The MiG-31 FINISHED!!
This beast took almost 6 months to complete and only because I had a lot of other stuff going on last year. Work was really busy, and I got lazy and put off lots of modeling. This thing shouldn't have taken that long to build. I t was a fun project and I'd like to build another one soon. AMK really has set the bar on plastic kit quality. This is a well thought out, beautifully engineered kit. I've built a lot of Hasegawa, Tamiya, Trumpeter, Hobby Boss and other kits, but this by far has been the most precise one so far. It builds like a Swiss Watch. The only thing I discovered is that the MiG-31 is basically a brick with wings. It's not an elegant airplane, and was purpose-built so it's no Su-35 or F-18. Unlike the Su's and F-18's and others, they all look the same! Sure, badges and markings may differ. One might have blue numbers, other red, but that's pretty much it. As a result, all the examples I've seen of this kit with the exception of one or two, look the same. I think I might do a "what if" version with Ukrainian digital camo or something like that. Anyway, here are some photos of the finished model.
I used the excellent HGW wet-transfer set for the stencils. This was quite the project in and of itself and took a considerable amount of time. I used Mig Panel line washes and oils for weathering.
Alclad metallics were used on the pipes.