LaGG-3 1/48, worn winter camo
I've just finished my second model in 1/48th scale.
The building process was full of inconsistency and doubts. I was extremely close to throwing the kit to the trash bin few times - some moments of the build were very frustrating to me as the newcomer in the scale.
I made a conclusion that ICM kits are aimed on the experienced modellers and they are not so suitable for the beginners. However, if you are open to new experience and have a lot of patience, you can definitely build a gorgeous replica from this kit. It's just a matter of time and your skills.
The kit offers a lot of details right out of the box, so I made just a few minor improvements during the build: added seatbelts and some gear leg detailing from the Different Scales (ex-Mars Models) PE set, scratchbuilded hydraulic lines for the main gear legs, a landing light internal part, an aerial and gun barrels. Also I cut off the lower parts of the main gear leg shields corresponding to the prototype.
I tried to reproduce the effect of wearing out the temporary winter white painted over the standard early soviet green/black pattern. Then I added some scratches and weathering and teared the decals a bit to give them heavilly worn look too.
After all, it was a pleasure build (except greatly frustrating fitting of the main parts). And it pumped up my modelling skills, definetely. Many thanks to ICM for so efficent training.:)
For just the second try in the scale I find the result more than acceptable and looking for the new challenges.
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