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Here are some Tips for building an Accurate Model of an Iraqi MiG-25 Foxbat

by Tom Cooper
Here are some Tips for building an Accurate Model of an Iraqi MiG-25 Foxbat

“Nearly every single model of an Iraqi MiG-25PD from 1991 I’ve seen so far is missing at least one, sometimes two, of the following three details,” Tom Cooper.

Here’s a note for all the MiG-25-modellers out there.

Although frequently helping modellers with tips regarding camouflage colours, markings, and weapons configurations, I’m out of loop when it comes to model-building already since years, and thus cannot but observe I’ve got no clue what is available on the market and about modern-day modelling techniques.

Here are some tips for building an accurate model of an Iraqi MiG-25 Foxbat

Nevertheless, nearly every single model of an Iraqi MiG-25PD from 1991 I’ve seen so far is missing at least one, sometimes two, of the following three details.

Here are some tips for building an accurate model of an Iraqi MiG-25 Foxbat
Although this photo is of poor quality, an intact ‘inboard wing fence’ – including the chaff & flare dispenser – is clearly visible atop the wing of this (ruined) Iraqi MiG-25PD, directly above the inboard underwing pylon.

These can be seen on attached photos.

Here are some tips for building an accurate model of an Iraqi MiG-25 Foxbat
Note the inboard ‘wing fence’ on this ruined Iraqi MiG-25: this was actually bigger than the usual wing fence, and it contained a chaff & flare dispenser on its top.

1.) National flag: effective with Jan. 16, 1991, the ‘takbir’ title (i.e. inscription ‘Allah-u-Akbar’) was added in green on the white field, in between the three stars. (Sure, you can still find photos of Iraqi MiG-25s from 2003-2004, showing no such titles; but, this only means the aircraft was out of service already before Jan. 16, 1991).

MiG-25 Big Wing Fence
Note the ‘big wing fence’ on the top of the wing to the right.

2.) All Iraqi MiG-25s in service as of 1991 were equipped with chaff & flare dispensers – installed on top of their wings in form of wing fences. There was no exception from this rule (so much so, even two-seat conversion trainers like MiG-25PUs have got these). These were nearly two times higher than ‘normal’ wing fences.

RWR blister on MiG-25RB
RWR blister on MiG-25PD

3.) All Iraqi MiG-25PDs and MiG-25RBs have got RWR-blisters on their intakes. Blisters on MiG-25PDs were bigger than those on MiG-25RBs – and triangle-shaped.

Here are some tips for building an accurate model of an Iraqi MiG-25 Foxbat

Photo credit: Tom Cooper, Iraqi Air Force and Romain Flechon Facebook Page

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