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GROUP BUILDS => 2016 Group Builds => The Knackers Yard => The 2016 One Week Build => Topic started by: Dizzyfugu on April 28, 2016, 03:08:50 AM

Title: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 28, 2016, 03:08:50 AM
Since zenrat "revealed" his project, I'll announce mine, too, while eagerly watching the clock moving soooo slowly... From my bench comes a whiffy MiG-21: a MiG-21bis modernized by IAI and Aerostar of Romania in the mid-Nineties to MiG-21 2000 standard (the package that was later adopted by Romania for the LanceR conversions) and operated by the Lithuanian Air Force after the country's independence.

Basis will be a Condor MiG-21-93, which is a different MiG-21 update from the IAI package but offers some similar detail changes - and I had the kit in the pile. To be mostly built OOB, but (Naturally) with some cosmetic changes and additions and a fictional livery.

I had this earmarked for the Cold War GB, but unfortunately it fell out of the time frame - but as a one-weeker it's a good project, too.  ;D
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 of the Lithuanian Air Force, around 1998
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 28, 2016, 09:40:43 AM
First update, even though no kit was hurt so far. An addendum to the previous post from today:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1700/26423626040_0ed3cb3c40_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GfXZrj)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/GfXZrj) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


The build's basis is the MiG-21-93 demonstrator kit from Ukrainian manufacturer Condor, one of the many reincarnations of the venerable KP MiG-21bis, but with some updates. You get, for instance, engraved, very fine panel lines, some typical details were added like the wraparound windscreen (wrong shape, though) and the radar warning fairing on the fin as well as an extra sprue with modern Russian ordnance – apparently from some other kit!

On the downside, there's overall mediocre fit due to the molds' age, some dubious details (anything appears softened or blurred...) or the simple lack thereof (e. g. there's no ventral gun fairing at all). But there's nothing that could not be mended, and after all this is just a whiffy version.

The Lithuanian Air Force as operator for this build was chosen because the MiG-21 update by IAI would not only fit into the real world timeline (even though I doubt that there would have been any budget for this aircraft at that time, even if MiG-21s had not been upgraded at all...) and because the potential livery in grey would be very simple: contemporary L-39 trainers, C-27L Spartan as well as some L-410 and Mi-8 transporters carry a uniform, dull grey livery. Why not apply it on an air superiority fighter, too?

Sort of this here, even though with mods and adaptations:

(https://www.whatifmodellers.com/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.xairforces.net%2Fimages%2Fnews%2Flarge_news%2FLithuanian-L-39-crashes.jpg&hash=b44e91aa55096b68a6a923da4c8fb133b7fe431d)

(https://www.whatifmodellers.com/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.airteamimages.com%2Fpics%2F215%2F215130_800.jpg&hash=4d1f1eb7e9fa7946e1f088871c4aa72ebb53dbb6)


Decals/markings come primarily from a decal sheet from Blue Rider Publishing.

Stay tuned...
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 of the Lithuanian Air Force, around 1998
Post by: Gondor on April 28, 2016, 01:55:53 PM
Those are some seriously over-scale missiles in the right hand sprue at the bottom  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 of the Lithuanian Air Force, around 1998
Post by: Snowtrooper on April 28, 2016, 02:41:21 PM
Quote from: Gondor on April 28, 2016, 01:55:53 PM
Those are some seriously over-scale missiles in the right hand sprue at the bottom  :blink:
Not only the missiles, but the pylons too. Someone made a practical joke and inserted a 1/32 sprue into the box? :o
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 of the Lithuanian Air Force, around 1998
Post by: Weaver on April 28, 2016, 02:42:04 PM
Quote from: Gondor on April 28, 2016, 01:55:53 PM
Those are some seriously over-scale missiles in the right hand sprue at the bottom  :blink:

