Build Firefox (MiG-31)

Discussion in 'Aircraft & Aviation' started by firefoxussr, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. firefoxussr

    firefoxussr thief

    I will be posting my build progress on the Firefox. I want to thank Janx, Zathros, Will Babbington (been appreciating your work for 13 years now), and anyone else involved in making it.

    For me this is an extremely exciting build as I attempted to design one myself back when I was in late high school/early college. Being a professional graphic designer, one might think I'd done it already but I didn't. Mostly I didn't think it could work as a paper model.... then the whole 3D thing. I've included the sketches for the 1999 paper Firefox for fun.


    *not sure if this the correct place for a build thread, move it at will :thumb:
  2. arkon

    arkon Member

    I say carry on !!
  3. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    I have always liked this model and always wanted to build it, but also had other projects take precedence.
    I am looking forward to seeing how this turns out.
    I will be following this thread very closely.
  4. sjsquirrel

    sjsquirrel Member

    I'm also looking forward to seeing this build progress. I also have it somewhere in my build list (which is as long as everyone's around here.
  5. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    I think this model is on everyone's build list. Firefoxussr, you are going to have a big audience. This thread will probably end up being a sticky! :)
  6. ASC Mclaren

    ASC Mclaren Member

    I'll looking forward to this build!
  7. trt

    trt Member

    I agree with Zathros. It must be on everyone's build list. I'll pull up a chair and enjoy the show.

    By the way which models is this, there seems to be a few versions floating around the ether
  8. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    I am watching this........ I loved this plane back in my younger days...:rolleyes:
  9. firefoxussr

    firefoxussr thief

    Got a bit distracted my my new (2008 ) RC car. Update as soon as I start building.

  10. freddyman

    freddyman newbie

    your not at fault bro. we all get distracted. i can't wait to see more of your build. we just don't see fantasy jets around here often.
  11. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    Get back to building that plane!! Everyone is waiting!
  12. Rogerio Silva

    Rogerio Silva Active Member


    If you don't do it, I will!:curse: Naaaah... :rolleyes: Well, MAYBE after all the things I have going on at the moment...:oops:
    Good look, and we're all anxiously awating your build. :thumb: :wave:
  13. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Are you building a model of your design or the one by Nik Piper / Janx?
  14. firefoxussr

    firefoxussr thief

    It's Nik Piper / Janx's design.
  15. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    Nice job! A real beauty! :)
  16. firefoxussr

    firefoxussr thief

    Finally bought the glue. One of the main hold ups.

    One of these is supposed to be a scoring blade... don't know which one.

    Made without a Zathros joint... other side looks much better.

    Zathros joint on the left. (necessitated by me cutting off the tab on accident earlier, thanks Zath)

    See what I mean. Zathros joint looks ace by comparison. (side note- looks really fat without the bottom section of the nose. Big puffy cheeks Firefox. LOL)

    Things I've learned so far:
    1. scissors are only good for basic shapes that will not be visible or some crazy curve.
    2. xacto knife is preferable for all cutting... except scoring... use a dull one.
    3. yes use a ruler to do your cuts with the xacto
    4. be patient and take a break
    5. zip dry is just that, don't leave the cap off.
  17. firefoxussr

    firefoxussr thief

    I built the bulkhead with the overlapping strip and used a lot of glue to ensure the bulkhead had a nice bond to the outer skin/strip.

    For adding the first fuselage section to the nose section I ended up putting the canard support through first, then wrapping the skin top of the connecting strip, then skin bottom and gluing the reinforcement strip then using lots of glue for the bulkhead. I did this for the sole purpose of not having the nose section have a slightly different shape than the first fuselage section and having an awkward joining there.

    I also have lost piece #11. Or maybe it wasn't there to begin with lol... will check the source file.

    I haven't put the canards on yet as there's an option to build them straight or swept, I think I rather just slide the canards on to the support and not glue them in place. Gives me the flexibility to change it on a whim :mrgreen:

    My impressions are after about nearly 2 hours of this build: wow quite fun. Not a dull moment putting it together. I decided to take a break for the night as I don't like to rush building a kit. I have memories of building injection-mold plastic cars and botching things from spending too many hours consecutively.
  18. Cforrest900

    Cforrest900 Member

    Is this downloadable here?
    Looks great. What did you use for the glass in the cockpits?
  19. freddyman

    freddyman newbie

    she looks amazing so far. glad to see progress
  20. firefoxussr

    firefoxussr thief

    Yes, exclusive to this forum. Or here NEVER USE DROP BOX LINKS ON THIS SITE! <joke that's for a Firefox doll of the web browser logo

    The cockpit glass is just paper. I just had a lot of flash from my camera phone.

    If I did a blow-up&re-texture--- I'd do a transparent canopy.

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