Airfix 1/48 scale
by Barry Numerick
Hasegawa's 1/32 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6
is available online from Squadron.com
Here are a few more photos of my Airfix 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf
Despite the fact that this kit is several generations removed
from the current crop of quarter scale 109s, it more than holds its
own from a shape standpoint. In fact in some respects, I prefer it
to the Hasegawa offering.
The main reference is the Avions Hors Serie No 5 "Les
Messerschmitt Espagnols", which traces the history of 109s in
Spanish service from the V-3 prototype through the Merlin engined
Hispanos. There is a rather clear photo of the starboard side of
this aircraft which shows the early black disk national markings on
the fuselage with roundels on the wings. I like the juxtaposition of
these pre- and post- civil war markings on the same plane. A good
side view painting can be found in the AJ Press Monograph # 50,
Messerschmitt Me 109 cz.6.
In one of those "paint yourself into a corner" modelling moves, I
started the model before determining that suitable markings were
available. The roundels were eventually discovered on a Superscale
1/72 P-3 Orion sheet, but the fuselage codes were nowhere to be
found. I was ready to start chopping up codes from the Hobbycraft
Hispano Ha-1112 when my friend, David Veres, conjured some up on his
computer. They were then printed on a laser printer and worked
The camouflage colors are presumed to be German pre-war RLM 65,
61, 62 & 63. For these I used Giunze acrylics, #67, 70, 303 & 406.
I made a few modifications to the kit, the most noticable being
a vacform canopy. This came from an old War Eagle set that
also provided a vac chin scoop and markings for Marseille's
aircraft. The canopy was necessary since the Airfix kit canopy has
the armored windscreen integrally molded; it was not used on this
plane, and my attempts at canopy surgery came up lacking.
The oil cooler scoop was taken from a Hasegawa 109F, as were the
cowl guns, tailwheel, pitot tube and instrument panel.
I left quite a few of the simplified kit features alone,
including the molded-on exhaust stacks, which don't look bad when
Also I didn't rescribe the raised fudelage panel lines. The kit's
wings come with engraved panels however.
Other additions include an Ultracast seat (a great time saver),
lead wire brake lines and greatly thinned wheel covers.
Weathering was done with oil washes and MiG pigments on the
It is getting hard to find a 109 that has not been realized in
plastic by somebody. The Spanish F different enough to stand out in
my 109 collection.
Now on to the Ha -1109 K1L conversion. That is a pretty
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