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Old 09-15-2021, 01:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Since i`m waiting for the paint to dry in between coats on my Su-24MP conversion, i thought i`d give my Altaya Mig-31 a mid-life upgrade. The Altaya Mig-31 isn`t the best of diecasts, to say the least! However, since this is the only diecast model available, (and especially when the CalWings model looks extremely unlikely now) i thought it might be time to improve it a little.

I wasn`t going to go mad, as like i mentioned, it`s not particularly great in fit or finish. If i could get it looking somewhat okay next to my HM Mig-25`s, then all well and good.

Here`s the list of what i wanted to do:-

Get rid of the join line on the Radome with filler.

Re-paint the engine exhaust nozzles.

Remove the d-lectric panel on the Starboard stabiliser.

Have an open canopy/canopies option. (Paint the seals on them too).

Add R-33 missiles on the underbelly, and have interchangeable R-40 & R-60 AAM`s on the wing pylons.

Well some at least of the above have been done. The radome has been filled, sanded and re-sprayed. The correct di-lectric panels have been sprayed the same colour too. The exhaust nozzles have been re-painted. The `non di-electric panel` has been re-painted, but i`m not yet happy with the shade of grey. I`m finding it hard to get a good match straight from a tin.

The canopy is an interesting one. Since the rear canopy/airframe is not cut to the correct shape, this will not fit. So i am hoping i can use an optical illusion to make it look satisfactory at least. If not, i`ll just have the front pilot`s canopy open. (I had a spare canopy from another Mig-31 which i binned, cos it was crud).

I bought some after market resin R-33`s which i`ve just started building. The R-60`s i`ll borrow from one of my CalWings SU-24`s.
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It`s looking a bit sorry for itself at the minute, but it is starting to come together really well. Hope to have some more pic`s soon!
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Old 09-17-2021, 11:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Started doing the canopy today. A bit fiddly, but going okay up to now. I may decide to file down the small triangular piece of metal at the back of the rear canopy so it looks better. I can then put some canopy struts in place to divert attention from the `false gap`.

Anyway, here are some photo`s of the un-painted conversion.
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And after it was painted:-
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