by Adam Batkiewicz
1/32 scale MiG-3 is available online from
Here is Trumpeter 1/32 MiG-3.
The model has been built almost straight from the box except for the
seat belts from masking tape and antenna wires from stretched sprue. It
was a "quick project" with a purpose to test my company Data Decals' decal
Well, in the end it was not the fastest build I have ever heard of, but
according to my own "manufacture time", which usually takes few months
even with a state-of-the-art kit, it was record speed.
I finished the model within 10 days with main job done during the
My impressions regarding Trumpeter’s 1/32 MiG-3 are very positive.
Construction was straightforward and level of details is highly
satisfactory (although the rivets may still be too prominent). The parts
fitted well and only few areas needed treatment with Mr. Surfacer.
Ejection pin marks were present on inner surfaces but on the finished
model they can be seen only on inner sides of gear doors.
The cockpit was painted with a very bright light blue color and then
shaded a little with an airbrush.
The instrument panel, radio boxes and other parts were drybrushed and
additionally treated with silver pencil to bring out details. I also
thinned slightly sides of pilot’s seat and added belts made from masking
Fuselage halves and wings went together with no problem (the only
little tricky part is mounting of the air intakes in the wing root, but
it’s nothing serious).
I decided not to bother with moving ailerons, flaps etc. and simply
glue them in place. During this process I experienced a critical moment
when I couldn't find CA glue for metal hinges. I guess it's too much
"artistic order" in my place. Therefore I decided to make mock-up hinges
from stripes of styrene sheet.
To create more "interesting" look of the wings I drooped slightly
elevators, although practically on all pictures of MiG-3s they are in
neutral position, so be aware.
I didn't use the tailwheel doors. Picture of this very aircraft
suggests that strut was probably covered with (leather) cover. So keeping
in mind that model should be mainly out-of-the-box, I decided to left it
Maybe I'll detail this later.
I elected an aircraft with slogan "Death to the German occupants!" on
starboard side. The base for this scheme was a well-known photo showing
this plane taxiing. Even though very low contrast I believe this MiG was
finished in early Soviet camouflage with Green, Black and Blue paints. The
scheme is partially speculative because unfortunately only rear part of a
plane and a fragment of a wing can be "deciphered" with some amount of
Because of time issue I decided to use acrylic paints. I dug up several
jars of Aqueous Hobby Color Gunze Sangyo and tried to find shades I would
be happy with. Maybe other modelers will find these suggestions for early
VVS colors useful:
(Although Light Brown was not used for this camo, but to complete the
list of paint equivalents my suggestion would be H71 Middle Stone. Maybe
it will be of some help for modelers doing "White 54".)
Due to the limited time I did not apply a “wash” to highlight panel
lines, so the plane was rather heavily “post-shaded” with an airbrush.
Additionally wing roots were weathered with silver pencil.
After placing the decals everything was sealed with matt clear.
This kit was straightforward and was a real pleasure to build. I am not
a superdetailer, but building straight from the box and not bothering with
problems like "was this knob in a cockpit black or dark grey?" can be
I think that when summer comes I'll try another big MiG, but in some
cool winter scheme!
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