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  1. I`ve built this in parallel to my Tamiya based 1940 Romanian 109E-3. It represents the Yugoslav L-31 as it appared at the time of the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia. The RLM 70 - RLM 65 scheme with minimalistic markings may seem dull to some, but I find it beautiful. On the other hand, I think the lighting conditions have not been ideal for this photoshoot of a dark camo aircraft. A few years ago I`ve written a review for the book beneath the model, here on britmodeller: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235036842-messerschmitt-bf-109-the-yugoslav-story-volume-i-book-review/ It`s an awesome title and - I think - THE reference on the Yugoslav Emils of the April 1941 war. And three more shots when the sun came out of the clouds: I`ve used the ICM kit (72131) which is very similar to the Tamiya. It fixes some (not all) of the Tamiys issues, such as the width of the fussalge rings (not my photo): http://www.cartula.ro/forum/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_rel_module=post&attach_id=148777 but also introduces several of its own. All in all, the details are less crisp and it requires more man hours. I`ve made two so far and I think I`ve learned to live with the short fusselage of the Tamiya which is a joy to asssemble. I`ve replaced the undersized tailwheel with an aftermarket from Quickboost (QB 72 324) and I`ve added PE seatbelts from Eduard (SS 582). The Yugoslav Emils used the Oerlikon FF cannon and this looked noticeably different from the Ikaria made MG-FF/M that is present in the box. The solution was to replace them with the brass ones from Master (AM-72-017). They represent Japanese Type 99 20mm Mark 2 cannons, but look about the same. I took the MG 17 barrels from a FW 190 Master set (AM-72-013). I`ve also used the canopy masks from Montex (SM 72072) which worked well on the early, rounded E3 canopy. The decals are from the Lift Here! 708-LH “Emils” sheet. They are very thin, the colours are opaque, they conform beautifully to the model`s sourface and seem to react nicely to Micro Set and Sol. On the other hand, there is only one spot where you should place them and that is the correct one. They aren`t fragile and you could work with them, but they conform imediately and it`s a whole trouble to move the large ones around. Lift Here! instructions recommend using standard German stencils. There actually is a sheet from HM Decals (HMD72136) that contains Yugoslav 109E-3 stencils, but they seemed somewhat oversized and bolded to me so I`ve used the standard ones from Techmod (72055), apart from their nicht betreten lines which are a nightmare to keep intact. I`ve replaced these with some taken from a Matho Models decal sheet (80005 - Decal Solid Lines black) which are a pleasure to work with. All artwork I`ve seen shows these lines to be red, but on the L-61 wreck they are black. The consensus among Serb modellers, decal makers and book and magazine authors seems to be that the upperside of the Yugoslav Emils was painted in RLM 70. I`m not sure on what this belief is ultimately based because when you ask this question they start quoting each other. There are photos with the wreck of L-61 which the Germans never delivered to Yugoslavia and the green seems more like a RLM 71: https://www.jagdgeschwader4.de/index.php/flugwerft-hauptraum/jaeger/messerschmitt-bf-109/e-3a-l-61 The other standard is that the air intake cover was natural metal. The only colour photo (possibly colorized, though) of Yugoslav Emils, published in the book that my model seats on, shows these to be blue. I mentioned this on the forums here a few years ago and a whole discussion resulted from this: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235037073-bf-109e-blue-air-intake-cover/&tab=comments#comment-3014882 Anyway, I chose to follow the conventional wisdom and went for RLM 70 uppersides, RLM 65 undesides and natural metal air intake cover. The Paints used are mainly Lifecolor: RLM-65 - LifeColor UA 503 RLM-70 - LifeColor UA 501 RLM-02 - LifeColor UA 071 RLM-66 - LifeColor UA 133 Here it is together with its Tamiya, Romanian cousin:
