This BRASSIN set is fairy simple. It consists of just six resin castings and a single photo-etched part. It enables you to build a complete exhaust nozzle of the Tumasky R-11F2-300 jet engine. Assembling it together should be a straightforward job. Instruction sheet consists of just four steps of which the last one is attaching the complete exhaust to the fuselage interior.
Each resin part is attached to its casting block so you will need a razor saw and sanding paper to free them off and prepare for assembly. The completed exhaust for sure looks like the PFM exhaust. What will be a probably interesting feature of this set is the fact that it can be used to improve the MiG-21MF of the Polish Air Force. To unify their MiG-21MF engine types with the types already in use, Poland had ordered their MF's (originally equipped with newer R-13-300 engines) with the older R-11F2-300 engines. I have no idea how it will fit to the MF kit interior but I bet it can be done with smaller or bigger effort.
Eduard provides colours for each detail according to the GSI Creos (Gunze) palette from the aqueous, Mr. Color and Mr.Metal Color range. It is advised to paint the exhaust interior and its details before gluing parts together, until you have easy access to each part interior. This way you can also avoid problematic masking. It would be a shame and waste of effort if the final effect would be wasted due to sloppy paint job.
What makes me a bit suspicious are the colours suggested by Eduard to paint the interior. A brief study of my reference photos, mostly from the on-line sources, reveals there might be a bigger colour variation of these internal details. One of the dubious points is the colour of undulated rim near the nozzle outlet and a nozzle shutter – my photos shows also a green, not just stainless, finish. Make sure how your particular machine looked like, however the MC213 “Stainless” and MC214 “Dark Iron” colours are for sure good suggestions for overall interior colour.
Castings quality is of course perfect. I don't see any flashes or air bubbles on the details. A very important advantage of the resin parts over plastic details, provided in the original plastic kit, is the lack of any seams and joint-lines of the halves, which would be visible inside. This feature also enabled Eduard designers to better reproduce internal details, rims and delicate surface structure. The details of the jet turbine are so delicate and fragile that it will require extra care and a lot of attention when cutting off from the casting block to avoid braking off the turbine blades.
As you see it's an easy to use and effective upgrading set, which can be used not only in the PFM kit. If you don't have too much time for your hobby you can build this set on the side as a sub-assembly for future projects, before even starting the main kit itself. It should take just a couple of hours to finish, including painting.
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