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MiG-19PM ‘Farmer’ over Europe (KPM0389)

1:72 Kovozávody Prostějov




The project that was to become the MiG-19 started as a requirement from the Soviet Authorities for a second-generation jet that was capable of supersonic speeds in level flight, and with a higher altitude ceiling that was necessary to intercept the US balloon incursions (sound familiar?), overflights by US operated Canberras, and the rumours that America was working on the U-2 Spy plane that could fly higher than any of their then current weapons systems.  To increase thrust, two engines were used, widening the rear fuselage, and adding afterburners to further improve performance.  There was also a need to mount a radar to give the aircraft the capability of all-weather flight, which was mounted in the nose of some variants in a fairing small enough that it didn’t interfere with the intake.  They were initially equipped with cannons that were relocated from under the nose in previous designs into the wing roots, reducing the likelihood of ingestion by the engine of the fumes that could cause dangerous surges.


The early models were soon upgraded with improved aerodynamics, such as the P, which benefitted from an all-moving tail plane, a basic radar, and 30mm cannons in the wings, and later in its life it had the capability of launching the new Atoll air-to-air missiles.  The PM built on this by removing the cannons completely, and replacing then with beam-riding air-to-air Alkali missiles.  Further variants followed with other missiles under the wings, additional avionics and ground-control links, day-fighters, reconnaissance aircraft, with many attempts to push the type’s altitude limits to intercept the US overflights that continued effectively unchallenged, until finally the type was relegated to use as a target drone after it was phased out of frontline service.



The Kit

This is the latest in a line of releases from KP that started with the MiG-19S and its numerous overseas and license-built sub-variants, and now we have the PM.  The kit arrives in a medium end-opening box with a painting of the subject firing one of its missiles, as his wingman peels off to starboard.  On the rear of the box are the profiles that will be of use when painting and decaling the model.  Inside are two sprues in grey styrene, a clear canopy in its own Ziploc bag, decal sheet and the instruction booklet in folded A4, printed in colour.  Detail is good, with engraved panel lines plus raised and recessed details, and decals provided for the instrument panel and side consoles.








Construction begins with the creation of the bifurcated intake trunks down the sides of the nose gear bay and cockpit, which has decals applied to the rear portion to detail them as the side walls.  The starboard side has a small bulkhead fitted to split it from the cockpit, which then allows the cockpit to be built, starting with the instrument panel that is glued against the back of the bulkhead with a decal for the dials, the floor, rudder pedals and control column are inserted, stabilised at the rear by another bulkhead, a turtle-deck behind it, and the ejection seat with decal belts on an upstand at the rear of the cockpit.  With the cockpit complete, the fuselage halves are joined together, adding 10g of weight over the nose gear bay, and a choice of two styles of fin, depending in which decal option you have chosen.  Inserts are added beneath the cockpit and to the sides of the wing root, and the nose is completed by fitting the splitter-plate, covered over by the intake lip and radome fairing.  The canopy has a deck fitted in the rearmost section, and is glued in place over the cockpit opening after painting the coaming and rear deck.


The wings are each put together from two halves, adding a fence and two small parts to the gear bay edges, and filling a small square depression on the upper wing root, nipping off the gun barrels from the wing roots, and making good.  The completed wings are slotted into the sides of the fuselage, adding the elevators to the rear, and making the exhausts by sliding the trunking into the holes in the tail fairing before gluing it into position.  The next task is to make up the tricycle landing gear.  The nose leg has one side of the yoke moulded-in, adding the other side around the wheel, then fitting a retraction strut at an angle before inserting it in the bay and adding the doors to the sides.  The main gear legs are simpler, and have half of the wheel moulded-in, the other a separate part to prevent sink-marks.  They are both glued in place after installing the captive bay doors to the outboard side.  A small pitot is glued under the port wingtip, then the fuselage is dotted with a multitude of small intakes and other bumps, shown in four views to assist with placement, skipping step 11 as it relates to the Chinese variants.  The next step adds a long probe to the starboard wingtip, and a choice of armament depending on which boxing you have.  The PM weapons include a pair of optional drop tanks with sway-braces on the outer stations under the wings, plus four RS-2U (AA-1) Alkali missiles, which have separate perpendicular fins and a pylon with overhangs fore and aft.




There are three options on the decal sheet, one in camouflage, the other two in overall aluminium.  From the box you can build one of the following:





The scanner has imparted a slightly pinkish tone to the reds on the sheet, but they're not like that IRL


The decals appear to be printed using the same digital processes as Eduard are now using, and have good registration, sharpness, and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut loosely around the printed areas.  I mention Eduard because from 2021, the carrier film on their decals can be coaxed away from the printed part of the decal after they have been applied, effectively rendering them carrier film free, making the completed decals much thinner and more realistic, and obviating the need to apply successive coats of clear varnish to hide the edges of the carrier film.  It’s a great step further in realism from my point of view, and saves a good quantity of precious modelling time into the bargain.




The MiG-19 was a step change from the first-generation jets fielded by the Soviet Union, and this model does the type justice, with plenty of detail and a good depiction of its fat butt.


Highly recommended.




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On 6/1/2023 at 2:21 PM, Mike said:

one in camouflage

It's a nice kit indeed, but if you want to represent an operational East German PM, it'd be painted in the standard clear varnish / aluminium powder mix. The camouflage was only applied after these went out of service and represents a museum bird.  


Great to finally have a mainstream injected one in Gentlemens' Scale! 


On 6/1/2023 at 2:21 PM, Mike said:

a good depiction of its fat butt.


"Honey, do these afterburners make my butt look fat?"





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