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Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4

by Jordi Farre


Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4
9/JG3,   Oberfeldwebel Eberhard Von Boreski, Germany,  May 1942




This kit is Hasegawa's 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf109F-4. 

The model is built almost straight from the box. The only add-on features are photoetched rudder pedals and harness. Plasticard and copper wire have been also used for detailing the cockpit and landing gear.

I used the kit decals too. 



Hasegawa claim that this aircraft was camouflaged with RLM76/74/75 on the fuselage and upperwing surfaces, however, in recent years it has been proven that some tropical Bf109Fs were delivered to the Russian front. These fighters carried the tropical colors RLM79/78 and were repainted with disruptive patches of RLM75/74(70) over the African scheme.

As far as is known, these attractive fighters were only delivered to III/JG3 during the Spring of 1942 and, thinking that it could be a nice and different addition to my collection, I decided to paint my Friedrich this way. I used Aeromaster Enamels for the RLM79/78, the RLM74 is a mixture of Tamiya XF61 and XF24 and the RLM75 came from an old but still unopened Humbrol Authentic Color with a touch of red.

After applying a coat of clear varnish I applied decals, then a second coat of Tamiya clear was sprayed to protect decals from the weathering process. The weathering was applied again with oils, raw umber and burnt sienna. The exhaust stains were achieved with dark grey pastels. Once the weathering was complete, a final coat of Golden Satin varnish was sprayed on. After drying overnight I added the aerial as a final touch.

This aircraft belonged to 9/JG3 and was flown by Oberfeldwebel Eberhard Von Boreski in Germany (where the unit received these tropical fighters) during May 1942.



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Model, Text and Images Copyright 2000 by Jordi Farre
Page Created 27 July, 2000
Last Updated 26 July, 2007

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