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This is the Tamiya 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4, finished in the markings of Oberleutnant Albrecht Drehs, of Stab III/Jagdgeschwader 54 in France, August 1940.

 

Respecting my minimalist approach to modelling, I only performed the following minor enhancements to the kit.  A note to fellow modellers in regard to the spinner colours.  Hussar suggests a red and white spinner, and while quite attractive, is incorrect.  The RAF Crash Report states the spinner is dark green and white. 

 

Fuselage

 

-               kit seat replaced with Ultracast seat

-               antenna wire made from stretched sprue

-               upper cowl intake opened

-               cowl gun barrels replaced with Master brass barrels

-               engine starter crank opening and lift points drilled out

-               kit propeller and spinner replaced with Ultracast resin parts

-               exhaust replaced with Ultracast resin exhaust

 

 

Wings

 

-               wing gun barrels replaced with Master brass barrels

-               kit wheels replaced with Ultracast resin wheels

-               tail planes modified to eliminate the anhedral

 

Paint and Decals

 

-               airframe painted with Xtracolor  X202 Hellblau RLM 65, X201 RLM 02 Grau and X205 Dunklegrun RLM 71

-               all markings are from Hussar 48D003 Messerschmitt Me 109E3A/E4

-               model is weathered with chalk pastels

 

References

 

-               Model Art No. 375  Messerschmitt Bf109B-E

-               Aero Detail No. 1 Messerschmitt Bf109E

-               Jagdwaffe Volume Two, Section 1, Battle of Britain Phase One July-August 1940

 

Special thank to Dave Wadman for providing info on this subject.

 

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24 minutes ago, ColinChipmunkfan said:

Fantastic looking model. The paint finish and weathering is most realistic- great skills!!!

Definitely agree!

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11 hours ago, Werdna said:

Excellent work :) 

Thanks much

 

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11 hours ago, stevej60 said:

Beautiful build and finish Randy,restrained weathering look spot on with that matt finish.

Thanks Steve.  Much appreciated.

 

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8 hours ago, rgb40 said:

Good to see you are still hacking Slim. Another beauty. Look foreword To seeing you when all this madness is done. 

Hey Georgie Boy, thanks a lot.

I am still hacking out models and it does not look like I will be seeing you anytime soon.  Stay safe and hopefully we have a beer next year.

 

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8 hours ago, Longbow said:

Fantastic build !!

Love the colors !!

Thanks much.  I can't take credit for the colours.  That's all Xtracolor.

 

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7 hours ago, swralph said:

Very nice build.😀

Much appreciated.

 

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5 hours ago, dov said:

Perfect!

High praise and I thank you for it.

 

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4 hours ago, ColinChipmunkfan said:

Fantastic looking model. The paint finish and weathering is most realistic- great skills!!!

Thanks Colin.

 

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4 hours ago, Piotr Sudnik said:

Well done! :clap2:

Thank you Piotr

 

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4 hours ago, SAT69 said:

Definitely agree!

Thanks much

 

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2 hours ago, RMCS said:

Fantastic 

Thank you Sir.

 

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Superb model, Randy. Can you tell me how you made the insulators on the aerial wire ? I have a Bf 109F to build and I'd love to be able to add them. :cheers:

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16 hours ago, Starfighter said:

Superb model, Randy. Can you tell me how you made the insulators on the aerial wire ? I have a Bf 109F to build and I'd love to be able to add them. :cheers:

Thanks much.

 

To make the insulators, I apply a small drops of Micro Scale Kristal Klear to the antenna wire and when dry I paint them gloss white.

 

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8 hours ago, Vinnie said:

Good looking 109. Very impressive mottling.👍

Thanks Vinnie

 

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7 hours ago, Wulfman said:

Excellent Emil,  great build and finish !

 

Wulfman

Much appreciated Wulfman.

 

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39 minutes ago, Gary Brantley said:

Man, you do nice work Randy! :clap2:  Great looking 109 sir, thanks for showing your fine work!  🍻

Thank you very much Gary.

 

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7 hours ago, Randy Lutz said:

Thanks much.

 

To make the insulators, I apply a small drops of Micro Scale Kristal Klear to the antenna wire and when dry I paint them gloss white.

 

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Thanks Vinnie

 

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Much appreciated Wulfman.

 

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Thank you very much Gary.

 

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Thanks for the tip regarding the insulators, Randy  , I'll give it a go. :cheers:

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