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So, these two new kits showed up today at Schloss von Linden Hill. If you've already built the RBT variant, you'll be familiar with parts breakdown of both new releases. I have not yet had the chance to inspect the PD fighter variant in depth but have noted that some of the minor details we feared might have been forgotten (based on the artwork on the box) have indeed been included.
The RBF box includes a new two-part nose section. I've already built an RBF variant after converting ICM's RBT nose section but am keen to build another one out of the box. Here's the new nose section.
Although the RBF nose has an accurate shape to it, I am disappointed to see that one of the five radio transparent sensor panels (the underside one) has been omitted. You can clearly see it at the bottom center of the photo below (photo: Popsuevich archive via Linden Hill Ltd.)
Clearly this omission is not the end of the world and can be fixed with some judicious scribing and masking. Nevertheless I have to ask myself why ICM would go to the trouble of molding a new RBF nose and then overlook something like this.
Finally, if you're looking for some interesting new markings for the MiG-25RBF, Linden Hill Decals will be offering you a very rare Azeri bird later this year. Stay tuned for more details soon.