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Gewehr 43

Bf-110E-2 Trop - 7./ZG26, Italy 1941

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Happy new year, everyone.  I'm ringing in 2018 by wrapping up a build that's been on my bench since September.  If you've followed my slow build thread, "Messerschmitts of North Africa," you have followed the progress of this slow, but steady Bf-110E-2 build and, its desert companion, the Bf-109F-4.

 

This is Cyber Hobby's kit 3209 and represents a -110 of 7./ZG26 in Italy.  Yep, I know I said it was Messerschmitts of North Africa.  I was planning on doing a different paint scheme for a North African bird, but my kiddo liked the yellow cowls of the Italian theater, so I figured I'd do it up for him.  

 

All told it is a really nice kit.  The molding details are phenomenal and the fit is pretty good.  The nacelles and cowls are finicky and the instructions downright suck, but if you've done a few Dragon/CH kits, you're well accustomed to their instructional tomfoolery.  For those of you considering it, I would recommend replacement exhausts (quickboost makes some nice resin ones) and maybe an updated seatbelt set.  I used an HGW set.  Go slow, take your time, and dry fit everything.  

 

As an aside... we've all had those kits that just fought us every step of the way, right?  This one wasn't one of those.  In fact, fortune smiled upon me several times throughout the course of this build.  It was almost eerie. :)

 

For this and the aforementioned 109, I kept a tally of all the hours spent on this aircraft.  Here are the stats:

 

Started: 9/16/2017

Finished: 1/1/2018

Days on bench: 107

Total materials cost: $83.47

Planning and preparation time (including seam cleanup): 20.8 hrs

Build time: 26.75 hrs

Painting time: 26.26 hrs

Weathering time: 6.9 hrs

Total Time: 87.2 hrs

Number of sessions at the bench: 48

Average time per session: 1.82 hrs

Average time per day: .81 hrs

 

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Okay, this one was a bit of a hail mary.  The small clear piece that's supposed to serve as the "glass" for the engine gauges fell inside the cowling as I was trying to remove the liquid mask from it.  So, to fashion a replacement, I put a dollop of regular white PVA glue on an index card, let it dry slightly for 5 minutes, then got a blob on the end of a toothpick.  Fishing that blob into the holes, I was able to get the glue to fill them in via surface tension.  Once it dried clear, I put a little future on it to gloss it up a bit and, in a pinch, it makes a pretty decent stand-in for the missing plastic.  Perfect?  No, but a damn sight better than an empty hole.
 
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Excellent build...110 was always one of my favorites but i always consider it too big in 32 for my display case, now u made me think about it again...

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That is one very good looking Bf110 Gewehr, she looks right in every respect and the muted finish is skillfully done. Many congratulations on a fine piece of work! (The stats are interesting too :) )

Max

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Excellent build...110 was always one of my favorites but i always consider it too big in 32 for my display case, now u made me think about it again...

 

It's definitely no small model, that's for sure.  I have no idea what I'm going to do with it as I'm out of space in my workshop.  I used to take my completed kits to work and display them in my office, but every single one of my aircraft have been messed with and broken by someone when I've been away.  So, no more of that.  :/

 

Fantastic build!  Love the subtle weathering. 

 

Very nice, clean finish!

 

Gaz

Thank you very much.  It's weathered exclusively with pastels and I feel they lent themselves well to a subtle weathering job.  

 

Superb work!

 

Kev

 

 

Beautyful, hell of a nice bird..., great job, dude...

 

 

That is one very good looking Bf110 Gewehr, she looks right in every respect and the muted finish is skillfully done. Many congratulations on a fine piece of work! (The stats are interesting too :) )

Max

 

 

Nice Zerstorer, the 110 has really grown on me. It's a must for any Luftwaffe collection.

 

 

Thanks, everyone!  I really appreciate the compliments!

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Excellent build! Paint, detail work and weathering  :thumbsup: !!!

 

Well done.....

 

Dan

 

 

Very nice 110! I like the subtle weathering too.

 

Carl

 

Thanks, guys!

 

Nifty, you're all set for the G-4 builds!

 

Ha!  Bill, it'll be a long time before I crack the box on another one of these.  It was a wonderful build and really a nice little kit, but man was it a lot of effort.  I say that and, of course, I just cracked the box on Revell's 1/144 Fletcher platinum edition with enough bling to make Biggy Smalls blush.  My goal for that one is to make at least 30 minutes of progress per day.  If I'd done that with this kit, it wouldn't have taken me nearly 4 months to complete.  

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