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MiG-3 restoration by Aviarestoration (part 2)
Updated on October 25, 2005                                                   file name: rusavia2.html
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Here are a lot of interesting photos at the restoration laboratory of Aviarestoration in Novosibirsk. 

The images are copyright of Boris Osetinsky, via Peter Schömer.

Here we see the work on the wooden structure of rear fuselage. You can see the thick steel structure supporting and centering the pieces while building.

Here is a detail of the main wheel bay.
Many removable panels of the wing undersurface hasn't still mounted on; they give access to fuel tanks and other structures.
On the background, the panels are visible.
The flap is fully down.
Note that the wingroot intakes are still without their lip.
We see the steel tubes structure; the small T  on the tubes are to prevent the cowling panels bending inward.
Note the green fire wall.
We see the tail. Those holes are visible when the elevators are bended down.
The cockpit is still lacking of the instrument panel, radio panel and many other details.
The air cooler fairing shows the frames to sustain an internal flap to deviate the airflow; the waste cartridges expulsion ramp is well visible, on the left side only.
This is the metallic strut of the right elevator. The trim fence (present on the right side only) and the rotation shaft are well visible.
The control surfaces have still to be reveted by fabric.
Here we see the flaps fully down. When actuator mechanism will be installed, they won't arrive to a vertical position.
Part of the wing skinning is still absent.
The water cooler and its fairing are absent too.
This piece of metal still shows the painting of 64 years ago! 
The metallic wingroot lost its painting very quickly due to shoes abrasion, and shiny metallic paths were typical of operative MiG-3s.
This image gives an excellent idea of the tubes structure.
Note the airflow shutter internally to the wingroot supercharger intakes. They opened rotating rearward and upward.
The wooden wing on building. 
The skinning junction lines are filled by putty. 
The flaps structure and the automatic slats are metallic.
The flap is made by two well separate elements.
The AM-38F engine from an Il-2 under tests at Rusavia. 
The propeller was replaced by an air brake. 
The object under the reduction gear should be a pneumatic starter.
The exhaust stacks were jointed to pipes to evacuate the fumes out of the room.
The engine during tests.
One of the pipes is disconnected, showing the flame coming out.
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