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Mikoyan MiG-31BM/BSM - Improved Foxhound

Begemot 1/48 Mikoyan MiG-31BM/BSM - Improved Foxhound Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2015 Manufacturer Begemot
Subject Mikoyan MiG-31BM/BSM - Improved Foxhound Scale 1/48
Set Number 48040 Pros 15 marking options
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $TBA    

First Look

Begemot Decals is an interesting decal company from Rostov-on-Don, Russia that offers a nice array of markings for Soviet and Russian aircraft. In this release, Begemot provides a super set of decals for the AMK 1/48 MiG-31BM/BSM Foxhound kit. Let's take a look:

Mikoyan MiG-31BM/BSM - Improved Foxhound Mikoyan MiG-31BM/BSM - Improved Foxhound

This set provides 15 markings options including:

  1. MiG-31BM, Bort 592, Mikoyan OKB, Russian AF, Zhukovsky AB, MAKS-2005
  2. MiG-31BM, Bort 92, 3958 Guards Aviation Base, Russian AF, Savasleyka AB, 2010
  3. MiG-31BM, Bort 93, 3958 Guards Aviation Base, Russian AF, Zhukovsky AB, MAKS-2013
  4. MiG-31BM, Bort 34, 3rd Aviation Group/6980 Aviation Base, Russian AF, Kansk AB, 2013, 'Ivan Pilipenko'
  5. MiG-31BM, Bort 01, 3rd Aviation Group/6980 Aviation Base, Russian AF, Kansk AB, 2013, 'Mikhail Sementsov'
  6. MiG-31BM, Bort 23, 3rd Aviation Group/6980 Aviation Base, Russian AF, Kansk AB, 2013, 'Alexandr Lobanov'
  7. MiG-31BM, Bort 38, 3rd Aviation Group/6980 Aviation Base, Russian AF, Kansk AB, 2013, Nikolai Klepikov'
  8. MiG-31BM, Bort 10, 3rd Aviation Group/6980 Aviation Base, Russian AF, Kansk AB, 2013, 'Alexandr Pavlov'
  9. MiG-31BM, Bort 29, 3rd Aviation Group/6980 Aviation Base, Russian AF, Kansk AB, 2013, 'Victor Shlepov'
  10. MiG-31BM, Bort 20, 3rd Aviation Group/6980 Aviation Base, Russian AF, Kansk AB, 2013, 'Aleksandr Kumanichkin'
  11. MiG-31BM, Bort 07, 3rd Aviation Group/6980 Aviation Base, Russian AF, Kansk AB, 2013, 'Viktor Prudnikov'
  12. MiG-31BM, Bort 11, 3rd Aviation Group/6980 Aviation Base, Russian AF, Kansk AB, 2013
  13. MiG-31BM, Bort 08, 98 Aviation Regiment, Russian AF, Monchegorsk AB, 2013
  14. MiG-31BM, Bort 51, 790 Fighter Aviation Regiment, Russian AF, Khotilovo AB, 2014
  15. MiG-31BSM, Bort 33, 790 Fighter Aviation Regiment, Russian AF, Khotilovo AB, 2014

This set provides a nice selection of 'named' aircraft honoring heroes from World War II along with a selection of other examples in Russian Air Force service. In addition, this set provides a variety of generic bort numbers and Russian registration numbers so you can replicate other examples not illustrated in this set. As you can also see from the wide variety of small markings, this set also has a comprehensive airframe and weapons stenciling set. The instructions are in Russian and English with nice four-view diagrams for stencil placement.

For more information about this set and the other releases from Begemot Decals, visit their website at http://www.begemotdecals.ru.

My sincere thanks to Begemot Decals for this review sample!

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