Gondor

I suspect that those are meant to be be Kh-29T ASMs (AS-14 Kedge) rather than R-60 (AA-8 Aphid) or R-73 (AA-11 Archer) AAMs. It's made by Raduga, who also make the R-60, and it shares similar aerodynamics, in the same way that aerodynamically, a Maverick is a 'big Falcon' (both made by Hughes).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kh-29
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 of the Lithuanian Air Force, around 1998
Post by: Army of One on April 28, 2016, 04:07:12 PM
Agree with Weaver...........got some in a 1/72 Su 25 and Su 24 kit.........
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 of the Lithuanian Air Force, around 1998
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 28, 2016, 11:50:25 PM
Yes, those are a pair of AS-14s, and these are HUGE things - much like a GBU-8. But the MiG-21-93 actually can carry these (but nothing much else, though...). There's also a pair of R-77/AA-12 "Adder" AAMs and two Kh-31/AS-17 "Krypton" anti-radiation missiles included, even though the 21-93 can only carry a single one under the fuselage. I guess the sprue actually belongs to a Su-27, because of the gigantic pylons (which are not needed for the kit, though). Unfortunately there are no R-73 included, which were most appropriate (and shown in the box art), just a pair of crappy Atoll AAMs and rather featureless missile launchers from the KP kit basis.

Work will commence this evening.  ;D
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 of the Lithuanian Air Force, around 1998
Post by: Old Wombat on April 29, 2016, 02:50:52 AM
Dizzy's cheating! :o




He's only got one build registered for the week - he needs at least 3 to be on par with mere mortals! :wacko:
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 of the Lithuanian Air Force, around 1998
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 29, 2016, 05:07:23 AM
Nah, actually the kit is already finished, but I have to time-warp back in order not to crack whatifmodelers.com's timeline continuity. Without proper care, everything could disappear in a time vortex. And Lithuania might disappear, too!  :-\
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 of the Lithuanian Air Force, around 1998
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 29, 2016, 10:27:31 AM
Things started moving, and just 1 hour into the build the first major issue:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1591/26714728225_5575a0d87b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GGFXYv)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/GGFXYv) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


At first cursory glance I thought it was a modified fron fuselage with an opening for the air outlet on top of the nose - but when I held the fuselage halves together it became clear that there's material missing... Also not the sinkhole on the lower side, there are more siimilar dents to be found everywhere.

One modification I'll make and which was clear before the project start is an additional exhaust tube - OOB, there's just a bulkhead in less than 1cm down the tailpipe, it looks awful. The inserted pipe is a part of a Kangnam Yak-38 engine (which is, strangely, buried in the the kit without any opening, so there's no access and nothing to be seen when you build that kit!).

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1710/26714724515_5e5a3b7757_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GGFWSx)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/GGFWSx) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


Another, ambulant mod is a different front wheel strut. The OOB piece (right side) is SO clumsy and full of flash that I cut the wheel off and transplant it onto a front wheel strut from an OV-10 Bronco (Academy). very similar length and look, more delicate, and, at any rate, an improvement.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1637/26648513371_a443990cd0_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GAQAB6)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/GAQAB6) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 of the Lithuanian Air Force, around 1998
Post by: nighthunter on April 29, 2016, 01:02:30 PM
Egads! I've quit models that have had that issue, bravo for not stopping
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 of the Lithuanian Air Force, around 1998
Post by: Weaver on April 29, 2016, 02:57:28 PM
Well that'll slow you down a bit... (like a couple of hours...)  ;)


Quote from: Dizzyfugu on April 28, 2016, 11:50:25 PM
Yes, those are a pair of AS-14s, and these are HUGE things - much like a GBU-8. But the MiG-21-93 actually can carry these (but nothing much else, though...). There's also a pair of R-77/AA-12 "Adder" AAMs and two Kh-31/AS-17 "Krypton" anti-radiation missiles included, even though the 21-93 can only carry a single one under the fuselage. I guess the sprue actually belongs to a Su-27, because of the gigantic pylons (which are not needed for the kit, though). Unfortunately there are no R-73 included, which were most appropriate (and shown in the box art), just a pair of crappy Atoll AAMs and rather featureless missile launchers from the KP kit basis.

Work will commence this evening.  ;D

Some MiG-21-93s can fire the R-77/AA-12 Adder: it all depends on what version of the Phazotron Kopyo radar is fitted. Don't know about the IAI/Aerostar ones, but since Rafael made the Derby active radar AAM, I wouldn't put it past them to have incorporated that capability.

Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 of the Lithuanian Air Force, around 1998
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 30, 2016, 03:09:45 AM
Quote from: Weaver on April 29, 2016, 02:57:28 PM
Well that'll slow you down a bit... (like a couple of hours...)  ;)

Minutes, actually. What's 2C putty for, and actually this flaw does not compromise the kits's overall quality much...  ;)

The MiG-21 2000 was, from the start, able to operate BVR missiles from both Western and Eastern provenance, it had a very capable system. AA-11 and AA-12 were possible, not certain about AIM-120 AMRAAMs, but I think that these could be carried, too. The system was also compatible with Israeli weapons, so that my build will carry a pair of Python IIIs.

