This model was finished
in August, 2008, and
was submitted to the Japanese Aircraft Modeling Magazine
which published it on its November, 2008
The base kit is from
Zvezda, which has many problems such as too
wide panel lines, crude details,
the top line of closed canopies is off,
etc. But compared with ICM/Condor/Eastern
Express kit, it's still much better in my
Part photo-etching parts, NeOmega resin
K-36 ejection seat, Tally-Ho! resin R-60
missiles and Begemot decal were used.
correction/detailing works are as below:
1. Cockpit was assembled
by Part photo-etching parts and NeOmega resin seat.
The etching parts do not match the plastic base very well so
dry-fitting and adjusting is very important.
2. Canopies are reshaped
and was made to be openable in order to show the cockpit details while
be able to enjoy the outline of the whole aircraft when canopies closed.
3. The inatake parts,
which Zvezda provides, are proto type.
So I scratch-built this area.
4. So do the exhaust
nozzles. Thin plastic sheet was covered on the
original part and sanded to take the shape.
The inside area of the nozzles are also all scratch-built.
5. APU-60-2 pylons are
scratchi-built, with excellent resin R-60
missles, to show an operational Foxhound.
6. Landing gears are all
detailed up, including using sliced masking
tapes and wiring work.
7. Tow-bar was all
scratch-built by plastic/copper rods and copper wires.
The Foxhound was painted
in the scheme of 712 IAP, based at Kansk AB,
Krasnoyarsk Region. The "Fox Badge" on
the nose was applied when it visted another squadron in 2002,
and the "Eagle Badge" on the intake was the symbol of 712 IAP.
Photo by V.Martynyuk
Some updated news here.
If you're willing to build a 1/72 MiG-31,
the new tooled ICM No.72151 kit is the best choice.
From the sprues, it seems to be based
on the Zvezda kit but with new canopies, nozzles,
missiles,etc. And be attention that the
OLD mold of ICM MiG-31 is also catalogued as 72151,
and I don't find a good way to recognize them from box art
(they share the same box art), so DO
check the contents before you buy.
I want to appreciate to the staff,
especially Mr.Fujii of "Scale Aviation",
Art Box, and also the great photos
taken by Mr.Uchiyama of Studio Entaniya.
Hope you enjoy the work
and feel free to contact me!