AMK MiG-31 B/BS preview update. This review is going to focus on the changes to the base MiG-31 kit (click on the above link to view the original MiG-31 BM/BSM preview). With the success of their first Foxhound release AMK, AvantGarde Model Kits, have released another iconic version of MiG’s long lived supreme interceptor. Before I begin I will say AvantGarde listens to their customers and adapts to change their kits. With the initial release we had seen the kit did not include any seatbelts and this has been remedied in this latest issue of the kit. Decals are also provided for the instrument panels and the pink sealant that is predominate around the canopies, as well as the white outline around the center windshield glass. AvantGarde listened and delivered. With this earlier version we see new instrument panels representing the analogue cockpit gauges and earlier O-scope screens. The layout is accurate and will look stunning under a coat of that ever present Russian green cockpit color. A tiny sink depression on the fwd fire control/HUD panel was noticed when I photographed the new details but honestly under a coat of paint I don’t think it should be any issue. AvantGarde have given us a new PE fret that includes seatbelt harnesses for the K-36, a new radar bay panel for the Zaslon Pulse-Doppler unit that covers the FWD fuselage opening under the radome is a surprise inclusion. Also included are ejection handles and AOA vanes. In addition to the R-33 missiles (4 each) the kit now gives you 2 each R-40 or AA-6 'Acrid' missiles, which are HUGE underwing mounted weapons. Also included are 4 each R-60 or AA-8 'Aphid' missiles, the new missiles displacing the previous kits newer armament. Like before these missiles are one piece moldings that are amazing in detail and need only minimal cleanup before being painted and mounted on the kit. New pylons are included for the new missiles. Another improvement in the kit is the inclusion of both clear and yellow tinted clear sprues, a welcome addition as you see many variations of canopy tinting and fading on the real machines. Marking options for 3 machines are given, including one for the Kazakhstan Air Force the only other confirmed MiG-31 operator. Instructions only offer minor changes for painting guides and inclusion of the new parts, noted on step 10 is the omission of the nose weights that were in the last release, the kit now instructs the addition of “at least 30g” of nose weight. The other aspects of the first Foxhound release remain like the boxing of the forward fuselage, missiles and lower fuselage in separate mini boxes to prevent the contents from being damaged, all parts being bagged in multiple bags helps keep the kit intact during shipping, my kit was numbered on the inner side of the top lid of the box. AvantGarde continues its high standard with this release and it remains, along with its sister boxing, the best MiG-31 kit ever to be released in any scale by anyone ever.
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