Kitty Hawk’s 1:48 MiG-25PU Foxbat-C kit contains 573 parts on 15 sprues (139 parts build into the airplane and the remainder are all parts for external stores), 12 parts on a single clear sprue, 21 cast resin parts, seven photoetched parts on one fret, and two decal sheets. The instructions play out over 19 steps, and markings for five MiG-25PUs are included:
- MiG-25PU, 001, Ukrainian Air Force
- MiG-25PU, 94 Red, Soviet Air Force
- MiG-25PU, 32 Red, Russian Air Force
- MiG-25PU, DS362, Indian Air Force
Strengths: This is Kitty Hawk’s third 1:48 scale MiG-25. This kit is mostly based on their 2013 new-tool Foxbat release but there’s a range of new parts here as well. Much of the plastic is common to that early-generation Kitty Hawk kit and the more recent MiG-25 RB/RBT Foxbat-B. It has some areas of concern to keep in mind during the construction process (see below). Since most of this kit has been around for some time, it is likely familiar to many readers. But to recap, the kit features a fairly high level of recessed panel line and fastener/rivet detail. Molding is crisp and there’s no flash anywhere. It has a relatively decent cockpit and ejection seats (with photoetched metal belts provided) but the instructions ignore those and just describe the resin cockpit assembly process. There’s also a separate and positionable canopy, intake ramps, flaps, horizontal stabilizers, rudders, and speed brakes. In short, you have plenty of building options.
Sprue PU containing all the new parts for the Foxbat-C is new, and it contains the extended and lowered nose section of the trainer version, a second cockpit tub, and an ejection seat. Sprue GP also has the second canopy as well.
Other new parts here include the resin items in the kit. Among them are parts for a complete forward and rear cockpit, two ejection seats, the instrument panels and instrument panel coamings, and two pilot figures: the student and his IP, both wearing some serious Soviet-era pressure suits and astronaut-style helmets.
Single-piece landing gear are also provided, and they are quite detail-rich. The more I look at them, the more I like them! Further, these cast resin landing gear are cast around a solid metal core, so they will bear the weight of the completed model. Kitty Hawk’s resin parts design and casting is up there with the best of them. Quality is excellent and detail painters will love the “canvas” they have with the cast resin cockpit parts. The photoetched metal parts come on a single fret and include the intake splitter plates with perforated boundary air holes, ejection seat harnesses, and a few other detail parts. Still, if that’s not your game, alternate decals are provided for the cockpit details.
The kit comes with two sets of Sprues J, I, and Weapon_1 which provide an overwhelming set of munitions, but for the MiG-25PU, you’ll be using…none of them. This version of the jet did not carry weapons, so you get a “bonus” Soviet/Russian weapons set. I think the only stores that apply here is the distinctive centerline drop tank.
The decals seem very well printed from a technical point of view, and the markings options are all quite good and diverse. However, I cannot take my eyes off of the Ukrainian option.
Weaknesses: Since this kit is based mostly on Kitty Hawk’s 2013 Foxbat tooling, its shortcomings carry over here, too. A standard refrain by some, it can be argued that the kit is somewhat overengineered where what could be simple single piece molded parts are broken up into many parts, such as with the speed brake assembly or the separate outboard wing tips. This kit can also present a number of rather tricky fits during assembly. For example, take your time with the intakes and forward and rear fuselage fits especially with the conflicts between some mounting tabs. These are rather well-known “fit gremlins” in this kit – so test fit! It might represent a little more work and time, but these are not project-ending challenges.
Also, the kit instructions show the intake ramps closing off the intakes as in a MiG-29 or Su-27. This feature is fictitious, as the MiG-25 had no such FOD doors and it also lacked alternative intake doors. Of course, when you fix this error, another problem manifests: there is no intake trunking and you can see all the way inside the model. The “EW pods” on the wingtips are misidentified. They are actually mass balancers. I also lament that fact that unlike their MiG-25RB/RBT kit, there are no resin exhausts included in this issue of the kit. Those were real highlights of their previous Foxbat, and really went far in terms of detail way beyond the injection molded exhaust parts.
There’s a moderate lack of color call-outs for various parts and subassemblies, and the cockpit should be the distinctive blue-green/turquoise used by the MiG OKB and the ejection seat frame is black. The closest match for the colors of the various dielectric panels and the wheel hubs is FS 34227. Also note that the markings guide at the center of the instruction booklet are interleaved with one another. Only the centerfold illustration shows the complete markings guide for that one aircraft. To get a full look at the colors and markings for the option you build, you’ll have to take out the staples holding the instruction booklet together.