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Classic Airframes' 1/48 scale
Messerschmitt Bf 109 V4

by Roger Fabrocini


Messerschmitt Bf 109 V4


Classic Airframes' 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 A  is available online from Squadron




This is Classic Airframes 1:48 Messerschmitt Bf109A, kit #4123, finished as the V4 prototype W.nr.878.



I can add nothing enlightening or constructive to what has already been said about this kit other then that it was a dream from start to finish.




I added the following detail to my Bf 109 V4:

  • I riveted the airframe using Model Design Construction’s 1:48 riveting tool and guide. I also employed my “Rosie the Riveter” riveting tool in some areas.

  • Formation/navigation lights replaced with ones from CMK set #7031.

  • MG17 cowl machine guns replaced with resin ones from Aires.



  • Landing gear detailed with lead wire and Grandt-Line plastic bolts. I also hollowed out the tail wheel yoke.

  • The carburetor intake was hollowed out and it’s lip thinned with a Dremel motor tool.


Painting and Markings

After much research I decided to paint my V4 prototype in rlm 63. The airframe was primed with Mr. Surfacer 1200 and preshaded with Tamiya Dark Gray. I used Vallejo acrylics for my color coat. Base color is #886 Green-Grey. I added #884 Stone-Grey and #986 Deck Tan to the base color to high light panels.

Future was used under and over the decals. Final clear coat if Floquil flat-finish (lacquer based). Though labeled as “flat” in reality is dries to a satin, waxy like finish. I feel it’s perfect for a “scale” gloss finish.

The figure is from the Jaguar set #GD-48006, WWII German Fighter crew. Again Vallejo acrylics were used.



My meager painting skills do not do justice to the superb sculpture work of Mike Good.




Just a beautiful job by Jules Bringuier and Classic Airframes on a beautiful aircraft.




  • The Messerschmitt bf109 ‘a Comprehensive Guide for the Modeler’, Lynn Ritger, SAM Publications

  • Messerschmitt 109 ‘monogram #1’, Robert Michulec, A.J Press

  • Luftwaffe Camouflage and Markings 1933-1945, vol.1, K.A. Merrick with Jurgen Kiroff, Classic Publications

  • Messerschmitt Bf 109 Recognition manual, Marco Fernandez-Sommerau, Classic Publications

  • AIR Enthusiast Seven “Messerschmitt over Spain”, Pilot Press Ltd.


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Model, Images & Text Copyright © 2006 by Roger Fabrocini
Page Created 08 May, 2006
Last Updated 21 February, 2007

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