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  1. ya-gabor

    MiG-25 RBT in 72nd scale

    Thanks for the comment. But sorry I have at the moment no plan what so ever to build the kit. This is just a look inside the box and some tips for those who are building it. I was surprised that till now there was little news about this kit. I quess a lot of people missed the point that this is 72nd scale and confussed it with the earlier 48th kit. Certainly they look very similar! :) Best regards Gabor
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    1. This is just an option!!! You can use it or leave it. The closed fins are also included. So . . . 2. Technologically the open fins are a master piece and I love it. Why is this important? It opens doors which have not been used in the past and in future kits it could be used to make some fascinating parts. 3. Why was it included in the set? One should ask Sio. I believe he liked the idea and for him it was a technological challenge and he likes them. Since he is doing the kit, he makes choices and includes what he likes. 4. One can say that making a kit of the Velorex by Eduard was a very silly idea. Very simple. Sulc liked it, he has the company and so he made it. Best regards Gabor
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    One has to look at the whole picture to understand. That table, that floor, those chairs . . . Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-25 RBT in 72nd scale

    I think I will have to change the title to “ Excellent kit” . . . Yes, I also think it is a good kit and I want few more. The point of this forum was to show the kit in the first place and to draw attention to some problems and possible solutions. There are several other points that I want to show, both good and bad but it takes time to write it all up and take the photos. I do it as I can and show the kit to those who want to see a little under its skin. Best regards Gabor
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Last weekend there was the Hong Kong Model Show. Same table with red cloth on it, same floor, same sheets of A4 white paper with plastic sprues on it. Only the ones I seen were of the Annetra Mi-17 kit. Oh yes the sprues of the Mi-17 Hip are manufactured by AMK. So . . . Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-25 RBT in 72nd scale

    At the weekend we had near me a small local model show and I did get this new ICM MiG-25 RBT kit (kit № 72 172). It is all in 72nd scale and the kits basically represents a down scale of the ICM MiG-25RB RBT kit in 48th. Some things were simplified of course due to the scale, break down was changed and parts number is smaller. Based on criticism of the 48th kit the company made some changes and in the next release already had a modified nose section and the intake top lip was also changed. A new decal was made. The same corrected sprues were issued under Revell label for a better reach of the Western markets. In the meantime the CAD plans were down scaled and a most welcome kit was released about a month ago. The bomber / recon version of the Foxbat has not been kitted, never ever before so it was about time to have it. It is a true down-scale kit and it follows the years (ages) ago released ICM MiG-25PD kit (kit № 72 171) in its line of products. In comparison to a true down scale several new frames were added to the 72nd version to reflect the changes. This includes Frame F which has the intake top lip parts, two versions, the brake parachute housing in both early and late version and the engine exhausts for the “long” version of the R/RB versions. Sprue G has the RBT nose section separately. It is evident that we will have more Foxbats with time from ICM and there are several common sprues. The kit box has a nice glossy outer cover. It is just basically a soft top under which a hardboard box hides with all the kit parts. Good protection is given to the sprues which are packed in plastic bag with clear parts separately in a small bag. I like the decals. They did change the stencils to black versions from the blue on the 48th scale kit. Only the very few first production airframes had the traditional blue stencils of the Gorkiy aircraft factory. All production fighters and recon-bomber versions had black and red stencils. Nicely printed, with some very fine details included on the two small decal sheets. A perfectly printed 24 page instruction booklet is included. Clear parts are perfectly clean and beautiful. Had a close look at the nose section with a quick dry run. It fits perfectly and the recon bay panel is nice too. The camera windows are given as a kind of lens from the transparent sprue. Don’t really like it but it would be no problem to change it. The engine exhaust is nice too. Had a dry run here too. The fit is good and it looks detailed enough. Sure we will have some extras coming from aftermarkets. Now to some problems that I talked about in the original post. One issue of the original kit was the cross section of the long cover on top. On the original aircraft it has a perfect semi-circular cross section all the way back to the parachute housing. What we get in the new kit is a squashed top surface. This was a problem on the 48th kit and it is sad that the opportunity was missed to correct this. Why is this interesting??? ICM many years ago did the MiG-21PD kit (Kit № 72 171) and it had a perfect top with a very nice round section. I understand that for both the 48th and 72nd kit ICM wanted to start from scratch but there are details which were designed correctly so many years ago. Why not look at it and use it on the new kit. . . . Here is the old kit: And here is the new kit Don’t get me wrong I don’t want to bring back the old kit (still have it and will keep it) but lessons from it should have been used on the new kit in design phase. Yes, it is possible to sand it down to the correct cross section. I did it on the 48th kit but be careful as the inside wall is also square (and not round) shaped and you will get a very thin edge which could result in warping of the top surface or even braking if the sanding is overdone. Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-25 RBT in 72nd scale

    Sorry I did not make any sprue photos. Only some details which interested me. Will show what I have. The fact is that I cut most of the parts to get into this as fast as possible. The Czech photos are somewhere here: https://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=95825&start=5595 Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-25 RBT in 72nd scale

    Hi Janman, The kit has been out for more than a month now and I have seen many photos of it all around. Not only on Russian forums. There were some excellent sprue photos on modelforum dot cz. At first glance I did not understand what they are doing. This is the 48th scale which has been out for what, years now. Then I seen that it is 72nd. :)) A local kit shop had it for some time and noone was interested in it. A friend ordered it and gave it to me at the weekend model show near me. As far as I can see it is from a German wholesale company. Yes, it has some minor issues (which kit is perfect????) it is possible to correct them (most). My point is that it is basically a scale down of the 48th scale kit and when it was released years ago a lot was analized about it, problems shown. Still the manufacturer missed an opportunity to make the correction and by doing so have a near perfect kit! When I mention problems some people miss the point: It is an excellent kit and will have few more of them in stash in the future. Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-25 RBT in 72nd scale

    ICM has released the down scale of its 48th MiG-25RBT kit. The kit is here. Received it at the weekend. I am both happy and sad . Will explain soon why. Best regards Gabor
  10. Remember this is not an AMK kit. It will be from the Czech Anettra company, AMK is only doing the tooling of the press forms. Some new photos of the first test shoots. The weld lines on strap-on side fuel tanks are made as they should be with raised lines. This is the small fuel tank with 3 braces. Obviously the real plastic in hands will be interesting and real test of the product but based on these photos it looks like there is a chance for optimism. I know what I will be building from it! Best regards Gabor
  11. I believe it will be a different story from the AMK F-14. Work is progressing really well, so I for one look forward to see the kit! Based on photos there is some nice details included in the kit. Lets keep fingers crossed! Best regards Gabor
  12. Have no idea at all. Lets hope that the F-14 is not something to go by. This Mi-17 has been in works for a very long time so lets hope it comes out soon. The first test shoots are done and on a Czech site there are more photos including the strap on side fuel tanks. They look good. Best regards Gabor
  13. Since AMK is dooing the tooling . . . Just have a look at any pages concerning the F-14 Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-25BM set for the ICM kit

    Hi Mstor, Absolutely no problem! Best regards Gabor
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    MiG-25BM set for the ICM kit

    Hi Mstor, The R-27ER is from the standard Su-35S G.W.H kit. It has nothing to do with Kinetic or the Su-33 kit!!! The G.W.H set is made with slide-molding and yes, there are some lines in it. Mind you the missiles are the same as the ones originally made for the MiG-29 kit. There was absolutely no point in making a new production tool for the Su-35S kit. I have also did a lot of extra work on those missiles but it is another story and I hope to share it sometimes in my Su-35S build topic. Best regards Gabor
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