  2. Excellent model! Could you please tell me what paints you`ve used for the ochre and the green nose cone?
  3. I`ve started this build three years ago and it`s finally done! The model represents the no.1 Bf 109 E-3 in Romanian service, as it appeared during the second half of 1940. I had long wanted a Romanian Emil in national/neutrality markings, but the earliest photos I could find were from the early 1941, when their cowling was already painted yellow to conform to the Axis identification markings. Then this beautiful photo appeared in a German language book who`s authors thought they were looking at a French captured Messerschmitt: http://www.cartula.ro/forum/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_rel_module=post&attach_id=142957 It actually shows the Romanian Emil yellow 1 next to the Hurricane yellow 1. Romania bought 50 Bf 109 E-3 in December 1939, but only one was flown in at the date of the contract signing. The Germans repeatedly delayed the delivery of the rest. Ten more aircraft arrived in crates during May-June 1940 and were assembled during the next two months. The rest were delivered until february 1941, but after Romania got dragged into the Axis sphere. That first batch of 11 aircraft was formed into the 57 squadron and together with the 53 squadron equipped with Romania`s 12 Hurricanes Mk.I it formed the newly constituted 7th Fighter Group. The no.1 aircraft, flown by the 57 squadron commander, Dumitru Popescu, was destroyed on 4 December 1940 in a tragic accident in which the pilot lost his life. During formation training it collided with a German 109 and the canopy failed to jettison properly. Popescu was an aerobatic champion and one the most appreciated military pilots. The subsequent enquiry found that both the squadrons` pilots and ground crew were unaware at that time that the canopy jettison lever was fited with a safety device. I started the model based on the photo and became aware of its history only after buying the book on top of which its seats, which I have thought to review here, on britmodeller: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235093077-messerschmitt-bf-109-e-3e-4e-7-vol4-of-the-illustrated-history-of-romanian-aeronautics/ Unfortunately, the photo on which I`ve based the model does not show the right wing. Many (but not all) of the Romanian aircraft of that time had the national markings placed assymetrically (Poland also did this) and unlike the Hurricanes, there doesn`t seem to be any rule for the assymetry on the 109 wings. I`ve painted the left wing stripe and cocard as they apear in the photo and I`ve extrapolated from a photo of no.24 for the right wing: https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/Bf-109E/FARR/pages/Messerschmitt-Bf-109E3-FARR-7-Grupul-Yellow-24-1941-01.html I`ve used the Tamiya kit (60750) with the correction tailwheel from Quickboost (QB 72 324) as the one from the kit is apparently undersized (left-Tamiya, right QB): http://www.cartula.ro/forum/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_rel_module=post&attach_id=148815 The Romanian 109 E-3 used the Oerlikon MG-FF wing cannons and the Tamiya kit (as well as all the other ones in this scale that I am aware of) only includes the Ikaria MG-FF/M. The Oerlikon FF cannon was also standard on the Yugoslav Emils and you can see it clearly on this Swiss plane:http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-f5CrYmAZft0/TnJVnW9ZOlI/AAAAAAAAAYo/XJjfpxHpaI0/s1600/bf-109+3+copy.jpg The solution was to use the Japanese Type 99 20mm Mark 2 cannon barrels made by Master (AM-72-017). They`re pretty much the same. For the sake of consistency, I`ve removed the kit`s cowling mounted MG 17 and replaced them with the brass ones from the dedicated 109 set from Master (AM-72-009). I`ve also added Eduard`s PE seatbelts (SS 582). The roundels (with the large blue dot) come from a RB Production decal sheet (RB-D72014). They`re not thin and they proved pretty resistent to Micro Sol. I took the 1 number from another one of their decals (RB-D72013). The stencils are from Techmod (72055). They seem very much to scale (as opposed to the large and bolded ones that you generally find in 109 kits) and are also thin, but they also stick to the model immediately and are very fragile. I had to paint over some of them and start over. Their nicht betreten lines on the wings in particular have been a nightmare to place and I just gave up. Perhaps using Decal Film might help, but otherwise I think it`s impossible to place them correctly without breaking them in many pieces. My solution was to buy a decal sheet from Matho Models (80005 - Decal Solid Lines black) that contains nothing but black lines of various thickness and cut those to size. It says