AK Interactive Aircraft 1/48 MiG21PFM Days of Glory & Oblivion Fighter Kit

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SKU: AKI-148003

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The MiG-21 is one of the most successful supersonic fighters ever produced. The first production MiG-21 was the MiG-21F (NATO Codename: Fishbed C) day fighter which was equipped with 2 NR-30 30mm guns and a range-only radar that would provide optimum firing range data for the pilot, similar to the F-100 Super Sabre. When the K-13 (NATO Codename: AA-2 Atoll) missile (AIM-9B Sidewinder copy) became available, the MiG-21F was revised to remove one 30mm gun and replace it with two underwing missile rails and the subsystems to carry two K-13s, leading to the designation MiG-21F-13 (NATO Codename: Fishbed E). The MiG-21F and MiG-21F-13 were are considered 'first generation' MiG-21s as they were day-fighters only and powered by the early R-11F-300 turbojet engine.

The generation two MiG-21s started with the first all-weather interceptor variant, the MiG-21PF (NATO Codename: Fishbed D). These aircraft were armed with the K-5 (NATO Codename: AA-1 Alkalai) which were early radar-guided missiles. The MiG-21PF was the first of the series to have the gun deleted from the design as the world was enamored with the new guided missiles. When the K-13 became available, the MiG-21PF would also receive these as well. The MiG-21PF carried over several design attributes from generation one including the forward-hinged canopy which doubled as an ejection seat shield for supersonic egress; and fowler flaps for take-off and landing.

The next version of the MiG-21 (and the subject of this kit) was the MiG-21PFM. The suffix behind the MiG-21 denotes the modifications or variations to the basic design with P (Perekhvatchik or interceptor), F (Forsirovannyj or uprated), and M (Modernizirovannyj or Modernized). The MiG-21PFM was the first to replace the front-hinged canopy with a side-opening hood and standard windscreen after the supersonic shield failed to release the ejection seat (and pilot) in a number of accidents. Evidently early MiG-21PFMs retained the Fowler flaps but the most commonly seen MiG-21PFMs were equipped with new flaps using engine bleed air blown over the flaps for improved low-speed lift (referred to as SPS in Russian).

Features and options:

  • Detailed cockpit w/color photo-etched parts
  • Detailed ejection seat
  • Positionable canopy
  • Choice of early canopy without periscope or later canopy with periscope
  • Detailed afterburner chamber and nozzle
  • Detailed main wheel wells (nose gear well nice too)
  • Positionable rudder
  • Positionable flaps, ailerons and stabilators (with some minor tweaks)
  • Positionable speed brakes
  • Flat tires (see text below)

External stores include:

  • 2 x RS-2US/K-5 (AA-1 Alkali)
  • 2 x R-3S (AA-2 Atoll)
  • 2 x R-3R (AA-2 Atoll)
  • 2 x R-13/K-13 (AA-2 Atoll)
  • 2 x S-24 240mm rockets
  • 1 x centerline external tank
  • 1 x GP-9 centerline gun pack
  • 2 x SPRD RATO bottles

There are additional bombs, missiles, etc., on the weapons tree as this is a common sprue tree from the previous generation three MiG-21 releases.

Markings are provided for four examples:

  • MiG-21PFM, Bort 20, Soviet AF, Operation Danube, Czechoslovakia, 1968
  • MiG-21PFM, Bort 740, JG 8, EGAF, Marxwalde AB, 1970s
  • MiG-21PFM, 22+26, Luftwaffe, early 1990s (not mentioned in the instructions)
  • MiG-21PFM, 22+26, Luftwaffe, Madrid Museum, 2015