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  1. Hot on the heels of my 1/24 Stuka and 1/24 Hurricane, here is the old Airfix 1/24 Bf109E. As with the other two builds this is another one that is being made forty years after the last one I built! Forty years hasn't been too kind to my peepers and fingers but at least the larger scale is much more fun (and less frustrating) than the smaller scales! It was built for the ATF 2017 Messerschmitts Group Build. National markings, swastikas, fuselage markings and "Ace of Spades" were painted using Montex Super Mask Airfix Bf 109 E-3(K2403). Aftermarket items used were Airscale 1/24 Messerschmitt Bf109E Instrument Panel (AS24 MEA), Eduard 1/24 WWII Luftwaffe Seatbelts (23003), Master 1/24 German 7.92mm MG 17 Barrels x 2 (AM-24-002), Aber 1/24 German 20mm Oerlikon MG FF Barrels x 2 (A24 004). I've got the Airfix 1/24 Spitfire Vb, Typhoon and Mosquito in my stash to do but I need to find room to fit them in first before I start on them! Dave
  2. This is the Airfix new tool 109E-4 in 72nd scale. Exhaust are a resin product from Quickboost, along with machined brass guns from Master. No swastikas were provided on the decal sheet, so only stencils and wing crosses were used. Remainder of the markings were from other sources, plus some home made decals for the JG 26 emblem (gothic 'S' on white shield). regards, Jack
  3. So.. just finished Polikarpov I-152 (I-15bis) http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234992236-polikarpov-i-152-148-special-hobby/ And I decided to start a new project. At this time in the contest "Out of the box" on the site http://scalemodels.ru/modules/forum/viewforum_f_191.html Messerschmitt Bf-109E Airfix on a scale of 1/48. It will be modification Bf- 109E1 of the Legion "Condor" during the Spanish company.
  4. Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7/Trop 1:72 Airfix The Messerschmitt BF 109 was one of the best known and most widely used combat aircraft employed by the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. Over 30,000 examples were produced between 1937 and 1945 and the type saw active service everywhere that German armed forces were fighting. Initially powered by the relatively low output Junkers Jumo engine, later variants used the more powerful Daimler Benz DB600 series of inverted V-12 engines and were able to achieve speeds of up to 400mph. In comparison with the early A, B, C and D variants, the E, or Emil, was a significant redesign. It featured the more powerful Daimler Benz engine and better armament consisting of two wing-mounted MG/FF/M 20mm cannon and two MG17 7.9mm machine guns mounted in the cowling above the nose. The E-4 also featured improved armour for the pilot, and improved cockpit canopy which afforded the pilot a better view and was also easier to produce. The E-7 was the first production variant to be factory fitted with provision for a drop tank, thus enhancing the range of an aircraft that was originally conceived as a short-range interceptor and allowing it to be used as a long range fighter or fighter-bomber. Airfix released a new tool Bf 109E-4 last year, so its no surprise thay they have followed it up with a tropicalised E-7. The new kit contains the same two sprues of grey plastic as the standard E-4 and gains an extra sprue which holds the parts necessary for the conversion. It also contains a larger decal sheet than the previous release, containing markings for two options rather than just one. For these reasons it jumps up a step to Airfixs Series 2 range. Out of the box the kit looks nicely moulded. Detail is clean and crisp and the panel lines are, in my opinion at least, crisp and fine. My only criticism is that they tend to fade out around the extreme top and bottom of the fuselage, which means some rescribing may be needed. The plastic has a smooth, glossy sheen to it too, which contrasts with the textured finish of earlier Hornby-era kits. There are a couple of faint sink marks on the outside of the fuselage just below the cockpit opening, but these should be easy to deal with. There are a few ejector pin marks here and there too, but the only ones that will need to be filled are those on the cockpit tub. The soft detail that plagued the wing-to-fuselage join of the E-4 has been fixed too, which is good news. The cockpit is well detailed without being overly complex. It is made up of a tub (which includes the front and rear bulkheads but not the sidewalls), an instrument panel, gunsight, control column, rudder pedals and seat. The seat harnesses are moulded in place and there is also some nice raised detail on the insides of the fuselage halves. The instrument panel does