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Peter W

Airfix 1/48th Messerschmitt Bf-109E

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I put my name down for this group build then forgot all about it. I really have no idea how I'm going to get it finished in time, with all my current builds, but it would be wrong not to try. The kit is the Airfix 1/48th scale Bf-109 with a few aftermarket extras. It's going to be marked up as an E-7, which I believe can be built from the bits in the box.

The Kit: -

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Hopefully something to show soon

Pete

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Look forward to seeing this one built up and it will be interesting to see the difference the after market parts make.

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A little bit of work done on this one between other builds. I started by cleaning up some awkward ejector pin marks in the cockpit sides and wheel wells and then removed a lot of the moulded details. Getting the poorly moulded belts out of the seat was fun, NOT. Airfix, please, if you're going to do it then at least make the effort to do it right. I then added some photo etch to the cockpit (kindly donated by fellow BM'er Stoohoo, thank you.) which will give a little improvement to this area. I then gave it a coat of black followed by a coat of Revell Aqua Grey (RLM02) which is where it sits waiting for a gloss coat and a pin wash. I should be making better progress on this one soon but at least it's going forward. I've no idea whether this airframe was late enough for the interior to be RLM66, but I went with the earlier colour, if only because I think it looks better. Onto the piccies: -

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Back soon

Pete

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You are out of the starting block now mate...looking forward to see this come together.

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Cheers all,

Well I spent the morning doing last minute stuff and the early afternoon wrapping but did manage to squeeze a bit of modelling in after. The cockpit had been given a wash 2 days ago and today's job was to matt it down and dry brush some highlights. I've not gone overboard because I want to finish this one before the end of the group build, a target that has been known to evade me. Here's some pictures of where I'm at: -

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That's it until after Christmas Day, at least, but progress is getting made.

Happy Christmas to all

Pete

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Cheers Stoohoo, the photo-etch worked a treat and added a bit of interest to the pit.

A small update of where I'm at. I'm almost ready for a coat of primer having got everything glued on that can be before paint. Just need to mask the canopy and the first paint step can get done.

This really is a nice little kit, well done Airfix, I've not really had any build problems at all. There's always the caveat 'So Far' to consider though but, all in all, it's a great kit for not a lot of money.

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I do have to say that the Pavla resin stuff is a bit hit and miss. There are a lot of air bubbles in the resin on some of the parts, which is a pain to deal and you shouldn't have to!! The underwing radiators also require a bit of fettling to make them fit which, again, is pretty poor for a simple resin part. Do they look better?, probably but I'm not sure that I'd bother again. The flaps however are probably worth the effort as they do look a lot better than the Airfix parts.

More soon

Pete

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Nice Build Pete :thumbsup2:

I have made this one last year and it was quit a easy build.

The only thing I would change are the wheels. They look to thin compared to the Tamiya ones.

Cheers,

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I'm just finishing off this kit OOB, as a Condor Legion E-1. I must amit, I do love it, and anticipate building a few more....

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Nice work Peter, she's looking good. Those PE rudder pedals certainly look the biz.

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Time for an overdue update, been busy doing DIY stuff and not enough modelling. I have however made some progress and should make the end of the group build in time. The paint is mostly on now,  I've just got to re-mask and spray the RLM 02 in wheel bays, flap areas etc which should get done tonight and then I can gloss it up for decals. I'm not completely happy with my attempt at mottling but, for a mottling newbie, it's not too bad. I do intend to redo a few patches though where I got a bit heavy. The trouble is the more you look at it the worse you think it is. A few coats of gloss, some weathering and a matt coat should tone it down a bit though.

 

Dan, sorry for the slow reply but it's going to be canopy open. I always like to see some of hard work done inside.

 

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First in a glorious grey undercoat: -

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And then with some colour on: -

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Back soon(ish)

 

Pete

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Looks great Peter - beautifully understated finish and that cockpit is good

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Shes looking great Pete, really like the scheme and cant wait to see her with the spinner and decals on :)

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Cheers Guys, good to have some nice feedback and much appreciated. Having finished up the paintwork, including a time consuming white wall rear tyre, I then spent yesterday evening getting 3 coats of gloss on ready for the decals. This afternoon I made a start on those and am getting there, still lots of tiny stencils to go though.

 

The glossy bits: -

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The decals so far: -

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This really is a great little kit and I really want to do another in some Battle of Britain markings.

 

Pete

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Nearly there, but still a bit to do. I had a moment today when I wanted to swear profusely but that wouldn't be the done thing. I spent about 3 hours making a spring and eyelets for the aerial wire, a nice little 'shuttlecock' thingy for it as well. I then went into the garage to spray it with some Alclad. All good so far, but that was until I pressed the trigger and the air blew it out of my fingers never to be seen again. Not a happy bunny, but out of adversity and all that. I'll just have to make another one.

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All that's left is that aerial, grrr!!! and the canopy and it will be ready for the gallery.

Pete

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That is very nice indeed Pete, the overall quality of the builds in this GB have been excellent. I have two of these in the stash and am looking forward to building them.

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