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Naked Emil: 1:72 scale Messerchmitt Bf-109 E4 from Jasmine Models


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Hellos,
This hot Summer has been the occasion to assemble a... naked aircraft. Here is my build of a 1:72 scale Messerchmitt Bf-109 E-4 from Jasmine Models of China. This is a full photo etched and resin kit which only displays the frame and structure. No covering, no decals, no weathering.

 

Two years ago I did a 1:48 scale Hellcat from this brand:

 

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And 22 years ago I'd made a 1:72 Eduard Fokker D-VIII the same style:

 

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So I wanted to try another 1:72 build.

The kit includes a single large stainless photoetch sheet with about 60 parts and some metalized resin accessories. The assembly instruction sheet is very small, cramped and difficult to read, but can be downloaded with high resolution from the maker's website.

 

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So let's start:

 

First the cockpit. This is a real pleasure to assemble. Folds come naturally as they're very well designed. No bending tool required, just fingers and twizzers. Assembly is easy with plenty of microscopic pins which go into microscopic holes. I use CA glue:

 

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The resin seat is glued. I had to anneal the stainless belts so they come easy to shape in the seat. To anneal, just heat the part red hot with a lighter and let cool slowly.

 

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Cockpit finished:

 

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Main girder:

 

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The two wings:

 

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Fitting secondary girders, wheel wells and wing coolers:

 

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Not forgetting the instrument panel:

 

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The engine (main part in resin):

 

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Assembling the aft fuselage and tail:

 

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Let's not forget the case collector under fuselage guns:

 

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Glueing the wing guns:

 

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Undercarriage:

 

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At last, Emil stands on its legs:

 

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Fitting the resin propeller:

 

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And the canopy:

 

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Finished!

 

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Emil will get a light coat of Alclad2 to mask glueing points before final photo show.

Thanks for watching!

_Bruno

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As someone who struggles with etched parts, you have my complete and utter admiration. An astonishing result!

 

Cheers,

Mark.

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Personally speaking, all that etch is the stuff of nightmares 😱

 

The result speaks for itself though. Just beautiful. Well done!

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Awesome work.  Well done :) 

 

1 hour ago, lasermonkey said:

As someone who struggles with etched parts, you have my complete and utter admiration. An astonishing result!

 

1 hour ago, Avgas said:

Personally speaking, all that etch is the stuff of nightmares 😱

 

Look on the bright side though, no pre-shading or panel line wash needed.. ;) 

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I wish I hadn't seen this - I've spent hours today just trying to get a set of PE seatbelts to behave...

 

Your model (and presumably your patience) is amazing.

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That is superb (the others too).  Looks fantastic and very eye catching.  All that etch and bending has now sent me scurrying to the fridge for a cold beer....!!!

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Hello folks,

Thanks to all for your very kind words.

I second Werdna: no need to lay decals, painting and weathering 😜

My next project in this field will be Jasmine's Horten 229 "naked" in 1:72... more challenging I expect.

_Bruno

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Wow!  That is incredible!

I generally don't go for P/E parts unless I really, really have to.

As such, I am completely in awe of what you have produced here! 😲

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Wow Bruno!!!!!  I got dizzy looking at the pictures you shared with us.  These illustrate perfectly the complex nature of how a combat aircraft really is under the “skin” / panels.  Your attention to detail foes not go unnoticed.  :goodjob:

 

Mike

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