MiG-25 Foxbat Scale Model – Overhaul (Restoration/ Rebuild)

During part of my spare time one of the projects I am currently working on is restoring an old MiG-25 Foxbat model I built as a kid. I did not have the right tools, paints or model-making training (or experience) back then so it was really roughly built and painted. I was about 10 when I built it and around 15 when I painted it.

Having worked as a model maker in my early 20’s, I took a long break from making models while I pursued my career these past 20+ years. I have recently found a passion for making models again though, so am once again enjoying it. It’s a fun hobby and I am also happy to do commission jobs/ projects for others. Contact me if you have a model you would like professionally built and/or a model (or a toy) that is old and/or broken that you would like to see restored.

MiG-25 Foxbat Scale Model – Overhaul (Restoration/ Rebuild)

Here is an image of the MiG 25 model project so far. It is of course a ‘work in progress’. Here is what I have done so far:

  • Used paint stripper to remove the old enamel paint (I’m still working on this)
  • Used the paint stripper to weaken the old glue. Took effort with a knife to gently get the model apart
  • Fixed up most of the blemishes in the plastic. Did some scratch-build repairs with Styrene, then added putty where needed.
  • I bought the air-brush paint colours the other day.

After that I’ll need to:

  • Sand/Dremel the puttied areas to re-shape parts of the model.
  • Finish removing the old paint
  • Putty and repair any surfaces that still need work
  • Scratch build a few parts (add more detail to the model)
  • Buy the decals
  • Prime the surface and then fix any final small blemishes I find.
  • Start the paint preparation process.
  • Then onto painting, weathering, decals, clear-coating, etc
  • Make a display stand for it.

It’ll be fully completed after another 30 – 60 or so hours of work. The amount of time will depend on how much build, painting and weathering detail I decide to include within it. I’ll keep chipping away at this project as time allows. There is no rush for this one since it’s purely a personal project and I have many other high-priority projects including customer/client projects to get done atm as well as other jobs and projects. I am also always happy to take on other projects for clients too.

Also thought I’d share a neat video I found on YouTube:  It explains how the US was able to gain technical insights of the MiG-25:

 

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