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  1. An old Aurora-Heller kit from 1977, I finished this kit in November of 2022. This was still before I was adding any weathering detail to my models, but by this point I had gotten a good handle on using my airbrush, masking off details and generally improving my paint skills. I would probably do the mottling a little different now, but I'm still happy with this kit overall. Painted nearly entirely with AK Real Colors. I usually like to do a quick write-up when I post these on my social accounts, so I will start pasting those here as well (unless that is frowned upon; let me know if so). ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The 109K was the last Messerschmitt Bf-109 series fighter to see large scale production and use during the Second World War. The 109s were one of the main backbones of the Luftwaffe during the war, and one of the most advanced fighters of the time. In typical German fashion, there were variants produced constantly in order to keep up with Allied advancements, and the 109s stayed effective throughout. The 'K' variant was the last operational Bf109, created with the intention of streamlining the long list of previous variants into one. This model is specifically the plane of Erich Hartmann, the most successful fighter ace of all time, with 352 Allied craft being shot down credited to him. Known as The Blonde Knight of Germany, Hartmann was only 18 years old when he joined the Luftwaffe, and was not a member of the Nazi Party. After the war he was convicted of war crimes by a Soviet military tribunal, but was released in 1955, and acquitted of all charges in 1997, three years after his death, by the Russian Federation, who stated he was wrongly convicted. After Hartmann's release, he began training US airmen and flight instructors, but was forced into an early retirement after being outspoken about the F-104 being an unsafe aircraft, at which point he became a civilian flight instructor (the F-104 later went on to suffer from many technical issues resulting in non-combat crashes and over a hundred pilots dying in non-combat missions due to the jet's faults). Erich Hartmann died in 1993.
  2. Hi all, recently finished this Tamiya Bf109E-4- the second build from the Aims JG 54 decal sheet I have. By far the most challenging scheme I've attempted with the sawtooth mottle and Balkan campaign RLM04 markings- I'm glad I gave it a go though as I think this is the best finished product I've done! Painted with Vallejo acrylics, with the yellow being Ammo RLM04. JG 54 Fw190 in the works now, thanks for looking in!
  3. Bf109F-4 of 8./JG 54 - Flown by Max-Hellmuth Ostermann. Kit is a Hobbyboss easy-assembly kit in 1/48, decals by Aims. Thanks for looking in!
  4. So the Go Large or Go Home groupbuild is currently ongoing and I have a 1/32 Bf109K-4 and a 1/24 Fw190D-9 in progress, but I quickly realised I've never built any second world war German aircraft (aside from an Avia S-199) and never actually tried a mottled camouflage scheme. Now I don't fancy my first attempt to be on one of those big kits in case I make a right mess of it so I got myself the 1/48 Hobbyboss easy-assembly Bf109G-6 and Bf109F-4 to practice on first. I've built a few of these hobbyboss easy assembly kits and they always go together in no time, perfect for me since the paintwork is my focus. I have the Vallejo late-war Luftwaffe set already which I know sprays lovely and my dad has about 40 years more experience than me so I'm sure he can give me a few pointers 😅 I'm on a bit of a Luftwaffe kick at the minute too so I'll likely add a few more 1/48 kits to the collection and maybe get them built up in here. Thanks for looking in!
  5. Or, The Bf109 Over Iberia Hi All, inspired by many of our BM friends and prompted by an increasing interest in aviation in the Iberian Peninsula, I though it was time to embark on a themed build. And what better subject than the Messerschmitt Bf109? Receiving its baptism of fire in 1936 over Spain during the civil war, the Bf109 and its Hispano-built offspring formed the mainstay of the Spanish fighter and fighter-bomber fleet until the arrival of American-built jet aircraft in the mid-1950s. However, the Buchón remained in service with the Ejército del Aire in ever-decreasing numbers until its final operational flight in October 1962. My plan is to build a representative collection of Bf109s and HA-1112s: I may or may not ultimately build all the variants. At the moment the only "definites" are the Bf109B-2, the Bf109E-1, the BF109F-4, the HA C4J Tripala and the HA C4K Buchón. I won't be including the Escuadrilla Azul aircraft. This is likely to be a long-drawn-out affair that I dip into occasionally. As such I'll be building only one of these at a time (I've already got too many builds in progress as it is!) and in no particular order. My intention is to edit this first post with links to the introductory post of each build as it begins so its easier to "jump" to a specific build. That's always assuming anyone's interested enough to want to, of course So, without further ado, I would like to introduce my first victim: Messerschmitt Bf109B J/88, Spain Thanks for looking in! Cheers, Mark
  6. From Those decals were so stressful. They're barely adhering to the surfaces. If only I had my micro bottles here. If I had a little more time (we're now prepping for tomorrow's journey home) I'd paint over the exposed glue around the port side air intake, and on the gaps around the very poorly fitting canopy. I can't claim my camouflage painting skills are particularly good (and some of the darker top colour seemed to come off when applying the big decals), but still, I'm pretty pleased with the results bearing in mind how little equipment I had. J
  7. So I got an email from a certain hosting site for images about the impending deletion of my account. I bravely elected to go forth and see if there was anything worth saving. Lo, there was this. My ex-wife ensured this one ceased to exist many years ago, so it only exists as various component parts in my spares box and these images now. I was proud of it though. Its the 1/48 scale Tamiya 109 with Aeromaster decals.
