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MiG-15UTI
Weekend Edition

Eduard, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Eduard Kit No. 7433 – MiG-15UTI (Weekend Edition)
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media:

Seventy-eight grey and ten clear styrene parts, with decals for two subjects plus extensive stencilling.

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Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Superb quality components, very good detail, and great value. The best MiG-15UTI kit 1/72 scale by far (after ignoring Eduard’s Profipack & Royal Editions with their extra details and paint masks)..
Disadvantages: None noted.
Conclusion:

Superbly engineered, top quality and great value sum this kit up. I think it is possibly the finest injected jet trainer kit in 1/72-scale produced to date. If even more detail is your thing, Eduard has you covered with its Profipack Edition or various Brassin and PE detail sets sold separately.

Eduard’s Weekend Edition of their Midget is a most welcome addition to their range of MiG-15 variants in “The One True Scale”. It joins its Fagot siblings as being the best in its class. I cannot recommend this kit highly enough.


Reviewed by Mark Davies


Eduard's 1/72 MiG-15UTI Weekend Edition is available online from Squadron.com

 

Background

 

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Fagot) surprised Western forces upon its service debut, and outclassed the Western fighters it opposed in the Korean War until the United Nation fielded North American F-86 Sabres to counter it. Both designs were the amongst the first widely deployed swept-wing fighter designs, and both would achieve well-deserved iconic status.

The MiG-15 exploited captured German aerodynamic research and, just as importantly, a license-built British Rolls-Royce Nene jet. The latter came about as a result of late-1940’s British government lunacy to share technology in accordance with a wartime offer; despite the onset of the cold-war. Much of the credit is of course also due to the MiG design Bureau, as far more was involved than simply cobbling together other nations’ ideas.
The MiG-15 effectively founded a dynasty of jet-fighters, and one of the most widely produced aircraft ever; with around 18,000 built when licensed production outside of the Soviet Union is included. Without doubt, it is one of the most widely used post-WW2 fighters, and introduced jet-powered warplanes to a multitude of air forces. Several still fly today in private hands as Warbirds, and perhaps there are still be some two-seat MiG-15UTI (Midget) trainer versions in military service somewhere.

Click on Wikipedia for more insight into the MIG-15’s history, development and service.


 

Previous 1/72 MiG-15 ‘First Looks’

I have reviewed four Eduard MiG-15 boxings and Brett Green one here on HyperScale. Readers not familiar with the various boxings released so far can refer to them by clicking on the links below:

 

 

FirstLook

 

Contents

The parts come in a top-opening box and are enclosed in resealable bags, as are the two decal sheets.

The instructions are provided as a glossy colour printed booklet of the same quality as Profipack Editions (Weekend Edition instructions used to be printed on cheaper matt-finish paper). They include a parts map and have very clear and easy to follow drawings. English is used throughout. Paint colours are cross-referenced to Gunze’s Aqueous and Mr. Color paint ranges (stocked and sold by Eduard on-line), and detail colour call-outs are provided throughout. 
A copy of the instructions can be down-loaded or opened as a PDF by clicking here.

Obviously the UTI kit shares parts with Eduard’s MiG-15 and MiG-15bis kits, but despite this, only one sprue is 100% common with the other two. This is ‘Sprue B’ with the wings, tailplane, rudder, and the jet-pipe used for the MiG-15 boxing. The two new grey sprues, ‘G & H’, provide the UTI’s fuselage components, cockpit, wheels (with the same choice of hub styles as the other two kits), a wider MiG-15bis jet-pipe, and common to all drop-tank choices.

Obviously, the clear sprue also differs from the previous kits because of the two-place canopy.


 

The Kit

The kit is straightforward with a conventional parts breakdown, and is well-engineered. Parts are crisply moulded with very nice recessed surface detail, and include some quite delicate pieces.

 

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The cockpits are well detailed for the scale. Decals are used for side consoles and, in the case of the instrument panels, there is a choice of smooth panels and decals or panels with raised instrument detail that can be painted.

There is a very nice pair of seats that are garnished with decal seatbelts. I usually cut these out and retain the paper backing for a more 3D effect. I then paint the white paper backing and edges, glue in place, and apply wash to outline them. Some recent Weekend Edition kits have included Eduard’s Super Fabric seatbelts, but the decal belts should be fine in this case.

