The MiG-3 was the first MiG to fit into the Romanian Air Force. Although at that time no one knew, it would be the first MiG of a long line of aircraft produced by the Mikoian-Gurevici office that would fly under Romanian colors in the years to come. It was 1942, the end of the war was far and the defeat of the Axis forces even further. Nobody was thinking about MiG aircrafts at the time.
The MiG 3 entered Romania service somewhat inadvertently, when in 1942 a Soviet pilot with Ukrainian descent landed on the airfield in Melitopol (Ukraine), occupied by Romanians and Germans. The Germans wanted to study and evaluate theMiGimmediately. But the Romanians said no and sent Captain Aviator Constantin "Bazu" Cantacuzinoto Brasov. There, at the aircraft factory - IAR Brasov, it was damaged, repaired, repainted, flown and evaluated.
No one seems to know very clearly what happened with the plane. There could be two variants: it was destroyed during the USAF bombing of the Brasov plane factory or it was recovered by the Russians at the end of the WWII. It was well known that the Russians, when they won a war, they would take back the "borrowed" technique by those who were in conflict with, in this case Romania. The only ones who escaped this treatment were the Finns, but this is another story.
The aircraft model is produced by Trumpeter. It's in 1:48 scale and it has a reasonable number of parts so it would not turn into a nightmare for the modeler. Parts fit well enough, but the model all in all requires a little patience.
A few problems arise when joining the wings with the fuselage where some putty is needed. Otherwise, nothing serious. It is a well detailed with nice engraved panel lines.
For painting I used Revell enamel colors applied by airbrush. They are not necessarily the best colors on the market, but they are the ones that are the easiest to find on the Romanian market.
The decals used are those produced by Avalon, 1:48 scale, for the Romanian MiG 3. The decals are very thin and stick very well on the model .
Author: aviatim | Photo: aviatim | 13.05.2017 | Read this post in Romanian