  8. Hello everyone... Ive been wanting to do this for a number of years. I have a few favorite pilots from WW2 and other era's as I'm sure we all do. My favorite Luftwaffe pilot was Josef "Pip's" Priller, not because he was German or serving the Nazi's. However he was a good pilot that seemed to care more about his men, than politics and the General's in Luftwaffe high-command. Much the same reason i admire Gregory Boyington. Recently i was helping a couple of members including @Valkyrie, who were building Prillers D-Day Focke-Wulf. I was inspired to start a thread and ask questions about Priller's Bf-109F's and his Fw Dora. This in turn inspired me to start a long term project. I will be attempting to build every major variant of aircraft that Priller flew from 1939 until 1945. This will include three Bf-109's an E1, E3, E7, two Bf-109F's an F2 & F4, and at least five versions of the Fw-190 starting with an A2 and ending with a D9. I started the build a couple of weeks ago with an 1/72 Airfix Bf-109E4 that i am converting to an E7. The project will cover both 1/72 & 1/48 scales as i have decals in both scales. These builds will not be in order but as i acquire the kits. My second build will be a Tamiya Fw-190A3. A quick look at Josef Priller's biography before moving onto the build. This is taken from his Wiki page. "Josef "Pips" Priller (German: [ˈpʁɪlɐ]; 27 July 1915 – 20 May 1961) was a German military aviator and wing commander in the Luftwaffe during World War II. As a fighter ace, all of his victories were claimed over the Western Front. "Aerial victory claims" "Priller flew 307 combat missions to claim 101 victories. All his victories were recorded over the Western Front, and consisted of 11 USAAF heavy bombers, 68 Spitfires (the highest Luftwaffe ace's tally for this type), 11 Hurricanes, five medium bombers and five USAAF fighters. Matthews and Foreman, authors of Luftwaffe Aces — Biographies and Victory Claims, researched the German Federal Archives and found records for 100 aerial victory claims, plus three further unconfirmed claims. All of his victories were claimed on the Western Front and includes ten four-engined bombers." So in conclusion you can watch me trip and fall and look like a fool. Or if I'm lucky you can watch me build Ten aircraft over the next year or so, and enjoy the builds ? Now lets bring you up to speed on the 109E7. This ⬇️ Is before painting started last Friday, next to my Mexican Air force P-47D. I have modified the propeller to give it the pointed cap and added the drop tank and its mount. Over the weekend i sprayed the RLM65 Sunday i sprayed the RLM02. And today i sprayed the RLM71. Again this could be the ultimate trip and fall, or a decent success. Please feel free to join and follow along, or check in from time to time ? In conclusion let me say please feel free to ask questions, comment, or give me any info on Priller that you may have. Dennis
  9. Hello folks - long time no post. I thought it was about time I dug out my account and shared a little work with you, as whilst no-one will remember me, I've lurked around for a long time... Here, to get the ball rolling is one of the famed Hermann Graf's early mounts, built from the delicious Eduard BF109 E1 ProfiPack, with a scheme from the late, great Jerry Crandall at EagleCals. Paint was a mix of AK Real Colour and Gunze, weathering with Abteilung 502 oils, although this was kept very light as this particular airframe was repainted after about 6 weeks of action. One final note - the Hakenkreuz has been digitally edited out, as my main platform is Instagram these days, and they're very, very hot on their community guidelines - if or not they make sense. Thanks for looking folks! My Instagram Account
  10. Happy to reveal my first finished model and share my excitement with you. Accidentally saw this beatiful kit on a flea market and decided that it will be a nice starting point in my new hobby. My lack of skill made this kit less beautiful than it was when i first saw it in the box but at least i tried not to ruin it completely Here are some photos made in process: I know control stick is glued backwards here. Already fixed it 😀 And here is a finished model: And finally it is on my shelf. First but not last Lessons learned: More putty and sandpaper. I thought paint will cover all this small gaps and imperfections but no. Next time if i see something wrong when the model is primed i should definitely fix it. My brush and airbrush skills suck so much. Should practice more before making next model. Less is more when it comes to weathering. I see Emil like a workhorse and like it more weathered with scratches dirt stains etc and was afraid to make such a big plane too boring but saw here so many clean nice models so should try it next. And I don’t know if it is just me but i like to see Emils and Hurricanes really dirty working machines and some Spitfires or Mustangs associate more with polished clean sport cars. I can’t really see the cockpit. Made this fuel and oxygen pipes or hydraulics near rudder control but cant see it at all. Do you paint cockpits lighter or are there any other tricks? Or do you make this details knowing that they will be buried there and not visible at all? At least it was fun to make them and to know they are there. Anyway even with all the flaws and my poor skills I just love it and enjoyed the process. So that’s all I will be grateful for your critique and advices.
