Eduard 1/48 MiG-21MF/SMT Exhaust Nozzle Set First Look
|Date of Review||July 2011||Manufacturer||Eduard|
|Subject||MiG-21MF/SMT Exhaust Nozzle||Scale||1/48|
|Pros||Beautiful detail update for any Vietnam War era fighter||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$19.95|
Eduard from the Czech Republic is easily the most prolific producer of aftermarket details.Period. Their series of photo-etched detail sets have brought additional fidelity to otherwisebland subjects, and have taken even the best-produced models and kicked them up a notch ortwo with details that cannot be produced with injection-molded plastic.
Many AMS modelers will collect the relevant Eduard photo-etch sets for a given project, butthey'll also go out and gather specific resin enhancements as well. Eduard has stepped up witha new product line to complement their photo-etched detail series - Brassin.
Brassin is a play on words with Brass and Resin, and in many sets in this series, the resin details also include a set of color photo-etchas well.
In this release, Eduard has produced the nicest MiG-21 exhaust nozzle set I've seen in any scale (except 1:1). This set is designed to replicate the R13F2-300 two-stage afterburning engine as used in the MiG-21M/MF/SMT and a few other generation three Fishbeds. This is NOT the engine nozzle set you would use in the MiG-21bis Fishbed L/N as it is powered by the R25 engine (different details).
This set is designed for Eduard's own MiG-21MF and MiG-21SMT releases replacing the kit parts with these beautifully cast resin replacements. The set includes a one-piece afterburner chamber tube, nozzle, turbine face, flame holder ring in resin plus the fuel injector ring in photo-etch. Also included in a compressor face and engine intake fairing that goes into the front of your engine providing some nice detailing down the limited visibility of the centerbody intake cone.
This is a nice enhancement for the Eduard kits and will provide some beautiful detailing to see down either end of the aircraft.
Recommended for experienced modelers!