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Building, painting and finishing aircraft models of all scales.

Attack of the 109s, Pt. 6 1/32 Bf-109G-6

The Hasegawa Bf-109G-6 "kannonen boot", with Eagle Cals decals to do Heinrich Bartels' airplane from late 1943, flown in the eastern Mediterranean. Among the pilots assigned to IV Gruppe when it was activated in Greece in May 1943 was Feldwebel[...]

Attack of the 109s, Pt. 5: 1/32 Hasegawa Bf-109G-12

Here's the only kit of the 1/32 Bf-109G-12. Back in 2006, my good friend the late Dave Thompson, retired President of the Erie, PA Hell's Angels, all around nice guy, and lifelong modeler (you should have seen his scratchbuilt 1/32 Ju-87C Stuka[...]

109 G-14 A/S Hasegawa 1/72

Keeping with the 109 flurry, here's my very old 'one of a kind' model. It's the Hasegawa 109 G-14, but modified to the last variant, the A/S (asymetrical) with the DB 605 engine. The changed cowling bulge was sculpted out of epoxy putty. The onl[...]

Tamiya 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3

Having admired some hundreds of spectacular models here at iModeler, I feel compelled to provide some sort of evidence that Yours Truly also builds some models on his own -- well at least occasionally. This is Tamiya’s Messerschmitt Bf 109E [...]

Camouflage and Markings of the Messerschmitt Me 109

I believe some readers will raise their eyebrows seeing that I have captioned most popular German fighter ever Me 109 rather than Bf 109. Well, there is an explanation. During my work as the librarian of the RAF Museum I studied several copie[...]

“The One-shot Lighter” Mitsubishi G4M Betty

"The One-shot Lighter" is a one of the name given by Allied pilots for Mitsubishi G4M Betty because of their tendency to explode or catch on fire from any slight damage to the wing fuel tanks after being hit . Model built as S.F.B of Tamiya[...]

1/32 Hasegawa Messerschmitt Bf-109G4 Trop

A small addition to the "Attack of 109's" .This is 1/32 Hasegawa Messerschmitt Bf-109 G4 in the markings of “Black 1 “ from JG 53 in Sicily .This machine was flown by Oblt. Franz Schiess in 1943. The cockpit modified by MDC (Model Design Const[...]

Attack of the 109s, Pt. 4: Hannes Trautloft (Hasegawa 1/32 Bf-109F-2)

The Hasegawa limited-run Bf-109F-2 (released as Galland Bf-109F-2Z), with Eagle Cals decals to do Hannes Trautloft's Bf-109F-2. I love the many varied unofficial camouflage schemes applied to JG 54 109s and 190s. To me, the Bf-109F is the best[...]

Attack of the 109s, Pt. 3: Hans Joachim Marseille (Hasegawa 1/32 Bf-109F-4)

Two years ago, Hasegawa finally made good on their threat to do a Bf-109F, with a new (corrected) fuselage and corrected spinner. To my mind, the best of the Hasegawa 1/32 109s. Lifelike Decals to do Marseille's second 109F, with Eduard seat [...]

Attack of the 109s, Pt. 2: Galland’s Bf-109E-4 (Eduard 1/32)

In 1984 I had the privilege of attending the annual convention of the American Fighter Aces Association. Among the attendees were Adolf Galland, Gunther Rall (at the time the commander of the West German Air Force, though he seemed just another[...]