1/32 Spanish Bf-109F-4 from 21st Century Toys
This is a model that was built from a kit from 21st Century Toys. In case you have never heard of them, this company made “die-cast”, already built and painted model aircraft in 1/32 and and 1/18 scales in the 1990s. They later sold their 1/32 aircraft as assembly kits for a very reasonable price. Their kits are easy to assemble and can be built into an accurate representation of the subject aircraft. I was looking for something to build for the Imperial German Air Service / Luftwaffe Group when I found this at my local hobby shop in the consignment section for $10.
Having built a previous 21st Century kit, I snatched it up for the group build. Although the kit cockpit is fairly detailed, I decided to add a resin cockpit, along with some Eduard photoetch. I also found some SBS Models decals for a Spanish Bf-109F-4 Trop in 1943. As pointed out in several build articles I was able to find, this kit is more of a 109G than a 109F, but it was easy to make the changes necessary backdate the plane.
The fuselage walls were thinned to allow the resin cockpit to fit, and Eduard photoetch was added to replace the instrument panel.
The fuselage and wings feature large screws to help hold everything together, probably from the kit’s die-cast origins, which are a real pain to fill.
Once that is done, the rest of the kit is a breeze. The plane was painted using AK Real Colors, and weathered using artist oil colors.
This was a fun build, even if it was riddled with several self-induced catastrophes that made construction a lot more difficult than it needed to be. Please drop in to the Imperial German Air Service / Luftwaffe Group if you want a step-by-step on this build. Everyone stay safe.