1/32 Matchbox Messerschmitt BF/109E-3
Another garage sale "gem". The box was crushed, decals shot, but it appeared all the sprues were in it. this kit was molded in the early 80's in England. This took me awhile to build and landed on the shelf of doom more than once. It is a bit of a "paint donkey" as I am still honing my airbrushing, weathering and chipping skills. In hindsight, I may have gone a bit overboard with the chipping. I realized after shooting the pics, I am missing the antenna on the spine behind the cockpit. Looked high and low for it. No dice. Oh well, I may add a piece of toothpick later...
Fit was excellent with very little flash. I was surprised with the level of detail in both the cockpit and engine. I have included some progress shots of these from a couple of different angles. I also included photos of the box and the price I paid for it! DEAL!
This aircraft has some interesting innovations. The Daimler-Benz V-12 is inverted in the fuselage with a 20mm cannon as part of the propeller shaft, two synchronized machine guns to fire through the prop, and two more cannons out on the wings. The model has a removable cowl, and I had to do some filing on both pieces to make it fit.
I was so bummed the decals were not salvageable. The glycine protective sheet was bonded to them, so I am guessing the kit was exposed to some heat. I tried steaming, ironing, soaking with it in the hopes they would separate. Nothing worked. I ended up ordering some from Scalemates. The markings are fictitious, no particular pilot or squadron. They are supposed to be late war markings, but my gut questions the accuracy of that.
Oh well, it was fun, and that's what it's all about, eh?
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