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
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
20 additional images. Click to enlarge.