not feature any raised detail, but a decal is provided instead. Unlike the previous kit, the decal does not look oversized another plus point for this version! The top half of the inverted Daimler Benz engine is moulded in place and is just about nice enough to merit leaving the cowling off, although you will need to add some extra details such as the machine gun barrels. The chin mounted oil cooler intake is moulded in two parts, which allows for a more realistic finish. The tropical air filter is included on the extra sprue. The wings follow the usual format for a model of this type, with a single span lower wing and separate port and starboard upper wings. As mentioned above, the soft starboard wing root detail has been fixed for this edition. Landing flaps are moulded separately and can be posed in either dropped or raised position. The horizontals stabilisers are moulded as solid parts, but the rudder is moulded separately to the vertical stabiliser and can be posed in the deflected position if desired. In the usual Airfix style there are different parts provided for you to pose your model with landing gear up or down. The landing gear legs are delicate but nicely detailed. The wheel wells feature some basic structural details and the wheels themselves have subtle flat spots moulded in. The canopy is thin, clear and moulded in three parts so it can be finished in the open position. This is an improvement over other kits in Airfixs lower ranges which have been designed with one-piece canopies. A drop tank and a bomb are provided on the additional sprue, along with the appropriate fixtures for the lower fuselage and a choice of two replacement spinner hubs. Two decal options are provded: Bf 109E-7/Trop flown by Fw. Franz Elles, 8./Jagdgeschwader 27, Western Desert, April 1941. This aircraft is finished in RLM 79 and 80 with RLM 78 lower surfaces; and Bf 109E-7 flown by Stoyan Stoyanov of 3 Orliak, Royal Bulgarian Air Force, Karlovo 1942. This aircraft is finished in RLM 71 over RLM 65 with a distinctive yellow flash running from nose to tail. The tapering part of the flash is provided on the decal sheet, meaning you have to paint the nose part yourself. I would strongly recommend painting the whole thing in order to avoid the problem of having to match paint to decal. The decal sheet itself is printed by Cartograf and features a full range of stencils, but no hakenkreuz. Conclusion It looks like this kit should be straightforward to build and will result in a pleasing, well-detailed model. In other words: classic Airfix. There are a couple of minor things to watch out for such as the ejector pin marks in the cockpit, but most of the glitches from the E-4 have been fixed. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Eduard Bf109E-1 Weekend Edition 1:48

    Eduard Bf109E-1 Weekend Edition 1:48 Eduard We’ve reviewed several of Eduards Bf109E’s here on Britmodeller so the base kit is probably one that you’ve become familiar with if not in person, then in internet review sections at least. I reviewed the E-4 Profipack last September which was my first introduction to the series and I was mightily impressed. In the constant fight for the skies, the 109 went through many evolutionary improvements, the E series or more affectionately known Emil being designed based on the lessons learned fighting for the Condor Legion in the Spanish civil war. Infact a few saw service in that era although towards the final stages. The Emil received a much more powerful power plant in the shape of a Daimler Benz DB601 giving nearly 40% more power than its predecessor in the earlier models. The first models were the E-1 and E-3, the only difference between them being that the E-1 had Mg-17 machine guns in the wings, the E-3 having 20mm Mg FF cannon. The E-1/3 were the main fighter aircraft operated by the Luftwaffe until shortly before the Battle of Britain when the E-4 began to replace them. Settling on canon in the wings, a number of other improvements resulted such as improved cockpit armour and a more ‘squared off’ canopy. The kit Again, because we’ve done several reviews on the 109E series produced by Eduard, one can have a tendency to skip information out, however I’m sure not everyone has come across the kits and that’s the way I must approach the review. Eduard have developed a pattern of providing two formats of their kits. The first is the Profipack version which normally includes an extensive decal sheet, usually with 4 or 5 options, an etch fret and paint masks. The second is the budget series known as the Weekend editions. You still get the same great plastic kit, but usually a single option decal sheet and no etch or masks. That