Mikoyan Mig-31 "Foxhound"
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Zvesda Mig-31 model in 1/72 scale

The Mikoyan Mig-31, NATO code name "Foxhound" was a development of the famous Mig-25 Foxbat. It has a two man crew and is capable of reaching speeds in excess of MACH 2.
It flew for the first time in 1975, and Mig-31's are in service with the Russian AF. 
 

       
box
Zvesda Box art and parts.
The Zvesda company of Russia  has issued this nice kit in 1/72 scale (January 2001). It costs about 10 USD in Western Europe which is real value for money.

It is far better than the old Revell 1/72 attempt to make a Mig-31; this older model of the eigthies was very inaccurate as not a lot of info was available at that time. 

The new Zvesda kit, no 7229, has fine details, with good details. It is clear that the mould makers had excellent access to information about the "real thing". 

When neatly build, it results a model about 31.7 cm long and 18.8 cm span. Accuracy is good, within a few millimeters according to data found in the reference mentioned below.

A lot of parts are provided. The only drawback of this kit is it's complex arrangements of parts. You will need to study carefully the fit, remove thin flash sometimes and check the fit. However, when taking care to prepare each part, the fit will be very good with nice touches and eye for details.

The overall impression is excellent, looking as a Foxhound all the way.

The kit comes with good missiles and rather surprisingly even a "stand".

- The sprue attachments to the parts are a bit thick, so use a saw to remove the parts.
- The dominant wingfences are a bit thick, and can be replaced with thin card.
- The cockpit may also benefit from further detailing as the canopies can be set in the open position.

Decals are provided for the Le Bourget aircraft of 1991 with blue scheme and a Russian AF aircraft "Red 31". 
 

parts
First parts detached and fitted. Fit is OK when carefully checking parts alignment.

instructions

Kit's instructions are made with a computer and very good. The intakes will require care to fit and arrangement of parts is complex here and there....

assembly

lower view
 

Next step  
The model has been assembled and painted in light grey. I used Humbrol HU127 grey with HU 140 (FS36351) for the dark grey de-electric panels.
 
 

On to the Mig-31 Page 2...

Back to Soviet models ....... References:
- Air international vol 41, Sept 1991, page 123

Good source in the Internet: 
- http://www.lindenhillimports.com/mig-31.htm


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Updated July 16 , 2002; Created February 11, 2001