One photo etch fret is included in the set. The fret is approximately 3" x 5" and contains roughly 55 unique elements. Some of these elements are included multiple times (such as missile rails). High points of the impacted details include:
- Plumbing for the fore and after main wheel well bulkheads.
- Afterburner "can" liners
- Flame holder
- Hydraulic plumbing for the main and forward gear struts
- Outboard gear doors for the main landing gear
- Actuator and hinge details for the forward gear doors
- Dielectric panel plates
- Pylon details (important if leaving the pylons empty)
- Mounting lugs and wiring for the RATO packs
This is nearly the 800th photo etch set in the Eduard 1:48 basic line. Counting the color sets, they are well over 1000 in 1:48. The quality is exactly what you would expect if you've worked with Eduard photo-etch in the past. So speaking to the quality of the parts and usability would be somewhat pointless at this point. If you've worked with Eduard in the past, you know exactly how nice the parts are. If you've never worked with Eduard, give it a shot, it's about the best photo-etch there is!
Do I Need It?
If you are a fan of adding detail to your model then you are probably no stranger to adding photo etch details. So if you are inclined to upgrade your MiG-21R this is a great set! I have always felt, at least where aircraft are concerned that the exterior details are those best handled by photo etch. As a result, since Eduard began their custom of breaking out their aircraft photo etch sets into multiple sets for one type, I have focused on the exterior over the interior sets. So, following that trend, this set is an excellent upgrade for the exterior of your MiG-21R
That said, IF, you are using the Brassin details for this project, particularly the wheel bays and the afterburner set, then those trump the need for this set. Because so many of the parts (easily 80%) impact those two parts of the model, and are designed to upgrade the base kit parts, adding the Brassin set removes the need for this set.
So ultimately, if you're upgrading your Eduard MiG-21, in pretty much every case, decide whether you're using the Brassin details, and then carefully select the base photo etch sets to supplement that, you may find that they're superfluous.
Highs: Excellent details for the exterior of your MiG-21R. Visible impacts to a finished model.Lows: Not necessary if you're using the MiG-21 Brassin sets.Verdict: Will depend purely on your choice of how to upgrade the model. Outstanding and impactful detail if used by itself!
About Paul Cotcher (RedStar) FROM: GEORGIA, UNITED STATES
I have been modeling since the mid-1970s, having learned pretty much all the different hobbies with my dad. My original fascination were kits of rockets and missiles, but soon after developed a fascination for jets, and have been modeling ever since. I primarily build 1:48 scale aircraft, and my c...