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Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4

by Mike Forsythe


Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4


Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Bf 109E-4 Jabo is available online from Squadron.com




These pictures depict my first attempt at something without treads or a turret since I was in college. Interesting transition, as I can't just slop mud or zimmerit over my mistakes. I actually have to sand/polish them away. Yeeesh!



It is the Hasegawa 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4, using Aeromaster decals to represent a Bf109E-4/B of 8/JG53 'PikAs' during the fall of 1940. This Staffel was based at Le Touquet-Etaples at this stage of the Battle of Britain. 



The cockpit tub is a KMC item, and there are a few Eeduard brass bits in evidence. The antenna is from my daughter's hairbrush. The MG-17's and MG FF's are aftermarket resin parts from CMK and Aires.



The model is painted in RLM 70/71 upper surfaces over RLM 65, with 02/71 mottling. All paints were Gunze acrylics thined with Polly-S airbrush thinner. The decal sheet called for only RLM 02 mottling, but I thought it looked incredibly anemic, so I added some RLM 71 to 'stiffen' it up a bit .The kit was weathered using Winsor & Newton water colors, followed by pastels. Finally, everything was sealed using Tamiya flat.



I dedicate my Emil to a chap I met through HyperScale, who I'm now proud to call a very good friend. Jacob's approach to happiness and fulfilment is simple - build a Bf 109. Then, build 50 more! So many schemes, so little time...

Model, Images and Text Copyright 2001 by Mike Forsythe
Page Created 21 May, 2001
Last Updated 26 October, 2001

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