MiG-19S (1:144 SCALE)

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Another small model completed in 2019 was this minute MiG-19S, produced by Mark I. The kit was detailed with Mark I produced photo-etched set and a few bits made from metal tubing. Cutting the trimming these tubes can be hard (specially if you are using hypodermic needles as a source material), but with simple tools you can easily get the shape you are aiming for.

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The basic Mark I MiG-19S model is nice, but complemented with Mark I detailing set, it can be built into an impressive model for its size, if the extra cost and extra work does not put you away.

With the improved look of the model, some details, like the cannons, looked out of place while rendered in the kit’s plastic parts. Metal tubing is a great material to detail our models. We can combine different diameters to replicate details like antennas, cannons and even landing gears. This material can be sourced from a variety of producers, like Albion Alloys and Minimeca as examples, but hypodermic needles are also a common source, when small lengths are required. These tubes can be from a variety of materials, like brass, aluminium or steel.

When making small parts with these material, it can be challenging to hold them for cutting and trimming. When working with small diameter tubes, I usually use a pin vice for this purpose. It allows me to firmly hold the part, even very short length of material. For larger diameter tubes, I use a small bench vice.

Cutting brass tubes is trivial and can be done with a blade, rolling the tube under it, over a flat surface. Cutting the steel tubes is much harder and I usually resort to a corundum cutting disc, on a rotary tool, but you can also cut it using a small triangular diamond grit file, if a rotary tool is not available to you. The resulting cut is not always  perfect and we might need to trim down the length of the part. This can be achieved using a flat diamond grit file, nail files and finishing off with fine abrasive paper.

The cannon parts shown in the following photo were made using steel tubes, with the main cannon tube done using the 0.5 mm tube and the 0.8 mm tube used for the flash hider/muzzle brake.

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This is but an almost insignificant detail, but these were easy to make and the sharpness the metal parts allow helps to convey the prototypical shape of the modeled subject. I hope you find this approach useful for your future modeling projects.

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MiG-19S (1:144 SCALE)

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