Iraqi MiG-21MF “Fishbed”
Inspired by the outbreak of Desert Storm, or Gulf War One, I built this MiG-21MF in Iraqi markings and camouflage. So, it’s been languishing in the display cabinet since way back then, with no airport pictures taken. Even though it’s more than 20 years old now, I had never really taken “proper” pics of it. I took care of that little issue last August when the Fishbed went to the Coffield Regional Airport in Rockdale,Texas for a photo-shoot.
It is the ESCI 1/48 kit that was originally released by OEZ. The kit had two different top fuselage inserts for three versions of the fighter. I’d like to think that I have the skills now to avoid that awful step behind the cockpit, but I guess I was satisfied to leave it back in ’92. The Fishbed was built along with a Philippines Air Force Northrop F-5A “Freedom Fighter” as a sort of “export fighter” theme project. Both were popular planes enabling Third World countries a high-performance jet, representing both East and West blocs. I also note in the pics that the front LG was somewhat loose and is crooked in some shots too. Grrrrr. Oh well, she’s posed in all her flaws and defects here.
The dark paint was Pactra enamel, long gone now, the other colors are Humbrol and ModelMaster enamels, sprayed with my Paasche H. Decals are aftermarket and represent an aircraft in the Iran-Iraq War of the ’80s. If you squint a bit, and tilt your head just right, it does look sort of like a MiG-21. 🙂
Thanks again everyone for taking a look at my Mig-21!
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