Monogram 1/48 Messerschmitt Me 109E
Copyright 1962… This “Me 109” has to be one of the oldest kits on my shelf. Even the instructions show it’s age, beginning with the title “Me 109 E”, and then explaining that the “Me” was the popular name, and the actual name was Bf 109. The insructions also show: “scale:1/4″ = 1, 1/48 size”. It co mes with “operating landing gear”, which I promptly did away with when I filled in the wheel wells. The interior consisted of a pilot figure and a “back plate” to glue him to. I replaced it it with a scratchbuilt interior, with opened canopy. All raised panel lines were sanded off and re-scribed.. The instructions were in 12 steps, with an additional “how to operate the landing gear”, an exploded view showing all 25 parts. The back page is painting instructions, applying decals, and placement. They even threw in small photos of their Spitfire, Wildcat and Zero, to wet our appetites. 50+ years really make a difference in quality, but the “109” itself, lives on, in one form or another.