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.
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!