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Hi,

finished all the paint touch ups and brush painted a first coat of Gloss Cote.

One more coat this evening and tomorrow I should be good for the decals.

Here is a shot of the shiny 109.

 

Bf 109 E-4 Photo 37

 

The red tinge on the left flap is not strawberry jam from my sticky fingers, but some weird play of the light... I have double checked, as my heart missed a beat, but the flap is indeed a good RLM 71! Pheew...

 

Cheers everybody.

JR

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2 hours ago, jean said:

Hi,

finished all the paint touch ups and brush painted a first coat of Gloss Cote.

One more coat this evening and tomorrow I should be good for the decals.

Here is a shot of the shiny 109.

 

Bf 109 E-4 Photo 37

 

The red tinge on the left flap is not strawberry jam from my sticky fingers, but some weird play of the light... I have double checked, as my heart missed a beat, but the flap is indeed a good RLM 71! Pheew...

 

Cheers everybody.

JR

Hi Jean,

 

Looking good - I also have had the reflection problem on glossy surfaces quite a bit recently when photographing under artificial light indoors. It can as you say be quite disconcerting! It was particularly problematic on my B-57 as I used Xtracolour gloss paint.

 

Cheers

 

Pete

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36 minutes ago, PeterB said:

Hi Jean,

 

Looking good - I also have had the reflection problem on glossy surfaces quite a bit recently when photographing under artificial light indoors. It can as you say be quite disconcerting! It was particularly problematic on my B-57 as I used Xtracolour gloss paint.

 

Cheers

 

Pete

Hi Pete,

yes, I suppose we live and we learn! First time I have had this reflection problem. In the "old days" I never bothered with gloss varnish before decals. My old models do indeed look the worst for wear because of it.

So we adapt, or try to. Painting with gloss paint can be quite tricky, so I try to avoid it.

Cheers.

 

JR

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Hi all,

I started playing with the decals, using a mix of kit decals and crosses/svastikas from Xtradecal.

Indeed the most pleasant part of a build.

Anyway, still quite a bit to go, but this 109 is slowly gaining an identity.

Have fun.

JR

 

Bf 109 E-4 Photo 38

 

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Hi everyone,

 

the 109 has progressed, albeit slower due to Life interfering... Well known story to all of us,

Anyway, the decals are all done, and if it were not for me messing up the tip of the starboard wing (which I have to re-paint now), the model would be nearing completion.

It has been mat varnished, with the exception of the right wing. So by tomorrow all shall be in order.

I removed the canopy masks and some white primer can be seen in places, so a few touch ups are in the pipeline.

Busy fitting the break lines on the undercarriage legs: on a 109, one has to follow a rather strict plan. No fantasy allowed, hence more time consuming...

 

Bf 109 E-4 Photo 40

 

 

Bf 109 E-4 Photo 39

 

All in all, I am happy with it.

Cheers.

JR

 

PS: Apologies for the rubbish quality of the photos! Better next time.

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10 hours ago, Stew Dapple said:

I've used worse pictures myself Jean :D What's wrong with the starboard wing? It looks fine to me...

 

Cheers,

 

Stew

Hi Stew,

the starboard wing is mostly fine, that is the topside green camo is OK. Pheeew!

You may call that impatience, but I call it stupidity. I brushed the mat varnish when the Humbrol Gloss Cote was not 100% dry everywhere. No problem with the mat varnish thankfully.

To put you in the picture, we live in the middle of the bush, and do not have glass on our windows (mosquito gauze only). being the dry season the outside bush is a dust bowl and it has been windy.... Modelling in a dusty place can be a challenge. So I put on a latex glove unaware that there was dust on it... End result: the starboard white wing tip and a little bit of the blue underside got full of grime, embedded in the gloss.... Did you just say stupid?

As water was not removing it, I decided to try alcohol... More stupidity! The alcohol turned the by now dry gloss cote into a gooey mess... No comment!

So I waited for it to dry nicely, and sand papered the mess. Now just have to re-paint a blue patch, wrap the model in diapers and re-spray the white.

If, for once, I use my brain, what could go wrong?

 

You asked for it! This is the long and sad story of my modelling life at the mo...

Have fun!

 

JR

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Hi Stew,

thank you so much for your birthday wishes!!!

Yes, had a super day that started at 03:45 this morning to go and look at hyenas with a friend that is studying and filming them. Absolutely freezing in sleeveless shirt, thanks to an unexpected weather change. But fantastic! 

So yes, a great, original birthday.

 

Take care

JR

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