Yet another 109 project
This time it is a project that has been waiting to get underway for quite a long time
I have been trying to gather info on the two-seat 109’s for some time, and really got another push with the arrival of a book on the type in Yugoslav service. In that book it is described how they received 9 two-seaters after the war.
To begin with, a few books have been gathered;
And as can be seen I also have a few conversion/AM products ready.
What version will it be then?
There are the german G-12 that is hard to bypass, and a kit is actually available from AMG. It is based on a UM kit with a resin cockpit. Actually not the best kit around, and the clear resin parts in my box are not at all clear. It is however a good place to start.
Now, there has also been a Buchon two-seater as is known to most enthusiasts, but that one will have to wait as there are at present no front-end for the M1L variant in 1/48, though two HA1110-K1L’s were made into two-seaters. (SBS-model has a great resin nose in 1/32) The two-seater with the Merlin was the HA1112-M4L.
Avia also made a two-seater, the Avia CS-99, and that is a lot easier to make as it is essentially a G-10, and the two-seat version seems to be a 109G-12. The next version was the C-199, developed into a two-seater, the CS-199, and Falcon has kindly supplied a clear-Vax vacuum canopy for that version. They suggest the use of a hobbycraft C-199 for that conversion, but that is a kit I still have to come across. Lets see if eduard will follow their 109 series up with a C-199. .
The Yugoslavian story is a long one, suffice it to say that in 1946 there were negotiations that resulted in an agreement that Yugoslavia offered to store the Bulgarian 109’s in 1947. In 1948 Yugoslavia then bought 91 airworthy 109G’s and spares, and contracted Bulgaria to convert 12 of these into two-seaters. It seems likely that the two-seaters were converted in Yugoslavia, the first being W.NR.165104 that may have been converted before arriving?
The Yugoslavian two-seaters were named UMe 109 in Yugoslav service, derived from the Russian “Uchobni” meaning Trainer, and all 109’s were Me 109, Bf never being used.
Well – this is where you get into the picture! I know a work-in-progress thread is not entirely the right way to ask for information, but nonetheless, if you have any comments or info or pictures please feel free to share – any and all is welcome to add to the knowledge!
The UMe 109 seems to be the easiest to make, apart from the lack of decals as the sparesbox is full of Erla-hoods as used in the backseat, and the rest is more or less standard G-model with only the middle window to be scratchbuilt..
So far the following has been used;
Messerschmitt Bf 109, The Yugoslav story, volume II, Jeroplan Books.
The Messerschmitt Bf 109, Late Series, Valiant Wings
The Messerschmitt Bf 109, A Comprehensive Guide, SAM Publications
Flugzeug Classic Extra, Messerschmitt Bf 109 Teil 2+3, GeraMond (also available as a book)
Falcon Clear-Vax Canopies, set no 50, Messerschmitt Bf 109 special
AMG 48702, Messerschmitt Bf 109G12
Falcon Triple Conversion Kit X, FW190S-8/Bf109G-12/Bf109G-14
Please feel free to add to this thread!
next up hopefully some building will commence?