I’m almost done with the MIG-21 for the Eduard group build. I absolutely loved the build and love the kit. I bought another one to mod into a 21bis using a resin nose. I’m thinking I’m just going to buy another one to do as another straight MIG-21MF, and improve some on what I did this time.
This was my first 1/48 plane.
I hit some issues in building this and had ways I thought would work but would like to get more perspective because I’m not sure they worked out the way I thought they would. So, please, I appreciate input from folks who have experience at this. And welcome good things people have learned that don’t apply to my issues.
Issue #1 - my that’s big (I don’t think there is anything to advise here, just an observation). I just need some wider workspace. The main area where I am hurting for space is my spray booth, but I found myself maneuvering it around on my work bench also.
Issue #2 - how do you handle one of these when you are working on it? painting it? putting decals on it? I had a box with two curves cut out of it that I thought would work but it was kind of limiting.
Issue #3 - about painting parts separately. So I painted the landing gear separately and the landing gear bay doors. Attaching them at the end was really tricky. Part of it may be the complexity on this aircraft, I dont’ know. But I gather attaching them before painting is a recipe for disaster. This is kind of connected to #2 above, I felt like I needed to hold the model while attaching the part with the other hand, but it’s size makes it cumbersome and if I’d attached all the fiddly little pieces before I’m sure they would come off during handling.
Issue #4 - rescribing panel lines (and scribing in panels). So, of all the stuff that was new on this build this one gave me most fear, but it really worked out splendidly. I have some scribing templates and a couple of new tools, and I was able easily to patch the place where the tool jumped out of my hand and made a new crooked line by itself (I know you can envision that). But the thing that I am unsure about is getting good about getting the depth of these lines right. One of mine is a little shallow and the line that was making a curved panel on a curved surface is fairly uneven. They look ok, but I gotta think.
I’m about to jump in on the Tamiya P-38 now…