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MiG in the mud

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The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3 (Russian: Микоян и Гуревич МиГ-3) was a Soviet fighter aircraft used during World War II. It was a development of the MiG-1 by the OKO (opytno-konstruktorskij otdel Experimental Design Department) of Zavod (Factory) No. 1 to remedy problems that had been found during the MiG-1's development and operations. It replaced the MiG-1 on the production line at Factory No. 1 on 20 December 1940 and was built in large numbers during 1941 before Factory No. 1 was converted to build the Ilyushin Il-2.

On 22 June 1941 at the beginning of Operation Barbarossa, some 981 were in service with the VVS, the PVO and Naval Aviation. The MiG-3 was difficult to fly in peacetime and much more so in combat. It had been designed for high-altitude combat but combat over the Eastern Front was generally at lower altitudes where it was inferior to the German Messerschmitt Bf 109 as well as most modern Soviet fighters. It was also pressed into service as a fighter-bomber during the autumn of 1941 but it was equally unsuited for this. Over time the survivors were concentrated in the PVO, where its disadvantages mattered less, the last being withdrawn from service before the end of the war.
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Trumpeter's 1/32 MiG-3 is one of their better kits in terms of accuracy and buildability. This is a quick OOB built for a friend . One noticable mistake I made I'll leave it for the experts.
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About the Author

About Kostas Katseas (Angeleyes)


Why are things dirty and muddy so appealing to me? I don't know, they just are. This is over the top beautiful!!! --mike
AUG 01, 2014 - 03:43 PM
Any reason why both ailerons are drooped down?
AUG 01, 2014 - 09:43 PM
You read the part where Kostas says "the mistake I'll leave to the experts to spot"? Personally I think that Ivan Ivanovich needs to spend some time in the Gulag for rigging the ailerons incorrectly but that's uncharitable. It could be battle damage.
AUG 02, 2014 - 05:40 AM
I assumed the deliberate error was something more detailed that droopy ailerons. Battle damage? No holes in the wings anywhere to cut the cables or rods so I ruled that out. The MiG 3 would have been a very tricky beast to land with zip or only 1 aileron.
AUG 02, 2014 - 09:25 PM
Just an amazing paint and weathering effort. I'm quite sure that your friend was more then satisfied with the finished model. Joel
AUG 03, 2014 - 01:57 AM
Beautiful build. Love the weathering and the muddy conditions. very realistic when looking at old photographs. Thanks for sharing!
AUG 12, 2014 - 09:02 PM