Looks like an awesome build Dave and to me nothing says Battle of Britain quite like a yellow nosed 109 (well from the German side anyway). I'll certainly be watching this one with interest.
Btw, what's the kit like, can you give us a bit of an in-box review?
Sure no problem
Well the kit has three basic sprues, of grey plastic, and one clear which has two full cockpits. the model is a special release, so as well as three Basic 109E builds there is also 5 other builds as well, So there is plenty of spare decals in this kit, so I hope in time to pick up another E and build one of the other Galland options. (I also want to build the 262 kit as well)
The Kit suffers from a little flash here and there, but nothing to serious, however the kit has raises detail (rivets) so this means being careful with the seams and joins. there not very pronouced so it's not going to be to much of a problem, but I'm going to try to sand as little as possable but the fuselage spine is the one which will count.
the wing is one piece bottom moulding and this is where I need to pay the most attention, I missed a lot of marks on my Hayabusa that showed after painting, so this one, and future models will get a lot more prep time and sanding with reducing grades.
If this goes together as well as the Haybusa did i'll be more than happy.http://pic20.picture...3/321651801.jpg
However I get the feel this kit is quite old dispite it's condision, as the price on the box is £12.99 and as we all know any Hasegawa kit is going to be £20 plus now days. Generally the parts look clean and sharp, however I have noted so area already that will need careful attention. The Tailplanes (elevators) have sprue tags on them and the side edges are bevelled yet the tags take them off the edge flat, so there going to need careful blending to put the shape bad on them.
As I said, lots of Decals, lots of instruction, non to clear as yet, but some one posted me some nice plates to view on another site, so this will help with my choice of marking. However I have to do this yellow nosed don't I. Generally it looks a simple build, no major cockpit detail, but there is plenty of after market stuff out there if wanted, however this one will be OOB
as is, due to time factor, and thats what I'm happy doing most. I'm quite sure although this model could be dramatically improved with Etch, I'm hoping it will stand up and out with out them.
In all, I'm really looking forward to building this, and I hope to get time to build a spitfire as well to go along side it.