- Published on Wednesday, 18 April 2012 00:02 James Hatch
1:48 MiG-21 Wheel Wells
Catalogue # 648049
Available from Eduard for 14,95€
I'm actually quite surprised that this set has taken so long to be released when you consider the speed in which Eduard seem to bring resin upgrade sets to the market. Nonetheless, here is that one we've been waiting for, the MiG-21 Wheel Well set. This set is generic and can be used with either the MiG-21MF, SMT or BIS model kits.
This BRASSIN edition set comes in the Eduard's clear blister packaging with the resin parts in the lower compartment, protected with foam, and a small photo etch fret in an upper compartment. The instructions are sat behind these and form the product display information.
Inside the package, there are NINE resin parts, cast from a combination of light grey resin and dark grey resin. I never could work out the reasons for using different colours. The forward wheel well is a single piece which will need to be positioned directly into the fuselage half. You will need to rework the cockpit floor of the kit as this incorporates a section of this area already. The instructions don't explain how you do this, but as I am already part way through a MiG-21 build, I do know that this is an easy modification. Simply cut the forward cockpit floor away, in front of the side consoles.
The nose gear bay is about as detailed as you could ever imagine, and when this is in situ, 'imagine' might be all you are left with as all that glorious detail will be hard to see unless you pose the model over a mirror display stand. It took a few attempts to be able to get photographs of this, but here you are.
The main gear bays are direct replacements for the kit parts, and there is no need to use any of the kit parts for this area as these parts sit directly into place within the wing centre section. Detail here is amazing too, with constructional detail, plumbing and wiring. The main gear door actuators are also replaced with resin parts. As with the nose gear bay, a casting block will need to be removed with a razor saw. The detail in both nose and main gear bays is also augmented with photo etch parts forming fillets, wiring and brackets, as well as a number placards which are colour printed.
Both forward and main gear doors are also replaced with resin parts, producing detail that you simply wouldn't get with injection moulding. Care will need to be taken with forward gear doors so that the connecting hooks aren't broken away.
All casting is flawless and casting block removal will be simple.
A single photo etch fret contains all of the parts already mentioned, including those colour printed parts. Quality of this fret is as you would expect from the Kings of photo etch production.
The instructions are printed on a single piece of paper, and I do have to say that the representation is a little 'busy' looking, but should still not cause any issue when it comes to reading them.
Unfortunately, no reference is made to painting, and you'll need to check your own references to ensure you use the correct colours.
So what do we think?
This is most certainly a set for detail freaks, but one at a very good price and also easy to install. The main gear bays on the MiG-21 are quite obvious, and the upgrade in this area won't go un-noticed. I just wish I'd had this kit before I glued the plastic one into my SMT build.
Very highly recommended.
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