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Eduard Brassin Sets for the Eduard MiG-21MF Kit
1:72 Scale

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Eduard’s new tool MiG-21MF in 1:72 scale is an excellent kit – one of our favorite new kits of this year so far, and by far, its the best 1:72 scale Fishbed that’s out there (see our review HERE).  Eduard has also produced a range of Brassin sets for their MiG-21MF kit allowing for the addition of a lot more detail.  Here, we take a look at four of them.    

Eduard Brassin 672180 MiG-21MF Interceptor Cockpit:  the kit cockpit is not all that bad especially for 1:72 scale.  But certainly, you can add a lot more fine detail using resin, photoetched metal, and clear acetate parts.  This set features nine beautifully cast resin parts, 33 photoetched (PE) metal parts (most are pre-painted) on a single fret (containing 33 parts), and a small piece of printed acetate used to simulate the gun sight/HUD glass.

The resin parts will strike you as small – and filled with really gorgeous detail particularly on the ejection seat, instrument panel coaming, and rear bulkhead.  The quilting on the KM-1 ejection seat backpad is particularly eye-catching.  There are also parts for the instrument panel, stick, and ejection seat headrest.  The single-piece cockpit tub is designed to drop right into the fuselage.  The PE parts are also quite impressively manufactured and demonstrate an equally high level of detail, from the precision-painted instrument dial faces to the arrays of switches, knobs, and other details.  Most importantly (for my preferences, at least), there’s a really nice set of shoulder harnesses and lap belts that will appear quite realistic.

Eduard Brassin 672181 MiG-21MF Exhaust Nozzle:  the kit exhaust nozzle again gets an “okay” rating, but seeing this Brassin set will probably drive many readers to upgrade to this set.  It consists of three resin parts and four PE parts.  The exhaust section comes in three single-piece sections, eliminating any longitudinal seams and messy cleanup that is implied with the kit parts.  The PE parts for the aft final stage exhaust and the afterburner flame holder are light-years better than the kit’s injection molded plastic parts, and the detail on the nozzle itself is remarkably finely-cast.   

Eduard Brassin 672182 MiG-21MF Wheels:  this set provides two sets of complete, single-piece wheels for the nose and main gear.  There are two hub styles provided, and the detail on the wheel brake assembly and manufacturer’s imprimatur on the inboard tire side wall represent a major additional improvement over the detail seen in the kit parts.

Eduard Brassin 672186 R-3S Missiles w/Pylons for MiG-21:  this set comes with 17 cast resin parts and 24 PE parts on one unpainted fret.  You get four R-3S air-to-air heat-seeking missiles, which were a Soviet knock-off of the early generation AIM-9 Sidewinder.  The seeker heads are cast as separate parts.  The nose steering fins and exhaust caps are provided on the PE metal fret.  There are also four single piece wing pylons for the missile, and the last one part here is for the fuselage centerline pylon.  The level of detail is great, but the only problem here is that three of the four R-3S missiles were a bit warped – taken out of the molds too soon, I suspect.  It’s nothing a little hot water probably can’t fix, but it’s rare for any Eduard product to feature a production defect.  

Any one of these Brassin detail sets will make your great Eduard 1:72 scale MiG-21MF even better.  In combination, they will really elevate your build in very important and noticeable ways.  Also keep in mind this review only looked at some of the available Brassin sets for this kit, and there are others which feature replacement speed brakes and, additional missiles, and rocket pods.  When I build this kit, you can bet of these sets will be incorporated into the project.

We extend our sincere thanks to Eduard for the review sample.  You can visit them on the web at http://www.eduard.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EduardCompany/

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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