There is a clear part for the gun-sight, which is clearly an ASP-3N gyro-site (a copy of the US Mk.18 captured in Korea).

The cockpits and nose wheel-well are enclosed within the intake trunking as per the original plane. A lengthy two-piece jet-pipe is blanked of by a turbine face, although I think this would only be visible with the aid of a torch.  The cockpit and jet-pipe sub-assemblies are enclosed in the fuselage halves along with the separate rudder.

The forward underside from the wing leading-edge to the nose-ring is a separate piece; this provides the nose wheel-well and mounting point for the single 23-mm cannon.

The instructions identify the need for nose ballast to be placed under the cockpit floor to prevent tail-sitting, but I would advise to include some more right behind the cockpit as well to be safe, as the under-floor space is quite small. Beware of placing ballast under the rear of the cockpit floor, as this is visible through two clear dielectric panels (see later). The nose ring fitted with the leading edge of the intake splitter caps this area off.

There are two small clear panels that fit one behind the other just aft of the nose wheel-well. The forward-most is circular covers the ARK-5 radio-compass, and the rearmost the MRP-48P marker-receiver. Remember to paint the cockpit floor underside since it will be visible through these clear covers.

The three clear pieces that form the canopies are acceptably thin and very clear. There is a hoop-shaped grey plastic part to fit behind the front cockpit that divides the front and rear canopies (it does not look sturdy enough to be called a roll-over frame, I think it is just part of the UTI’s structure). There is a small clear part representing a clear panel with mounting brackets that fits onto the rear cockpit’s coaming (I assume it is an internal windscreen as the Midget predates HUD technology). You can model the canopy open or closed.

All that remains for the fuselage is to fit the antenna mast and a small dorsal blade antenna, plus the nose wheel and its doors. The nose-wheel and its leg are one-piece, as to be expected given its size; but it still looks very finely done indeed.

The wings are divided into top and bottom halves, with the trailing-edge for both moulded with the top piece to provide a sharp finish. The instructions advise which of the partial holes in the lower wing halves to fully penetrate to locate the drop tanks if wished. They instructions also give dimensional guidance on how far to insert the wing-mounted pitot, which is a nice touch. A small clear landing light inserts near the port wing-root just ahead of the wheel-well. The two single-piece tailplanes simply locate onto the tailfin.

The wheel wells are boxed in and feature moulded detail on the inside of the wing, and the main legs are very nicely done. There is a choice of wheel hub style, but the choice is not cross-referenced to the markings options. The undercarriage doors are nicely detailed, and the instructions include a couple of detail sketches to guide the angled placement of the doors.

The sheer quality of Eduard’s moulding is apparent from the accompanying images. Kits like this make Eduard Tamiya’s closest rival when it comes to 1/72-scale aircraft kits. In fact, some might say the Czech brand is becoming the equal of the Japanese one. If the sheer quality of the plastic is not enough for you, then take a look at extra resin and PE details Eduard offers by clicking here.

The old Kovozavody Prostejov MiG-15UTI was bettered by the still nice, if basic, Hobby Boss kit, but now we have the definitive Midget in the 1/72-scale from Eduard. I suspect it will be so for some time to come.


 

Marking Options

The markings options are for two aircraft:

  • Iraqi Air Force, 1980’s;

 

 

  • c/n 612739, flown by Yuri Gagarin & Vladimir Seryogin, Space Training Centre, Chkalovskiy Airfield, Soviet Union, March 27, 1968 (the plane that both crashed to their death in);

 

 

The decals appear to be of excellent quality, as would be expected Eduard, and include extensive stencilling.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

Superbly engineered, top quality and great value sum this kit up. I think it is possibly the finest injected jet trainer kit in 1/72-scale produced to date. If even more detail is your thing, Eduard has you covered with its Profipack Edition or various Brassin and PE detail sets sold separately.

Eduard’s Weekend Edition of their Midget is a most welcome addition to their range of MiG-15 variants in “The One True Scale”. It joins its Fagot siblings as being the best in its class. I cannot recommend this kit highly enough.

Thanks to Eduard for the sample


Review Text Copyright 2016 by Mark Davies
Page Created 24 February, 2016
Last updated 24 February, 2016

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