1/48 ICM MiG-25RBT Foxbat-B - Eyes of Baghdad

Gallery Article by Michael Phillips on Mar 27 2018

 

      

I am back once again to share another creation, the ICM MiG-25RBT. This kit is really quite nice, the moldings and detail are very crisp. The fitment is quite good unless... well, you do what I did and not spend enough time assembling the bulkhead support and intake section. This caused a chain reaction of fit issues in the rear fuselage. I am 99% sure that these issues I encountered were my fault. So if you build this kit, please take your time in that part of the construction process.

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I used the Cold War Studios corrected nose section, which is quite nice. The masks and IP acetate were also very helpful. Also used the Master Pitot set (which is really awesome!) and Neomega KM-1 seat. Decals for the Iraqi Air Force were OOB and performed well. But... (you know there is always a BUT with me! LOL), despite the fact that there was an Iraqi Air Force option in this RBT boxing, I found out much later that Iraq never flew the RBT version, only the RB version. So this is kinda a WHIF build in that respect. LOL

My goal was to make this beast very worn and tired looking. So I weathered it quite heavily, so much so I was concerned I had overdone it. But the more I look at the pics the less concerned I am that I did. So I am happy with the finish. But I most certainly pushed the envelope with weathering on this build. Gotta be careful not to cross the line...

Kit: 1/48 ICM MiG-25RBT Foxbat-B
Decals: OOB
Aftermarket: Cold War Studios nose section correction, Master Pitot and AOA, and Neomega KM-1 Seat
Paints: Gunze Mr. Surfacer Black 1500 (primer base), Tamiya Liquid White Primer (for marble coat), MrPaint Traffic Gray (For MiG-31 and MiG-25), and Russian Wheel Green, Gunze Aqueous FS 36118 Gunship Gray, Tamiya Rubber Black, Clear Red, Clear Blue, and Smoke, and Alclad II Gloss Black Primer, Airframe Aluminum, Aluminum, Gold Titanium, and Burnt Iron. Future Gloss coat for decals and Future+Tamiya XF-21 Flat Base 6:1 ratio for final matte coat. Mig Ammo Deep Gray and Deep Brown panel wash.

Michael Phillips

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Photos and text by Michael Phillips