Eduard 1/32 Bf ME109 E-4

April 15, 2021 · in Aviation · · 13 · 2K

All this lockdown time and I've barely done a tap. I started this one nearly a year ago, and finally got it finished after a long bout of modeller's block. Really nice kit (that I won as a prize at the Bolton show about 8 years ago !) Goes together really well - nicely detailed plastic with a couple of frets of PE and some resin parts in this offering. The one major problem I had was - I'm almost certain - self inflicted. When I clamped the wings on for the glue to set I think I overdid the tightening on the clamps, because when I took them off the wing dihedral was almost non-existent. I'd guess it should be somewhere around 6° and I reckon it's no more than 2° on my version. A huge mistake, and I did think about trying to correct it, but decided against it in the end. It's not noticeable in these photographs, but it's there ! Mainly painted in MRP acrylics, and weathered with oils, Mig Weathering powders and AK Weathering pencils. Another great kit from Eduard, and it finally got me restarted. Again !

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  1. This is an amazing model, Robert @rob-cookson!
    Cockpit is amazing, painting and weathering are super!
    The dihedral issue is not apparent from the pics...
    Well done!

    • Thank you, Spiros. This photo illustrates the problem much more clearly, with the E-4 next to a 1/48 G-6. You can see that the E-4 wings are almost horizontal. This bird would definitely not fly! (sorry it's such a poor quality photo because of the lightning)

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  2. Fantastic result, Robert.
    Those yellow nosed 109's are beautiful planes and you clearly show that with your build.
    Everything looks great.

  3. You're not alone. I had the same issue with the same kit and ended up hacking the top wing root to fix it which is a bit brutal. A bit p'd off and it put me off Eduard a bit. Their 1/48 109 E's don't seem to have this problem.

    I have seen other's talk about this and I don't know if Eduard are aware of it. I don't think it's your mistake. Maybe TC can enlighten us?

    Nice job! Nice weathering

    • Thanks Ross. I was going to do exactly what you did, but as soon as I started to cut, I lost my nerve and decided to concentrate on the finish, which is reasonably close to what I would have liked. Once I've made a major mistake I tend to lose interest and the thing never gets finished, so maybe this qualifies as a bit of progress on my part - the fact that it didn't end up in the bin! ?

  4. Looks great, Robert. Excellent weathering and paint work.

  5. Great looking 'Emil' Robert.
    Well worth the wait, I'd say.

  6. A very nice 109! Well done.

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