is what we have here. My first observation is the fact that rather than the normal beige plastic, the four sprues of this kit are moulded in a medium grey colour which is great for taking review pictures !!! Obviously, you get a different set of instructions because there’s no etch to consider. Whilst the Profipack ones are printed in colour on gloss paper, the Weekend edition instructions come on standard paper in black and white. Construction starts with the cockpit. Now whilst the kit lacks the etch of its Profipack brother, the injection moulded detail in the cockpit is not something to be sniffed at. Finesse of the detail is superb with plenty of small details to keep you out of mischief. Trying to produce trim wheels that look scale accurate in 1/72 in injection moulded plastic is difficult, but Eduard have done as a good a job as we’re likely to see. The front panel is a little less traditional in that it’s produced in two parts, upper and lower. The lower part fits to the cockpit tub, bit the upper part fits to the nose section behind the engine and the two sub assemblies come together afterwards. The seat looks a little plain in comparison with the rest of the kit in general and lacks seatbelts, so unless you have an etch kit to use in your collection, making some from your scratch build materials is necessary if having a bare seat concerns you. The engine is another source of finesse, however it also presents a challenge which I’ll pick up later. There’s considerable detail within the engine and nose gun arrangement that allow you to leave the cowlings off to reveal it all. With the assembly built, it fits between the fuselage halves in the usual manner along with the cockpit tub. The Mg-17’s are beautifully moulded and with the right painting skills will look quite exquisite sat above that chunk of Db601. The exhausts are individually formed again showing off what Eduard have managed to do with their moulding process. The ends of the exhausts are slightly and cleverly hollowed and there’s weld lines along each one, so don’t assume this is flash and sand it off ! Now if you choose to have the cowlings closed, you still need to use the engine block as the exhausts are fitted to it. This is where the challenge comes in. You need to fit the engine / exhaust assembly before fitting the cowlings, but that then makes painting a bit of a challenge. The fit of the exhausts in the cowling opening is very snug, so there’s very little room to mask the exhausts if you paint them before fitting. I’d be interested to hear how people have dealt with this challenge as to the best way of dealing with it. I suspect fitting the individual parts through the opening after painting will be too fiddly. With the fuselage zipped up, next is the wings. As with the fuselage, the detail on the wing surfaces is simply stunning. Very restrained panel lines are supplemented by ultra-fine rivets, quite literally leading the market in this respect. A great feature of the kit is all separate surfaces, flaps, ailerons, rudder and elevators are all individual and nicely moulded. The fabric surfaces have a nice sag effect, however I appreciate that this produces mixed opinions. If it bother you, a few extra layers of primer or similar with a light sand afterwards should tame it down somewhat. With the flying surfaces attached, attention turns to the smaller bits. The wheels have separate hubs that fit from either site of the tyre in two halves. The detail in these is excellent and give the option to pre-paint the parts before fitting eliminating the usual hassle of getting a neat demarcation line around the tyres. The canopy has a rear armoured glass panel that care will be needed to fit without getting glue marks on your canopy. Some reserved dabs of PVA might be the best option. The clarity of the transparencies is superb, very little distortion. For some reaon, three of the clear parts had detached from the sprue upon inspection of the kit. Construction finishes with the fitting of balance tabs , prop and mast. The decals I have to say, this is my only real disappointment with the kit. Having been spoilt with the Profipack a few months ago, I appreciate that it’s good business practice to differentiate them with the Weekend editions, but none of the stencils are included in the Weekend edition (unless mine are missing). You get one decal option as listed below which I can understand, but as the artwork on the box clearly shows the stencils on the aircraft, it’s disappointing that they are omitted from the kit. The decal sheet provided whist very simple, do look to be of good quality, rich print and very sharp. The markings are provided to represent