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Mikoyan MiG-31BM Foxhound
Here is my LDD model of the Mikoyan MiG-31BM Foxhound. It is built to minifig scale. This is the last of my current Russian aircraft projects... for now. I have some other large scale works that need my attention. Once those are complete, I'll see what other Russian aircraft capture my imagination. In the meantime, enjoy! Check out my flickr page for larger pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/118702264@N05/sets/72157641925195015/. You can find html building instructions for sale (at a modest price) on my Etsy site: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/KurtsMOCs.
About this creation

The MiG-31 Foxhound is a supersonic interceptor developed in the Soviet Union and flown by the Russian Air Force today.


The Foxhound was developed from the MiG-25 Foxbat, which was one of the fastest aircraft in the world in the 1960s. The Foxhound is capable of Mach 3+ speeds, but risk permanently destroying the engines!


The Foxbat and Foxhound are pure interceptors and do not possess high-g maneuverability, instead relying on their advanced weapons systems to engage hostile targets.


The Foxhound’s cockpit seats a pilot and a weapons systems officer (WSO). The addition of a WSO relieves the pressure placed on the pilot to fly and shoot at the same time.


The Foxhound incorporated advanced avionics, including look-up and look-down radar and the ability to track and engaged multiple targets at once.


The Foxhound uses two Soloviev D30-F6 afterburning turbofans, each capable of producing over 34,000 lbf in full afterburner. These were replacements for the Tumansky R-15B-300 turbojets originally used in the Foxbat. The Tumansky R15s did not perform well at low altitude. The Soloview D30s rectified this shortcoming but it also limited the Foxhound’s top speed to Mach 2.8.


The main missile system for the Foxhound is the R-33 long-range air-to-air missile (NATO reporting name AA-9 “Amos”). The R-33 has a range of over 160 km. The Foxhound carries four R-33s in fuselage recesses. The MiG-31BM is now deploying the upgraded R-37 missile (NATO reporting name AA-13 "Arrow") in conjunction with a new phased array radar.


This model has four R-33s in the fuselage recesses and two R-40s (NATO reporting name AA-6 “Acrid”) on the underwing pylons.


Here is the Foxhound in a clean configuration. Notice the recesses for the R-33s. I wanted to have the underside of the model done mostly in flat plates to match the top. The GSh-6-23 23 mm internal cannon is also visible from this angle, mounted on the right fuselage just behind the main landing gear doors. Due to a series of premature shell detonations, the Soviet Air Force stopped using the cannon.


Gear down and on final approach! The landing gear is fully retractable and the flaperons are articulating as well. The new tandem undercarriage is a change from the Foxbat's single wheel. This new arrangement allows the Foxhound to operate better from soft or snow covered runways.


The Foxhound uses a powerful avionics package, including an advanced radar that can track 24 targets at a range of 120 kms and attack eight with the R-33 missile system. Foxhounds were deployed in a four-ship formation and could control an airspace up to 900 kms in length and at a range of over 200 kms.


The MiG-31 appears to be a stretched MiG-25 but its newer aluminum-alloy construction, more efficient turbofan engines, superior avionics, air intercept radars, increased ECCM capabilities, and diverse weapons platforms set the Foxhound apart from the cruder Foxbat. The MiG-31BM upgrade included a multirole capability with the new Zaslon M air intercept radar paired with the R-37/AA-13 Arrow long-range missile system.


The MiG-31BM variant has an upgraded avionics package. Apparently, a Soviet radar engineer sold information to the West. This necessitated a revised radar system and an upgraded MiG-31 is now designated as the MiG-31BM.


The Russians felt the MiG-31’s radar was so powerful it could even detect the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter. The Russians challenged the Americans to a demonstration at the 1991 Paris Air Show but the Americans declined.


The cockpit is pretty tight. I would hate to be in there for long missions! The canopies on this model were a bit tricky to configure but still work!


Again, I love the Russian pale blue cockpits! The Foxhound uses zero/zero ejection seats, which allow them to eject at any altitude and airspeed.


Production of the MiG-31 Foxhound began in 1981 and ended in 1994. The Foxhound is a powerful and effective interceptor, capable of engaging intruders at extreme long range. Here, you can make out the 5 degree anhedral angle of the main wing and the 5 degree outward cant of the tail fins.


The Russian Air Force currently operates 370 Foxhounds and the Kazakhstan Air Force flies around 30. There is a replacement in the works that should enter service in 2020. All MiG-31s are expected to be retired by 2028.


