MiG-3 Early Version
Trumpeter, 1/48 scale
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||Trumpeter 02830 - Soviet MiG-3 Early
|Contents and Media:
||74 parts in grey coloured plastic;
6 parts in clear; markings for
||Around USD$24.95, available
from specialist hobby
||High quality injection plastic
mouldings including very finely recessed panel lines and subtle rivet lines;
nicely detailed; separate ailerons and flaps; optional rockets; high quality clear
parts; simple parts breakdown; very good decals.
||Underdone detailed instrument panel
and seat pan.
Reviewed by Brett Green
Trumpeter's 1/48 scale MiG-3 is available online from Squadron.com
When I received an email early last week to say that Trumpeter's new
MiG-3 early version was on its way for review, I assumed that this was a
warmed over re-release of the 1/32 scale kit from several years ago.
I was wrong.
Trumpeter has delivered an all-new early version MiG-3 in 1/48 scale.
Trumpeter's 1/48 scale MiG-3 early version comprises 74 parts in
light grey coloured plastic; 6 parts in clear; and markings for three
the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The plastic parts are produced to a very high standard.
The plastic is shiny and smooth. The surfaces of this
largely wooden aircraft are faithfully reproduced - large areas of
smooth skin supplemented where appropriate with crisp, consistent and finely
recessed panel lines, vents and fasteners. Selected rows of rivet lines are also moulded to the metallic areas.
These are very subtle on the wings and the fuselage - shallow yet crispy
moulded. The rivets on the gear doors are deeper though, and might
benefit from a coat of Mr Surfacer to bring them into line with the rest
of the kit. Fabric texture on the elevators is quite pronounced, but
will easily be tamed with some light sanding. To my eye, the texture of
the elevators looks good straight from the box.
There are no sink marks or other imperfections in visible
locations on any of the parts, even traditionally problematic areas such
as the gear doors. This unavoidable problem is bypassed inside the
fuselage by providing separate cockpit sidewalls.
The cockpit walls, floor and seat back are nicely done
and should look great after careful painting. The instrument panel is
unconvincing though, and the seat pan is too shallow with overly thick
edges. These issues may be ignored or a number of solutions might be
adopted, including using Cutting Edge's gorgeous resin cockpit (item
number CEC48195 designed
for the ICM kit), or adding an Eduard "Zoom" instrument panel and a Good
Stuff replacement seat.
The undercarriage doors, gear legs and wheels are all
very well detailed.
Rockets are included as an option. The rocket rack
mounting holes in the lower wings are open. As a result you will need to
fill these if you are not planning to install the ordnance.
This is a long-run injection moulded kit, so full
locating holes and pins are present to assist alignment. Kit engineering
is thoughtful and, with less than 80 parts, should result in a fast,
painless build. I liked the approach to the wing root intakes, which are
supplied as separate parts permitting authentically deep ducting without
interior join seams.
The flaps and ailerons are provided as
separate parts which may be posed according to the modeller's
The clear parts are thin and
free of distortion. The windscreen and sliding section are separate, so
the canopy may easily be displayed open. A small section of the upper
cowl is moulded to the lip of the windscreen, making it easier to obtain
a clean join in this area. Navigation lights are
included as small clear parts too.
Markings for three aircraft are provided on a
glossy decal sheet marked, somewhat enigmatically, as options A and B.
Two summer schemes plus one winter whitewash finish are included.
The decals are
nicely in register and the colours appear vibrant and opaque (the
distortion of the colour in the image above is not on the sheet, but due
to image compression).
I had not heard anything about Trumpeter's 1/48 scale MiG-3 Early
Version before it landed on my doorstep earlier in the week, but word of
this well kept secret deserves to be spread.
Trumpeter's 1/48 scale MiG-3 is a nicely detailed kit that will suit even beginner modellers, yet should deliver an impressive
and attractive result straight from the box.
With a small amount of extra work in the cockpit, it will also be
easy to kick this kit up a notch.
Wholesalers for the sample
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