PROTECTOR OF THE NILE

Andrew Terrell tackles Eduard’s classic 1/48 MiG-21MF, finishing it as a weather-worn Egyptian Air Force machine.

From its introduction in the late 1950s, Mikoyan Gurevich’s Ye-6/MiG-21 (NATO nickname Fishbed) was employed in numerous conflicts worldwide, including South East Asia and the Middle East.

In the right hands, this short-ranged fighter proved an effective match against the West’s more sophisticated warplanes, notably the F-4 Phantom. The basic day-fighter design was developed constantly throughout the aircraft’s service life, with more than 40 sub-types produced. Indeed, the design has been so successful that late-generation variants are still used operationally, more than six decades after the Fishbed’s first flight.

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