BTW, yesterday evening's progress:

The additional tailpipe in place. Normally, you are to place a bulkhead where the rim runs along the donation part - just 5mm into the fuselage!

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1460/26700111446_3ed2dac65f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GFp3V5)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/GFp3V5) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1528/26119716334_1458a9593d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FN7nEN)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/FN7nEN) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


With the added exhaust pipe, things look somewhat better than OOB?

The cockpit tub after basic painting and decals. The latter are (naturally) too big, everything is rather vague - it's a bit of "hit and hope" that parts belong together, and, moreover, that sub-assemblies somehow match up with the rest of the kit...

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1703/26119713514_b7eea320ef_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FN7mQb)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/FN7mQb) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1690/26700109556_4663377547_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GFp3mu)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/GFp3mu) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

Cockpit tub in place, as well as the intake's shock cone, plus some lead for a stable stance.

Final stage after day #1: fuselage "closed", but there's a lot of body work to do due to the many sinkholes and inaccuracies:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1519/26119709144_cf945be1c3_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FN7kwQ)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/FN7kwQ) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


Next: wings (with lowered flaps as additional detail), putty work and mating of fuselage with wings.  :drink:
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 01, 2016, 01:11:31 AM
From late last evening: Wings and stabilizers are taken OOB, I just lower the flaps for a more lively apprearance - and because it is easy to realize. :)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1454/26138776434_17c49721e2_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FPN4zd)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/FPN4zd) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1527/26138775224_511759cd4d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FPN4dm)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/FPN4dm) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


Wings in place, but nothing actually fits together (as expected, though - just check the gap at the left wing! The rest of the kit is similar...). Starts to look like a late MiG-21!
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 01, 2016, 09:20:16 AM
Day #3's progress from this day.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1533/26685548601_acffd0b986_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GE7pTx)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/GE7pTx) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1492/26659103672_3821eaebb0_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GBLSJu)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/GBLSJu) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1575/26685546381_622756b16e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GE7peg)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/GE7peg) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

Basic assembly has been finished, and now more deliacte things like the landing gear, gun pod (from an Academy MiG-23, the OOB piece is rubbish...), blast plates, air scoops, antennae, chaff/flare dispensers or the windscreen (which, as a total surprise, actually fits!) have been added.

Painting is about to commence.
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Mossie on May 02, 2016, 12:08:39 AM
Kudos for taking on this rough kit! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 02, 2016, 09:33:10 AM
It's a fight... I know why I "just" submit this single build for the GB. At the moment I am not certain if things turn out well.

BTW, painting started Sunday afternoon - rather simple. I settled for Humbrol 111 (German Uniform Grey) as basic tone, since it is rather greenish and not close to any FS tone you frequently see on aircraft. In order to add some contrast I decided to paint (only) the wings' undersides in blue grey (Humbrol 115). FS 36076 is used on the radome and the fin's leading edge, Olive Drab will later be used for the shading process.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1482/26707901071_4909b4897a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GG5YuX)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/GG5YuX) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1475/26171376053_c7e8ba546f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FSF9iB)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/FSF9iB) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1478/26750078796_91468efcd2_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GKP9t7)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/GKP9t7) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1474/26681303572_1247da5be4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GDJDZo)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/GDJDZo) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1504/26169637984_64cb61e447_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FSweCU)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/FSweCU) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1497/26171354423_7a2d24f3b6_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FSF2SF)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/FSF2SF) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Captain Canada on May 02, 2016, 12:48:18 PM
Nice work ! Great job working past the problems !

:cheers:
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: DogfighterZen on May 02, 2016, 01:24:00 PM
This will be finished tomorrow, just wait and see...  ;D  Great work on what seems like a very poor kit.  :thumbsup:

:cheers:
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 02, 2016, 11:35:13 PM
Hmm, not finished today, but progress is good, actually better than expected. Even though painting has been a fight, too. Humbrol's 111 is one of those re-released enamels with a dubious structure and lack of opacity. Stir it up as you might, I could not make the stuff workable. Took at least three coats of paint in order to get rid of any thin/translucent spots, and the stuff dried up glossy/spotty.  :-\

Applied a black in wash yesterday, and I hope that things become better/less obvious when I start panel shading.

