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Bjorn

Two Finnish Trumpeter MiG 2-seaters in 1/48: MiG-15UTI and MiG-21UM

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First the MiG-15:

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I used Kuivalainen (Eduard) photo-etch for the cockpit. I know there are things that are not 100 % correct, but this was enough for me. Since it was pre-painted, the whole cockpit became a bit too blue.

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I painted it with Vallejo's new, brilliant metallic colours. Decals are - also brilliant - from SBS Models.

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The whole build was pretty uncomplicated. Although nothing fits perfectly, it is easy to get a good fit with some trimming of the parts.

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And over to its successor in Finnish Air Force, the MiG-21UM:

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Painted with Gunze colours. Decals are a mix from different sheets - the roundels are actually from Eduard's MiG-21bis in 1/144, the old-style large roundels were perfect for modern small ones in 1/48! The lynx is from the MiG-15 sheet.

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The model has two main problems: The nose and the cockpit. The nose has an avionics bay that can be displayed. However, this is wrong, since it is from MiG-21MF. But when closed, the door does not fit at all, so lots of sanding is required - which also affect the canopy that has to be trimmed to fit.

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The other issue is the cockpit. Trumpeter have left out the window between the two cockpits. The problem is that even if you can scratch-build it, it will not fit since the whole aft cockpit is too long. My solution was to build the "roll bar" between the cockpits, which also gave me something to glue the (scratched) pin to.

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Apart from that, this was an enjoyable build.

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Thanks for watching!

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Lovely builds.

The NMF on the 15 is outstanding. I believe some of them had highly polished airbrakes?

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An inspiring lesson in realistic NMF on the MiG-15!

Beautiful models in interesting markings.

Kind regards,

Joachim

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Fantastic pair of Migs there, really nice work

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Those are very nice MiGs.

Quite an inspiration for me as I have them both in my to-be-build stash ;)

Thanks fo sharing :)

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That's great work on two classic MiGs - well done!

I especially like the NMF on the Midget

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Anything with Finnish markings gets a thumbs up from me - lovely pair,

cheers

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Great looking pair, superb build and finish! The UTI looks especially nice. :clap2:

Jay

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Very nice! I have the MiG-15 UTI (Urinary Tract Infection? ;-) in the stash and I plan to build it later in the year. Nice to see how nice a model can be made from the Trumpeter kit

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those turned out very nice!

congrats!

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Thanks! :)

John_W: Yes, I think so. They seem pretty shiny on pictures that I have seen, while the rest of the aircraft was pretty flat.

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Very nice builds, and nicely presented. I particularly like the MIG-15.

Cheers

Gaz

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Great two Migs here in beatiful finish. I like the realistic look and weathering which gives to both image of the real plane.

Martin

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what a cool pair of real Russian steel - like 'em both.

Cheers,

Michael

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