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The MiG-21 was one of a long list of Mikoyan-Gurevich products to be integrated into the armed forces of the Soviet Union, the Warsaw Pact, and
allied client states. Its predecessors included such notable types as the MiG-15, MiG-17 and the supersonic MiG-19. The roots of this project reach back
to the first half of the fifties. In 1954, the Ye-1 project came to an end, and was quickly picked up by the Ye-2. Both had a swept wing. The first machine
to feature the delta wing was the Ye-4, which first took to the air on June 16th, 1955. It was also demonstrated a year later at the Moscow airfield Tushino.
The first of the new line to enter production was the MiG-21F, which together with the MiG-21P and F-13 represented the first generation of the MiG-21,
and was in production through the end of the fifties and the beginning of the sixties. Subsequent versions included the PF, FL, PFM, R, etc, the production
of which peaked at the end of the sixties. The third generation started production in 1968, which included such versions as M, SM, MF, SMT, BIS among
others. Simultaneously, two-seat training versions were also produced designated MiG-21U, UM and US. Production of the MiG-21 ended in 1985, and
was put into service with some fifty nations. Over the course of the cold war, the opponents of the MiG-21 included the likes of the Northrop F-5 Freedom
Fighter and the Dassault Mirage III. NATO assigned it the reporting name ‘Fishbed’. It became the most produced supersonic fighter in terms of quantity.
The new machines came off Soviet production lines in Moscow, Gorky and Tbilisi. The MiG-21F-13 was also built under license in Czechoslovakia and the
MiG-21FL, M and BIS in India by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. The Soviet Union produced 10, 645 examples of all versions, 194 were built
in Czechoslovakia and 657 in India. Outside of the Soviet Union, the type flew with a long list of nations on all continents with the exception of Australia. The
MiG-21 participated in combat in Vietnam, the Indo-Pakistan wars, the Cuban participation in Angola and in the Arab world’s attempt to eliminate Israel.
Thanks to the high volume of use, the highest number of aces produced on the type was in Vietnam. The top of the ladder is occupied by Nguyen Van Coc
with nine kills. The type serving as a fighter-bomber served with the Soviet Union and other nations of the Warsaw Pact into the eighties, when it began
to be displaced by the MiG-29 Fulcrum.
This kit is specific to the building of a model of the MiG-21BIS. In factory documentation, it is identified as ‘Izdelye 75'. As opposed to the MF and SMT
versions, it was optimized as a fighter, and not intended for ground attack as its primary role. It was powered by a Tumanskiy R-25-300, and armed with
a twin barreled GS-23-2L 23mm cannon with 200 rounds. Hardpoints could still be loaded with R-13M, R-55, R-60 and R-60M missiles, UB-16-57 or UB-
32A rocket pods, S-24 unguided rockets, bombs up to 500kg in size, and ZB-360 napalm bombs. The aircraft was delivered to nations of the former
Warsaw Pact and the Third World either as the model ‘Izdelye 75A’ with the Lazur ground control intercepta system, or as the ‘Izdelye 75B with the Polyot
OI ILS (Instrument Landing System). The former carried the NATO code ‘Fishbed N’, and the latter ‘Fishbed K’. Both versions served as ‘Izdelye 75' with
Soviet VVS and PVO units.
Item Size/Weight : 38 x 23 x 7 cm / 603g