by: Tim Hatton [ ]
When I received Eduard's Weekend Mig-21MF for review, I was very impressed with the in box engine. Now Eduard have have released a Brassin engine nozzle which gives the modeler yet another option to super detail their MiG-21.
In the transparent plastic blister there are seven resin components and one photo etched part. The resin parts are well padded with a piece of high density sponge. The photo etched part is packed separately, backed by black card to prevent too much movement. The Brassin parts that replace the kit parts are:
-R1 replaces kit parts C7, C55 and D38 [x3].
-R2 replaces kit parts C4 and D24.
-R3 replaces kit part C45.
-R4 replaces kit part D91.
-R5 replaces kit part D93.
-R6, R7 and the photo etched part replaces kit part D84.
Comparing the kit and Brassin parts, the first obvious plus of the Brassin jet pipe is that it is one piece, a huge advantage to the kits two part jet pipe. The kits jet pipe is split down it's length making eradicating the seam on the inside very difficult. The Brassin flame holder and the reheat fuel pipes are made up from two resin parts and the single photo etched part. The Brassin items are little more complex to build than the single plastic part of the kit. The Brassin part R2 turbine spindle is supported by five arms a feature missing from the kit. I am a little confused why there is the representation of the rear turbine, that is also depicted on part R3. Perhaps the fan detail in R2 will be lost when the casting block is removed. The Brassin exhaust nozzle is generally better defined with some great detail. The detail on the low pressure turbine is superb. Each resin piece has a casting block attached that must be removed. The instructions provide plenty of guidance where to cut. Brassin part R5 will need a little more care and attention as the ring will be quite delicate once the casting block has been removed. Brassin part R7 [a component of the reheat structure] will also need careful handling.
One thing to bare in mind, I suspect the Brassin parts will be a little heavier than the corresponding plastic parts. So make sure you pack the nose of your MiG with a bit more weight.
The resin casting are superb in quality, with no detectable air bubbles or flaws.
Instructions: the black line drawings show the components after the casting blocks have been removed. The photograph on the back of the instruction sheet of the resin components minus their blocks is also very useful reference, when cutting time comes around. Going back to the line drawings, the areas that are the mating surfaces of the arts are highlighted in blue. One thing that is lacking from the instructions from the Brassin release are paint guides. Hopefully you already have the kit, so you will find plenty of paint references there.
Well is the Brassin set worth the extra money to replace the kits exhaust nozzle parts? Well yes they are, particularly if you are wanting to depict the ultimate 1/48 MiG 21. All in all a stunning release from those Maestros from the Czech Republic. Nice one Eduard.