  11. Hello, here is my representation of a JG26 5th Staffel Bf109E - using the Airfix 1/24 109 kit. Along the way I made modifications to the cockpit, wheel wells, and flaps but it goes together well and I think has pretty good proportions for such an old model. I've used custom decals since there are no after market sets for the markings I wanted to represent - and critiquing my own work I'd say that for starters, the canopy cable needs to look taught and secondly the gunsight clear part is too thick. For some reason Airfix don't supply this as a clear part and I didn't spend long enough making a suitable replacement. Anyway, here it is: Build thread can be found here: Thanks for looking.
  12. Hello everyone, I’d like to share my finished Eduard Messerschmitt BF109F-4. I made a build in progress post here. This is a wonderful kit and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for looking. Tom I also made a build video for anyone interested;
  13. Hello everyone, I wanted to share my build progress of the Eduard ProfiPACK 1/48 BF109F4. The model comes in a lovely box, with two large sprue’s, two smaller ones and a clear parts sprue. There is a little bit of flash but nothing that cannot be cleaned up. I was drawn to this kit because of the supplied canopy masks and complimentary photo etch. The instructions are really well produced in a glossy booklet. Overall the kit screams quality. I began with the cockpit and added the relevant PE. This was then primed with Vallejo black surface primer. Afterwards I gave it a coat of XF63 German Gray, then added a drop of XF2 White to the XF63 to highlight certain areas. Once those coats were cured, I dry brushed silver chips into the footwell and on the seat. The highlights look quite strong, but that is only through the lens of the camera. It is nice a subtle to the eye. At one point I lost the fuel hose which I subsequently found when I went to use the extra thin cement! Once the paints had dried, I clear coated the cockpit and side walls, added a panel line wash and painted in some small extra details. The cockpit has gone together quite nicely. The PE seatbelts are a nice touch, as is the control panel. The fuselage went together ok, there was a small gap forward of the cockpit that needed filling. With the wings finally on, she’s starting to resemble a plane. I’m fairly content so far. Thanks for reading if you’ve stuck with the build progress, I’ll post some more in a few weeks. Tom
  14. Greetings Friends- Its been a while for me posting here. I had alot of health issues that stopped modelling. My cateracts getting worse, and so its hard to see. So in response, I decided on a simple all one-color project! Here is an Eduard 1/48 Bf109G10 in a NJG11 Night Fighter scheme in the Eduard kit. It was a splendid kit and built really great. This scheme is called a Mosquito Hunter and is all RLM76 with white markings and makes a cool looking model. As I said, I can't see very good, so I am sure there are areas I goofed up, but hey, it looks great to my bad eyes! I built this from box with the only modification being adding a CMK Bf109 pilot designed for the Eduard kit. This resin pilot was great and fit in easy! I wish Eduard would offer pilots for their kits as they offer everything else. A Pilot adds life to any model... Enjoy and let me know what you think!
  15. Hi All, Eduard 1/48 ProfiKit Painted overall RLM 76, Gunze FuelTank - Revell Bf.110, slightly different color Enjoy watching!
  16. Two week's and here we go another 109 scheme to be decided on.
  17. Hello everyone, Just finished FineMolds Bf-109 G-2/R6, 1/72 in winter camo. The kit was pretty nice. Hope my model is nice too )
  18. It's been a long time since I last posted here. This is a model that I started as part of the campaign on Britmodeller, but I did not manage to finish it on time. I experimented with black basing for the first time, but using complementary colors for the marble effect. This gave me very satisfying effects in tonal variations on the surface. I notice that this effect is much more visible to do on such one-color camouflage, because I tried the same effect on the Tu-2 in parallel, where I was mostly successful in lighter fields, which are also larger areas. There is nothing to say about the model, it fits perfectly, the details are great. You can choose between the 4 versions of Marseille's machines, I prefer this one from the box-art, with the red rudder, all white spinner and high demarcation lines between the RLM 79 and 78, The paints are Gunze, the weathering was done in the following order: pin wash Tamiya fluid, then I applied matte varnish, and then smeared with artist oil paints and W&N mineral spirit.
