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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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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

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Tom Cooper

Tom Cooper is an Austrian aerial warfare analyst and historian. Following a career in the worldwide transportation business – during which he established a network of contacts in the Middle East and Africa – he moved into narrow-focus analysis and writing on small, little-known air forces and conflicts, about which he has collected extensive archives. This has resulted in specialisation in Middle Eastern, African and Asian air forces. As well as authoring and co-authoring 560 books and over 1,000 articles, he has co-authored the Arab MiGs book series – a six-volume, in-depth analysis of the Arab air forces at war with Israel, in the 1955–73 period. Cooper has been working as editor of the five @War series since 2017.

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  • Some great tips thank you Tom - I am part way through building a 1/48 Iraqi Foxbat right now and your tips have all been taken into account. One thing which puzzles me is the position of the National markings on the wings. I have seen reference to this in a few places and I think I will be able to position them correctly. Unfortunately I cannot get a copy of your book which explains this but why were the Iraqi Foxbat markings applied differently to their other MiGs?

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