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ICM Mig-3...WiP!!
Posted by DasBeav on Friday, March 13, 2020 4:18 PM

I have pretty much given up on modelling the past year and am still quite tempted to eradicating the stash. But with Covid 19 there are no sports to watch and my gym is no longer an option, so lets give it one more shot. On first glance, it's a small plane with lots of parts and pretty good detail. Reviews say it has a few issues but nothing major.   " alt="" /> " target="">

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, March 13, 2020 6:15 PM

I need to follow this along on this build... have one in my stash... 

 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by DasBeav on Friday, March 13, 2020 8:00 PM

stikpusher

I need to follow this along on this build... have one in my stash... 

 

 

Should be interesting. Alot of parts for a plane that is smaller than a Spit. 122 parts according to the reviews I have read. From what I have seen in the instructions and sprues  seems a little "OverEngineered" for a model kit. 13 parts for the wings alone.(the wing roots are separate parts). I guess I have built to many Monograms. BTW, I got the kit from my Ebay guy and it came with a little resin IP kit. I don't do resin or AM parts and it really isn't a huge improvement over the IP that came with the kit. It's yours if you would like it.

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fox
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Posted by fox on Saturday, March 14, 2020 2:53 PM

Built a Hobby Boss 1/72 Mig-3 a few years back. Great looking plane. Many different pilots and color schemes to pick from. I chose the aircraft of Lidiya Vladimirovna Litvyak. She was the highest scoring Female Air Ace. A great book about her was "The White Rose of Stalingrad". 

 https://photos.app.goo.gl/hJhXwG1KcYoW5JBe7

I'll be following along with your build. 

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by DasBeav on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 2:10 PM

I finished the engine Sunday night and I am happy with it. Not bad detail. Somebody with skills could do alot more with it. Did learn not to watch TV and model while tired. Put the manifolds in upside-down, caught it the next morning. And the start of the CP. Brittle plastic and only broke one piece...I call that a win.

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Posted by DasBeav on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 2:12 PM

 ...and another photo.

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Posted by DasBeav on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 2:21 PM

fox

Built a Hobby Boss 1/72 Mig-3 a few years back. Great looking plane. Many different pilots and color schemes to pick from. I chose the aircraft of Lidiya Vladimirovna Litvyak. She was the highest scoring Female Air Ace. A great book about her was "The White Rose of Stalingrad". 

 https://photos.app.goo.gl/hJhXwG1KcYoW5JBe7

I'll be following along with your build. 

Jim  Captain

 

Great job with the Mig. I hope mine turns out half as nice. Looked her up on Wikipedia. Definitely an interesting story. I will look into the book.

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 7:19 PM

I thought that Lilya flew a Yak-1, not a MiG-3.

Alexander Pokryskin (sp?), one of the top Allied aces, started his scoreboard in a MiG-3, then made most of his kills in a P-39! Two "dogs" of an aircraft according to many.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 7:19 PM

Engine looks great Beav!

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by DasBeav on Friday, March 20, 2020 8:12 PM

The CP is finished. Nothing really stands out about it, WWII Soviet design. Now I wish I would of added some "flourish". It went together pretty easy. I have started working on the fuselage halves and have decided to leave the cowling off. Got to show off the engine and guns. Apparently there will be fit issues with the engine in and cowling glued on. A smart person would glue the cowling on and not put in the engine and other bits and slash off 35 parts off the 122 parts count! And don't get me started on the excessive mold release goo...

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, March 20, 2020 9:56 PM

I know what you mean about the mold release goo... the oldest ICM kits that I bought and built were covered in the gunk... although it does rinse off. Lord knows what it does to the sewer system though, being Russian...

The cockpit looks fine though! 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by DasBeav on Monday, March 23, 2020 11:33 AM

I'm kicking myself for not ABing the engine and CP. I assumed this was just going to be another crappy Russian model I picked up from Ebay for $7. I did a so-so job of handbrushing and slapped it on a little thick. Beside all that, this kit is turning out way better than expected. In the right hands, (not mine) this ICM Mig would look really good. The fuselage glueing I did in stages. Just glued the tail first to get things square because there are no guide pins and halves were not completely straight. Just alittle wonky, but not too bad. Then glued the rest of the back half of the fuselage. Then put in the engine and glued the small front section together. Fit great but, again, I am leaving the cowling off. The CP I just slid in from the bottom. Warning! Not a kit for a first time modeller. Now to the the wing sections which reviews say can be a "Bear". 

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Posted by DasBeav on Monday, March 23, 2020 4:29 PM

Wing issue #1...pretty large gap. I was going to go with a hot water soak, but with a curve already molded into the wing root, I decided against it. I will be going with glue, muscle, and a little patience.

The wings have an interesting feature I have never seen before. The bottom half looks like it has been short shot but really is made to look like it flush. I was going to take a picture, but without the flaps on, it looks like a penis and I didn't want to get in trouble with the Forum Admin. I am on Double Secret probation. 

I also had a small fit issue with the MGs. Probably my fault. Easy fix by just trimming off some of the barrels to fit onto the flash hiders.  " target="">

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Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, March 23, 2020 6:30 PM

That wing root does look tough. You'll have to take some pics as you go so we can see how to handle it.

In the pattern: Lots in my stash. Can't decide if that 1/350 Enterprise I started a few years ago should be next or not...it is last model on my SOD.

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Posted by DasBeav on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:17 AM

With the wings half glued I could do a prefit with the fuselage to see if I did it correctly. The answer is a very unconfident "yes"? I had to put the wing root at an angle to make it as flush as possible. To fix the gap I held the wing and wing root together and put low heat from a blow dryer on it. That closed the gap some. The rest was an old-fashion glue bomb while I held it together for 15 minutes while watching "The Office". It will stay clamped for day. " target="">

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Posted by DasBeav on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 10:09 PM

Well, the glue bombs and clamps worked. The wings turned out pretty good, but still got some sanding to do. They fit the fuselage nicely....until..? While prefitting the front part of the wing root there is a noticeable gap between the two wing root parts. The exacto knife is kind of pointing toward it. It's on both sides of the wing. That will be tomorrows fix. I will use mostly a styrene  patch and some filler. Hopefully, the wing assembly still fits the fuselage.

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Posted by DasBeav on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 11:14 PM

This went from a fun build to a horror fast! I tried heat and muscle to try and close the gap. Made a huge mess of things. After the fact I thought of taking a dremel and getting rid of some plastic to make it more flexible. Does anybody have any thoughts on how to do a fix on the gap...after the fact. MGs kind of got messed up also. May have to lose some engine parts and go with the cowling on. " target="">

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