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Nieuport 21 in Russian Service

Begemot 1/32 Nieuport 21 in Russian Service Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2015 Manufacturer Begemot
Subject Nieuport 21 in Russian Service Scale 1/32
Set Number 32010 Pros 35 marking options
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $TBA    

First Look

Begemot Decals is an interesting decal company from Rostov-on-Don, Russia that offers a nice array of markings for Soviet-built and Russian service aircraft. In this release, Begemot provides a super set of decals for the Nieuport 21 of aircraft reflecting the variety of markings it carried from its days in World War I through the mid-1920s when it was retired from front-line service. Let's take a look:

Nieuport 21 in Russian Service Nieuport 21 in Russian Service Nieuport 21 in Russian Service

This set provides 35 markings options including:

  1. Nieuport 21, 1341, Sep 1917, as flown by Ensign Vladimir Kaminsky
  2. Nieuport 21, 1354, Aug 1917, as flown by Ensign Vsevolod Yakovlev
  3. Nieuport 21, 1668, 8th Avn Sqn, 1916/1917
  4. Nieuport 21, 1572, 2nd Avn Group, spring 1917, as flown by Capt Evgraf Kruten'
  5. Nieuport 21, 1514, 7th Avn Group, 1916/1917
  6. Nieuport 21, 1685, 4th Avn Group, autumn 1916
  7. Nieuport 21, 1710, Sevastopol Officer Aviation School, autumn 1916
  8. Nieuport 21, 1719, 9th Avn Group, July 1917
  9. Nieuport 21, 1810, 4th Corps Avn Group, 1917
  10. Nieuport 21, 1814, 2nd Corps Avn Group, 1917
  11. Nieuport 21, 1825, 12th Avn Group, 1917
  12. Nieuport 21, 1869, 12th Avn Group, 1917
  13. Nieuport 21, 1873, 5th Corps Avn Group, April 1917
  14. Nieuport 21, 1881, 7th Avn Group, 1917
  15. Nieuport 21, 1882, Avn Group of the Grenadiers Corps, 1917
  16. Nieuport 21, 1889, 7th Avn Group, 1917
  17. Nieuport 21, 1890, 10th Avn Group, 1917
  18. Nieuport 21, 1894, 6th Avn Group, 1916/1917
  19. Nieuport 21, 1895, Sevastopol Officer Aviation School, autumn 1917
  20. Nieuport 21, 1970, Avn Group of the Grenadiers Corps, 1916
  21. Nieuport 21, 1972, Avn Group of the Grenadiers Corps, 1916
  22. Nieuport 21, 1986, pre-deployment, 1916/1917
  23. Nieuport 21, 1990, 32nd Corps Avn Group, 1917
  24. Nieuport 21, 2175, 8th Avn Group, 1917
  25. Nieuport 21, 2180, unk Avn Group, 1917
  26. Nieuport 21, 2193, 8th Corps Avn Group, 1917
  27. Nieuport 21, 2239, 11th Corps Avn Group, 1917
  28. Nieuport 21, unk, 19th Corps Avn Group, 1917
  29. Nieuport 21, 1292, 34th Recon Avn Group, 1919
  30. Nieuport 21, 1948, Avn Group Caspian Sea District, 1919
  31. Nieuport 21, unk, Naval Aviation School, 1919
  32. Nieuport 21, unk, Mocow Aviation School, 1919
  33. Nieuport 21, 1940, Czechoslovakian Army in Russia, 1919
  34. Nieuport 21, unk, Avn of the Volunteer Army Forces, 1919
  35. Nieuport 21, unk, 1st Ukrainian Army Aviation Group, 1919

As you can see in the images above, these aircraft wore a variety of national markings from the beginning of their service in Imperial Russian service through their operations in the fledgling Soviet air forces. This set provides all of the distinctive production markings as well as unique artwork for selected subjects. If you're wanting to provide some interesting fighter options for the Nieuport 21 in 1/32 scale, this is a set worth acquiring!

For more information about this set and the other releases from Begemot Decals, visit their website at http://www.begemotdecals.ru.

My sincere thanks to Begemot Decals for this review sample!

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