Mikoyan MiG-25P model in 1/72 scale of Condor
design bureau in the Soviet union developed a very high speed interceptor
in the MiG-25 series of aircraft with NATO codename "Foxbat". There
was an emerging threat of American bombers in the sixties, so it was decided
that such an interceptor was needed, with development starting around 1960.
The MiG-25 was the first Soviet plane able to fly at a speed of 3,000 km/h
and at a service ceiling of over 20 km. Several prototypes and test planes
before it came to a production version of this type as many new technologies
and materials were needed.
There are recessed panel lines, but you need to remove tiny amounts of flash. The decals are good and provide markings for the Soviet AF and Ukrainian AF, but the instructions are only for the Soviet plane. There is also some stencilling on the sheet.
Construction breakdown is not as usual with most models, as the vertical tail and fuselage are single parts, but this hides a number of seam lines.
The intakes need some care and are not very deep, but acceptable. The exhausts are deep and fine.
The rest of cockpit, fuselage and wings can be assembled as shown, but you get some areas to use filler especially at the undersides. Do not forget some weight in the nose.
Add the gears and stores obviously as last items. These are detailed well enough for this scale. The two types of large R-40 missiles are in the kit: the -R and -T versions.
You can add some extra details in
the cockpit, but not much is to be seen as it is very small.
The colour picked for the overall grey finish is approx FS 36375 (Light Compass Gray), for which I used Humbrol 127 enamel.
Some areas got a coat of metallic and some areas were masked and got a dark grey finish.
The undercarriage was added after
the model had been airbrushed and the decals applied
also check out MiG-25PD Libya
|The USSR VVS kit decals gave no problems and the
kit was finished. I did not add the missiles.
MiG-25PD LIBYA. Look here...
Aerofax, MiG-25 Foxbat - MiG-31 ,
Yefim Gordon, Midland Publishing 1997
MiG-25, Altair, Gordon, 1994
Air International, volume 17, pages 245-252
World Air Power , volume 34
"Soviet and Russian Military Aircraft in Africa", Gordon & Komissarov, Hikoki publications, 2013
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