Bf 108 Taifun – the Royal Yugoslav Air Force
The Bf 108 was designed by Bayerische Flugzeugwerke company which was run under Willy Messerschmitt. Originally designed as a single engine machine it was produced to compete in 4th Challenge International de Tourisme in 1934. Before challenge it was given nickname Taifun by Elly Beinhorn because of it’s speed and great expectations. BF Company designed it as a sport aircraft but real truth was that it was just a test subject for next generation of fighter planes. Because of it’s performance it was mainly used as a trainer aircraft before jumping into the real fighter cockpit.
As a deal with Germany Yugoslavia bought some 100 Me 109 e3 planes. Because of complexity of a new plane Yugoslavia’s pilots had to be retrained on some simpler aircraft. Logical choice was Bf 108 B1. Some records show that we bought some 13 Bf 108s for that purpose. Ther were stationed in Zemun, Zagreb, Nis… Ther were painted in blue and camo scheme using common RLM scheme.
i decided to give tribute to one machine which was stationed in Zemun near Belgrade.
I bought Eduard common pack and Lift Here decals with Yugoslav marking and correct propeller made of resin. Eduard kit was good choice because of it’s simplicity and good fit. Although I made many changes during build. I made belts from scratch, handles, many wiring inside engine area, cables for landing gear etc… The main problem with Eduard kit is with the propeler. The propeler used by Luftwaffe and Royal Yugoslav Air Force is different. Luftwaffe used Me P 7 propeler but RYAF used Schwarz wooden propeller. Schwarz propeller was included in the Lift Here decal set, buuuuut (there is always but) it was made of resin with so many bubbles, holes, imperfections on the surface that I’ve spent almost few days sandin, priming, correcting, sanding… I’ve almost lost nerves but in the end I was almost satisfied with resin Schwarz and I’ve positioned it on the plane.
I painted whole plane with Vallejo Metal blue as a base coat and I made several tonal color changes to avoid monotone color scheme. There are just a few decals for plane. Decals for roundel were good but all other decals were to thick and I’m deeply unsatisfied with stencil decals because of thickness.
Basic weathering was done with Ak panel liners, Tamiya accent colors and Abteilung 502 oils…
So, this is my completed model, I hope that You will enjoy and comment, cheers 🙂
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