Messerschmitt Me109E-3a L-52, Yugoslavia 1/48
Relaxing with an (almost) OOB 109
In order to get a build done fast, I bought the Airfix Emil. The plan was to get it done fast(?) and OOB(?)
OK – things took a turn at the very beginning of the build. Having been spoilt by eduard 109’s the Airfix item is a bit simple and somewhat lacking in detail. Not that it is a bad kit, it is just not an expensive kit.
First off, I had a resin seat from SBS-model, relatively inexpensive, but looks a million. And it comes in a 2-pack. The handle on one of them had broken off, and so it was used for this build as it was planned to be with a closed canopy anyway.
Some putty has been added here and there, some of it due to my own clumsiness in this accelerated build.
RLM65 and RLM71 were Xtracolor gloss to skip a layer of clear gloss.
Having said that I did have trouble with the quality of the kit (and admitted it is great compared to the price 🙂 ) I think it may be in order to express my high regard for the decals!
These pictures were taken with a Olympus TG4 in “Macro”-mode and the addition of a flash-ring that just channels the LED-light to a ring around the lens.
Now, that is some AWESOME decals, and if I had taken some more time with the build, it would have been a great model. But alas – I wanted a OOB quick build.
Decals added and the plane had a layer of clear matt
With all the decals added (they worked like a dream!) the plane has received a coat of matt (Tamiya acrylic)
And today the sun was out, and so was I – here you have the endresult. I had bought a pair of Quickboost exhausts to replace the kit-parts, a relatively cheap option, and looks a lot better that the kit ones. (OK – they could be fiddled with to make some nice ones)
This is what came from a few minutes out in the sun;
The antenna wire is Uschi van der Rosten fine rigging wire.
Thank you all for comments on this build in the work in progress section.
Regarding the Me designation, I believe that that was actually the designation used by BFW for export planes, the Bf being a RLM designation.
Been a great little speed build, at least it was a speed build for me, trying to keep mods to a minimum was a bit tough, but I think I managed?