2014. The model was built straight from the box except for the addition of Bulgarian markings from Afterburner Decals outstanding “Fabulous Fishbeds” sheet. It was camouflaged with Humbrol #120 lt. green, #30 dk. green, #98 chocolate(lightened), and #89 blue(lightened) enamels. The shock cone, SOD transponder antenna area on the fin, and the forward part of the ventral fin are painted Modelmaster Willow Green enamel. The cockpit was painted with a 60/40 mix of Floquil NYC Jade and Conrail blue enamels. This was mixed to match the decals that Eduard provide for the side and instrument panels. The ” Weekend edition” kit requires you to cut side panels from sheet plastic and add the decals, simple enough. The more expensive Profipack version comes with photo etch panels, seat belts, masks and some other goodies. The only other thing I added was seat belts fashioned from wine bottle foil. I was originally going to arm it with two “Atoll” and two “Aphid” AAMs , but decided I like the clean look with empty rails and a tank on the centerline. If you have any interest in Mig-21s, get one. I liked this one so much, I’m currently working on Angolan bis and Soviet MT versions of this kit.
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