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Bf 109E-1, 6./JG 54, "Brown 2" (Finished)

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OK, have most of the interior work done. This kit has really been a treat so far, detail is just amazing. Since this aircraft was still sporting 70/71 on the upper surfaces I figured it may have been a veteran so I put a little more "wear" in the cockpit than normal, paint chipping, etc. I started with a base of Magnesium Metalizer and after the MM acrylic RLM 02 was applied and still setting up I chipped the paint with a toothpick. Followed by a coat of future and then an oil wash of thinned down Windsor and Netwon raw umber. The oxygen regulator is too tall if installed stock, cut off the bottom two rows of perforations to get the correct height. I also added a couple of Mike Grant placard decals and then applied a flat coat.

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After taking the pictures I realized this mistake! :pray:

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Looking good, great details and I really like the distressed metal effect on the floor etc..

Real nice :thumbsup:

Cheers, Ian

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Looking pretty good, Mike. Is this the kit you picked up in Volks a while back?

OBTW, that mistake... saw that right off.

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Looking pretty good, Mike. Is this the kit you picked up in Volks a while back?

It is indeed.

OBTW, that mistake... saw that right off.

It's going to stay that way, messed with it a little and determined that I'd do more damage moving it and trying to repair stuff. Hopefully the Bf 109 Gods will forgive me.

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LOVE the interior work Mike! Very nice effect and most convincing!!! I had to do a double take, however, as this reads as a 1/32 entry and I was sure you were mostly 1/72. :P

Greg

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I was thinking the same thing Greg. He moved up two weight divisions!

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It is indeed.

It's going to stay that way, messed with it a little and determined that I'd do more damage moving it and trying to repair stuff. Hopefully the Bf 109 Gods will forgive me.

I was hoping you'd pick up on the Jeremiah Johnson reference.

That looks like a nice kit. I'm sure you'll do it justice.

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I was hoping you'd pick up on the Jeremiah Johnson reference.

That looks like a nice kit. I'm sure you'll do it justice.

Sheez, we're dating oursleves here, John! :lol: You pried a few inert brain cells loose on that one.

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LOVE the interior work Mike! Very nice effect and most convincing!!! I had to do a double take, however, as this reads as a 1/32 entry and I was sure you were mostly 1/72. :lol:

Greg

I was thinking the same thing Greg. He moved up two weight divisions!

Yes, I have been bitten by the 1/32 bug...

http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index....howtopic=206527

Scale of choice for middle aged guys with 10 left thumbs and failing eysesight! ;)

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Keep me posted on your thoughts building this in 1/32 Mike, as I've yet to try anything but 1/48 but am certainly tempted with some of the latest offerings in 1/32. That, and middle-aged, two left thumbs builder makes it all that much more attractive too. :lol:

Greg

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Some work on the wheel wells, OOB was a little lacking:

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I applied some lead foil and textured it with semi round file:

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Finished product, picture is not great but hopefully you get the idea:

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I'm making pretty good progress on assembly, everything is going together pretty well up to this point:

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Fantastic stuff Mike. Great tip for adding some detail to the wheel wells too, as it truly looks like the leather booting material used on these fighters. :cheers:

Greg

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I'm assuming the cockpit of Emil's were RLM02 not RLM66? Think I'll buy one of the 1/72 Tamiya Emils in my local shop for this group build. ;)

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Really like your wheel wells, Mike.

Tempestwulf, 02 would be correct for this time period. You won't go wrong with a Tamiya Emil. That's pretty much a viceless kit.

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Tempestwulf, 02 would be correct for this time period. You won't go wrong with a Tamiya Emil. That's pretty much a viceless kit.

Second that motion, the Tamiya Emil is just a wonderful kit.

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Here's something I found interesting. Any 109 buff knows that on the Emil the seatbelts were fed through an opening in the back of the seat, right?

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These are fed over the top, unlike the F and later they appear to be secured behind the seat though.

And here's a scan of the paint scheme:

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Interesting shot of the seatbelts. I guess that once again it just shows you need to check photos.

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Here's something I found interesting. Any 109 buff knows that on the Emil the seatbelts were fed through an opening in the back of the seat, right?

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These are fed over the top, unlike the F and later they appear to be secured behind the seat though.

Is it not possible that belts do come through the seat back as per normal, and are folded up and are hanging over the back of the seat? To keep them out of the way as the pilot gets in? Not that that particular plane is going anywhere any time soon. Perhaps someone on ground fiddled with them, and pulled them out of the seat back and then hung them over the top, and the plane never flew with them in that configuration?

I'm no 109 expert, that is why I can actually get 109's built, I never get caught up in small details.

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really great work on the cockpit... :)

Sorry about your little mishap though... :coolio:

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Is it not possible that belts do come through the seat back as per normal, and are folded up and are hanging over the back of the seat? To keep them out of the way as the pilot gets in? Not that that particular plane is going anywhere any time soon. Perhaps someone on ground fiddled with them, and pulled them out of the seat back and then hung them over the top, and the plane never flew with them in that configuration?

I'm no 109 expert, that is why I can actually get 109's built, I never get caught up in small details.

That's ceratinly a possibility. The standard Emil seatbelt formed kind of a "Y" where it was fed through the hole though. I'm not going back and changing mine at this point mind you, I prefer to finish models too rather than get caught up in "analysis paralysis". :jaw-dropping:

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I prefer to finish models too rather than get caught up in "analysis paralysis". :rolleyes:

Which is exactly why I get so many 109's built, and barely finish a Spitfire.

Your kit is coming nicely, I hope to get back to mine, after I get the 1:48 scale kit done.

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OK, back at the bench after a month's hiatus. A couple of minor disasters, dropped it and broke the antenna mast off the tail and I put a split the canopy. If you've got a big pile of masking tape you're going to wad up and throw away make sure the canopy didn't accidentally stick to it, ask me how I know this. :cheers: Sent an email to Eduard inquiring about purchasing a replacement several weeks ago and still no reply.

Paint and future applied. Jagdwaffe Vol. 2 Sec. 4 suggested a 70/02 for hashmarks and fill on the fuselage sides and 70/71 for the upper surfaces. Paint is Gunze acrylic.

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