MiG-3 repaintings and non-standard temperate schemes
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Not standard schemes were due to many types of repainting.

black and dark green bands on early-style solid green base
The use of field made camouflaged started at the war outbreak, usually on the base of the old solid green painting.
In some cases the field camo was very similar to the factory applied one, ie large bands of dark green or black.
Black repaintings on nose could have been executed to easen the engine cooling.
Other aircraft were painted in more fanciful way, forthemost with thin mottling or striping of black on a green base; many photos exist of such arrangement, but they show forthemost the aircraft in too partial way.
 
"zebra" of Lt.Baikov of 34 IAP, Moscow front, 1941
white 40 or 6, unknown unit
white 36, 401 IAP, July 1941
 
 
white 42, 401 IAP, July 1942
  Overposed 14
unknown unit, early 1942
 

black repaintings on standard black/green or dark green/green base; perhaps black was used to improve the green/dark green camo effect, or black was easier to be found than dark green on the field.
Sometimes the engine cowling and wingroots were painted black overall. Sometimes markings were partly oversprayed too.
 
no. 42 of 7 IAP, 
Leningrad front, October 1941
hidden 4, unknown unit
white 5 of 8 IAP VVS Chf, 
Black Sea Fleet 1942.
   
white 64 of 11 IAP
June 1943.
   

temperate bands repainting over an already  white painted aircraft (spring 1942 and later); the schemes were similar but not identical to factory ones; sometimes white paint remains visible.
 
Za Partii Bolshevikov of 122 IAP,
Moscow  front, spring1942
Za Rodinu of 122 IAP,
Moscow  front, spring1942
 red 49 flown by Kriucov, 12 GIAP, 
Vnukovo (Moscow), spring 1942
 
black nose 18
unknown unit, probably 1942
black nose 40
unknown unit, probably 1942

provisional temperate mottling over an already winter painted aircraft (spring 1942). This was observed on some aircraft of 148 IAP during the battle of Kharkov.
 
Za Stalina of maj. Titayev, 148 IAP
Kharkov spring 1942
spotted aircraft, 148 IAP
Kharkov spring 1942
Za Rodinu of capt. Nekrasov, 
148 IAP, Kharkov spring 1942

overall green repainting
 
aircraft at NII VVS exposition, 1943-1946
white 12 of 7 IAP of Black Sea Fleet, 
probably 1943
aircraft for ground crew training,
1945, Volsk Military Aviation School
yellow 5 of unknown unit.

fully out-of-standard schemes
Sometimes the base camo was improved with the application of a lighter paint, that could have been light grey or sand.
Many photos exist, but they show the aircraft forthemost in very partial way.
 
white 54 of 6 IAP, 7 IAD
Uglovoye airfield, Pacific Fleet, August 1943
red 27 of 7 IAP,
Leningrad front, summer 1942
recce 9 of 38 PAE, 
Moscow front, late 1941.

 
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