Looks a bit odd in this uniform, greenish-grey livery? I am curious how the markings change this murky appearance - and, on the other side, it is a good basis which lets small, colored highlights stand out.

Stay tuned...  :tornado:
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: NARSES2 on May 03, 2016, 07:41:09 AM
I read that Humbrol were having production control problems with their paints a year or so ago, so they bought production back to the UK and the quality is far, far better. Unfortunately I don't think you can tell where the paint was made and there's still a lot of the poor stuff out there.
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 03, 2016, 07:43:59 AM
That would explain some things. The RLM enamels I bought last year are also rather dubious and not really user-friendly, and I recently opened a tin of flat black that is rather a pudding than paint... :(

As another shocker it seems that Testors is somehow retreating from the European market - the Modelmaster enamels are listed out everywhere! Dire times!!!  :-\
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 03, 2016, 10:12:54 AM
After basic painting was finished the kit received a black ink wash.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7613/26523783360_ab33984cf6_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GpPjHE)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/GpPjHE) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


After the wash, panels were highlighted with slightly lighter shades of the two basic colors - trying to add virtual panel lines that are so thin on the kit that they disappear under the enamel paint... But it works, the thing starts to come alive.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7309/26795871815_8312e592be_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GPRR8V)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/GPRR8V) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7520/26702502512_73b78065b4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GFBiGm)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/GFBiGm) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: nighthunter on May 03, 2016, 07:44:56 PM
It's looking sexy, Dizz, though I have always been a fan of the 21's family.
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 04, 2016, 09:21:51 AM
Decals!

Main markings come from a Blue Rider Publishing aftermarket sheet for modern Lithuanian aircraft. This set also includes the small Air Force crests, which I put on the nose, as well as the typical, blue tactical codes.

The stencils come from the scrap box, the small Lithuanian flag stripes on the tail rudder were created from single decal stripes, a personal addition inspired by Lithuanian C-27J transporters. They add some more color to the otherwise murky Baltic MiG fighter.

The silver ring around the air intake as well as the stripes at the flaps and the rudder were created with simple decal stripes instead of paint.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7747/26721713702_2f217cf2b5_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GHiLvL)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/GHiLvL) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7665/26748164661_5b2ebc6b4f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GKDksM)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/GKDksM) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7294/26211008343_766f4f222f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FWbgAX)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/FWbgAX) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Old Wombat on May 04, 2016, 09:52:18 AM
Looking very good! :thumbsup:

(Especially for a grey bird! :o )
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 04, 2016, 11:38:15 AM
Are they 'roundels', or 'squarels' or maybe 'crossels'?  :unsure:
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Gondor on May 04, 2016, 03:22:38 PM
Quote from: PR19_Kit on May 04, 2016, 11:38:15 AM
Are they 'roundels', or 'squarels' or maybe 'crossels'?  :unsure:

According to Wikipedia they are Roundels https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithuanian_Air_Force (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithuanian_Air_Force), however I would think that they are some form of cross.

Gondor
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Old Wombat on May 04, 2016, 06:14:55 PM
According to Flags of the World (https://flagspot.net/flags/index.html) it is the Vytis cross.

Link: https://flagspot.net/flags/lt%5Eair.html (https://flagspot.net/flags/lt%5Eair.html)
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 05, 2016, 12:51:56 AM
Thank you very much. at the moment, no (further) pics of the WiP kit. Did some soot stains around the jet pipe and other small retouches, and a coat of matt varnish is to be applied.
Then the ordnance will be mounted, and then the photo sessions can start.  :lol:

The thing looks interesting, though. The simple livery emphasizes the Fishbed's clean lines, and the color is somewhat disturbing: somewhere between grey and olive drab, really unique and "different", IMHO.
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: zenrat on May 05, 2016, 02:00:42 AM
Quote from: Old Wombat on May 04, 2016, 06:14:55 PM
According to Flags of the World (https://flagspot.net/flags/index.html) it is the Vytis cross.

Link: https://flagspot.net/flags/lt%5Eair.html (https://flagspot.net/flags/lt%5Eair.html)
Some mistake surely?  No sign there of Sheldon or Amy.  Or even Wil Wheaton...