The Cold War warrior flies on! Thanks to Wikipedia and www.ausairpower.net for the specifications and information!



Comments

 I made it 
  August 5, 2014
Quoting Red October Great MOC! Check out my MIG 31.
Thanks for your comments. I'll definitely check out your MiG-31.
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  August 2, 2014
Great MOC! Check out my MIG 31.
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  February 23, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 early shell detonation is bad for the paintjob, xd, very realistic and accurate looking plane!
Luckily, the paint jobs on these aircraft were minimal! Thanks for the comments!
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  February 23, 2014
early shell detonation is bad for the paintjob, xd, very realistic and accurate looking plane!
 I made it 
  February 20, 2014
Quoting Greg Pikus Can you send the LDD file to me? gregory.pikus@gmail.com
Thanks for rating my MiG-31 Greg. Sorry, but I don't give out my LDD files. However, if you have any questions about how I've built something, I will certainly answer them for you.
  February 19, 2014
Can you send the LDD file to me? gregory.pikus@gmail.com
 I made it 
  February 17, 2014
Quoting Namoz Malaznievenk ....I'm speechless. That is a perfectly executed MiG-31.
Thanks for your comments Namoz! I appreciate your support.
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  February 17, 2014
....I'm speechless. That is a perfectly executed MiG-31.
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  February 16, 2014
Quoting Marty Fields Sorry it has taken me this long to notice your latest creation. Love your REAL MiG-31!! I cannot see how this can be bettered: outstanding. I also like how you did the AA-6 “Acrids" (originally "Advanced Anabs"?) for this scale.
Thanks for commenting on the MiG-31 Marty. Missiles at this scale are difficult to get right. My version of the AA-6 is a compromise in design but I don't mind the results.
 I made it 
  February 16, 2014
Quoting alexandre belin Your models are extraordinary, contacted please I in private. belin_alexandre@yahoo.fr
Thanks Alexandre. I appreciate your support.
  February 16, 2014
Sorry it has taken me this long to notice your latest creation. Love your REAL MiG-31!! I cannot see how this can be bettered: outstanding. I also like how you did the AA-6 “Acrids" (originally "Advanced Anabs"?) for this scale.
  February 14, 2014
Your models are extraordinary, contacted please I in private. belin_alexandre@yahoo.fr
 I made it 
  February 14, 2014
Quoting alexandre belin Your models are extraordinary, contacted please I in private. b elin_alexandre@yahoo.fr
Thanks for your comments Alexandre!
 I made it 
  February 13, 2014
Quoting Bill Ding Another great work... again. By far one of the best Lego plane builders on MOCpages. Keep up the awesome work!
Thanks for your generous comments and support Bill. It is greatly appreciated and the MOCpages community keeps me inspired to keep doing the best work I can.
 I like it 
  February 13, 2014
Another great work... again. By far one of the best Lego plane builders on MOCpages. Keep up the awesome work!
 I made it 
  February 10, 2014
Quoting arwenromel hanna amazing work as always
Thanks for your comments. Greatly appreciated as always!
 I like it 
  February 10, 2014
amazing work as always
 I made it 
  February 9, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti I messed up rating your model in my first comment , sorry about that 5/5
No problem! Thanks for the support and the high rating.
 I made it 
  February 9, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Incredible job! I had a model I built of the Mig 31way back in the late 80s, and I was fascinated by it probably because of the movie Fire Fox it being the Mig 31. once again you did a brilliant job building this aircraft. I love those huge engine nozzles there perfect. I like the technique you used to make the horizontal tail stabilizer .
Thanks for your comments Clayton; I appreciate your interest in my work. I went through a few variations of the horizontal tail but I could never get the angles right. I gave up on making it pivot in order to achieve the right look. Its a compromise but I think it looks pretty accurate. I would love to see your MiG-31 someday!
 I like it 
  February 9, 2014
I messed up rating your model in my first comment , sorry about that 5/5
 I like it 
  February 9, 2014
Incredible job! I had a model I built of the Mig 31way back in the late 80s, and I was fascinated by it probably because of the movie Fire Fox it being the Mig 31. once again you did a brilliant job building this aircraft. I love those huge engine nozzles there perfect. I like the technique you used to make the horizontal tail stabilizer .
 I made it 
  February 9, 2014
Quoting Gabor Pauler Nose cone was a serious challenge... Well done.
