MiG-21MF Iraq War, Occupation of Iraq Trumpeter 1/48 By:Philippos Anagnostopoulos

MiG-21MF  Iraq War, Occupation of Iraq 2003

The Trumpeter kit on a 1:48 scale

The kit is excellent in application and detail. It took almost no stucco at all, just wet end and limited parts of the model. The cockpit is exquisitely detailed, embossed, and also offers decals. At first it seems difficult for the decals to sit on the instruments but their quality is so good that they sit right where they need to be without any improvers. The seat is a great detail too, but it lacks belt detailing, etc. For this reason, Eduard was used for that seat with a seatbelt and shape. This was improved with small pieces of sponge and aluminum foil to represent wear and tear on the leather lining. The inside of the hood is completely naked. Sheets and lengths of plastic were used to improve its detail and its various tubing as well as its support mechanism when open. With her drill bit she was pierced and with care, some pieces were cut with a knife to make it look broken. The landing strips and nests did not interfere as the detail is more than satisfactory except for the tire heating so that they look fluffy at the end. The engine and nozzle were also not affected. Finally, with the foil of the avionics front panel lug was constructed as it would remain open at the end. Static electricity was also added to the wings and perpendiculars from the warm stretched plastic.


The cockpit was originally painted with Model Master's 2135 INTERIOR BLUE / GREEN to close the spindle as well as the landing nests. The model was sprayed with Humbrol's black matte spray for base and the aircraft variant was sprayed with a free hand airbrush and low beam low pressure.0,3 0.5 bar. The colors for this variant are the Gunze H321, the H302 for its base pattern and the H417 for the bottom. The H319 was used for the radar cone and some other parts and antennas. Alclad metal sprays were sprayed on the nozzle and its exterior. When the pattern of the variant was completed, the green was worn with light beige beads and green and yellow beige hats to show the color had worn away from his long stay in the desert. Upon completion of the painting, it was sprayed with a glossy varnish to place the decals. Once this part was completed, the coat of arms was carefully masked to be sprayed with white and beige to show off the sun, and a thin beige film was sprayed from afar. Wash was made with AK's enamel wash dark brown initially, and later with AK's Africa dust effects. Finally, AK's pigments and three matt coats of gunze were used to represent the dusty jet.

Base and figures:

Thd with a dry brush. Finally, all materials were sealed with a matte varnish. The lamine base is ready with dimensions 30X18. Hardwood cardboard was glued and the Terrains Desert Sand AK 8020 and Wet Crackle Effects AK 8034 were spread on top. After the embossing was dried and sprayed with H321, AK pigments were applieate was made of radar cone cover, the lengths of the plastic or the folding boarding ladder, the pan strainer and after the razor wire were cut thin strips. The above were painted with Humbrol enamel while dry brush techniques with various browns and oranges were used to represent rust mainly on the ladder and razor wire. The damaged variant net was made of gauze on which it was glued with paper paste, which had been previously engraved in the design of these nets. Sprayed with beige and coffee. The figures are the British Forces Infantry Patrol - 1:48 Airfix. Three of the entire set were used and painted with various Humbrol enamels and the two brushes used by the British were used for the uniforms and the other for the woods, equipment and backpacks.

Subject: The MiG-21MF version (1970; Izdeliye 96F; NATO "Fishbed-J")
M = Modernizirovannyy ("Modernized")
F = Forsirovannyy ("Uprated [engine]")
This is the export version of the MiG-21SM, with its RP-22 radar and R13-300 turbojet engine. Weapon options increased with the addition of the R-60 (NATO: AA-8 "Aphid") and later the R-60M IR-seeking AAM. They were also manufactured in India under license from HAL as Type 88.
In 2002, following the second invasion of Iraq by allies, many aircraft were discovered on various bases of Iraqi air force in poor condition, some buried in the sand and others destroyed. Many of them were vandalized by soldiers of Allied troops. The theme of mini dioramas is inspired by google photos of aircraft in the above condition.The Trumpeter kit left the best impression and is highly recommended. AK's materials are equally impressive.


   Art:Philippos Anagnostopoulos