MiG-21MF Canopy Masking Set

Published: December 22nd, 2018     
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Reviewed by: 
Paul R. Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard
Price: $7.95
Product / Stock #: CX511

This set is designed for Eduard's new MiG-21MF kits. The set provides masks not only for the canopy and the windscreen, but also for the HUD, the underwing landing lights, and the antenna panels on the vertical tail, the ventral fin, the wing leading edges and a number of smaller ones under the wings and fuselage. Unlike many of Eduard's other masking sets, this one does not include masks for the tires or wheel hubs.

The inclusion of the masks for the antennas is a great idea as the MiG-21 has a lot of antennas. Most visible are the large panels on the vertical tail and the front of the ventral fin, but there are a lot of smaller ones on vertical tail, on the leading edges of the wing and on the underside of the jet. The panels are crisply molded on the kit and after painting the antenna panels green, the masks were fitted and fit perfectly as expected.

There are three parts to the windscreen mask, one for each side and the central panel. The main canopy has three parts as well, one around the review mirror and then one for each side. The instructions advise you to cover the rest of the canopy area with liquid masking, but I prefer to cut small strips out of the unused parts of the masking sheet and use these strips to mask off the rest of the canopy. I used liquid masking to mask off the rear facing glass of the rearview mirror as this is not provided in the masking set.

After masking the canopy and tacking it over the cockpit, I painted the canopy with the cockpit interior color. When this had dried, I then painted the entire airframe light grey as that was the paint scheme I had chosen for the kit. After painting and decaling were complete, I removed the masks from the antenna panels and applied my final flat coat to ensure that the finish on the antennas was flat like the rest of the airframe.

After the flat coat had dried, I removed the canopy mask and the liquid mask from the mirror panel. In many photographs of MiG-21s there is a thin reddish-brown seal around the canopy sections; however in 1/72 scale this seal would be very tiny and given my painting skills, I elected not to attempt it.

This is a great set and a must for anyone building one of Eduard's MiG-21MF's. I greatly appreciate the inclusion of the masks for the antenna panels as these really simplify the painting of the antennas.

Very highly recommended. Thanks to Eduard for the review set and to IPMS-USA for letting me review it.

  • Package
    Package
  • Instructions
    Instructions
  • Vertical Tail Masks
    Vertical Tail Masks
  • Wing ECM Mask in Place
    Wing ECM Mask in Place
  • Underside Masks in Place
    Underside Masks in Place
  • Canopies Maskec
    Canopies Maskec
  • All Masking in Place
    All Masking in Place
  • Vertical Tail After Painting
    Vertical Tail After Painting
  • Underside Antennas After Painting
    Underside Antennas After Painting
  • Canopy Painted
    Canopy Painted
  • Canopy Painted Top Shot
    Canopy Painted Top Shot

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