Looks like you've finished before me Dizz.
No surprise there really.
;D
Title: Re: MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 05, 2016, 03:23:00 AM
Well, a final WiP picture: Final touches, like position lights and external ordnance.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7647/26224096014_f8ef016f91_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FXkm7s)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/FXkm7s) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


Beauty pics of the finished kit to follow soon.
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 06, 2016, 04:59:18 AM
Just in time for the true 7 day window: a 1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7499/26815066136_76791520f7_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GRydWu)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/GRydWu) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7371/26781543671_309daaa4c3_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GNApSX)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/GNApSX) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7381/26576126160_78e3d543df_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GurApJ)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/GurApJ) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr




Some Background:
On 23 January 1992, the Lithuanian Minister of Defense signed an order establishing the staff for the Aviation Base of the Aviation Service. But an actual base in the Šiauliai airport territory (Barysiai airfield) was not established until March, when according to the ordinance of the Government of Lithuanian Republic, all the infrastructure, buildings, territory and 24 An-2 aircraft were passed from "Lithuanian Airlines" to the Aviation Service of the Ministry of Defense in January 1992.

On 12 June 1992, the first time after regaining the independence of Lithuania, An-2 aircraft, marked with the double cross of Vytis on its wings – the distinguishing sign of Lithuanian Air Force – took off from Barysiai airfield. This date is considered to be the Aviation Base foundation date. In February 1993 four L-39C Albatros aircraft were brought from Kyrgyzstan.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7541/26781535111_6ef8d4b532_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GNAnkn)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/GNAnkn) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7715/26243524454_305a6ac547_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FZ3Vvy)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/FZ3Vvy) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7639/26576106130_828c87722e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Guruso)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/Guruso) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


After 1 March 1993 Aviation Service was reformed to the Lithuanian Air Force and Aviation Base was renamed the First Aviation Base of the Lithuanian Air Force. In January 1994 Lithuania officially applied for NATO membership, and the country also looked out for a relatively cheap multi-purpose fighter that would fulfill both air space defence and attack tasks, the latter primarily against potential targets at sea (e. g. fast hoovercraft landing ships operated by the Russian Baltic Fleet).

After evaluating several options, the Lithuanian Air Force settled for a surprising aircraft: the venerable MiG-21! After the demise of the Soviet Union, several international companies started to offer conversion and upgrade programs for the widely used tactical fighter, about 5.000 specimen had been built to date. One of the first companies to enter the market was Israel Aircraft Industries: IAI's Lahav Division of (IAI) had developed the so-called MiG-21 2000 upgraded fighter and ground attack version, based on the MiG-21bis and the export MiG-21MF fighter aircraft.

The MiG-21 2000 upgrade provided modifications to the cockpit configuration, avionics architecture and weapons systems, enabling the MiG-21 2000 to compete with Western developed fighters like the F-16 and to make the transition to Western standards. The aircraft's original systems and components were retained wherever mission effectiveness was not compromised.
IAI Lahav augmented the original weapons system by introducing an EL/M-2032 radar, developed by IAI Elta Electronic Industries, based in Ashdod. The radar, which uses a low sidelobe planar array antenna and pulse Doppler beam sharpening, provides all-altitude, all-aspect look-up / look-down and shoot-down capability, as well as beyond-visual-range capability. In order to make the radar compatible with Western ordnance, a new armament interface and control unit were added, too, which enabled computerized control and release of weapons, including third and fourth-generation air-to-air missiles and precision-guided munitions of Western and Eastern provenance.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7324/26815064856_f12a3831ed_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GRydyq)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/GRydyq) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7312/26243544984_52ece32b64_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FZ42Bw)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/FZ42Bw) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7341/26244555793_cfef722b98_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FZ9d6g)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/FZ9d6g) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


This system also gave the pilot the ability to use blind attack as well as continuously computed impact point (CCIP) and dive-toss bombing techniques. CCIP bombing involves the deployment of air-to-ground weapons, using the HUD to indicate the impact point for release of the weapons. Dive-toss bombing involves the release of air-to-ground weapons at the end of a steep dive manoeuver towards the target.

