Hobbycraft Bf-109E-7 Tropical

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  • Gary Brantley said 1 week ago:

    Well, I’m in gentleman. This will be only the second group build in which I’ve participated; looking forward to it! My contribution is the venerable Bf-109E. I have started the kit but it is a long way from assembly at this point. I’m planning on painting her in the Tunisian Scheme of RLM 78 over RLM 79 at this point. Of course, that may change before the Paasche H is fired up! Let the fun begin!!

  • Chuck A. Villanueva said 1 week ago:

    Good morning Gary, excellent choice. Haven’t built any of the HC 109’s but really not bad from those who have built them over the years, For the longest time HC had the very early production 109’s. Basic interiors but a great way to really improve on them. Looking forward to seeing this get started.

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 1 week ago:

    Yep, excellent choice, Gary!
    Looking forward to it!

  • John vd Biggelaar said 1 week ago:

    Great choice, Gary.
    My most favorite 109, especially the yellow nosed ones.
    Will be following your progress with interest.

  • Paul Barber said 1 week ago:

    Love the E-7 in desert schemes! Well done Gary! Great addition!

  • John Healy said 6 days, 15 hours ago:

    Nice choice, Gary. Still a solid kit. I built a series of Hobbycraft 109s in the early ‘90s and enjoyed them.

  • Gary Brantley said 6 days, 12 hours ago:

    Thanks for the support and encouragement from everyone! I’m looking forward to seeing some great work here. The HC kit does have a very nicely detailed cockpit. I’ve been told elsewhere that is courtesy of the original Hasegawa kit upon which it’s based. I was told the Hasegawa model came with a resin Verlinden ‘pit and the HC parts were made from that. True or not, it is a nicer cockpit than I’ve seen in my other Hobbycraft builds.

  • George R Blair Jr said 5 days, 8 hours ago:

    I am looking forward to this build, Gary (@garybrantley). During my military career I spent some “quality” time in some really challenging desert areas, so I empathize with those guys in the desert in WW2. Plus the paints schemes are different than you usually see on a 109.

  • Gary Brantley said 5 days, 2 hours ago:

    Thanks George! I am still a bit “undecided” about my final choice of schemes. The “desert Emils” are often shown with the multitude of mottles over the top side and I am thinking about that one too. I have a Badger Sotar airbrush that has never been used. To be honest, it’s always intimidated me; as the ancient and simple Paasche Model H is all I’ve ever used. I’ve gotten quite comfortable with it over the years but I’m questioning its (and my own) capabilities to pull off those mottles in a neat fashion. I’ve got an adapter ordered to fit the Sotar to my Paasche air hose and I may just get her out of the box and have a go at it. If I chicken out of that attempt, I’ll most likely use the Tunisian scheme. Thanks again for your interest!

  • Colin Gomez said 4 days, 13 hours ago:

    Nice choice, Gary. The most obvious choice is Werner Schroer’s Black Eight. When I did mine years ago, I was just getting used to my airbrush, spraying freehand with acrylics. I think its a good scheme to practice with. You can touch up with alternating sand and green work on the wings until you get the right feathering on the splotches (less easy on the fuselage, of course). At least that was my approach. Louis Gardner has a really nice version of this same version/kit on iModeler as well.

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  • Gary Brantley said 4 days, 4 hours ago:

    Thanks for that info @coling! The Black 8 scheme is cool for sure and quite effective too in that AO. I’m going to practice with that Sotar and see what I can do. I know it’s a very capable airbrush…we’ll see how capable it is in my hands, lol. 🙂

  • Louis Gardner said 3 days, 12 hours ago:

    Gary, @garybrantley
    Thanks for joining us !!! I think you picked a great plane to represent. I have built the early Jumo powered Hobbycraft kits, and even though they “resemble” the early 109’s, they were still a fun kit to build. I have also built up one of their Bf-109G kits, and I was very impressed with the fit. I don’t think I had to use any filler on that one. I painted the Gustav in RLM 78/79, as shown on the instructions and box top, but I chickened out when it came time to paint the tiny green squiggly lines that were nicely illustrated on the box top. In the end, I like it just as much with the solid tan color on the top side. This is also one of my favorite color schemes on a 109.

    Colin, @coling
    Thanks for the compliments on my Tamiya Black 8. It was one of those builds where everything went just perfectly, and I was able to get lucky. After seeing the pictures of your build of the same plane, I also compliment you on your work. It looks fantastic !!!

  • Gary Brantley said 3 days, 12 hours ago:

    You’re welcome Louis! And thank you for inviting me to the group. There are some incredibly gifted modelers in this one and I’ll try to be a credible one! 🙂 I’m now waiting on a parcel from Quinta Studios in Russia for the 109. That kit is next in the queue; I’m glossing my AMT Tigercat today and it should move along nicely after that. I’m anxious to see the HC 109 take shape (hopefully, it will look kind of right, lol) and perhaps start another. At the moment, the mojo is working hard and I’m taking advantage of the momentum. I’m going into the “old” stash and bringing the Monogram F-102 to life after owning it for 30 years or more. It will be my first Monogram build since the F-84F. I guess that’s going back to my roots! 🙂

  • George R Blair Jr said 2 days, 2 hours ago:

    Looking forward to your build, Gary (@garybrantley). Hobbycraft kits turn out fine with a little TLC.

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