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LDD Mig-21 Fishbed
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This is a MOC of my favorite jet fighter that I made in LDD, it is the only fighter jet I have ever made as far as I can remember. It has retractable landing gear, movable flaps, ailerons, elevators, and rudder.
About this creation
Tiny history lesson on the Mig-21
The Mig-21 was a Russian fighter build during the cold war. It was used in a few smaller conflicts before but the Mig-21 really gained its reputation over Vietnam. Iím no historian so if you really want lots of facts Iím sure wikipedia has the story.

The build process:
But first why I built it

Why I built it:
I built this Mig-21 for two main reasons,
1. I love the Mig-21, itís not my favorite plane, that goes to the Spitfire VIc, but it is my favorite fighter jet.
2. Iím in this group called ĎConflict,í it takes place on a fictional earth and we each have our own countries, mine is the Oceanic Republic (O.R. for short), and it really needed an updated air force. Actually it needs an updated military in general, but the air force was considered the most important.

Now the build process:
This plane had two first for me, it was the first time I used the new LDD (havenít even used it in about a year), and I have to say, universe mode is awesome! It was also the first time I have built a fighter jet, at least in recent memory (I might have built one like 10 years ago, but not recently). The whole project took somewhere between 6 and 12 hours, I wasnít doing a good job at keeping track. I started with the front, which took forever to get right, and moved to the back. After I got past the cockpit I just built the very bottom structure, then the front wings, engine (which I am very happy with), and rear wings, in that order. It wasnít until I rebuilt the entire cockpit design that I got around to filling in the back and making the tail and landing gear. After that I just had to add the weapons and rearrange the colors a little.

Background with the O.R.
The Mig-21 had been a blueprint on a shelf for many years in the O.R. After seeing the growing tensions of the nations around them and some demonstrations of their military equipment some of the younger military advisers pushed forth a radical plan to update the countries military. Complete updating was rejected by most of the older, more stubborn members of the military who believe that the countries military is perfectly up to date, but a plan was still passed to allow limited production many blueprints that had been on the shelves for years. The veteran members of the military wouldnít allow for a complete modernization but having prototypes of many of these ideas will allow for mass production in an emergency. The Mig-21 was one of these blueprints.
Some of the O.R. ace pilots who tested the plane criticized it for lack of maneuverability, stating that the countries tighter turning prop planes could easily beat it even with the great difference in speed. Many of these pilots still considered it inferior to the nationís older prop fighters even after the plane shot down 4 remote controlled Hornet Fire BT Is in an exercise using live ammunition meant to test the planes capability in outnumbered situations. The hope is that as the older generation of pilots is replaced by the newer generation that support for mass producing the plane to replace its aging P-38s as an interceptor will increase.

Pictures:
These pictures show the plane from many different angles as well as some of its features.













The ailerons and elevators:



The rudder:



The flaps:





The landing gear and 23mm cannon:
I am pretty happy with how the cannon came out, but not too happy with the landing gear. The front landing gear arm is supposed to be in an L-shape, but I couldnít make it like that and still have it fold into the nose of the plane. The wheels on the rear landing gear should be a little bigger and should fold into the fuselage and not just rest against it, but I just couldnít make it quite right.



A pic of it being built:
This is a picture of it partly built; I took it to show one of my prototype cockpit designs. I really liked the front part of the cockpit but the doors (I also tried just clear bricks) for the back half just didnít work. I really wish LEGO made the type of cockpit that I have on the finished version of the plane except without the front part, just a 4x3 clear arch. If they made that I could have the front of the cockpit be like that on the half built one.



Future plans:
As for adding on to this build I think it is pretty much done, maybe some day I will get back to it and give it an artic camo paint job, but probably not. I do plan to make a Mig-21 in real brick some day though, I might even copy it brick for brick off of this.

Update:
This plane is no longer in use in the group Conflict; I have left the group, :( It just proved to be too stressful having to run a country, even an imaginary one, and took up to much time I really didn't have. I still do plan on building it in real brick some day, it is my favorite jet fighter after all. I will use a similar design although I have realized some flaws in this one, mainly that it is too short (thanks for telling me Josh!), so these will be corrected in the real brick model, which will probably not happen for a few years.


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I made it 
  February 2, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Great work on this Mig 21. I like how you made the engine nozzle. Awesome!
Thanks, I got a few planes (and a lot of other MOCs) in front of this, but I hope to build an improved version in real brick in another two or three years.
 I like it 
  February 2, 2014
nice one!:D
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  February 2, 2014
Great work on this Mig 21. I like how you made the engine nozzle. Awesome!
 I like it 
  January 5, 2013
I could improve on this if you send me the file.
 I made it 
  June 26, 2012
Quoting Boris Pavelnov Just put the cokpit a few studs forward,and this will be perfect.
It's not so much that the cockpit is too far back but that the whole thing is too short. This gives the illusion that the cockpit needs to be farther forward when really the space behind the cockpit needs to be extended maybe 3-4 studs. I had hoped to someday fix this, but I think it will just have to wait for the real brick version. Thanks for the comment!
 I like it 
  June 24, 2012
Just put the cokpit a few studs forward,and this will be perfect.
Scott Bertaut
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Josh Guilbert
  July 21, 2011
better me than someone else lol
Scott Bertaut
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Josh Guilbert
  July 21, 2011
Same Shawn,I build my own stuff so no one can say"Oh so and so's whatever is better than this" like my plane's take idea's from pre-existing plane's tweak them all and blend them into somthing better.
Scott Bertaut
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Paperweight .
  July 21, 2011
Nice job! Will you trade 250 of these for 150 LV-64s, 200 Border Defense Drones and 75 T43 PACs?
 I like it 
  July 21, 2011
Nice build. Keep it up!
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  July 21, 2011
I like how it turned out, but as for the inaccuracies that's why I usually try not to build preexisting things and just make up my own based on them so no one can say that it's inaccurate.
 I like it 
  July 21, 2011
Nice.
Scott Bertaut
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Josh Guilbert
  July 20, 2011
Awsome job but before you even dare build this,These are some thing's you need to fix. 1.the fuselage need's to be longer. 2.the Rudder need's to be swept back at a sharper angle Above all it's a great start.Beat's my home built planes
 I made it 
  July 20, 2011
Quoting Josh Guilbert Awsome job but before you even dare build this,These are some thing's you need to fix. 1.the fuselage need's to be longer. 2.the Rudder need's to be swept back at a sharper angle Above all it's a great start.Beat's my home built planes
I looked at the pictures I was using as a guide and you are right, it is way to short! I already knew about the tail, but couldn't figure out why I couldn't get it to slope right without moving too far forward compared to the wings. Duh, because the whole plane is too short, lol! Oh well, I will have to fix that when I build it in real brick, I might fix it in LDD too, but it would be much harder to rip it in half and add an extension component on LDD then real brick so I might not. I will defiantly try and improve the landing gear on the real brick model too, but I'm not going to even build that for 1-3 years! Thanks for the comment though, glad you mentioned those problems, I never would have realized otherwise!
 
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