2 x Trumpeter's 1/32 scale
by Olivier Barles
Trumpeter's 1/32 scale MiG-3 is available online from
Here are a few pictures of two models from the 1/32
Trumpeter MiG-3 kit.
Trumpeterís large-scale MiG kit is great in terms of shape and
proportions, however, some work has to be done to achieve a good result.
The same approach has been applied to the construction of both models,
with only some minor differences such as the cockpit equipment (one has
a radio, the other one has not) or the inside color (grey for one and a
nice "MiG blue" for the other)...
Basically, the main improvements consisted of making lips of all air
intakes and their exhausts as well as the covers of the main landing
gear much thinner than what is proposed by Trumpeter. In my opinion,
these parts were so thick as to be unacceptable in the quest for a
The same procedure has also been performed to the trailing edge of all
surfaces (even if already and satisfactorily thin enough, but as we say
in French "who can do good can do the best" - literal translation !)
So, after this "thin making" process, re-engraving had to be done on the
external sides of the covers of the main landing gear. Talking about
engraving reminds us of another obvious defect of this model kit, which
is that rivet holes are really too much deep, that being especially the
case on the empennage. The only cure I could find was to generously use
the abrasive paper and in the end, the result is not too bad.
There were no real problems building the cockpit. A few additional
cables and some other small parts such as oxygen bottles and electrical
switches are enough for an authentic front office, with the final touch
being a nice paint job. Of course, the seat harness has to be made and
fixed at the back of the seat.
Then, before going to painting and weathering, the remaining task
consists of improving the main landing gear by building the retraction
mechanism (one piston at the base of the gear column and a system for
the closing of the inner doors - built according to the pictures found
on the "Modelling the aircrafts of the VVS").
One MiG is painted using the proposed marking of a
very original winter finish for a plane that fought on the Kharkov Front
in winter 1941-42 (white with light green spots).
The other model is painted in the colourful
markings of a MiG-3 on the Black Sea Front in Summer 1943 (the central
part of its canopy seems to have been removed on the available pictures
of this machine).
I have been a fan of this plane with its shape of a
pure-bred bird since my childhood and I do no regret to have waited for
so long to be able to build it in my favourite scale.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
|Soviet Aces of World War 2
Modelling Manuals 17
Author: Hugh Morgan
Illustrator: John Weal
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
October 15, 1997
Details: 96 pages; ISBN: 1855326329
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by Olivier Barles
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