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Sid de Koning

AMK 1/48 МиГ-31 бCM красный 25 английская гончая

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Waiting on some replacement parts for my Danish Dynamite and with an upcoming training coming up, I decided to start building this gorgeous kit. Kit of the year 2015 I believe.

And so far, I am absolutely amazed by it.. it fits like a glove, is detailed and is huge..

 

I have read Mike's build here one Britmodeler and that was indeed the trigger to start..

 

And this one it will be, blue 05:
Airliners.net picture removed - read the rules regarding using these

Okay.. something I didn't know as well... i'll leave it here since Blue 05 is not possible anyway.. see later posts..

 

First thing I wanted to check and glue..

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second.. it does require just a little work..i

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dryfitting easy as building..
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darn, that's no small plane..
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a piece of scrap to make the fitting a bit neater..
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some sanding is needed for a perfect nose.. but I love it!
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take some 2 mm of this rib for a better fitting intake..
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loving Alclad..
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Mr.Paint-32 Russian Green for wheels and antenna covers..
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and Eduard's set improves this..
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don't forget to paint the inside of the hull since it will be the inside of your wheel wells, also at the nose gear bay..
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main gear wheel bay (dryfit only)..
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beautiful pieces..
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Alclad 106 in the nose gear bay..
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For all the Mig-31 experts.. I think I have bought two sets of decals thinking they were for the BM/BSM. But found out most of these topics are a for the B/BS.

So, I was wondering which aircraft I can model using these two sets, that is, which are BM/BSM and which are B/BS?

 

Hungarian Armour Decals..

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Authentic Decals 48-20..

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dryfiiting only..
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I thinned the right side of the plastic on top of the variable duct..
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some very thin pieces of plastic to improve the fit..
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I found the hinges missing and thought I would be able to make them myself..
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made some missing circles as well..
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in action..
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et voila..
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glued the gorgeous intakes semi together and finished gluing while they were installed in the hull..
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burner cans..
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with the same light and nothing done, it looks different..
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Edited by Sid de Koning
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Lovely kit and lovely work sir!!

Is the cuts on the hinge done by hand and by eye or is it measured?

What paint did you use on the wheel wells?

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On 3-1-2017 at 8:01 PM, Crossofiron1971 said:

Lovely kit and lovely work sir!!

Is the cuts on the hinge done by hand and by eye or is it measured?

What paint did you use on the wheel wells?

The cuts are done by hand and eye with a razor saw. The wheel wells have Alclad2 106 White Alu airbrushed.

 

 

 

a bit strange, no see through, but visible..
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from the inside..
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with some plastic it will be slightly better..
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and there as well, just to prevent a slightly depressed wingpart..
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even with the wonderful 3D moldins there is a need for some sanding..
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as well as here:
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and here:
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don't forget to drill the holes for the pylons like I did..
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my hinges after some Mr.Surfacer 1200..
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G-factor metal gear..

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just 'something' inside..
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for the last time as visible as this is..
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the main gear is being supported by a thin and flexible piece of plastic on the inside..
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so I glued some structural reinforcements to the it..
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glueing Russian style..
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intakes with the magnificent HGW wet transfers, loving them instantly!
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great work,

thanks for showing it in detail!

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hi ! looks like the 05 type is an B/BS version and not the BS/BSM version which one do you have of those two box? the BS/BSM which differ from the  B/BS by some antennae and different cockpit with more modern display 

 

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- I like the hinges, it 's an excellent idea which is a good and necessary adding to this beautiful model

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That looks an amazing kit all right.  But I do love that Draken!

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Just come across this build and I am really impressed.

I will  be building one later this year and this build is making excellent reference material and with some very useful tips, such as the hinges.

Keep up the good work.

 

Craig.

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On 03/01/2017 at 5:43 PM, Sid de Koning said:

For all the Mig-31 experts.. I think I have bought two sets of decals thinking they were for the BM/BSM. But found out most of these topics are a for the B/BS.

So, I was wondering which aircraft I can model using these two sets, that is, which are BM/BSM and which are B/BS?

 

Hungarian Armour Decals..

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Authentic Decals 48-20..

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You can't use any of the options that are on the HAD sheet. Despite the 'BSM/BM' moniker they are, in fact, all earlier variants.

 

Now I can't find the instructions for all the options on the Authentic sheet but if they are the same ones as the 1/72 version then once again, none are BSM/BM sadly. At least the ones shown above are all options that are also on the 1/72 sheet so they are not correct. You'd be better off getting some Begemot decals. Good work so far!

 

Koen

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Hello Koen and all others!

 

thanks for replying! But Koen, why can't I use these? I mean, as a complete mig-31 nitwit, what are the major differences between a B/BS and a BM/BSM update? 

The retractable camera underneath the nose, and the retractable mirror for the rear 'office' aren't they the tell tale exterior signs for a BM/BSM? The cockpit is updated as well off course and some antennas, minor other stuff as well. 

