The MiG-3 was the first MiG in Romanian colors. It was 1942. The end of the war was far and the defeat of the Axis forces even further. Nobody was thinking about MiG’s … Although at that time no one knew it, it would be the first in a long line of planes produced by the MiG design bureau that will fly under the colors of the Romanian Air Force. It is certain that the MiG-3 entered Romanian service somewhat accidentally, when in 1942 a Soviet pilot with Ukrainian origins deserted and landed on Melitopol (Ukraine) airfield. The Germans immediately insisted to take the MiG-3 for flight assessments. The Romanian Air Force stepped up and sent the MiG-3 to Brasov, piloted by Captain Aviator Constantin “Bazu” Cantacuzino. There, at the aircraft factory – IAR Brasov, it was damaged, repaired, repainted, flown and evaluated. Today no one seems to know very clearly what happened to the MiG-3. There would be two variants: either it was destroyed during the USAF bombing of the Brasov plane factory, or it was recovered by the Russians at the end of the war. Because the Russians, when they won a war, they would take back the technique “borrowed” indefinitely by those who were in conflict, in this case Romania. The only ones who escaped this treatment were the Finns. But with them is a different story.
MiG-3 – the kit
The MiG-3 model is produced by Trumpeter in 1:48 scale. It has a reasonable number of parts, so it does not turn into a nightmare for modelers. The parts fit together well enough, but the work itself requires a little patience and some putty. There are some problems with joining the wings with the fuselage where puttying is needed. Otherwise, nothing serious and also it’s a well detailed MiG-3 model. For painting I used Revell enamel colors applied with an airbrush. They are not necessarily the best colors available on the market, but they are definitely the easiest to find in Romania. The decals I used are those produced by Avalon for the Romanian MiG-3, 1:48 scale. Avalon decals are qualitative and fit well on the model. In the end I thing it is a good looking MiG-3 in 1:48 scale.