The MiG-21 2000 cockpit featured a new pilot-friendly layout that overcame the shortcomings of the original cockpit layout, which was crowded and lacked most of the desired man-machine interface characteristics. It incorporated a head-up display (HUD), eye-level multifunction color displays, hands on throttle and stick control (HOTAS), solid-state charge coupled device (CCD) camera, videotape recorder, and a one-piece windshield.

The MiG-21 2000 could be equipped with a display and sight helmet (DASH) system, supplied by Elbit of Haifa, which enabled the pilot to aim the weapons simply by looking at the target. The system worked by measuring the pilot's line of sight relative to the aircraft, and transferred the information to the aircraft's sensors, avionics and weapon systems. The helmet displayed vital information, such as the missile line of sight, missile status, flight information and warning data, on the visor. The DASH helmet allowed the pilot to fly head-up and off-boresight and assisted the pilot to detect, identify and shoot earlier.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7423/26243542254_2d309c9744_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FZ41Ns)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/FZ41Ns) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7346/26815059456_e82361ceda_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GRybXj)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/GRybXj) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7076/26243533544_1e444b2249_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FZ3Ydh)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/FZ3Ydh) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


IAI Lahav's upgrade package could be tailored to meet the customer's specific operational and budgetary requirements - the Lithuanian package included the radar, cockpit and also the DASH update and was rumored to cost around 4 Mio. USD per aircraft, and Lithuania was, together with Romania (where 110 MiG-21 were to be updated), lead customer.

As conversion basis, Lithuania purchased fifteen MiG-21 airframes for an unknown sum from the Ukraine, which had inherited a considerable MiG-21 fleet after the demise of the Soviet Union but did not (want to) operate it. The deal included thirteen airworthy MiG-21bis fighters and two MiG-21U trainers with few flying hours on the clocks, and - stripped off any military equipment - the small fleet was gradually transferred as disassembled kits via air ferry in Antonov Airlines An-124 transporters to Aerostar in Romania for conversion, starting in early 1996.

The first batch of Lithuanian MiG-21 2000, three fighters and one trainer, arrived in mid-1997 from Bacau on their own power and with civil Ukrainian registrations, and the Lithuanian Air Force's fighter squadron, the Naikintuvu Eskadra, became ready for service in February 1998.
The rest of the country's small MiG-21 fleet was delivered in the course of the same year, and these aircraft were semi-officially christened "Globėjas" (Guardian). Since the late Nineties, the Globėjas fighters provide the backbone of Lithuania's air defenses, with aircraft holding Quick Reaction Alert. QRA missions – so-called Alpha Scrambles – have constantly been on the rise thanks to the Russia's increased aggression towards NATO. The MiG's have regularly launched to intercept and shadow Russian Air Force Il-20 intelligence gathering aircraft over the Baltic Sea, as well as Tu-16 and Tu-95 patrols and even some Sukhoi Su-27s.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7136/26244552013_a003cd1399_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FZ9bY6)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/FZ9bY6) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr



(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7220/26576111200_0fec14af69_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GurvXN)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/GurvXN) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


Lithuanian pilots use "hit and run" style tactics to deal with air threats, due to the limited range and endurance of their mounts - but this is of little concern due to the country's relatively small size and the defensive nature of the machines' tasks. While the Globėjas lack a beyond-visual range missile, although they could carry one, they have the ability to carry a range of different short-range air-to-air missiles like the Israeli Python III, which Lithuania procured from Rafael in Haifa as primary air-to-air missile.

After Lithuania joined NATO organization in 2004, its (alongside Latvia's and Estonia's) air space has been protected by NATO. NATO members provide usually 4 fighter aircraft, based in Lithuania, to police the Baltic States' airspace, where they support the Lithuanian MiG-21 fleet. The duties rotate between NATO members (which started in March 2004 with Belgium Air Force F-16s) and most NATO members that operate fighters have made temporary deployments to Lithuania.

The Lithuanian Globėjas were also in regular demand as a simulated threat, and have gone up against US F-16s, F-15s, F/A-18s and A-10s, as well as the many different European fighter types that frequently rotate into the small country, including the Eurofighter, German F-4F Phantom IIs or French Mirage 2000.

Anyway, the Globėjas' airframes sooner or later reached their flying hour limits, and will be phased out towards 2020. As a replacement Lithuania will begin taking delivery of its first batch of ex-Portuguese F-16s in 2016, while the Baltic States are considering in the near future to protect their airspace on their own.


