MiG GB – 1/48 MiG-19PM.
This is my contribution to the MiG Group Build that Sebastijan Videc was so kind to start and moderate. It’s an early Trumpeter kit from around 2004 that’s been in my stash since at least 2009. It’s a solid kit that assembled well. Apparently the nose shape is a bit off, but it looked good enough to me and not worth replacing with a resin correction set. The only thing I added was some PE seat belts. I painted it with Tamiya Silver Leaf lacquer and various Humbrol enamels. You don’t see these kits built too often, but when you do they’re usually finished in Soviet or East German colors. Wanting to do something different, I did mine as a Hungarian example. I cobbled the decals together from a couple of Hungarian Aero Decal sheets for MiG-15s and MiG-21s. Fellow imodeler Csaba was nice enough to provide photos of all 12 Hungarian MiG-19s as references. The MiG-19 was not well liked in Soviet and Warpac service and was not deployed in large numbers. Technology advanced quickly and the MiG-21 was a real winner that then served East bloc air forces for decades. Nevertheless, the -19 was an interesting plane that deserves to be remembered as the first mass produced supersonic fighter.
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