Made in Ukraine

That’s coming together beautifully Mike! Very nice progress!

Yesterday’s progress update on my Mig:
First up, I assembled the main landing gear struts. ICM must have brought in someone from AFV Club, or Bronco, or one of the other Chinese model companies to design this kit, as they sure went intricate. Each strut is four separate parts, including some a pair of tiny side rods. Then you add the wheel well cover door. I’m not quite sure why each strut wasn’t molded as a single piece

Then I painted and installed the radiator on the belly. I couldn’t get a good view in the camera of the added screening, but it is quite visible in real life.

After that I installed the armament. After they had dried a bit I did a test fit of the cowling top, which fit with no problems over the guns. So I’ll paint them up and close it up. They won’t be visible, but I know that they’re in there. Also I cleaned up the prop and did a test fit. Man did they mold everything to fit snug. I could literally use no glue on those parts and they’ll be sitting in place just fine

Lastly I had to get an underside view

I’m on the home stretch for assembly now. Hopefully I can get the basic paint on next week…


Another great job, Jesper, I didn’t mind the blue and your MiG looks stunning, my congrats! :beers:
I like the decent weathering!
Peter :sunglasses:

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I’m taking a seat and follow your build! :sunglasses:

Someone from MiniArt moonlighting there no doubt…

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Thanks for all the comments, guys! Much appreciated :+1:t2::sunglasses:

Carlos, very nice progress. Looking forward to see more.

@SGTJKJ, thanks Jesper. This project is still moving along well enough! :crossed_fingers:t3:

Well here is the latest progress. Not much by the past few updates standards, but…

First up, armament painted. Seems something of a waste of effort since I’m not leaving the cowling open. This kit really should be done in a dio or vignette with the cowl opened and the engine exposed.

Say goodnite to the guns… all closed up now

And how this little Mig looks now.

I have the canopy drying after its’ dip in Future. So tomorrow I can start to get it masked up then installed for painting. Also, due to the intricate method of landing gear installation, I’ll be getting those glued in place before I start painting.


Getting closer. I think I’m going to pose this one with the front door(s) and/or a passenger door open. Just a few more little bits to paint/add and then of course the sub-assemblies. Pale Blue Gray interior, Dark Gray exterior, and the “roof” is Black Gray.



Mike, it looks like you’re nearing the finish line!

Well, the last few days I’ve been able to get in little bits of work in while prepping for yesterdays holiday and a house full of visitors…

First I got the canopy masked and installed. Once again a superb fit of the parts

Then I glued the landing gear in place, since doing it after painting did not look like it would be a wise choice due to its configuration.

and lastly I was able to get it primed, trying out some rattle can True Color dark primer

Since I’m going to be using different light colors on the prop and spinner, I’ll be priming those in light colors to work best there.


Looks Great Carlos.

Thanks Peter. I can hopefully start slinging paint on it this weekend.

I’m calling mine finished.

1/24 Masterbox’s “Tiberious `Ty’ Constellation Hackington III” from “At the Edge of the Universe, Strange Company’s adventures, Episode I.”

Painted, washed, and drybrushed with Vallejo acrylics. Base is a Warhammer plastic disk. Groundwork is AK Interactive, and grass tufts are from Army Painter. Pigments are AK Interactive. Built OOTB.

Fit is generally excellent…details are good…overall, not bad for a 1/24 Sci-Fi plastic figure.


Sharp looking figure Peter! :+1:t3:

So over the past several days I’ve started painting. I used Gunze Aqueos RLM 78 for the undersides. Which turned out ok over the dark primer

Then Gunze Aqueous FA 34102 for the topside base green… which had minimal tonal contrast over the dark gray primer in the lighting of my work area. It really doesn’t show up in the photos

The speckling is there in sunlight to the Mk.I eyeball, but not so visible here. And in the meantime, research turned up that the kit markings for Pokryshkin’s mount, White 5, was an early production Mig-3, while this kit is a late production Mig-3. So a bit more research turned up another Mig-3 that he flew, White 67, which was a late production model. And it was also in a two tone Green & Black scheme, so I used Tamiya Semi Gloss Black, masked with Silly Putty for the hard edge pattern.

Not too much farther to go now…


Cool customer! Nice job, especially the painting, Peter :ok_hand:

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Lower frame has shoes and socks on. Very happy with that little step forward. Driver’s door will be open and rear right passenger door will also be open (driver got out and opened door for the VIP kind of vibe).

Once again the combo-square comes in handy.



Is now a good time to bring up the issue of camber?

Most people do not realise that vehicle wheels are not in neutral camber (perfectly vertical). Vehicle wheels usually have negative camber (tilt toward the vehicle at the top) as this benefits turning. When a vehicle is moving, there is body roll and G-forces that ‘twist’ the tyre and Neutral camber then becomes positive, and this results in less traction and is more difficult to control. The more speed, the more weight, e the less control the driver has. The thinner the tyre (like on old cars) the less grip there is and so the more camber effects the speed.

Here is an image of a camber gauge of the 1940’s:

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Not sure if this fits in. But started out as a MiniArt kit # 35359.


Base kit is made in the Ukraine, so my vote is yes… up to the campaign leader though.

I like that surf wagon! Do you have any build pics?




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