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Mig-21 Parts I & II

Albatros Modelworks

 


Albtaros Productions' Mig-21 decals are available from Squadron.com

 

S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number: ALC-48012
ALC-48013
Scale: 1/48 (Both sheets also available in 1/72 and 1/32 scales)
Contents and Media: One full-sized 14.5cm x 20.5cm decal sheet (both sets); plus 17.5cm x 13.5cm sheet and small errata sheet (Part One); plus 5.5cm x 14cm supplementary sheet (Part Two); one double sided, letter sized, full colour instruction sheet.
Price: USD$13.96 from Squadron.com
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Good range of nationalities, schemes and markings; some spectacularly strange options; perfect registration; excellent and inspirational colour instructions
Disadvantages: Some ambiguity about variants in instructions
Recommendation: Recommended for anyone building Academy's Mig-21MF


Reviewed by Brett Green

 

F i r s t L o o k

 

Albatros Productions' latest decal releases are Mig-21 Parts I and II.

The cover sheets are adorned with the words "Do you want weird Mig-21s? Well... now you've got them!" I couldn't have put it better myself. Weird? certainly. Attractive? Oh, yes.

The Mig-21 is a somewhat neglected subject considering the wide availability of the Academy kit in 1/48 scale and the Trumpeter kits in 1/32 scale. Admittedly, the Academy Mig-21MF looks more like a Mig-21 bis straight from the box (mainly due to the shape of the spine fairing), but there are several fixes available.

Albatros Decals has supplied interesting options regardless of whether you decide to modify your Mig or not, . Both Mig-21MF and bis subjects are covered on both sheets. The specific subjects are:

 

Mig-21 Part One

  • Congolese Mig-21 bis in overall Air Superiority Grey

  • Congolese Mig-21 bis in four colour camouflage

  • Indian adversary training Mig-21 bis in grey with a bright blue tail and rear fuselage

  • Indian Mig-21bis with vertical yellow stripes over light grey (definitely weird)

  • Mozambique Mig-21MF in four colour camouflage with three aircraft number options in yellow, blue or red.

  • Polish Mig-21MF with a giant Swordfish running along the side of the fuselage! (the weirdest)


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Mig-21 Part Two

  • Indian Mig-21 bis in four colour camouflage with black rear fuselage and tail with four yellow lightning bolts superimposed.

  • Bangladeshi Mig-21MF in overall natural metal

  • Vietnamese Air Force Mig-21MF in very attractive three-tone blue camouflage

  • Rumanian Mig-21 RFMM in bright five-colour camouflage

  • Burkina Faso Mig-21MF in four tone camouflage (with the greatest respect to all of HyperScale's Burkina Fasonese visitors, I was not even aware of the existence of this country!)

  • Laotian Mig-21MF in overall light grey.


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The decals on my 1/48 scale sample are in perfect register and display minimal carrier film. As always, the glossy instructions are real highlight. The notes are brief this time, and a little ambiguous in places, but the artwork is once again first-rate.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Albatros Productions approach the decal business with a combination of quality and a real sense of fun. The markings on these new decal sheets reflect this approach.

 Some of these options will look breathtaking on plastic.

Recommended.

Thanks to Eli from Albatros Productions for the review sample.


Albatros Productions Decals are available from many dealers including CRM Hobbies ,  Linden Hill Imports , Great Models webstore , Flightdecs , Meteor Productions , Victory Models , Hannant's , North American Hobbies and Squadron Mail Order


Review Copyright 2002 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 26 October, 2002
Last updated 14 August, 2003

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