But if I have pictures of blue 05 with the mirror and the camera, shouldn't it be -by definition- a BM/BSM?

 

Asgiardiano, I have the BM/BSM boxing. 

 

I would love love to finish the Draken soon! I think it will definitely give some color in my display case.. grin.

 

regards

sid 

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The most noticable external differences are the 'triangle' (rear-view mirror) on the pilot's canopy and the completely different underwing pylons. Of course the cockpit has been heavily modified as well. Since you have the B(S)M kit you won't have the correct pylons or instrumentpanels. With 'camera' do you mean the retractable IRST? If so, that already existed before the modernizations.

 

I guess both decalmakers didn't quite understand the differences as all the featured aircraft are non-modernized. Care to share the pictures you mention so we can determine the variant? There is a MiG-31BM '05 blue' as well, but it's a different aircraft and its bort is a different shade of blue from the one on the HAD sheet.

 

Koen

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Grrrr... I slowly get your points and now feel cheated by both Authentic Decals and Hungarian Armour Decals... :angrysoapbox.sml:

 

Koen, the pictures I have of Blue 05 are here: http://russianplanes.net/regs/RF-92445

Other pylons indeed and no mirror for the pilot. And indeed I meant the IRST.

 

So.. this kind of leaves me the only option as to make option D from the AMK decal set, red 25. Not world's most exciting I must say. Begemot set 48040, option 15 (the only BSM) is not much better.

 

Anyone interested in the beforementioned decalsheets?

 

Thanks Koen for saving my rivetcounterass!

 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Sid de Koning said:

Grrrr... I slowly get your points and now feel cheated by both Authentic Decals and Hungarian Armour Decals... :angrysoapbox.sml:

 

Koen, the pictures I have of Blue 05 are here: http://russianplanes.net/regs/RF-92445

Other pylons indeed and no mirror for the pilot. And indeed I meant the IRST.

 

So.. this kind of leaves me the only option as to make option D from the AMK decal set, red 25. Not world's most exciting I must say. Begemot set 48040, option 15 (the only BSM) is not much better.

 

Anyone interested in the beforementioned decalsheets?

 

Thanks Koen for saving my rivetcounterass!

 

 

 

 

I'd say the MiG-31 is spectacular, even without any special markings....

if you really fancy doing one of the specials, just build a second, or third!

there is also the real possibility of Hobbyboss coming out with some M prototypes, or you could do one of the blue schemes....

 

by the way, great build so far!

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On ‎1‎/‎17‎/‎2017 at 11:53 AM, Sid de Koning said:

don't forget to drill the holes for the pylons like I did..

We've all done that.

Hold the wing close to a light and,

with luck, you will see a dark point

in the plastic where the hole should be.

Mark with a pen and drill when you're ready.

 

A very nice build, it's looking great so far.

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Nice work so far - is the kit as well-engineered as it looks or are you hiding its faults with some clever modelling skills?

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On 1/17/2017 at 3:53 AM, Sid de Koning said:

 

 

G-factor metal gear..

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Hi Sid, Great build so far. Really appreciate the step by step and pointing out the fixes or additions you made.
I have to tell you of one a friend told me about.
On the G-Factor gear. The nose gears upper torque/ Scissor link is attached to the piston and not the upper strut.
Not sure if you care to fix or not. Just wanted to point that out
Alan

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I will stick to the inboard pylon only, I see a lot of Mig-31's with just that. I do know the trick but the plastic is primed twice and thick, so it doesn't work for me.

 

The wheels are in for the Draken, so I might finish this one soon too!

 

This is one of the best kits I have ever bought and build.. it's great!!

 

 

Mr.Paint 1 Russia Turqoise Cockpit is too bright and green to fit directly next to Eduard.

 

Used Mr. Paint 1 mixed with some Mr. Color 57 Metallic Blue Green..
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Not 100%, but way better..
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in progress..
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idem..
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The quite expensive G-factor set on the right against the left AMK nosegear, quite identical..
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But badly copied.. thanks Alan!
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sawing the AMK parts apart will remedy the gear..
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using the parts to remedy the torque link being connected to the piston..
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great saving work!

hope the provide the desired strength at least!

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Posted (edited)

inside the cockpit so far..

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with some black decal the IP looks better than Eduards green screens..
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improved the fit around the nose gear wheel bay..
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after sanding..
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I chose to glue the outside of the intakes first, then the inside to the bulkhead and followed by the nose. Some small pieces of plastic needed to be sanded/cut away to improve the fit. Especially on top of the outside of the intakes. Dryfitting is very important here.

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primed..
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the shape of the brake parachute canopy is not correct and should be more round..
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after some sanding and resin rivets..
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and primer you get this..
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on top of the intakes/fuselage I found some more hinges..
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and somem ore on the nose..
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anybody else know of even more hinges on the model??


rear side..
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the brake parachute housing has some more rather prominent details now..
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canopy airbrushed in two different colors.. yellow and blue for the windscreen..
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seats so far..
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