  19. Being home for this last week, first tending to a sick family, then being sick myself, has afforded me the opportunity to crank out some kits from my stash in short order. This is the most recent of them: It's a Tamiya Bf.109E-3, built mostly out of the box with the addition of Eduard seatbelts, some resin wheels from the parts bin (the ones in the kit were previously knicked for another build) and some other details such as brake lines make from fine wire. Since I have an irrational aversion to building anything matching the box art, I chose the marking scheme of 4./JG 52 in the spring of 1940: (illustration from "Jagdwaffe - Attack in the West, May 1940' by Eric Mombeek with J.Richard Smith and Eddie J.Creek") The kit decals provided almost all the needed makings except the Staffel's red cat insignia, which I borrowed from another kit in the stash. The paints are all from the Vallejo Air range and the light weathering was mostly done with acrylic washes and Tamiya weathering powders. The whole build took about a day and a half... I've still got a runny nose, and a lot of models staring me down from the stash...
  20. Hi folks, So we're off! I've been keeping an eye on the builds that everyone has been offering up for this STGB and there are some real crackers. I'm already following loads of builds as I can't wait to see the final results - it's already shaping up to be a really interesting and varied GB I'm off the starting block and throwing my hat in to the ring with the following (cue obligatory box art): I already have a busy bench for GB's, with my Skyhawk 99% complete for the STGB and have made a good start on the Type 82E for the Unarmed GB but how can you not get involved in a 109 GB - that would just be wrong wouldn't it?? So as you can see, this is the Bf109E-1 from Eduard in 1/48 scale. I've also managed to acquire the Eduard PE set for this so I could add further details and spruce up the cockpit etc (it is a GB after all)! The sprues (below) are well moulded with excellent details already so they should be a pleasure to work with: And the decals look to be well printed with a full set of stencils too to add some extra details: Lastly, the kit offers two available schemes - Scheme A - I./JG 77 - Juliusburg, Germany, August 1939 or Scheme B - 9./JG 26 - Essen-Mühlheim, Germany, May 1940 I've opted for Scheme A - part of Johnannes Janke's 'Travelling Circus' or Wanderzirkus Janke. I really love the earlier RLM 70/71 splinter camouflage on the 109 and with the additional red elements of the markings, it just really seems to catch the eye. So here goes - I'm really looking forward to this GB so a big thanks to @Col. for being the host Good luck everyone Kris
  21. I have the Monogram/Promodeler 1/32 Bf109G-4 /Trop kit, which I want to convert to a Bf109G-4/R3 Aufklärer (Reconnaissance) version. I want to add the underwing fuel tanks that were common on the recce 109s. I have a set of fuel tanks from a 1/32 Bf110, but the atttachment parts are not the type used on the Bf109. I would rather not spend a bunch of $$$ on the AIMS 1/32 Messerschmitt Bf-109G-4/R3 conversion if it's possible for me to do it myself. Plus, I already have aftermarket decals for the plane I plan to build. I have been unable to find detailed enough photos (or drawings) showing the attachment mechanism parts, the fuel feed pipes and their location under the wings. Can anybody help me with the needed info, so I can proceed with this project? Larry
  22. Here are the final photos of my 109G-6 from Revell in 32nd scale. Pretty good kit, with lots of parts. Now I'm eyeing the Erla Bubi Hartmann version.
  23. This is my personal interpretation of the Bf 109 G-10 called Rosemarie. It was a really dirty and weary G-10 U4. The Revell kit is good but uses some baffling shortcuts. Unreal rivets on the cowl, low details on the horizontal stabilizers, cockpit rear armor integral with the fuselage and more… As usual I used Gunze Sangyo Acrylic colors, RLM 76, 75, 83 and a mix of 76 and 75 for the lighter gray of the fuselage. Decals are from HAD, 72086 sheet. Cockpit interior is from Aires resin set. Weathering done with MIG powders and Carbhotello pastels. The colors of this aircraft have been much discussed, I hope this may be a correct interpretation. Thanks for watching! Pier
  24. This is my personal interpretation of the Bf 109 G-10 called Rosemarie. It was a really dirty and weary G-10 U4. The Revell kit is good but uses some baffling shortcuts. Unreal rivets on the cowl, low details on the horizontal stabilizers, cockpit rear armor integral with the fuselage and more… As usual I used Gunze Sangyo Acrylic colors, RLM 76, 75, 83 and a mix of 76 and 75 for the lighter gray of the fuselage. Decals are from HAD, 72086 sheet. Cockpit interior is from Aires resin set. Weathering done with MIG powders and Carbhotello pastels. The colors of this aircraft have been much discussed, I hope this may be a correct interpretation. Thanks for watching! Pier
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