Another version of Duxford’s Bf 109 E-4/N
Some time back, I threatened to post an article showing the results of my 3rd attempt to model the Bf 109 that came down not far away from where I live today in East Dean near Eastbourne. As many of you know, the remnants of this particular a/c are currently on display in the Battle of Britain hangar at the IWM site in Duxford. I’ll be renewing my acquaintance with this display 23 September 2017 when I’m attending the IWM Battle of Britain display at Duxford, hoping the weather plays ball for the flying sequences.
The basis for my model is the Eduard 1/32 scale Bf 109 E-3 kit, with some etched detail from one of their etched frets and a few twiddly bits that I felt obliged to have a go at. Much of this detail is in the cockpit which I decided to leave closed, as it is in the Duxford display. I’m not particularly happy about the W/T aerial and the insulators which I must admit are quite overscale. I used some small jewellry beading that I found in my local Hobbycraft shop and suspect I might take all that off and have another go at some point. It just seems wrong, particularly in the larger scales, not to make some attempt at these other than blobs of ca or some other material.
Points of interest/disagreement for those that are interested in the finer (?) points on this subject include my possibly controversial decision to spray the a/c upper surfaces with my version of a faded RLM 02/71 scheme rather than the greys that the Duxford a/c is coloured with. I understand that these may have been opted for based on colour samples of the paint on the a/c prior to its final renovation but couldn’t see the logic that early in the autumn of 1940. I prefer to believe that after the death of the previous pilot, Karl Ebbighausen, the commander of II / JG 26, this a/c would have continued to be used by various other pilots, with the Gruppenkommandeur’s markings painted over but leaving his victory markings on the fin as it is shown in Duxford. It’s my opinion so could just as easily be wrong.
The eagle-eyed among you will note that the yellow fuel triangle under the fuel filler access cover shows “C3” rather than “100” as it is on the renovated a/c. This decision was taken after close examination of the b&w picture of the a/c being taken off some transporter some time in 1941/42 when the a/c was on its Bundles for Britain tour of N America.
The final pic above shows the location of the a/c’s crash in 1940 not far from my house. It’s shown as No 13 on this map, the other numbers representing the locations of the various British and German casualties during the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940. The background to this and all the other local casualties can be found in my 2008 book “Beachy Head! Angels 20” for those who may be interested. Anyone interested can find it on Amazon, possibly other second hand sources, but failing those, I’d be happy to supply new copies at a discounted price for iModeler contributors.
12 additional images. Click to enlarge.