Bf-109E-4/7 Trop - HobbyBoss 80261 - 1/72
As I haven't had too much time to build any kits lately, I was loosely following the Desert Air War Group and thought I'd add a quick little build using the Hobby Boss Bf 109E-4 Trop in 1/72. I did not have the time to update the progress posts - but I do have a final product.
I'm pretty sure this is my first 109, and my first HobbyBoss 'Easy Assembly' bit which does have more detail then expected and used a little filler in a few spots. I had a very rough time with the mottling so I decided to use some camo decals from Tamiya Decals #12682 for the Ki-61 kit, the spot blending is there but the photos do not show it off very well - but at least there is no overspray 🙂
The colouring was pretty close, so I basically cut out the appropriate pieces which loosely matched the camo using a downloaded Tamiya paint guide for a JG 27 BF109 - the popular Red/Black #8 of 2/JG 27, flown by Werner Schröer. Articles indicate he flew this camo scheme on his E-7, and my books indicate the E-7 was similar to the E-4 but had provisions for a belly gas tank, so I added the belly tank provide with the kit.
I used AK Air series RLM78/79/80 for the camo paint and they went on very well, and used Vallejo Premium White for the tail band.
Testors Red for the nose spinner proved to be a bit too dark for my liking but it served the purpose all the same.
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