Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Mig-21 chronicle (5).

Ok, this is the last effort before beggin with the exterior painting. These are Eduard´s brassin wells, they have a really nice detail.

The fitting is perfect. There are still some wires and details that I will add later.

With the wings and fuselage assembled, the model is ready for painting. At last!


Friday, April 26, 2013

The Mig-21 chronicle (4).

A new update on this project. The avionics compartment behind the cockpit fitted much better than the cockpit, both from Aires. I only added some wires.

The windshield and canopy detailed and painted only in the inner side, so far. I used Eduard photoetched sheet and some scratch pieces.

At this point the model is ready to paint the main landing gear wells and assemble the wings.


Friday, April 12, 2013


This model is a perfect example of the use of painting effects to turn a plastic model into an amazing representation of a real vehicle. Jose Luis Lopez uses the light effects to enhance the volumes of the models, he also apply a wide range of weathering and dirt effects to get an awesome and realistic contrast.
JL is one of those modellers who love to experiment and try new techniques. He uses a black and white pre-painting to check if the effects work well together before applying the colour with transparent layers. As you can see, the result is impressive.
You can see a complete step by step guide of Jose Luis B&W technique in the Articles section:
The Black&White Technique by Jose Luis Lopez
Jose Luis Lopez facebook 



Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Mig-21 chronicle (3).

Cockpit done and fuselage closed! This step has been hard. Not an easy thing to fit an Aires resin inside an Eduard kit, especially if the resin is for the Academy Kit. But there is hardly anything that a motivated modeller cannot fit with files and putty. The McGiver School.

I also used Eduard´s pre-painted photoetched for the control panel and some clocks. To save some effort. :)

I think it looks really nice so far. There are still some wires to be added in the front part before gluing the windshield, along with the HUD screen. 

Now I can add the windshield and canopy, as well as the final avionics panel behind the cockpit (also from Aires). But that´s another story...