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1/48 Eduard Mig-21MF - Somalian Air Force

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1/48 Eduard Mig-21MF - Somalian Air Force
Posted by Grant Dalzell on Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:15 AM

This is OOB except decals, as I built this for someone, I Am unsure of the decal brand, what squadron or era this aircraft is from

Camo is Gunze underneath for the blue, and MRP on the top camo. Other paints used - Tamiya, Vallejo acrylics, Vallejo Metal Colors. Flory Dark Dirt wash and AK satin varnish. 

The Eduard Migs can really do with an AM pitot tube as the one supplied in the kit is usually bent and has no vanes towards the tip, but as this was not my build, I just used the kit one. 

 

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, May 17, 2018 1:56 AM

Nicely done, not a country we see represented. I like the scheme and its come out well.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

 

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:45 AM

Looks great!  How did you like the MRP paint?  I just read a bit about them and am curious.  Airbrush ready is alwas a perk ;)

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Grant Dalzell on Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:49 AM

MRP is beautiful to spray, best paint I have used, but you need to go down to around 10-12psi, or you will waste paint. I have heard greens are very thin and hard to cover, but this one was no problems. Just remember it is lacquer and smelly, I'm not a total convert though, I still use Gunze and Tamiya, but MRP do some specialist colours

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  • From: Newington CT
Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, May 17, 2018 5:27 AM
Another great 21 build..

 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, May 17, 2018 6:10 AM

A fine job

 

  

 Nick.

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Thursday, May 17, 2018 6:28 AM

Looks great! I like how you did the weathering.

Interesting subject too. (I didn't know Somalia had an airforce!) 

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Posted by falconmod on Thursday, May 17, 2018 7:15 AM

UnwaryPaladin

Looks great! I like how you did the weathering.

Interesting subject too. (I didn't know Somalia had an airforce!) 

 

I think "had" is the opperative term!.

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Posted by Griffin25 on Thursday, May 17, 2018 8:44 AM

That is a great looking Mig 21 Grant. Top notch. Very interesting and overlooked  subject matter. I like it! Somalia had a very strong Military, as Africa goes, in the 70's. In the 60's the USSR pumped money in and Egypt Cuba follwed suit in the 70's. Somalia invaded Ethiopia in 1977 to try and take the Ogaden province. I think Cuba sent over a battalion that got heavily mauled.  Ethiopian forces pushed them back. Ethiopian F5's fought Somali Mig 21's. It was quite a bloody war. 

 

Griffin

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Posted by falconmod on Thursday, May 17, 2018 11:50 AM

Wow, I don't think I knew any of that.  I'll have to some history research.

John

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Posted by Griffin25 on Thursday, May 17, 2018 1:32 PM

John It was called the Ogaden war. Somalia was a real power in the horn of Africa in the 70's. Losing that war sent them on a downward spiral to where they are now. The Ethiopian pilots were better trained and the F5's got the better of the MIG 21's. There's a book called Wings over Ogaden about it. 

 

Griffin

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Posted by hogfanfs on Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:01 PM

Very nicely done! I will be building an Eduard MiG-21MF from the Nigerian Air Force. The camouflage scheme of the Somalian 21 is strikingly similar to the Nigerian. Only difference is the national insignia. And thank for the info on the pitot tube!

 Bruce

 

 

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Posted by Grant Dalzell on Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:20 PM

Thanks guys

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:34 PM

Griffin25

That is a great looking Mig 21 Grant. Top notch. Very interesting and overlooked  subject matter. I like it! Somalia had a very strong Military, as Africa goes, in the 70's. In the 60's the USSR pumped money in and Egypt Cuba follwed suit in the 70's. Somalia invaded Ethiopia in 1977 to try and take the Ogaden province. I think Cuba sent over a battalion that got heavily mauled.  Ethiopian forces pushed them back. Ethiopian F5's fought Somali Mig 21's. It was quite a bloody war. 

 

The USSR was an ally of Somalia (sold them Mig 21s) but switched sides to support Ethiopia. The USA was an ally of Ethiopia (sold them F-5s) but switched sides to oppose Ethiopia and support Somalia.

The Cubans entered on the side of Ethiopia.

Nothing is ever simple.

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Posted by Griffin25 on Thursday, May 17, 2018 3:16 PM

Cuba was on the Ethiopian side. I always thought it was the other way around. I learned something. Definitely confusing

 

Griffin

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Posted by seasick on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 3:43 PM

The proper way to weather the MIG for the 1990s would be three flat tires, heavy corrosion, a bird's nest on a wing and a tarpaulin over the cockpit.

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Posted by DantheMan85 on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 5:09 PM

Very nice Mig-21, really like the camo job to. Cool

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Posted by falconmod on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 7:32 AM

seasick

The proper way to weather the MIG for the 1990s would be three flat tires, heavy corrosion, a bird's nest on a wing and a tarpaulin over the cockpit.

 

And several panels missing!  lol

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/72 PZL-23

1/72 LS Dinah III, 1/48 Dragon Fw190A-5

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