The basis for the Bluefire 4 was a Revell kit of a MiG 1.44, a prototype Russian aircraft that already looked very futuristic. I added a variety of drop tank halves to the fuselage, as well as a “roll bar” to the tail fins and extra fins to the wingtips. The model was puttied and sanded many times and then painted a silver blue, with red highlights.
The bottom of the launch base was originally the display section for an Apollo Saturn V kit. Sheet styrene was added to fill in the openings and resin cast pieces and other kit parts glued on to detail it up. It was primed and painted, after which pinstriping tape was added in sections.
The launch assembly itself was a collection of toy parts, coupled with a circular food container, all of which was detailed in kit parts, more toy sections and resin cast pieces. A small hinge allows the launch ramp to rise. A pair of small brass tubes stick out for the Bluefire 4 to be attached to so it doesn’t slide off the ramp.