MiG-3 ICM, 1/48
Model by Bruno Daldosso
The ICM kit is certainly a good kit as it is; only the spinner and the
fabric-covered control surfaces need to be modified.
The spinner is too rounded, so I've temporarily glued its base, installed
it on the mandrel of a drill and passed it on a piece of sandpaper locked
on a tablet of wood. Then I had to rescribe the panel line on the spinner.
I replaced the tail surfaces and ailerons with the beautiful ones of
Griffon, unfortunately the stabilizers are a bit thin and require a careful
I've utilized the internal details set of cutting Edge, that is very
beautiful and fits without any difficulty.
I've replaced the wheels of the kit, too large, with other resin ones;
I've reproduced the mechanisms of the landing gear bay and I added some
short pieces of drilled sprue to represent the gun's thermal sleeves protruding
from the nose. I've added the starter dog too, because this plane was one
of tge few MiG-3s equipped with this device.
The model was painted as white 5 of Black Sea Fleet in 1942. I had
to paint the number by brush.