Zvezda Bf-109 F4
Hey there, fellas. This is my attempt at Zveda’s 1/48 F4. The kit is very detailed and has a lot of options, but the build can be a little finnicky with all the engine parts.
I have mixed feelings about kits with such options: it seems like a waste not exposing the engine, specially a well detailed like this one; on the other hand, it robs the finished kit of the aircraft lines, which is a case in point of the streamlined beauty of the F series 109. The problems in the build were self imposed: I started it planning to show the engine and changed my mind along the way. That meant shaving a few parts after they were glued on the firewall. I was disapointed with the large step of the oil cooler cowling, but then again, perhaps it has to do with my mistakes. The decals looked not so good, so I researched a bit on a great profile art website by Mr. Mark Styling and chose a suitable replacement scheme. Unit emblem, number and staffel markings are from ICM Decals, an excellent brazilian supplier that makes Luftwaffe decal sheets that allow you to build lots of aircraft. Luftwaffe buffs should check it out. I used the kit supplied crosses and stencils, and they were not as bad as I imagined. The paints are also local, and I was surprised they worked so good after some 10 years stored. TBH, I don’t know if they still exist, but they sure made some good acrylics. The last 109 I used them on has long vanished in a shelf collapse!
Other than the decals, the only aftermarket is Eduard Steel seatbelts, which are great in that they do not chip the paint while you conform them to the seat.
And that’s it. Zvezda’s kit can be a little demanding, and the instructions a bit confusing and cluttered, but the finished kit looks good. As always, all feedback is welcome. Cheers!
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