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Tamiya's 1/48 scale
Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4

by Chris Evenden


Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4

images by Brett Green

Tamiya's 1/48 scale Bf 109E-4/7 is available online from Squadron




Here is my attempt at Tamiya's 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4/7.

This is the first 109 that I have built. I must admit that 12 months ago I didn't have any Bf 109's in my collection. A quick count the other day revealed I now have about a dozen! Maybe it's the variation in colour schemes and markings.



I don't know but they have certainly got into my blood.





I built the kit pretty much straight from the box. There are two reasons for this. First, I don't have any real reference on the early Messerschmitts and second, I wanted to see if I could build a decent looking model without adding a bunch of aftermarket parts. Apart from drilling out the gun barrels and adding the aerial wire, the only other addition to the kit was an Ultracast seat.

The kit itself went together beautifully with the only filler being used on the underside rear of the wing to fuselage join.



Painting and Markings


The kit was painted using White Ensign Models enamel paints, with details painted in Humbrol.



The stippling effect was achieved by dabbing and light scrubbing using a cut down paint brush. I then put a brown wash in the panel lines with artisit's acrylics. The kit decals were fantastic and were as good as any aftermarket ones I have used. They reacted well to the Superset/Sol treatment.

The model was finished off with a coat of Testor's Dullcote.

This model was photographed at the ACT Scale Modellers' Society Annual Competition held during May 2004 in Canberra, Australia's national capital.

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Bf 109D/E Aces 193941
Aircraft of the Aces 11
Author: John Weal
Illustrator: John Weal
US Price:
UK Price: 12.99
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publish Date:
 November 15, 1996
Details: 96 pages; ISBN: 1855325969
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Model and Text Copyright 2004 by Chris Evenden
Images Copyright 2004 by Brett Green
Page Created 08 June, 2004
Last Updated 07 June, 2004

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