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WIP : Mig Memorial - Smuravyevo-2s Mig-21 Fishbed

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This is a long planned diorama, I found some images online of an abandoned Mig-21 Fishbed somewhere in Russia at this time last year , and Ive finally got around to doing the planned Diorama.  


I got some really good help from people on this forum that provided me with a wealth of reference photos for the project, so big thanks to them , the reference photos can be found on this thread here. 


Special thanks to @Dmitriy1967 for his kind help. 


So the build started out being a straight copy of the Mig but if am honest its became a bit more a "based on" rather than "true copy" so forgive me that. 


I used a 1/72 Eduard weekend kit for the MIG-21 PFM, its was cheap and available and I think the real life A/C is an SMT variant of the Mig with a humpback. 




The kit went together really nicely , I find Eduard kits do, I decided to leave out the pilots ejections seat and I tried not very successfully to remove a couple of the panels  the Eduard kit has a engine tube assembly that I added then cut away one of the access panels, my intention is to rust up the inside of the aircraft a little as though some local vandals have stolen the access panel. 


I built and sprayed the interior with the teal colour that was common Russian aircraft, everyone seems to hate that weirdly I quite like. I then gave it a wash of AKs green slime and added some fine turf to the cockpit floor in order to simulate some signficant organic growth that I guess would take route in there. 




I agonised a little over the canopy and noticed that in one of the pictures it seems like its covered and I decided to create a look as though someone tried to smash their way into the cockpit, either metal thieves of vandals , so drilled a couple of holes in the canopy, then used snips to create a ragged edge, I sand papered the inside of the canopy to create a grazed look, that seems to affect aircraft canopies exposed to UV light, I then used AK water colour pencils and green slime wash to build up layers of green mould on the inside.   I also decided to use Tamiya clear blue for the windscreen itself and left it clear, I might have went a bit hard on the blue and made it too blue I think 








One thing I should have considered is , I should have attached the same pre shading process to the canopy as I did to the rest of the model, maybe a temporary attachment to the fuselage otherwise I ended up with the canopy with no persuading effect and the aircraft fuselage having it, I think I might have gotten away with it this time due to the nature of the build, if you look at the original images of the aircraft its clear that the paint job is poor at best. 


I preshaded the aircraft, then used AKs Mint Green , lightened with white,  masked the camouflage pattern , re-persuaded on the exposed panel line  areas and then gave it some Vallejos Light Rust  without any lightening , the underside was done with Vallejos AMT blue and the dark blue is AKs Medium Blue  I did the interior wheel wells with Vallejo light grey then used  AK Dark Slime Wash on to really dirty up those areas. 


I wondered about the decals, and wanted to put a chippped peeling effect on them, so I tried 2 techniques, one I sanded them gently to try and wear them and the second method I used was to try and rip them with a pin. The second method seemed to work better as they didnt fragment quite so much.  


I discovered that you can use AKs weathering pencils to achieve some neat effects so I decided to give it a whirl on this, I drew green lines on the panel lines, then used a damp brush to soften the edges, am quite pleased with the results of that if am honest, much more controllable than enamel washes Ive used before. 





















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The base for this is a Wooden photoframe, MDF backing glued down, and then some time grout applied, the plinth was a piece of XPS foam cut and covered in grout, I used a heat pad and a plastic box to speed up the grout drying and it worked pretty well, its my intention add layer of earth then static grass the area , the slab the Mig sits on is a bit of 5mm foam board with the backing paper removed to help the grout stick , I added some deck tan and some play sand to the grout to add texture, then washed it with grey acrylics, enamel AK keorsene leaks, fuel stains and dark green slime wash in various strengths.  I then hot glued that to the little hill, am going to pack that with some grout in places, before its static grassed. I also have some 3D printing to do, I have some rough paving slabs to add and Ive created vertical slab that will hold the memorial plaques last I need to print up some bollard in order to hold some chain link that will surround the Mig











Happy for any feedback or suggestions you may have 🙂

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Hi Mark!

Thousands of people make MiG-21 models. But I think you are the only one in the world who makes a model of this old abandoned MiG-21 monument in Smuravyevo! Very interesting building!



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On 03/12/2023 at 15:46, Dmitriy1967 said:

Hi Mark!

Thousands of people make MiG-21 models. But I think you are the only one in the world who makes a model of this old abandoned MiG-21 monument in Smuravyevo! Very interesting building!



Mate thats very kind of you , I dunno what attracts me to it TBH I think its the colours they are very unique , I just hope I make a reasonable approximation of it lol


You might see some more as Ive seen it come up on a couple of Facebook groups that do entropy builds lol



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Apologies for the sparse updates on this I have been progressing it and its complete


So I fixed in the concrete slabs I printed up on the 3d printer some memorial tablets , I managed to get the tablets translated and I tried to incorporate the text from the real tablets, I sprayed them black  white dry brushed them white and then i used some white water pencils to create like water marks. Im pretty please with them as I wasnt sure they would print.  I also printed up the bollards , 1st set were to wee to get the chain through a reprint with a 25% upscaling sorted that.  I picked up a chain from GSW and gave it a coat of black paint. I also printed up some slabs to make a path to the monument , they ended up not really printing properly but I think  the pits added to the effect. 








Everything was glued down, and then I put a layer of garden earth down, 




I stuck the original bollards in at this point and realised later they were too wee lol 




4mm static grass, spring went down next






I switched over to the bigger bollards and added another layer of 6mm static grass, I tried 10mm grass and 12mm but I dont think it really worked TBH 




Threaded the chain , I realised that the Mig would tail sit, so I devised a chock to fit the nose wheel so I could glue it down, it was weird though it was really really finely balanced, slightest touch would cause the model to tail sit. 


And its done, I really enjoyed this project TBH, it all went really well.














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