Mig-25 Foxbat Cockpit Set
Neomega, 1/48 scale
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||Neomega Item # C62 - Mig-25 Cockpit Set
USD$23.00 available online
from Linden Hill Imports
|Contents and Media:
||Nine parts in grey resin
||Well detailed; well cast; accurate;
adds a great deal to the old Revell kit; should fit!
||Rudimentary instructions; extra work
required to the kit for an accurate Foxbat
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"Bondo" Phil Brandt
Revell long ago (1978) released a minimalist but as yet definitive
injected Foxbat in quarter-inch scale. Since the kit was mastered at a
time when unclassified Foxbat information was sparse, the cockpit is
bereft of any but the most basic details, with the ol' decal trick for
the instrument panel. That's all ancient history, now that the Neomega
folks have finally released a highly detailed all resin cockpit set; one
can actually display the canopy in open configuration!
A year ago I was told by a most knowledgeable model industry
entrepreneur that one of Neomega's goals in producing aftermarket
cockpits was a "click fit," and other sets owned by Bondo industries
have borne out that philosophy. Those of us who have applied industrial
strength filing, grinding and sanding to products of such aftermarket
Big Dogs as KMC, Black Box, Aires, CzechMaster, FM, etc. can really
appreciate this design standard.
Neomega components, while still as crisp as competitors, sometimes carry
a somewhat "worn" patina, an appearance appreciated by this retired TAC
puke who has sat in his share of dirty, scratched, dust ball-ridden
Included are: cockpit tub; KM-1M seat; sidewalls; instrument panel;
radar scope; canopy hood; upper rear bulkhead; stick; and sidewall
Based on the color pix in Yefim Gordon's authoritative Aerofax book,
the general arrangement of the instrument panel and sidewalls is
acceptable and desirably "busy", but the rudimentary instruction
mini-sheet leaves much to be desired. Compared to some past
instructionless sets meant for U.S. consumption, even this basic effort
could be considered a step forward. I guess Bondo's tech writing past
shows here, because while Neomega shows radarscope and sidewall quadrant
callouts, there is not a clue as to specific mounting locations.
Further, the color cockpit pix in the Gordon book show no radarscope on
the instrument panel or quadrant on the left sidewall. A large
instrument circle on the instrument panel seems to match the diameter of
the add-on scope part, but the Gordon pic shows this location as where
the Attitude Direction Indicator (ADI) should be, and that's a normal
location for this important instrument. As to the "quadrant", I can see
no such component on the left sidewall, and there's already a throttle
quadrant molded on the left console. Wassupp, Neomega?
The seat is quite decent, but you'll have to add the between-the-knees
ejection handles. I especially like the wealth of detail on the rear
Neomega's 1/48 scale Mig-25 cockpit is an acutely-needed, very well
done embellishment for this elderly kit, and the simplistic instructions
certainly aren't a "showstopper."
Now, all the modeler has to do is decrease the wing chord by 3/8",
rescribe the airframe and detail the wheel wells!
Since there's no indication from former "Evil Empire" republics as to
a possible new 1/48 Foxbat--Collect-Aire's release of a beeg-but-expensive
Foxhound is imminent(1st Quarter)--Bondo Industries is pressing ahead
with this "sow's-ear-into-a-silk-purse" project.
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