Thanks for the comments. I modelled the nose after my CF-105 Arrow. They were similar in profile and it worked out fairly well. Its still difficult to get a convincing cone shape with this technique but I think it suits the the logic of this build.
 I like it 
  February 9, 2014
Nose cone was a serious challenge... Well done.
 I made it 
  February 9, 2014
Quoting Dave Benson Excellent work! You should do MIG-25 after your other projects ;)
Thanks for you comments Dave! The MiG-25 would be the next logical build for Russian aircraft. I'll think about it a bit more...
 I like it 
  February 9, 2014
Excellent work! You should do MIG-25 after your other projects ;)
 I made it 
  February 9, 2014
Quoting Steffen Kasteleiner A very nice looking Mig-31. I really like the "flow" of the overall model, the cockpit you made; the exhaust nozzles and the awesome landing gear. Great job & thanks for sharing!
Thanks for your comments Steffen! I'm glad you like my model and it's easy to share when people take an interest. Thanks for being interested!
 I like it 
  February 9, 2014
A very nice looking Mig-31. I really like the "flow" of the overall model, the cockpit you made; the exhaust nozzles and the awesome landing gear. Great job & thanks for sharing!
 I made it 
  February 9, 2014
Quoting Jan van den Bos Again... After Star Trek and Star Wars I like aeroplanes very much. I like you scale (minifig), details and shaping. You are really a great artist. Your models deserve a place in history! Very good work!
Thanks Jan! I greatly appreciate your kind comments.
 I made it 
  February 9, 2014
Quoting killswitch95 [DEMON] you just keep spoiling me more and more with your work... its like a fun little history lesson every time you post!
Thanks for the comments and I'm glad you like my work.
 I made it 
  February 9, 2014
Quoting Locutus 666 Awesome plane. The shape is instantly reconizable. Esspecially the powerful looking engines! perhaps, if you plan to build a soviet fighter again, i would like to see a YAK-38 from you. :)
Thanks for your comments. I loved making the big engines, they really make the model. I'll think about the Yak-38...
 I like it 
  February 9, 2014
Again... After Star Trek and Star Wars I like aeroplanes very much. I like you scale (minifig), details and shaping. You are really a great artist. Your models deserve a place in history! Very good work!
 I like it 
  February 9, 2014
you just keep spoiling me more and more with your work... its like a fun little history lesson every time you post!
 I like it 
  February 9, 2014
Awesome plane. The shape is instantly reconizable. Esspecially the powerful looking engines! perhaps, if you plan to build a soviet fighter again, i would like to see a YAK-38 from you. :)
 I made it 
  February 9, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Great model. I love the combo of studs and smooth surface area on the body panels.
Thanks for the comments Dr.! I'm glad you like the design work on this model.
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  February 9, 2014
Quoting manthanboeing MAD Very well done!
Thanks for the comments!
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  February 9, 2014
Great model. I love the combo of studs and smooth surface area on the body panels.
 I like it 
  February 9, 2014
Very well done!
 I made it 
  February 9, 2014
Quoting Matt Bace Wow! Now there's an aircraft you don't see in LEGO very often. You've done a great job on this one -- it is definitely one of your best. One of the great things about modeling Soviet aircraft in LEGO is that exposed studs are, to some extent, a plus, since they cut corners and had exposed rivets on surfaces that weren't control surfaces. It's a good that that NATO forces never had to fact off against one of these -- they are formidable.
Thanks for your high praise Matt. I greatly appreciate your interest in my work. I'm glad you picked up on the intentions of the exposed studs: the Foxhound had a "rough" appearance and I decided to render that vis-a-vis the studs. The angled plates for the wings were the starting point and I worked towards the fuselage from there, using the joints of the original aircraft as reference. I also agree with you about the formidableness of the Foxhound: it would certainly have given any Western aircraft significant trouble, even today.
 I like it 
  February 9, 2014
Wow! Now there's an aircraft you don't see in LEGO very often. You've done a great job on this one -- it is definitely one of your best. One of the great things about modeling Soviet aircraft in LEGO is that exposed studs are, to some extent, a plus, since they cut corners and had exposed rivets on surfaces that weren't control surfaces. It's a good that that NATO forces never had to fact off against one of these -- they are formidable.
 I made it 
  February 9, 2014
Quoting Michael K. Very good! Great description.
Thanks for your comments Michael!
 I like it 
  February 9, 2014
Very good! Great description.
 
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