Printed by BEGEMOT on their sheet and the decals are awesome! They are both thin and very resistent. With enough Decal Set/Water, you can move them for ever until you are happy and then they conform beautifully. By the way, I chose to have the wing lines black and not red as is popular with model makers because that`s how they appear on the Swiss J-355 (supposedly correctly restored) and the wreck of the Yugoslav L-61, both of which are export E-3s from about the same period. I`ve pieced together the Me 109 E stencil on the vertical stabilizer (barely visible on the original photograph and in my photos) from Kora`s Yugoslav 109 decal sheet (KORDEC7234). The painting was done by brush, mainly with LifeColor paints: underside - RLM-65 - UA 503 upperside - RLM-71 - UA 502 propeller - RLM-70 - UA 501 interior, wheels bay and main landing gear - RLM-02 - UA 071 control panel - RLM-66 - UA 133 The yellow for the stripes, tricolor and propeller cone is the LifeColor UA 042. It was recommended by some of the RB Productions instructions as a good match for the accompanying decals, but it doesn`t seem identical to me. It was also hard to brush and after so many layers I lost some details. I am aware that my build has several issues, most of which are unforced errors. Hopefully I`ll do better next time.
  4. Thank you very much! So basically it doesn`t seat on the arch behind the windscreen, but is attached, together with a head bumper to a frame connected on either side of the canopy and on the instrument panel bellow? If so, it`s annoyingly complicated for 1/72. :D
  5. There are actually many nuances when it comes to the Romanian Michael (the king`s name - cross is formed from 4 letters M joined together) cross. What I meant about the crosses here is that the ones on the Hurricanes were this complex type with many corners (the circle in the middle seats on a square): https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-iVtJt2697hU/VZuVJO-1qGI/AAAAAAAACgo/vWw4_7_udk4/s576/Hurrimichi.jpg (this photo also appears to show that the Mickey emblem is the same colours as the cross - red-yellow-blue) They are generally the exception (used mainly on Hurricanes and some Bf 109G). While no.14 has a simpler type, as seen on most other Romanian aircraft. You can see this on the RB decal sheet: https://www.ultracast.ca/RB-Productions-RB-D48022-Romanian-Hurricane-Mk-1-p/rb_d48022.htm Upper row-complex type Lower row-simpler type as is present on no.14. You don`t really have it on your sheets, unfortunatelly. It`s for you to decide if this is a big deal or not. There`s also the option of doing no.13 which I don`t think anyone knows what it really looked like.
  6. Does anyone know of a photo or a drawing that shows what the ring gunsight was attached to in the cockpit of the early Hurricanes? I`m having problems knowing where to put it.
  7. The camouflage from no.14 as it appears on the RB Productions decal is probably a locally applied style. It is also present on some IAR-38/39 aircraft. The paints are probably those used on Romanian produced aircraft of that time (on IAR-80, JIS 79B etc.): Dark Earth and Dark Green uppersides with RAAF Sky Blue underside. The later is a harder colour to get. LifeColor has it in its range (UA515). For Hataka it is A293, but I haven`t tried it. The RB Productions instructions would have you paint the upper wings and horizontal stabilizers entirely Dark Green. My impression is that in the only known photo of this aircraft, the camouflage is present on the wings and stabilizers too. You can see a model of this machine here: http://www.cartula.ro/forum/topic/13626-hurricane-uri-mk1-romanesti-la-72/page__view__findpost__p__203707 The photo is present in this book: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235031176-hawker-hurricane-voli-of-the-illustrated-history-of-romanian-aeronautics/ There might be a copy of it available online, but I can`t find it momentarily. The problem with it for you is that the crosses used on this machine are not the complicated type present on the other Romanian Hurricanes and the ones on the fusselage are smaller than the ones on the wings. They are present on the RB decal sheet, of course, but otherwise it might be more complicated to piece something together. There are very few photos with the three ex Yugoslav machines in Romanian service. I haven`t seen one of no.13 up to now. The profiles of no.15 are probably based on this photo: https://i.imgur.com/DlIZRB5.jpg which I belive is the ex Yugoslav 2347. That shows the plane while still in occupied Yugoslavia and without a number. I haven`t seen a photo of it with crosses so far. By the way, great project and congratulations for the Australian Hurricane! I`ve just seen it in the RfI section.
