Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3
by Brian Criner
Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3
Tamiya's 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3
is available online from Squadron
This is the the Tamiya 1/48 scale offering of
the Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3.
The colour scheme represents an aircraft flown
by Dr. Erich Mix, JG 53's technical officer. I decided to build this
aircraft after running across the Aeromaster decal sheet at a local hobby
store. At first I thought the scheme might be a fanciful one, as I had
never seen a photo of a 109 that looked like this. When Lynn Ritger
assured me that this was a legit scheme, I knew I had to recreate it.
I decided to use the Aires interior for the
kit. I love the detail Aires cockpits offer, but I am often frustrated by
the state of disrepair of the kits after opening them up. My kit had
several pieces missing, part of the cockpit tub was broken as were several
other delicately molded pieces. Since I already had a boxful of photo-etch
for the 109, I decided to move forward with what I had and improvise where
Once the repairs were completed on the cockpit
pieces, the interior was sprayed RLM 66 with Testor's enamels. Various
pieces of photo-etch were added from the Eduard set to enhance the
interior just a bit more.
After thinning out the cowling to a more
realistic thickness, I assembled the fuselage and wings and got started on
used are all from the Model Master Enamels line offered by Testors. The
scheme is RLM 02/71/63.
Weathering of the model was done by performing
a preshade of panel lines with a darkened Burnt Umber.
After painting, select panels were sprayed
with a slightly lighter shade of the top color.
Once the decals were on and sealed with a coat
of Future, and a coat of Testors Flat, I applied a wash of Grumbacher
Artist Oils Burnt Umber to the panel lines. A Q-tip lightly moistened with
Turpenoid was used to clean up the excess paint. When rubbing out the
Turpenoid, I occasionally rubbed through the top coat of flat. This was
fixed by simply spraying a very thinned second coat of flat after the
I frequently hear modellers complain about a
glut of Bf 109s appearing on tables at contests and on the internet.
Frankly, with so many different and
interesting schemes, I'm surprised we don't see more!
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