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Re: Eduard 1/144 MiG-21 SMT (Fishbed K)
« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2012, 02:27:45 PM »
Enjoy the weekend :-ok

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Re: Eduard 1/144 MiG-21 SMT (Fishbed K)
« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2012, 07:36:17 PM »
Look  very nice Domi! :-clap Excellent job on this, so small kit! :-clap

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Re: Eduard 1/144 MiG-21 SMT (Fishbed K)
« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2012, 01:38:14 PM »
Excellent work on those tiny birdies, my friend!!! :-ok

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Re: Eduard 1/144 MiG-21 SMT (Fishbed K)
« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2013, 06:34:51 PM »
Wow!  It's been a while since I last worked on this little project!  Xmas got in the way, along with my usual face- and body-painting commitments, then I had a important commission to work on for a friend, needed for the end of this month...   This sculpting work is done, so I thought it would be cool to get back to my little MiG..

No piccies today as it's too dark already, but I can report that I'm almost there..!  Panel shading has been done with thinned down oil paint (black), and I'm currently adding the few parts that were still missing, pitot tube, seat, canopy,...  Might add a bit more 'shading' tomorrow, then go for the final weathering...   More on this in the hours or days to come...
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Re: Eduard 1/144 MiG-21 SMT (Fishbed K)
« Reply #19 on: January 21, 2013, 09:40:41 AM »
Here are the promised pictures of the finished model...

http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/DSCN9228_zps4b321b57.jpg
Eduard 1/144 MiG-21 SMT (Fishbed K)


http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/DSCN9230_zps71ac4f9f.jpg
Eduard 1/144 MiG-21 SMT (Fishbed K)


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Eduard 1/144 MiG-21 SMT (Fishbed K)


http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag16/djmodels1999/DSCN9231_zpsb2c4cafa.jpg
Eduard 1/144 MiG-21 SMT (Fishbed K)


In conclusion, this is a very very nice kit, which I wholehartedly recommend if you are into 1/144 military aviation modelling, or wish to give this scale a try.  The Eduard 1/144 MiG-21 kits are certainly much finer renditions than the earlier Attack releases and way ahead of anything that paraded as a Fishbed in this scale before.  As of writing, Eduard offers 3 variants of the kit, MiG-21 MF, SMT and Bis.  The SMT is probably the least exciting of the three, because it was only in production for a short time in the early 1970s and apparently was only used by the Soviet Union (though some sources do state that Poland, Czechoslovakia and East Germany had some SMTs too..  maybe someone here can confirm??).  As it happens, most SMTs were retroffitted with a smaller 'hump' (similar to that of the later Bis) as the extra fuel tank at the rear of the spine could not be used...  Finally, in my eyes in any case, the extra large humped-SMT has not got the sleek looks of the earlier MF series, making it the least interesting of the trio...  In any case, the Eduard SMT boxing only offers decals for red-starred aircraft (though one can chose between 5 different schemes), while the MiG-21 MF and Bis kits offer a much wider scope of markings and operators.  

Alternative decals do exist for those kits, if only from KP Models in the Czech Republic and MYK in Japan.  And Eduard has released PE sets to upgrade its own little jewels.  Brengun also have PE sets for those kits.

Out of the box, those are excellent kits, superior in quality to many a larger kit.  Super-detaillers could add a few things in the cockpit, in the wheel wells, and the 'odd rod' IFF antennaes, the vanes on the pitot tube, possibly replace the wheel bay doors with thinner ones, replace the canopy with a vacuformed item,...  As it stands, the only missing things to make the kit look like a true SMT are the two little fuselage strakes ahead of the wings and seat belts. I have not checked dimensions for any errors, but the finished item certainly looks right.  Now, let's hope Eduard will come up with other variants of the famed Fishbed: a F-13, a PFM or a UM would certainly not go amiss..!
« Last Edit: January 22, 2013, 08:49:37 AM by Domi »
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Re: Eduard 1/144 MiG-21 SMT (Fishbed K)
« Reply #20 on: January 21, 2013, 09:53:10 AM »
Thank you for this nice build and review  :-clap :-clap Your build as well Eduard kit is absolute top  :-tri

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Re: Eduard 1/144 MiG-21 SMT (Fishbed K)
« Reply #21 on: January 21, 2013, 11:11:05 AM »
Great work mate!! :-clap
I like this one!! :-clap

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Re: Eduard 1/144 MiG-21 SMT (Fishbed K)
« Reply #22 on: January 21, 2013, 05:43:55 PM »
Splendid! :-ok

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Re: Eduard 1/144 MiG-21 SMT (Fishbed K)
« Reply #23 on: January 23, 2013, 01:53:23 AM »
This looks great!