Fantastic result, love it! Once again you're proving that grey jets are everything but boring. I particularly like how you implemented the vertical streaking, making it look quite used but not abandoned 👍 🙂
Thank you everyone! I had had problems logging onto my scalemates account in the previous days as I was not able to reach you guys here. I am glad this project lived up to my expectation. And this project was intended to depict a MiG-31 taking off with full afterburner, it is approximately 473 millimeters long in 1/48th scale
congrat looks very nice wrok on the wheels too, it look also massive !
September 5, 2021
looks absolutely lethal now 🙂 👍
thank you Daniel. One step closer to completion!
Seems it was definitely worth the effort! 👍 Looking forward to the finished deal!
Thank you Slavo! I am moving into decal work and the plane is taking shape. It did worth all the efforts!
Awesome work! Thanks for sharing. It looks fast just sitting there.
Agreed! A great big 25/31 is always awesome looking 👍 you did a fantastic job 👏👏
Amazing work ZHOU ... 👍
Very good work indeed 👍
August 11, 2021
I wonder, the silver/chrome color in photo 16. Is that paint? Or, maybe polished metal?
stunning work on this big boy, the paint shades are extremely realistic once again 👍
Are you going to arm it up to give the tomcats some trouble? 🙂
Metal tubes. I added a few photos to my previous album, hope they can help you 🙂
MiG-31B/BS WIP 2 | Album by ZHOU Kun (1:48)
Thank you! It would be loaded with full air-to-air load with R-33s and R-40s, sure to bring big trouble to NATO aircraft who should wander into the northern coast of Russia! Haha.
Happy you picked this topic up, I have another refereence Album now 🙂
Great progress in your signature style, looking forward to the finale! 👍
A bit too rusty in my opinion, pre-shading could be more subtle - but that was probably based on reference pictures of yours. It looks awesome nonetheless, definitely some great weathering work! 👍👍
Yes you are right sir! I did not mean to do my pre-shading like this, yet only to find that I did not put enough black color into the mixture🙁
July 13, 2021
Really nice build and weathered just right. Well done Sir.
I think he made a second album, not sure why.
@Treehugger, because of new pictures with better sunlight?
Fantastic! Looks real!!!
for a second, i thought the first image was the real plane, until I saw the brass rod...hahaha. really nice work!
Almoust real 👍
@Spanjaard better white balancing also 🙂
Thank you for your kind comments!
great job !
July 7, 2021
thats a very convincing look you achieved there again 👍
Thank you Daniel! I have been working on the wind shields and canopy for some time. The among of masking work was a little big, and I had to reduce the gaps and steps between the clear parts and nose section
like in pic 10? looks nasty, not fitting clear parts are always a PITA...
The extended mirror is a cool detail
I had improved those parts, i am uploading photos as mid-term reveal! Stay tuned!
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Very nice job!
I agree. 👍 Pictures would look perfect if you photoshopped the stick ........
Great looking cat!
Wow very nice in flight display, looks great!
@Remco van Haren @Celliers @Mirko Römer Thank you!
Bonus photo No. 83, no poles!
@Eric Thornton, yes it is a nice practice if you put your plane up on a pole!
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March 13, 2021
Absolutely wonderful and an inspiration to improve my skills.
thank you, i would be pleased if this project has inspired people🙂
Could you say something please about how you airbrush this model, re, psi and anything related to the technical aspect of this hobby?
I personally struggle with finding a pipeline technique for airbrushing on a gloss coat, but I at least can airbrush primer and pain flawlessly, so at least I can stop worrying about that in particular. 😄
I am using Mr. Color lacquer paints, as shown in most the WIP photos. It has advantages in smoothness, color and strength. Perhaps this is the reason why I usually dont pay too much attention to air pressure. My airbrush are two old PS-270 and PS-289. Hope this can help
I wonder how you achieve those panel line effects. I have learned about pre-shading (going over the panel lines with black prior to base coat), and also the mottling technique (light random patterns over primer coat, followed by main color). Are you using these techniques or are you doing weathering after the gloss coat? Sorry, I am new to the hobby but ultimately want my airframes to look like yours do. I did not see any photos on the pre-shading though in your post which is why I ask. Thank you.
