I'm new to this board. It looks to have alot to offer. I'm a professional model maker by trade, and love to see new innovative designes
This thread, however holds a special place for me. Loved the Firefox plane since I was a kid. I'm only 38 but what the heck. I adore this design..no
acurate models of it exsist of it though, but that is all about to change. I've been painstakingly rsearching this Airplane for 10 years now and am
constructing a 1/32 scale replica of the filming miniature.
Here's what I know about Firefox. It was Filmed in 1982 by Warner Bros using the effects house Apogee Studios. The plane was deigned by Greg Jien
originally, then reworked and delvoped for radio control ducted fan flying models by Grant McCune and associates. Three of these 1/12 scale miniatures
were built, two crashed due to unexpected harsh conditions experianced in Greenland during filming. The third of these became what is refered to as
the HERO and was flown by wire and motion control instead of r/c. The Firefox is a russian plane prototype interceptor powered by two giant turmansky
turbine engines. capable of pushing the plane to mach 5 +
One thing little known perhaps not at all. Originally the drawings for the PP1 Firefox were taken over to Ben Rich at Lockeeds Skunkworks, to ensure
they weren't stepping on the skunkworks toes so to speak. Ben said they were fine, so Apogee proceeded on with the building of the planes for the
film..For all the trivia buffs, the Mig 31 Foxhound did indeed exsist, but had not been publicly known about yet, Apogee had no idea of the real
Mig's exsistance, yet used the same designation for the Firefox film interceptor....kinda cool I think.
The pics you have posted of the plane are taken from one of two sites: Thinkinrussian.org or the Craig Thomas webpage tribute to the film and the
novels he's written over the years
The second picture as you scroll down is of the 63" hero Radio controlled Firefox.
The second to last photo is of the artist illistration of the Firefox using the only reference known at the time,my old CAD drawings. It was Kurt
Beswik that made this illistration. Kurt , at one time on his site gave me credit for this. I understand many model replicas have been made using my
CAD drawings to start with, glad to help
anyway that's my 2 cents
ohh for those interested...plane is 756" long or 63' long. It was 17' high, sorry the width escapes me at the moment, but you can acurately scale
it using this information.
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