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Alpine Schmitt…1/48 Messerschmitt Bf109E-3 Swiss Airforce

Built in 2018.
Switzerland purchased 80 E-3 in 1939 and built 8 further aircraft as a licence version which were delivered in 1944. The aircrafts stayed in service until December 1949.

Tamiya kit, crosses and stripes painted (Montex masks for the crosses), Eduard seatbelts, EZ line for aerials. brake lines and landing gear indicators with plastic rods. Gunze and Tamiya acrylics used, aircraft number and rest of decals from Cutting Edge and Tamiya.

The Swiss Emils differed slightly from the German originals.
All differences are mentioned in this Hyperscale feature from Randy Lutz

http://hsfeatures.com/features04/bf109e3swissrl_1.htm

My dad made not all changes. He removed the fuselage MG bulges and added new ones with plastic pieces, he made a new seatbelt arrangement, used a spadegrip control stick from an I-16 kit, changed the cowl panel lines and used 2cm wing guns from a Hasegawa A6M7 kit for the Oerlikon wing guns.

Build thread here

https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235041244-alpine-schmitt148-messerschmitt-bf109e-3-swiss-airforce/

20 additional images. Click to enlarge.


4 responses to Alpine Schmitt…1/48 Messerschmitt Bf109E-3 Swiss Airforce

  1. That’s another fine looking build, Reinhard.
    A very interesting scheme and those stripes are applied perfectly.

  2. Very nice 109 your dad made here Reinhard. I am especially pleased to see the effort to make it true to the original that includes the correct layout of the shoulder harness and the “spadegrip” as well as Oerlikons and changes to the cowling! Once again your dad gets a “Well done” @grimreaper.

  3. A real beauty (as always), and really spectacular scheme.

  4. A “well done” from me, too, Reinhard @grimreaper!
    I love seeing planes in Swiss markings and this is a perfectly built and painted one, with such a flamboyant scheme!

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