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MiG-21MF Cockpit

 

Black Box

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue No. & Description Item #48040
Price: USD$11.75 from Jetset Models
Contents and Media: 13 pieces in yellow resin
Scale: 1/48
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Great detail; simple engineering; effective instructions; major improvement on kit parts
Disadvantages: Large casting block on seat.
Recommendation: Recommended to anyone building an Academy 1/48 scale MiG 21MF

 

Reviewed by Brett Green

 

FirstLook

 

Black Box has released a detailed replacement cockpit for Academy's 1/48 scale MiG-21MF kit.

This new set comprises just 13 pieces in pale yellow resin, but the relatively small parts count does not compromise detail.

The main part is the cockpit tub. This includes the pilot's side consoles. The rear bulkhead is cast as part of the tub. The tub is packed with structural and plumbing detail.

The seat is also very impressive. The quilted backrest, snaking harness, armrests and other details are all painstakingly recreated on the main seat section. Extreme care will be required when removing the chunky casting block if damage to the delicately detailed seat is to be avoided.

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Leg rests and ejection handles are supplied as separate parts. The brave modeller might even want to clean out the wafer-thin flash in the delicate leg rest parts.

Remaining parts include a new control column, sidewalls, instrument panel and coaming. The gunsight is cast as part of the coaming, as are the upper instruments.

Instructions are presented in typical Black Box style - minimal text, a few exploded view diagrams and some help with the interior colours.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Academy's 1/48 scale MiG 21MF is really quite a nice kit, but I have not seen too many built in the years since it was released. The new Black Box cockpit might be a good enough excuse to take another look at the contents of Academy's kit box.

There is little doubt that the beautifully detailed Black Box seat and cockpit tub will look great in turquoise blue, grey and black underneath an open kit canopy.

Recommended.

Thanks to Mike Reeves from Jetset Models for the review sample.


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Review Copyright 2002 by Brett Green
Page Created 21 June, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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