Updated to November 4, 2005
Differences Between the Early and Late Variants
The MiG-3 existed in 2 main variants: an early one, built from late December
1940 to June 1941, and a later one, built from June 1941 to January 1942.
When one is choosing the example that wants to reproduce, he has to
see if this is an early or a late model, and other individual characteristics,
as the presence of the canopy, of the radio mast, of the slats, of the
rockets, of the gun pods, of the tail wheel doors etc.
The RPM /Maquette/Alpha kit and ICM kit represent the second one. This
section explains how to modify these kits into the early version.
||above: the early version
(obtainable by modifying the kits)
below: the late version
(reproduced by the kits).
“Soviet Fighters of Great Patriotic War: MiG-3, LaGG-3,
V. Voronin and P. Kolesnikov
modified by Alexey
Above: the late version. Below:
the early version.
|To build the early variant, we have to:
modify the long fairings over the gun barrels, on the nose, shortening
them and adding some small bulges and intakes;
engrave two small grilles on the sides of the nose, and some other panels;
delete all the 16 fasteners of the engine cowlings;
modify many panel lines, engraving someones and filling other ones; in
particular, the vertical line behind the exhaust stacks has to be moved
aft of 1,3 mm for an 1/72 kit, and 2 mm for an 1/48 kit;
fill the rectangular gap on the fuselage panels behind the exhaust stacks;
delete the thin triangular plates beside the oil radiator exhausts, on
the engine cowling sides;
rebuild or modify the tail wheel doors, that should have a slot for protruding
the wheel instead than a bulge; the Maquette/RPM kit doors are already
omit to reproduce a small stripe covering the gap between nose and spinner;
omit to reproduce the automatic shutters closing the supercharger air intakes
located at the wingroots;
for the 1/72 kits, delete the coverings of the first couple of exhaust
stacks, reshaping them, or rebuild entirely the exhaust stacks, using the
pieces of a Toko/Eastern Express LaGG-3 kit, cut from their common base
and rejoined in a more appropriate position (the Toko kit has 3 alternative
sets of stacks, so it is not sacrificed);
the 1/48 ICM pipes don't require any modification, but you have to remove
and modify their cowling on the kit nose.
||To reproduce early type wings, we have to:
fill the slat lines;
rebuild the pitot tube on the right wing inlet (and not under the wing);
add a rectangular panel for underwing guns ammo below each wing (this could
be seen on many late type wings too, being deleted on very late built examples).
||The horizontal stabilizators of late type MiG-3 had a wider
chord at the tip. So, converting a late type model into an early one, we
have to file these pieces on their leading edge.
Be careful: because of the mixing of pieces of different aircraft, the late
cowling does not necessarily mean that the wings are without slats.
If possible, look carefully to the photo of the single aircraft to see if these
details are recognizable.
With some more work, the model could be converted into a MiG-1;
series MiG-1 differs from early MiG-3 for having a 100 mm shorter nose, for
a smaller radiator cowling and different undercarriage.