Converting a Bf 109 to a Ha-1109 K.1L Tripala
Where do we start?
First off, the kit to convert needs to be found. The starting point will be the SBS-model resin conversion kit mentioned elsewhere on iModeler. It is designed to use Tamiyas new Bf109 G-6.
The Ha-1109 initially were to be the Bf-109 J, and was based on a supply of 109 G-2 (or G-4) fuselages to Spain in 1944. That means that there are some minor differences on the hatches to be addressed on the Tamiya kit.
1. Not fixed in any way – just loosely laid onto the fuselage (Tamiya G-6)
Perfect fit. (Though you still have to modify the windscreen part of the kit)
Another option to consider is the Zvezda range, but they do not have an G-2/G-4 available (yet). They have an F-2/F-4 offering, and that kit has been updated with a new tree to make an G-6.
1. Overlapping panels. should I trim the resin or trim the plastic? (Zvezda kit)
The F-2/F-4 fuselage has the advantage of a separate tail – more on that later.
The fit of the windscreen is close, but needs work
1. loose fit, no tack or tape used
2. small step (Zvezda F-4)
1. Curve not quite right but close (Zvezda Bf109 F-4)
One way to get around that, will be to modify the resin, as the area in front of the screen in the kit is a separate item.
So far that leaves three kits that may be used. The Eduard Bf-109 G-2/G-4 kit is also an option, but that needs major surgery – I will check that in a later post (have so far just held the windscreen against the resin – very bad fit!
next up I shall be addressing other issues with making a correct Ha-1109 – your thoughts and comments are encouraged