Tamiya 1/48 Me-109E-3 in Romanian Colors
I found some really interesting decals for a Romanian Me-109E-3 that led to this build. These planes were former Luftwaffe planes that were handed over to the Romanians. They repainted the planes in their own colors and markings. I used a really nice set of decals from RB Productions that included decals for 4 machines. The information that came along with the decals was quite complete, and pointed out that the previous Luftwaffe camouflage and markings sometimes faintly showed through the green paint on the wings. I wanted to try to replicate this. In addition, two of the planes feature markings that had the Romanian roundels placed asymmetrically on the wings. In the name of simplicity, I decided to keep everything symmetric.
I knew from the start that my knowledge and build would never rival the other builders of 109s seen on iModeler, so I wanted this 109 to be a basic out-of-the-box build. The Tamiya kit is awesome, and included a pilot, which I normally don't use, but I thought might be cool for this build. After I painted my aviator, I decided he looked a little clunky and used a set of Eduard seatbelts instead of a simulated human.
I wanted to depict a 109 that had been fairly recently repainted in Romanian colors, so I kept the fading, weathering, streaks, and so on restrained. I used Tamiya and AK Real Colors throughout the build.
This is the end result of a WIP post I have been doing for the last week. If you are interested in seeing any of the techniques used in this build, please visit the full description in the WIP Group. Thanks to everyone who made comments and offered suggestions during this build. Getting info and tips from other builders is what this is all about. Thanks. Everyone stay safe.
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