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MiG-19S "Farmer" - when painting becomes a nightmare...

built by Christian Jakl (1:48)

The MIG-19 was a single seat military aircraft that was used as a fighter and fighter-bomber. In China it was also used as the FT-6 for reconnaissance and as a trainer. It was a development of the MIG-17 with two engines and more aerodynamic wings. With this new speed capability it was the first Soviet aircraft to break the sound barrier. 8500 of this type were built.

They were exported to Egypt, China, DDR, Cuba, North Vietnam, North Korea and Pakistan. China also built a derivative under license: the Shenyang J-6. Beside the three 30 mm Nudelmann- Richter cannons, the MIG-19 could carry up to 1000 kg of ordnance under the wings.

the Kit

I would not have paid much attention to the kit if I had not looked at the side panel of the box on the shelf at the hobby store. On it was the Red 872 version for the world aerobatic championship of 1968. I had built too many green models and wanted to do this one just as a change of pace. It was very sobering when I opened the box and found that Trumpeter only provided the insignia of the DDR. There was no sign of a red arrow and the instruction sheet was also not very helpful. I also looked on the Internet for help. I could only find two pictures and these did not help very much.

I decided to paint the aircraft to the best approximation that I could come up with. The kit is very well done and with the Eduard photo-etch set one really has all that is needed. In order to mask the red arrow with the white border one must remove quite a few parts to allow masking tape to lie flat. I first painted the yellow underside and then the blue top. I was not too concerned about the high gloss finish or a perfectly clean paint job, for the real thing on the few photos I did find was anything but perfect. After that came the cutting of the masks for the arrow.

I had scanned the box art 1:1 in order to get the arrow and the triangle on the tail. First the larger mask for the white part and then the smaller for the red were cut. When the masks are slowly pealed back sweat slowly appears on ones forehead. After every drying stage I used very fine wet sandpaper to get rid of any demarcation lines and to give the model a slightly used look. The rest was routine, only the cockpit color had to be mixed since no manufacturer produces it.
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Now I have also jumped on the bandwagon. A few of my modeling buddies have done it for quite awhile and are thrilled by the results. I was thrilled too, and must add that as a beginner I was a little apprehensive to choose a MIG for the experiment. These aircraft were full of rivets. I should have started simpler with a FW-190 for example. I bought the rivet roller during my last visit to the model show in Brno. It is a slow process but the results are great. Soon there will be an article about the art of riveting on our website...

in Conclusion

The MIG-19S with the markings of Red 872 shown here crash landed during the aerobatics world championships in Magdeburg in 1968 because of a hydraulic problem. The pilot, Hauptmann Heinz Stammberger walked away unhurt. There also was a sister aircraft, 844 in the same colors and different markings (no pictures found). This aircraft crashed during a training mission on August 9th 1968. The commander of the 1st Staffel of JG 3, Hauptmann Siegfried Wodzich died on the crash site. DDR pilots had problems with the MIG-19. All these crashes led to the nickname "widow maker" for this aircraft. Regrettably there is not much picture and text material about aircraft of the former Warsaw Pact nations; hence the modeler does not get the detailed information needed for building a super accurate replica.

MiG-19S "Farmer" - Red 872, 1968

  Model built by Christian Jakl, photos taken by Wolfram Bradac  
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  meet the modeler      

Christian Jakl

  I was born in Vienna in 1971 and now I live in the middle of the mountains in the Tyrol district. I am in marketing and my specialty is graphic design and layout. Ships, planes and automobiles is how it started and now I have taken up aircraft models only. I concentrate on the German and Soviet air force. My favorite mode of display are dioramas in 1/48 scale. Here I can let my imagination run wild and can produce many of parts. Experimentation and the use of new techniques are foremost on my mind. I also combine stock kits with other add onís and try out new tools. There is always a lot to learn.

It is not all that important to me if a detail is no exactly in the right spot; the final product has to look right. If somebody stands in front of my model and is enthused then I did my job right. The only problem I have is the time factor and in this I probably not alone. I wish everybody a lot of fun with this page and hope that critiques and comments are forthcoming.
  Christian Jakl  
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