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1/32 Bf109E-4 with PeilG IV (paint time)


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Stunning build again Iain. :clap2::clap2:

BTW how are you going to attach the PE piece? On my Ju 88 I made a mask and painted the antenna on the inside as the real strips were quite thin.

Cheers

Nick

 

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2 hours ago, Cheetah11 said:

 

Stunning build again Iain. :clap2::clap2:

BTW how are you going to attach the PE piece? On my Ju 88 I made a mask and painted the antenna on the inside as the real strips were quite thin.

Cheers

Nick

 

Thanks Nick! So I've formed it over the outside of the cover, therefore it is slightly bigger than the final size it'll have to be on the inside. My hope is that once I press-fit it the to inside of the cover, it'll form to the interior shape......hopefully! The PE part is really thin, so I'm hoping to get away with that, but that thinness also comes with downfalls..easy to mangle...
Otherwise I might (not really sure if I want to though) is use white glue in some strategic places to hold it there. Not sure about that though....

Iain
 

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More progress made on the 109, luckily there was quite a bit of building to be done, as anything painting related (like getting the Hurricane painted) is just not on the cards at the moment. WAAAAY to wet and cold (12°C and RH of 68% in the garage - once the wet cars are parked, it just get worse). Will have to wait for a bit of sunshine to dry things out a bit...

I've managed to get the major construction work out of the way - wings, flaps, ailerons, horizontal stabs and elevators, putty where needed, canopies are masked. All ready for primer and paint.


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Quite a bit of filler (Milliput) has been used to try and get a smoother transition between the engine cowling and gun deck cover, plus some rod to fill the gap between those parts (I think this was designed to be a cowl-off kit)

The prop assembly has been modded to accept magnets.

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Both the cannon covers and the slats needed some extra styrene fitted to make them fit.

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The AM rudder has been drilled and pinned (removable), fitted with the linkage yoke that came with the kit for it's rudder

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Underside needs some black in the radiator wells before I attach them and mask off for painting.
Dragon supplies etched brass linkages for the ailerons and flaps (moveable perhaps)- they are fiddly, and although looking the part, I think that the whole system would be way to weak to support the trailing bits. There are only two attachment points for both the flaps and ailerons - no locating pins at either the wing edge (aileron), or the inner face of the flaps where they butt onto the fuselage. So mine are glued in place!
First time I've seen or used those flexible inserts Dragon gave for the wheel wells. I did some reading up on them when I saw them - lot of complaints about being brittle and not usable, but happy to report mine were fine, responded to Mr Hobby S glue VERY well, and worked a treat!

 

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Great project, and fantastic work Iain, Owl did make some very nice sets, there was a wonderful build of a Bf 110C nightfighter more than a few years ago by Ralph Reise, and his painting techniques for an all black aircraft were outstanding, hope it proves useful, link.

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21 hours ago, LSP_Kevin said:

Nice progress, Iain.

 

Kev


Thanks Kev!!

1 hour ago, Kagemusha said:

Great project, and fantastic work Iain, Owl did make some very nice sets, there was a wonderful build of a Bf 110C nightfighter more than a few years ago by Ralph Reise, and his painting techniques for an all black aircraft were outstanding, hope it proves useful, link.


@Kagemusha Thanks, and thanks for that link! I'll def take a look at it!!!

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Been pretty tied up with the work on the Hurricane, but this one is still getting some love every now and then! ;)
After I had laid down some primer in various areas I saw that the fit between the engine, cowl where I had added some styrene to adjust the length, and the gun deck, was pretty lumpy. So I spent some fair time sanding down and sorting that area out.

Cockpit and all the various little bits were added, the canopies were masked (interior and exterior) and painted, as well as adding the grab handles and head armour.

Below is an image of the tub just before the canopies were added. Hopefully I've blown all the dust out - she's going to be a closed-up bird.

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And there she is with the glazing on. Pretty happy with the fit, the time I spent fettling and sanding beforehand seemed to have worked. I will be filling the small gaps between the framing with diluted PVA to ensure paint doesn't get inside.
The glazing has just been glued on with Mr Hobby S, still needs some minor blending around the aft section. Once that's done, she's ready for primer!

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Lovely build and nice to see this variant built. Re the engine cowl and gun deck cover fit, I know it’s too late now, but I think Bf109E’s had a notoriously badly fitting engine cowl, usually with a gap and slightly raised where it meets the gun deck. Not sure how to add a photo or link, but a search for bf109e cowl would throw up some examples.

Looking forward to seeing some colour on it.

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9 hours ago, NigTT said:

Lovely build and nice to see this variant built. Re the engine cowl and gun deck cover fit, I know it’s too late now, but I think Bf109E’s had a notoriously badly fitting engine cowl, usually with a gap and slightly raised where it meets the gun deck. Not sure how to add a photo or link, but a search for bf109e cowl would throw up some examples.

Looking forward to seeing some colour on it.

Thanks @NigTT Yep, it (the gap) will still be visible....109's had that rubber seal which is the piece of styrene I added, plus I think there will be an ever-so-slight step.
I had to sort it out though, my first attempt was horrific :evil_laugh: it would just have been waaaaay to much!

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Got all the building work out of the way, now it's time for rivets and paint.
Going the same way on this as I did on my Hurricane - mottling over a silver base to provide the tonal variance, then the "black" topcoat..


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So here she is with SMS Aluminium over Mr Surfacer grey primer (with the moveable surfaces left in grey).
I'll then go over the entire airframe with various colours shot through mottling masks.
On top of  that will be a HGW rivet set.

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Once the rivet decals are down, it'll be some chipping fluid, and the base colour to be chipped slightly. Hopefully all goes to plan ;)

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