Werner Mölders Bf109F-1, 1/48 Eduard
Mölders was one of the first to be issued with a Friedrich
And because it was one of the first, it was an F-1. The F-1 differed from later versions by having the wingroot fillet of the Emil. And to make this one I had to cut up two kits to make the correct wingroot.
The Friedric is from Eduards Royal Class packing that included some very nice resin wheels, and a tailwheel assembly with leather mantel for the oleo to keep dirt off.
It was decided early in the build to have the tailwheel at an angle, as that had to be done before assembling the fuselage.
The doors were thinned to be more scale-like, and Eduard photoetch seatbelts were added to their early Friedrich resin seat. One odd thing on Mölders F-1 was the lack of an opening quarterlight in the left front part of the windscreen – it was included in later F-models as indeed it had been on almost all the earlier 109 versions.
A Master turned brass pitot also made it all look just a bit better.
The final details included a porcelain insulator for the antenna where it enters the fuselage, and the antenna was the usual UvdR fine elastic wire
For all the mods and a build journal, go to the in-progress for this build here; https://imodeler.com/groups/work-in-progress-aircraft/forum/topic/messerschmitt-bf109f-1-werner-molders-eduard-1-48/
Again a massive thanks for all the constructive comments and words of encouragement along the way – it has made the journey all the more enjoyable