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Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7 Trop 1/48

My first go at airbrushing was the Tamiya Bf 109 E-7 in the all too well known red 8 colours (OK – they are very nice colours).

There has been incorporated a few changes; the step has been carved out as has a few of the cooling outlets (though not near all of them)

and not least the trop-filter has been modified in the closed position. This was possible as I had built the E-3, wich are the same overtrees, and so I had two trop-filters that could be made into one (there is far to much detail to make if you just start carving a filter)

Now, the airbrushing as mentioned in earlier posts need to be practised, and I have – great fun as long as you have some patience 🙂

Oh – and the Opel Blitz is just a OOB build to add interest to the shelve. I may have a go at a proper diorama someday, but for now it is building 109’s that take the time (with the odd kettenrad and BMW now and then – and a load of barrels and jerrycans)

1/48 vehicles are not all that easy to find, but they are there – go get some so that they keep making them!

Comments welcome

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5 responses to Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7 Trop 1/48

  1. Nice job, Erik…..I like what you’ve done here.

  2. As long as you are practicing airbrushing, allow me to give a critique here with solutions:

    1. You have the paint too thick, which is why you have the overspray as you do, since you cannot tighten the brush tip sufficiently. The solution is: thin your paint 50-50. Thus, you can tighten the brush tip down sufficiently to get nice blotches and tight border lines between colors.

    2. If you do not have a fine tip for your airbrush, you should get one. This allows you to do tight freehand paint schemes without the overspray that ruins what you are going for.

    Good luck. Airbrushing is an art. I’ve been doing it for 47 years and still learn new things about the work.

    • Tom – thanx for the tips. Since making this one I have gotten hold of a fine tip, and that really is another world. The paint on this one was with medium tip (Badger 150) and straight from the bottle, Vallejo acrylic.
      I have more or less given up on this product as it is a pain to clean the airbrush afterwards, and I am now testing my way through Tamita Acrylic, Humbrol and x-tracolour enamel, sometimes using thinner from these manufacturers sometimes IPA (for tamiya) and celulosethinner (is that the correct English term?)
      I shall press on with experimenting – thanx again.

  3. I’ll be joining you in airbrush experimentation soon, so am taking in all the advice and tips! The 109 looks good!

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