I used pre-shading and mottling technique before I apply main color. And a little weathering done with oil paint colors after the main color and decaling. You can visit my previous WIP albums, I had placed painting photos there:
Tamiya F-14D WIP 5 | Album by ZHOU Kun (1:48)
As airbrushing can not make delicate weathering with average skill, weathering with hand brush is necessary for me after the main coat
Thank you sir!
March 12, 2021
Beautifully done so far! 👍
👍 love your work mate!
nice comparison shots, really hard to spot any shape differences for my untrained eye, but tamiya seems to have a better shaped canopy, giving a bit more curved and sleek look on the nose
I guess there is no such think like "liking the Tomcat a bit"... When it sparkles, the love knows no boundaries... 😄 Excellent show to view every time this pops up! 👍
Thank you very much!
Your work is so beautiful and inspiring with the VF-2 marking that I decided to make a replica of it 🙂 Personally I think Tamiya has better shape, yet AMK did provide more options and pay more attention to delicate details. AMK's injection moulded wings are more modeler friendly compared with KASL Hobby resin wings🙂
I am still waiting for the sunny days to take the final photos, since it has been overcast for more than two weeks. Stay tuned! :-D And I am looking forward to your F-23 and AMK MiG-31 builds!
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February 19, 2021
Stunner! 👍 looks already absolutely convincing, even now without the fine tuned weathering and the decals. But very much looking forward to those, which squadron is planned?
Thank you Daniel! I have applied VF-2 decal to this aircraft. This depicts the airplane that you have already built!
February 7, 2021
Very nice, I just worked with Galaxy masks and found them to be very good 👍 did you scratch the reinforced step hatch for the Rio? Or was this part included somewhere?
Also I notice you're listening to the fitting music for this build 😄 👍 same here during my last cat, very important for a authentic result 🙂
thank you Daniel. The reinforcement plate was a adhesive sticker included in the Tamiya kit. as for the music, Meteor did a great job to go with the DCS F-14B module
January 25, 2021
Dont know if I said already (you have a lot of albums of this cat mate😉 ) - But this is just spectacular, one of the most realistic tomcat models in this scale that I've ever seen! You really have an eye for the small details and the overall impression and the skill to make it happen. Big inspiration, also I just remembered that I needed to order an ocean poster and more brass tubes 🙂
(PS: I misused my wifes insta to have a look at yours, and I love the side-by-side album you did of our AMK cats, they're like brethren!^^ Really cool to share this experience across the globe, greetings+many thanks to the kind commenters over there!)
Yes, they like your F-14 build very much, Daniel. There are so many comments and likes that I should have let you know.
I am convinced! 🙂
what a fantastic result. if it were not for the metal rood, you could believe those to be reference pictures
Thank you @Markus Antonius and @Spanjaard, this was my first try. I am working on a similar project with a Tamiya F-14D kit
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I am confused. So, you are building another one? Ah, so two different kits?
Hmmmm, a different kit, also a different aspect to learn the one of the greatest U.S. navy fighter aircraft
Surely watching this next iteration! one can never have enough tomcats 🙂
Thank you, Daniel! The nose shape of Tamiya Tomcat does look smoother and more decent, so I am giving it another try🙂
Nice progress, great looking Cockpit area! The inhabitants look even better now 👍 They are from the box right? Does Tamiya provide helmet decals? If you care about: Right on top of the helmets usually is a little black square, velcro or something
Yes, they are from the box.
nice cable job and intersting comparison 👍
Thank you Daniel for your kind comment! I was just prompt to add those electric wire bundles since I was impressed by the details from AMK kit