  8. Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3/E-4/E-7 (vol.4 of the Illustrated History of Romanian Aeronautics) by Horia Stoica and Vasile Radu I`d like to point out - to those that haven`t found it yet - the publication of another title in the Illustrated History of Romanian Aeronautics series, this time dedicated to the Messerschmitt Bf 109 E in Romanian service. Much like the Hurricane title that I have reviewed here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235031176-hawker-hurricane-voli-of-the-illustrated-history-of-romanian-aeronautics/ this volume is also largelly an album, but with more text devoted to the subject and, this time, accompanied by several colour profiles. The book is bilingual (in Romanian and English). Romania bought its first Messerschmitt Bf 109E at the end of 1939 and the various versions (E-3, E-4 and E-7) served from 1940 until the end of the war. In total, there were 69 machines so, unlike the Hurricane volume which was structured around each individual aircraft (of which there were only 15), this title has its chapters arranged chronologically (Before June 1941; June 1941 - September 1944; After August 1944), followed by chapters dedicated to the pilots and their personal emblems and one of various details (guns, gunsight, control sticks and several shots from repair shops). Towards the end of the book there are 3 tables (one listing the Romanian ranks and corresponding English equivalents, another of all aircraft numbers and their respective Werk Nr and the third, dedicated to the 6 machines modified into E-4 after August 1943). These are followed by a recollection by Lieutenant Ioan Galea describing a mission from May 1944 against a large formation of American B-17 bombers and their accompanying Lightnings, while flying the BF 109 E-7 no.65. The Romanian text of this section is spread on five and a half pages, but unfortunately, it is not translated. Instead, there is a brief (less than half a page) description of it in English. All in all, there are 160 pages with - by my count - 75 black and white photos showing the aircraft, pilots and technicians, 3 priceless contemporary color photos of the Emil in Romanian service (that stir lively debates on Romanian modelling forums regarding the yellow paint used), 38 colour photos of various documents (the text of these is mostly in Romanian and is not translated, but there is an English caption explaining their contents) and 3 colour photos depicting a contemporaneous drawing of the famous 7th Fighter Group`s Donald Duck emblem, the text on that photo`s back and the original drawing on which the emblem was based. There are also 5 colour profiles plus top and bottom views of a Romanian 109 E by Teodor Liviu Morosanu (you might be familiar with his work from the Romanian Fighter Colors 1941-1945 title published by MMP). In conclusion, this is a very useful book for anyone wanting to model the Bf 109E and get a sense of its service in the Romanian Airforce. The series has a facebook page (noted in my review of the Hurricane title) where you could try to get in touch with one of the authors (Horia Stoica), but I see it`s available from various international sites and scale model shops so there`s no longer a need to give any directions of where it can be acquired from. To be clear, I bought mine a couple of years ago at an airshow and paid full price for it. I should note that, in the meantime, two more titles have appeared in this series, dedicated to the Henschel HS-129 B-2 and the Bloch M.B.210 in Romanian service. I`ll end with a couple exemplificative shots of the Messerschmitt volume:
  9. Is there any aftermarket offering the circular type of Hurricane mirror in the 1/72 scale?
  10. Great photos of an excellent model! Is the mirror scratch built or part of some aftermarket?
  11. Thank you very much! That was quite a helpful analyses. How did you do it? Just observation or did you somehow analysed those swatches with a software or something? Thank you! I know of them, but I am looking for water-based acrylics. Since lifecolor had a long list of paints for that fs I was hoping there might be some hidden solution there.
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