(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7291/26781540061_61fdf4a958_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GNAoNH)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/GNAoNH) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7380/26815062216_f2ae9682ea_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GRycLU)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/GRycLU) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr




General characteristics:
   Crew: 1
   Length: 14.5 [126] m (47 ft 7 in)
   Wingspan: 7.154 m (23 ft 6 in)
   Height: 4 m (13 ft 6 in)
   Wing area: 23.0 m² (247.3 ft²)
   Empty weight: 5,846 kg (12,880 lb)
   Gross weight: 8,825 kg (19,425 lb)

Powerplant:
   1× Tumansky R25-300, rated at 40.21 kN (9,040 lbf) thrust dry and 69.62 kN (15,650 lbf) with afterburner

Performance:
   Maximum speed: 2,175 km/h (1,351.48 mph)
   Maximum speed: Mach 2.0
   Landing speed: 350 km/h (190 kts)
   Range: (internal fuel) 1,210 km (751 miles)
   Service ceiling: 17,800 m (58,400 ft)
   Rate of climb: 225 m/s (44,280 ft/min)

Armament:
1x internal 23 mm GSh-23 cannon
5x hardpoints for a wide range of guided and unguided ordnance of up to 3.310 lb (1.500 kg).

In QRA configuration the Lithuanian MiG-21 typically carry two or four Rafal Python III short range air-to-air missiles and an 800l drop tank on the centerline pylon.
Against ground targets, unguided bombs of up to 1.100 lb (500kg) caliber or unguided rockets can be carried; alternatively, a Rafael LITENING laser designation pod and three Griffin Mk. 82 LGBs or a single Mk. 84 LGB can be carried, or optically guided weapons like up to four AGM-65 Maverick or a single GBU-8.




(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7331/26243520434_af81088083_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FZ3Ujf)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/FZ3Ujf) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7688/26243518604_87140eeb92_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FZ3TLG)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/FZ3TLG) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7306/26815070066_9a226d3497_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GRyf7f)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/GRyf7f) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7669/26243551774_4c3e316889_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FZ44CA)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/FZ44CA) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7058/26849036485_99f2c705c9_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GUyk9a)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/GUyk9a) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7455/26849030825_ae3d5f16e6_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GUyisz)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/GUyisz) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7790/26781556011_f4ab76a4b0_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GNAtxH)1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas"; '02 Blue' of the Naikintuvu Eskadra, Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (LK KOP/Lithuanian Air Force); Zokniai airfield, 1999 (Whif/modified MiG-21-93 Condor kit) (https://flic.kr/p/GNAtxH) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr








A tough build, despite being mostly OOB, but the details took their toll. This Baltic MiG does not look flashy, but, with IAI's real world MiG-21 2000 as well as the LanceR conversion for Romania in the Nineties, this one is pretty plausible. And with the simple paint scheme, the MiG-21 looks even pretty chic!
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: loupgarou on May 06, 2016, 05:28:31 AM
Well done and photographed as always, Dizzy!  :cheers:
May I suggest you get 5 additional points for all the lithuanian text and names you wrote?   :blink: ;D
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: DogfighterZen on May 06, 2016, 05:39:06 AM
As always, very good work and very plausible too! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 06, 2016, 09:14:22 AM
Thank you very much!  ;D
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 06, 2016, 11:32:36 AM
Isn't this meant to be a Whiff though? it looks far too real for it NOT to have happened.  :thumbsup: :bow:
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: su27rules on May 06, 2016, 01:06:17 PM
As always Yours standard good work !! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 07, 2016, 12:58:56 AM
Quote from: PR19_Kit on May 06, 2016, 11:32:36 AM
Isn't this meant to be a Whiff though? it looks far too real for it NOT to have happened.  :thumbsup: :bow:

The longer I watch the kit sitting here, I think the same, too. It's one of those creations (like the Bonxie in the BOB GB) that do not look flashy, but things fall into place and there's a very good background to tell around the model. And in this case, there are even some scenes for the beauty pics that add even more realism an mood. Turned out much better than expected!  :lol:
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: comrade harps on May 07, 2016, 01:28:19 AM
Very nice. Neat.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Old Wombat on May 07, 2016, 02:14:05 AM
That's really good!

As usual the pic's are well above standard, too. My favorite is the take-off shot.

