Final alterations made to my MiG-31 "Firefox" model for consideration in the "Fighter Jet Competition". As can be seen here, I have now added a reclined head-rest for the pilot.
About this creation
My last attempt at the "Aphid" missiles seemed to more resemble the likes of "Magic" or "Python 4/5" air-to-air missiles. The fore-fins have now been simulated by a cone. The AA-6 has now been superseded by the similarly proportioned AA-11 "Archer"
For comparison: a real "Aphid" at Cosford Royal Air Force Museum. I believe "Aphids" should have been used in the movie rather than the fictitious miniature "Advanced Anabs"; "Aphids" are small enough to be carried in an internal bay (though the bays of the "Firefox" would still have required enlargement) and could well have been seized from a downed Syrian fighter as stated in the book and film.
The wings struck me as still being too narrow. This problem was solved by adding leading-edge flaps. These are only held on by one hinge plate stud, the other end resting on the end of the wing. I toyed with the idea of making the flaps workable, but this would have proved too messy so I left them fixed.
The Weapons Bay doors have been widened with the addition of a 1x8 black tile and an old grey 1x8 plate.
The forward landing gear deployed. Note lamp (must be detached for gear to be retracted).
Forward landing gear retracted.
The main landing gear deployed. I have used more modified "1 x 2 plate with rail" to fill in some of the exposed areas of the landing gear bays. I know the wheels should actually be on the inboard side of the strut, but the engines make that arrangement impossible.
Main landing gear retracted.
The tail fairings were too small, so I have now enlarged these. Note the strut spanning the gap between the fairings. This feature is seen on the MiG-25 "Foxbat" and MiG-31 "Foxhound".
For comparison: the tail fairings of the actual "Hero" model used in filming. The hole is for mounting the model to simulate flight.
Looks good, I think that for the Experimental Aircraft competition, you will be awarded (from me), this thing gets 9/10. The only things letting it down is that fact that this aircraft is fictional, but is used in books and films. Otherwise, brilliant!