Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4
by Jordi Farre
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.
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