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Mig88

Me Bf 109E-7 Trop - 1:72 HobbyBoss

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Hello! Here's my HobbyBoss 1:72 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7 Trop which I built back in 2008.

It represents "Black 8", of 8./JG27, flown by Lt Werner Schroer, at Ain El Gazala, Libya, in April 1941.

Despite being an "easy-build" kit, I had alot of work dealing with poor joints, especially along the fuselage sides. I added belts in the cockpit from an Eduard Luftwaffe WWII etched set.

Although the boxtop displayed this option, it wasn't included in the decals so I used some from an old Airfix kit (from around 1980) which I had left over and were still in good condition. The main markings came from the HobbyBoss kit.

The kit was mostly painted by brush except for the RLM80 mottling which was done with airbrush. The matt varnish was also airbrushed. Photos of this machine show it in reasonably good conditions so I kept weathering restrained.

Thanks for looking and all comments are welcome

 

Miguel

 

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Edited by Mig88
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Simple kit + good modelling = great result.

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Extremely nice Emil. Excellent mottling, never an easy thing to achieve.

Is the cockpit the usual sketchy affair?

 

Congrats

JR

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I've been trying to track down one of this kit with no luck 😕

love this one though

Edited by Adam Poultney

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Thank you very much everyone!

 

I tried to get the mottling as close as possible to the real thing but I obviously went astray here and there!

 

21 hours ago, jean said:

Is the cockpit the usual sketchy affair?

JR, this is the only HobbyBoss kit I have bought and built so i can't tell. I felt the cockpit wasn't too bad and I used what came only adding the Eduard belts as mentioned. The sides were devoid of any detail though.

 

Miguel

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21 hours ago, jean said:

Extremely nice Emil. Excellent mottling, never an easy thing to achieve.

Is the cockpit the usual sketchy affair?

 

Congrats

JR

HB easy Bf109E has a better cockpit than major easy kits, although quite brief.

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Looks good.

 

Agreed - the 'Easy Build' title is a bit of a misnomer with these kits, as they often need a fair bit of scraping, sanding and filling. Maybe they should be called 'Not Many Parts' instead.?  

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The markings for Black 8 actually are in the other boxing of the 109E Trop from HB, the E-4/Trop. It also has markings for Marseille's Emil.

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Good work on the blotching particularly as it is 1/72. It was hard enough on my 1/48 Zero. Must have been much hard to do at this scale.

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17 hours ago, Sturmovik said:

The markings for Black 8 actually are in the other boxing of the 109E Trop from HB, the E-4/Trop. It also has markings for Marseille's Emil.

Well then, that's misleading boxart!!

 

17 hours ago, Greg Law said:

Good work on the blotching particularly as it is 1/72. It was hard enough on my 1/48 Zero. Must have been much hard to do at this scale.

Not easy no, especially with my little practice with the airbrush. Unfortunately, due to various reasons, I haven't been using my airbrush for years. Now that I have more space I'm hoping to get another table relatively soon and be able to have a permanent setup for it.

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23 hours ago, Greg Law said:

Good work on the blotching particularly as it is 1/72. It was hard enough on my 1/48 Zero. Must have been much hard to do at this scale.

Wish I had a nice setup for spray painting. Mine is in the garage where I have to do battle with all the farm cats and Mossies. Makes it hard to do those small parts where you have to use multiple paint colours. 

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