Bf109E-1 6./JG 52 based at Husum, Germany in 1940. Paint scheme is the infamous yellow nose / rudder of the period with usual RLM 70/71 upper and RLM 65 lower mottled along the sides. Conclusion This is a great kit in most respects. The detail and quality is superb for the very reasonable retail price that the weekend editions sell for. The profipack does spoil you with the etch and very useful paint masks, so if you are looking to get an Eduard 109 kit, you should weight up the pro’s and con’s of each before making your decision. Whist the decal sheet is somewhat disappointing, I cannot commend highly enough on the quality of the plastic, I couldn’t find any flash and you really have to look hard to find anything that resembles a sink mark. Built up kits indicate that the lines are pretty accurate with no major issues. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Bf.109E Cockpit & Radio Compartment 1:48 Eduard Brassin The new Eduard 109 is (for me) the definitive 109 in 1:48, so I won't witter on about how good it is too much. It raises the level of detail to new levels for an injection moulded kit, but as always you can improve on the detail with some carefully moulded resin parts. The set arrives in Eduard's standard box for the larger Brassin sets, and once you've pulled out all the foam blocks and that usual bright-blue pan scourer (why?), you're presented with four bags of parts. Three of them contain finely crafted resin parts in two shades of grey, while the final bag contains two small (5cm x 3.6cm) Photo-Etch (PE) frets, one of which is pre-painted. The instruction booklet is a little more involved than the usual sets, due to the number of parts and relatively complex build process of this one. As usual with Eduard's resin, the casting blocks are sensibly placed and minimalistic, with the exception of the main cockpit tub, radio boxes and the front bulkhead. You will need a razor saw to liberate these chunks from their parts. Construction starts with the pre-painted seatbelts being built up and added to the superbly fine pilot's seat. This is then installed in the cockpit tub, and a pair of braces added in PE to each side. The control column is resin, while the perforated rudder pedals are supplied as PE parts with foot straps to fold into place. The cockpit sidewalls are thin resin sheets, curved to the shape of the fuselage, with ribbing and instrument detail moulded in. The O2 bottle, shroud and regulator are cast in one piece, but don't think that this means less detail. The part is very fine, and looks superb as it is, with only a short curved length of hose added to finish it off. The front bulkhead slots into the front of the cockpit floor, enclosing the area nicely, and the bottom section of the instrument panel is made up from two laminated PE parts, extra levers & switches, attached to a resin backing piece. The radio bay is next, and this is mostly complete, in a C-shaped 3cm section of the fuselage, complete with ribbing and wiring detail. To this is added the radio gear, on the floor of the fuselage, as well as suspended by a pair of mounts in the top and bottom of the fuselage. You will of course need to remove the radio bay access panel from the fuselage, and Eduard have sensibly provided a replacement made from two PE parts - the outer skin, and strengthening framework. The two sections are then installed in the kit fuselage, after the moulded in cockpit sidewalls have been scraped away to accommodate the resin replacements. Two different upper instrument panel sections are supplied for an open or closed nose, with the open nosed option having the choice of exposed instrument backs, or a cover protecting them from the rigors of being so close to the nose armament. The closed nose part is simply a flat backing piece, and all options receive the two-part laminated panel, and the kit gun-sight to finish them off. PE details are also included for the canopy, to replace the head-armour, adding some fine support brackets and resin head cushion, finishing off with a cockpit opening lever on the port side. Colour call-outs are given throughout in Gunze codes in acrylic or enamel, which are in turn converted to simple colour names and RLM numbers where appropriate. Conclusion This set is perfect for the super-detailer or the diorama builder, as it takes the cockpit to the highest level of detail, and adds detail in the fuselage that would normally be unseen in most models. The small door in the side of the fuselage to access the radio gear will lead to a rarely glimpsed area of the 109, and I only hope it lets in enough light to do it justice. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of