Eduard Bf 109E-4, 1/48. 'Emil Over Britain'.
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This Bf 109E-4 is supposed WNr. 3709, flown by Oblt. Josef Fözö whom shot down 27 aircraft including his time in Spain. The 'Adlerangriff' kit comes with two schemes of this aircraft, one from July and one in September which has the yellow nose and rudder. Being that this is one of only two options for a cannon armed 109 with a yellow nose and mottling, I chose this one as it was an E-4 and the other was an E-4/B with the bomb rack.
One trick I found a while ago regarding yellow was to paint the areas pink as this makes the yellow come across more vibrant, it seems to work! By doing this I was also able to shade these parts so panel lines and the such were darker pink, and the panels lighter, creating some nice variation and then all I needed to do is add the yellow over the top which would in turn now be shaded. This has a major advantage as trying to do shading with yellow often ends up turning the paint into a green colour.
For mottling I first painted the aircraft in a standard scheme before masking off the yellow parts. I did not bother masking off any of the standard scheme in order to show over-spray from the field painted scheme. The instructions showed it to be very heavy compared to the other 109s in the set, I tried my best to replicate this but I went too far.
Luckily, as I discovered, since mottling is by nature a pretty random camouflage technique there was no issue in going back and adding some light blue to break up the particularly overdone areas. This resulted in a fairly decent fix.
After the decals were on I decided to go back and do some spraying, a photo of Fözö's plane shows the cross definitely had some overspray on it. That being said one confusing thing is whether that aircraft is the same as this as the photo listed a different WNr. Either Eduard is wrong, the photo caption is wrong, or he had two planes with an identical scheme.
I wouldn't mind doing another attempt at mottling preferably on a scheme with less mottling and seeing how it comes out, perhaps this gives me an excuse to get a later war 109. We shall see.
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