Mig-3 Early Version. Trumpeter, 1:48. Review.


Introduction

There are a lot of things to be said about the MiG-3, but there is enough information about this aircraft in various publications, as well as on the WWW, so I will cut directly to presenting the model.
Item number: Trumpeter 02830
Manufacturer: Trumpeter
Scale: 1:48
Total number of parts: 80
Number of transparent parts: 6
Length: 17.2 cm
Wing span: 21.2 cm

The kit

The frames are packet in a solid cardboard box that ensures the model’s safety during transportation.


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The airplane parts, encased in 5 frames, are very detailed, with panel lines in negative. Also, the rivets are positioned in the same places as in the real aircraft. The highly detailed canopy offers the possibility to set it in closed or open position.


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The only improvement to this model would be adding the safety belts to the pilot’s chair.


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Color & Markings

The producer offers three types of painting and markings, among which a winter camouflage, but without mentioning the unit the aircraft had belonged to or the historical timeframe and geographical area of operations. The only easily identifiable is the marking specific to the same time as the Battle of Moscow took place.


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Instruction sheet

The Instruction sheet offers 8 pages of minute description of every step of assembling the model. One minus though, the painting indications are not very accurate.

Conclusions

It is a successful model if you set aside the inaccuracies in coloring indications and markings. We have enough access to information to overcome these small inconveniencies. The model is accessible even to beginners, not only from the point of view of assembly difficulty, but also at a reasonable price.
Advantages:
– highly detailed
– a reasonable number of parts
– good price
– it can be built straight out of the box, no supplementary parts needed
– it can be improved with aftermarkets, but I think it is not necessary. Maybe some seat belts.
Disadvantages:
– lack of clear instruction for painting and markings


Author: aviatim | Photo: aviatim | 17.01.2016 |

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