Seems that when it comes to model aircraft in 1\48 scale Eduard have it all over any opposition nowadays, and on the face of it I can see why.
Now don’t get me wrong, Tamiya are continuing to stay pretty much at the top of the heap and Hobbyboss are pretty good too, but Eduard always seem to be able to pull something extra out of the bag for us punters and keep the costs reasonable to boot.
they also take a subject and proceed to give us just about every sub type made too, which you can either look at as laziness or an attempt to be as diverse as possible and it’s true where their MIG 21 series of models are concerned.
Over it’s very long and distinguished career, the MIG 21 has been touted as the most produced fighter in history and has been sold to more foreign air forces than you could shake a stick at!
It was always known to be reliable and rugged and even though it has been out of service with most air forces around the world there are still plenty around, mothballed or awaiting an unknown fate, the Top Gear team, (the original guys that is) even stumbled across a graveyard filled with old MIGs including the venerable 15, 17, and 21 types on a recent trip to Albania.
Eduards range is pretty big with many subtypes, PF, R and loads of others in slightly differing flavours but the one I am concerned with is the one I bought recently, the PFM Profipak.
I got mine for a staggeringly low £23, which considering the box is stuffed to the top is incredibly good value, I have seen the weekend edition which is the same kit without the etched brass, coloured cockpit PE and paint masks for less than £16!
Inside the box are seven sprues, six of dark grey plastic and one of clear, a colour instruction book with five options to build, well protected photo etch parts, Cartograf decals which are really nice, a decal sheet which is Eduard’s own containing all the little decals used as templates on the weapons and airframe which is also nicely done, the engine or at least the parts of it that are visible are beautifully moulded as is the undercarriage and the cockpit looks nicely detailed.
The plastic looks and feels top quality and the seamlines, rivetting and panel lines are very nicely rendered, a tiny amount of flash was present but only on a few small parts and easily dealt with with a sanding stick, and the ejector pin marks are restricted to areas you wont see so the kit has been well planned out.
I figured that for the few extra pounds it was worth getting the Profipak for the detailed coloured photoetch cockpit and the paint masks which make painting the canopy so much easier and lend that little extra, I have used the cockpit PE before on my Heinkel III bomber and it really did make all the difference over the styrene parts in the kit.
Out of the five options offered I am looking to give the Polish airforce one a go, it is all aluminium and I can try out using my Alclad laquers, I may have to practice a bit first though!
In summary, and bearing in mind I like my aircraft in 1\32 scale I am incredibly impressed with this one, I have seen Trumpeters 1\32 MIG 21 and it’s fine, nothing wrong with it but it’s expensive for what it is. and I think if you want a MIG 21 in pretty much any flavour it has to be one made by Eduard.