Trumpeter's 1/32 scale
by Roland Sachsenhofer
Trumpeter's 1/32 scale MiG-3 is available online from
The 1/32 scale Mig-3 from Trumpeter is a very
pleasant and elaborate kit.
Fit and general design of the parts are quite
satisfying; the amount of details – particularly I think of the cockpit
area - is adequate to a contemporary model in that large scale. Hence
the only things I changed or added were seatbelts from Eduard, brake
lines made from copper wire and injection needles as machinegun muzzles.
I also flattened the tires to get that certain “weighted look”.
The only parts where further treatment was
necessary were the inside of the gear fairings; here great ridges
spoiled the form- but that was no great challenge to correct.
The Mig-3 was completed as one of two variants offered in the kit: the
example, dominated by the colours red and white, served with the 122 IAP
in Vnukovo in February 1942. This machine is quite well documented (e.g.
take a look at
http://mig3.sovietwarplanes.com/mig3/mig3.html ) most of the
pictures seem to show a nearly new and shiny aircraft. My special
interest was to give a used and draggled appearance. For that, I sprayed
a layer of XF-16 Aluminum /Tamiya to those parts which were made of
metal. After drying, layers of white (Tamiya XF-2 und Gunze H21) were
applied which were then partially ripped of by adhesive tape. That was
my first experiences with that technique and I have to say itt works!
The blue colour of the underside was mixed with RLM 65 (Gunze H67) und
blue (Gunze H45). After applying the decals, which was prepared by a
layer of gloss clear, I accented certain parts with a diluted mixture of
redbrown (Gunze H47), Tamiya smoke and mat black (Gunze H12). I worked
with aquarelle colours for highlighting the panel lines and give a
sparse effect of dirt and oil streaks. I prefer water colours because
they stay liquid for a long time, snuggle into the deepenings and –last
but not least- excess colour can be easily whipped away.
With a coating of mixed gloss and flat clear the surface was finished.
Remarks will be appreciated:
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|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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