MiG-1 and MiG-3 pre-war colors and painting
updated on October 16, 2009                                  file name: colors1.html
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All the early series production  MiG-1s and MiG-3s were painted with:


This scheme was common for MiG-1s and early MiG-3s, till the war outbreak.
The metal surfaces (aft fuselage, horizontal tail surfaces, central wing plan) appear lighter and worner than the wooden surfaces (rear fuselage, outer wing panels); this is well visible on nearly all German photos (forthemost representing aircraft captured or wrecked during the first days of war), but not on Soviet photos (few of which represent this scheme, and they show forthemost new aircraft from the factory).
The difference between green shades on wooden and metallic surfaces is very marked in aircrafts abandoned for a long time. It was probably due to different painting techniques on separed sub-assemblies before the final assembly, that led paint on metal parts to fade quickly if exposed to the sunlight.
The green/blue demarcation line was sharp on the nose and metallic parts of the wing and tail, while it was soft on wooden parts; besides, wooden and metallic parts were painted before the final assembling, and this can be understood because demarcation lines are often discontinued on junctions.
This way to paint MiG-3s was abandoned more or less contemporarily to the war outbreak, and to the introduction of late type MiG-3.
 
 

MiG-1 yellow 5, 31 IAP
Kaunas, Lithuania, June 1941

MiG-1 red 6, 31 IAP
Kaunas, Lithuania, June 1941

MiG-1 red 8
possibly 31 IAP, June 1941
 
MiG-1 white 7
June 1941

white 1, 31 IAP, 
Kaunas, Lithuania June 1941

rough 1,
Lithuania June 1941

white 17, unknown unit,
June 1941

3 digit 220,
unknown unit, June 1941

3 digit 564,
unknown unit, June 1941

yellow 3, 31 IAP, 
Kaunas, Lithuania June 1941

azure 8, unknown unit,
June 1941

red 14, 31 IAP, 
Kaunas, Lithuania June 1941

MiG-3 of unknown unit, June 1941

MiG-3 of 401 IAP, July 1941

MiG-3 of 401 IAP, July 1941

MiG-3 of 401 IAP, July 1940

MiG-3 of 401 IAP, July 1940

red 1, lt.Estyen, 5 IAP KBF,
Finland July 1941

MiG-3 that defectioned in Rumania, 
Melitopol, December 1941

MiG-3 n.2115
NII-VVS, January/February 1941

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