A and A Models 1/48 Me-209V4
Hello everyone. I built this unusual plane for the Luftwaffe Group Build. This plane was designed from the start to break the speed record, which it did in 1939. The Me-209 held this record until 1969. As the war progressed, the Luftwaffe tested this plane to see if it could be transformed into a fighter. By the time they had extended the wings and added machine guns and ammunition, it actually had poorer performance the Me-109. The Luftwaffe tried to get some propaganda mileage out of the plane by naming it the Me-209, hoping to convince the British that a high performance successor to the 109 was coming on-board. Apparently the propaganda didn't work very well, either.
This kit was fun to build. I thought this would be a limited run kit, so I approached it with caution. It is quite complete, with some really nicely molded plastic parts, as well as some photoetch and canopy masks. The plane went together very well and required very little filler and sanding. My biggest complaint is that A and A Models somehow trained the small parts to jump into my carpet...never to be seen again. As you can see, this problem was entirely self-inflicted, and easily corrected with some thin plastic strip to replace the missing parts. As far as paint schemes, you can paint this plane in a number of schemes, as long as they are overall RLM02. I painted the plane using the early war shade of RLM02 from AK Real Colors. The minor weathering was done using artist oils and odorless Turpenoid.
If you would like more info on the build, please drop into the Luftwaffe Group. A and A Models, which I understand is part of Modelsvit, has also produced a C-141A in 1/144. I flew C-141s for 20 years, so I already have this model on order. Everyone stay safe. Cheers.