The Wayback Machine: “Old School” Revell Yak-25
Over a decade before the Eagle had landed, Revell was selling plastic kits that came with a stand, so the model could be mounted. You all remember these stands; they came with a representation of the Earth, molded on the inside of the clear stand. I’ll bet some even tried to paint the Earth, I know I did. Well, I happened to pick up one of these old Revell kits (a Yak-25 “Flashlight”), and decided to build it, just for laughs and nostalgia.
The old Revell kit is an original boxing, bearing the date 1958. I thought it was 1/48th scale, but club members tell me that it’s closer to 1/50th scale…I did not measure it, but it does look a bit small, so I’ll go with 1/50th.
What can I say about the kit? Probably nothing, other than its old, but the plastic does have recessed panel lines…who knew? Unfortunately, the plastic also has the stars and bort numbers embossed into the plastic, so if you want to build this kit, you probably will have to fill the lines where the stars/numbers are, otherwise you have to use the kit decals that are sized to fit the embossed areas, with the problem being that the decals are toast after so many years.
I decided to build this kit gear-up and use the stand. As can be seen, I painted a faded red star on the stand, just as a reminder of faded glory for the Yak-25. The Yak-25 Flashlight was a Soviet, frontline interceptor in the decade preceding Armstrong’s landing on the moon, and represents, perhaps, the state of Cold War tension back here on Earth, as the US made preparations to go to the Moon. Thos old kit was fun to build, and took me back to an earlier time in my life.
2 additional images. Click to enlarge.