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Colin Latta
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Yet another 109E – Airfix 1/48 Bf-109E-7 trop

May 13, 2019 · in Aviation · · 14 · 3.1K

This is 's BF-109E-4/7. It's a nice easy kit and fairly well detailed. (not as nice as Eduard's, but not as expensive, either!) The main issues were overly long landing gear legs, wrong canopy, prop could use replacing, and thin but translucent decals.

  • Detailed cockpit with wiring and small details (controls, cranks, canopy handles etc), drilled lightening holes in rudder pedals and added toe straps, rebuilt gunsight, removed molded seatbelts and added Lion Roar belts.
  • Modified open portion of canopy to correct 109E-7 configuration (removed center frame and scribed sliding panel edges)
  • Modified air intake filter (added mesh to top and bottom and framework) and added actuating cable.
  • Drilled out cannons and machine guns, opened up exhaust intakes on front, added rudder cables, repositioned radiators to open position and added front support bars.
  • Shortened landing gear by 3/16" and added hydraulic lines, brake hoses, actuating rod.
  • Antennae from fine copper wire
  • Ultracast prop, Quickboost exhaust, Lion roar belts.
  • Painted with Gunzie and Tamiya acrylics, weathered with pastels, oils, and Prismacolor pencils.
  • Decals from kit, and Superscale

Hope you like,

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14 responses

  1. Lovely work Colin - a classic Me 109 scheme.

  2. Just great! Love this scheme. Do you have photos from the cockpit?
    And/or the modifications you did?

    • Thanks, unfortunately the only photo's I have of the cockpit are these …

      2 attached images. Click to enlarge.

  3. Beautifully finished and presented, Colin...very nice work.

  4. Very, very pretty, Colin. ‘Like’ this a lot. Beautifully painted and finished. Can I ask what you used as a final coat?

    Gorgeous Emil.

    • Thanks! I Future before and after decaling, weather, then as a final coat, I use Tamiya's XF86 'clear flat' thinned approx. 50% with Tamiya's acrylic thinner, and a few drops of Tamiya's retarder. I spray at the lowest pressure I can, and fog on multiple coats. This seems to eliminate frosting and overspray dust and leaves a light sheen and a bulletproof surface.

  5. Well done. I love desert camo

  6. WOW ! This one looks fantastic Colin, and it's one of my favorite 109's.

  7. great job on the little leopard

  8. Nice! Beautiful job on the camo.

  9. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    Great work Colin, you did a very fine work on the camouflage, it just looks unique.

  10. Good work with the airbrush Collin, Imlike it a lot. And agree with your evaluation of the kit, the canopy in the box is quite inaccurate, both for the E-3 as for the E-4/7 versions, strange how Airfix just let that go under the quality radar

  11. Another beauty Colin! Love the details.

  12. Third "Red 8" at imodeler 🙂

    Very well done modell

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