Mikoyan MiG-25PD model in 1/72 scale of Condor
The Mikoyan design bureau in the Soviet union developed a very high speed interceptor in the MiG-25 series of aircraft with NATO code name "Foxbat".
On seen on this website, previously a 1/72 scale CONDOR kit MiG-25P was made of the Soviet V-VS.
Another Condor kit was made, of the MiG-25PD kit #72012 which I bought for about EURO 15,-. This kit is obviously very similar to their other MiG-25P kit with about 95 injected moulded parts. There is an extra sprue with parts for a large pod below the fuselage and ECM and warning fairings and also 4 small ATOLL ? missiles.
... and a special pod, seen also in the
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 cockpit tub part #2 needs some
cutting on the edges to fit inside. The ejection seat is simple but not
a lot is seen when the canopy is set closed. I was not sure but painted
the "soviet" inside interior "emerald green" using AKAN acrylic 73005.
The rest can be assembled as shown, but you get some areas to use filler especially at the undersides.
The lower wings panels fit better
into their upper wing halves after removal of a bit of plastic at their
edges. Filler and sanding is still needed however.
The wing tips have special pods (correct number is #3) for the MiG-25PD and these are in this kit. With a razor saw make straight tips and set in place the pods.
The wing-fuselage joints needs some filler and sanding. I used Alabastine care filler / putty.
The intakes have inside injection pin marks that need filler and sanding. Also the intakes are not very deep, so I cut slots in the main fuselage and made a tunnel form some plastic card. The exhausts are deep and fine.
The nose cone fits well. Do not forget some weight in the nose.
The lower nose fairing #68 is not always seen on photos I believe and also the tiny intake fairings #67 on the MiG-25PD. The same applies for the wing fences parts #63, but maybe I am wrong as these fences may be different on a -PD.
The model turns out pretty good after some sanding. (Add the gears obviously as last items. These are detailed well enough for this scale, but the nose wheels need filler and sanding).
The model got a coat of light grey
first with the airbrush to check for any gaps. Any flaws were corrected.
It was decided to make a model of
the MiG-25PD "702" black of the Libyan Air Force of the nineties. (as listed
in the book "Soviet and Russian Military Aircraft in Africa", Gordon &
Komissarov, Hikoki publications, 2013, page 185)
Some paint was made bit lighter by adding acrllic white and some panels roughly airbrushed to show some differences in shades. This adds realism to the finish.
Some areas got a coat of metallic and some areas were masked and got a dark grey finish. The leading edges of the vertical tails sometimes show a dark grey edge on the left tail only.
After the paint had dried, the model
got a couple of coats of Johnson
Future/ Pledge . Not a lot of stencilling is in the kit, so I got a
Line set #72-028
The undercarriage was added after the model had been airbrushed and the decals applied. The wheel hubs were painted green using XTRACOLOUR X628 green enamel.
The pylons were set in place (.....
and a few missiles will be added in the future)
The canopy was set closed but its framing was painted with a tiny mid-center frame on top. Inside the framing a bit of "copper" coloured edges were painted. The nose pitot tube was replaced with a metal needle.
After all parts and decals were set, the model got with the airbrush a semi-matt coat using a mix of Johnson Future with a few drops mixed in of Tamiya matting agent "Flat Base" X21. (mask off the canopy when airbrushing this obviously).
Later, a couple of R-40 missiles were
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