:thumbsup:
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Gondor on May 07, 2016, 02:44:02 AM
Slightly surprised that you don't have this armed with a couple of Derby air to air missiles seeing that it's an Israeli upgrade.

Fantastic result as always and I agree about the take off shot.

Gondor
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: zenrat on May 07, 2016, 04:42:13 AM
Looks good.
:thumbsup:
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 07, 2016, 04:47:57 AM
Quote from: Gondor on May 07, 2016, 02:44:02 AM
Slightly surprised that you don't have this armed with a couple of Derby air to air missiles seeing that it's an Israeli upgrade.

Fantastic result as always and I agree about the take off shot.

Gondor


Thank you very much. It already has contemporary Python IIIs, I had foru of them left from the Trumpeter J-8II I converted into the Hawker Harpy some time ago.
Not certain when the Derby was developed/introduced, but I'd assume that came later than the kit's 1999 timeframe (since it is a development of the Python IV, AFAIK?).
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 07, 2016, 05:13:31 AM
Who in their right mind called a missile DERBY for goodness sake?  :o

We'll be having Bromsgroves and Granthams soon.........  :banghead:
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: NARSES2 on May 07, 2016, 05:38:19 AM
Quote from: PR19_Kit on May 07, 2016, 05:13:31 AM
Who in their right mind called a missile DERBY for goodness sake?  :o

We'll be having Bromsgroves and Granthams soon.........  :banghead:

Nah, our Eurofighter's will be armed with Cheltenham Gold Cups or more likely Badminton Horse Trials
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Gondor on May 07, 2016, 06:06:13 AM
Quote from: Dizzyfugu on May 07, 2016, 04:47:57 AM
Quote from: Gondor on May 07, 2016, 02:44:02 AM
Slightly surprised that you don't have this armed with a couple of Derby air to air missiles seeing that it's an Israeli upgrade.

Fantastic result as always and I agree about the take off shot.

Gondor


Thank you very much. It already has contemporary Python IIIs, I had foru of them left from the Trumpeter J-8II I converted into the Hawker Harpy some time ago.
Not certain when the Derby was developed/introduced, but I'd assume that came later than the kit's 1999 timeframe (since it is a development of the Python IV, AFAIK?).

Sorry, your right of course Dizzy. The development of the Derby missile is later than your time frame. And for those who want to know more about the missile can follow this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_%28missile%29#Derby (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_%28missile%29#Derby)

Gondor
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 07, 2016, 08:48:07 AM
Quote from: Gondor on May 07, 2016, 06:06:13 AM
And for those who want to know more about the missile can follow this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_%28missile%29#Derby (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_%28missile%29#Derby)

Gondor

Excellent, but why DERBY of all names?  :o
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Old Wombat on May 07, 2016, 09:08:28 AM
Coz "Joan" sounds silly? :blink:









(Yeah! Yeah! I know! Wrong spelling! :rolleyes: )
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Gondor on May 07, 2016, 11:10:04 AM
Quote from: PR19_Kit on May 07, 2016, 08:48:07 AM
Quote from: Gondor on May 07, 2016, 06:06:13 AM
And for those who want to know more about the missile can follow this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_%28missile%29#Derby (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_%28missile%29#Derby)

Gondor

Excellent, but why DERBY of all names?  :o

I think that your going to have to ask the manufacturer why, you could always use Alto which it was its altonative name  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 07, 2016, 03:57:52 PM
Quote from: Old Wombat on May 07, 2016, 09:08:28 AM

Coz "Joan" sounds silly? :blink:


And 'Derby' doesn't?  :o
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Old Wombat on May 08, 2016, 12:53:52 AM
Quote from: PR19_Kit on May 07, 2016, 03:57:52 PM
Quote from: Old Wombat on May 07, 2016, 09:08:28 AM

Coz "Joan" sounds silly? :blink:


And 'Derby' doesn't?  :o

;D
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Glenn Gilbertson on May 09, 2016, 09:24:17 AM
That looks magnificent & very convincing. Great pictures, too. Well done! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 10, 2016, 12:14:32 AM
Thank you very much!  :cheers:
Title: Re: DONE +++ MiG-21 2000 "Globėjas", '02 Blue' of the Lithuanian Air Force, 1999
Post by: Captain Canada on May 10, 2016, 10:17:49 AM
Great job on this one ! That's one sexy aeroplane ! the in flight pics just look so right.

:wub: