Revell’s 1:72 MiG-25RBT is a re-boxing of the ICM Foxbat kit that contains 141 injection molded parts on five sprues and eight clear parts on one clear sprue. The full-color instruction booklet guides the build over 64 steps. The decals provide markings for three airplanes:
- MiG-25 RBT “Foxbat B,” 04 Red, Soviet Air Force, Krzywa AB, Poland
- MiG-25 RBT “Foxbat B,” 46 Red, Russian Air Force, 2012
Strengths: As I have stated on many occasions, Revell makes good decisions on reboxing other manufacturers kits in their product line. This MiG is no exception. ICM’s first generation of 1:72 scale Foxbat kits came out in 2008, and they were okay. In 2018, ICM had come a long way in terms of design, tooling, and injection molding. Their second generation 1:72 scale MiG-25 kits started to be released that year and feature much sharper detail, better fit, and better engineering.
The ICM/Revell Foxbat B features awesome surface detail – beautifully engraved recessed panel lines and rivet/fastener details, and done just right for 1:72 scale, too. It rivals the best that out there by any other manufacturer of 1:72 scale kits, and it’s a fairly straightforward and uncomplicated kit. Parts breakdown is simple and “traditional” – upper and lower fuselage halves, upper and lower wing halves, and so on. No real surprises or engineering tricks. Overall, the kit fits quite well, too, judging from my test fits of the nose and fuselage subassemblies, along with what I have informally gathered from conversations with a few past builders of the kit. The kit’s cockpit and ejection seat details are generally really well done with great side consoles and sidewalls. There are no surface dial details for the detail painters to work with on the instrument panel, and a decal is intended to provide those features. Alternate decals are also provided for the cockpit side consoles.
The wheel wells and landing gear are also sharp, crisp, and appear quite accurate in form (but there’s zero plumbing; see below). Another very nice feature is the fact that the intakes feature full intake trunks that lead to the very visible first stage compressor blades. At the back end of those you’ll find really nice engine exhaust nozzles (I’ll never be unimpressed with how large they are!). Trailing edge flaps, rudders, and horizontal stabilizers are all separate parts and can be positioned as desired. The reconnaissance systems (here, camera windows represented by decals and clear plastic windows) does an accurate job of representing the RBT configuration (but again, see below). The kit also provides the whopper centerline external fuel tank that the MiG-25 RBT needed for its extended range requirements.
The two markings options are basically identical apart from the Bort numbers and era in which the two aircraft operated. The jet from 2012 does have some more features including recce mission markings and a slogan on the side of the fuselage, though. The decals appear to have been printed by Cartograf and appear flawless in their print quality.
Weaknesses: The one major drawback to the ICM tooling in this Revell box (and it’s not a huge drawback) is that the camera windows on the sides and bottom of the nose lack detail. I’d debate with folks who say you could not do better in this scale, but here, they are a mix of details you are supposed to paint or add a clear piece of plastic to a recessed camera window surface. Also note that there are no shoulder harnesses or lap belts provided for the ejection seat. And as nice as the gear and gear wells are, there is zero plumbing – which is surprising. That is, the level of detail in other parts of this kit shows ICM could have added these features if they wanted to, but alas, it’s up to the builder. A few parts, such as the pitot tubes, were pretty badly bent on the sprues. This looks like a mistake at the point of production (not Revell’s fault), and these parts were damaged such that replacements would be necessary.