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 internet so I will cut directly to presenting the MiG-3 model.
The kit: 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. No photo-etched or resin parts.
The frames are packet in a solid cardboard box that ensures the model’s safety during transportation. The airplane parts, encased in 5 frames, are very detailed, with panel engraved lines. Also, the rivets are positioned in the same places as in the real MiG-3. The highly detailed canopy offers the possibility to set it in closed or open position. The only improvement to this MiG-3 model would be adding the safety belts to the pilot’s chair.
The producer offers 3 types of painting and markings for this MiG-3. Among these there is a winter camouflage, but without mentioning the unit the plane had belonged to or the historical time frame and geographical area of operations. The only easily identifiable is the marking specific to a MiG-3 that participated at the Battle for Moscow. The Instruction sheet offers 8 pages of minute description of every step of assembling the MiG-3. One minus though, the painting indications are not very accurate.
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 inconveniences. 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. Disadvantages: lack of clear instruction for painting and markings.