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Airfix Club Limited Edition Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3, 1/48th scale

Detailing Items:
Out of box.

Humbrol enamels, Tamiya, Revell and Mr Hobby paints.

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Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3
In 1940, Feldwebel Karl Hier was piloting his Bf109 which was known as "White 1", when he was forced to land on an enemy airfield. Some have said he had landed there by mistake, thinking it was a German airfield and some that he had to make an emergency landing at said airfield. Hence, "White 1" first ended up in the hands of the French and then later the RAF for evaluation at Boscombe Down. Now after that little history lesson, lets get onto the model.
The kit is one of the limited edition kits that was available from the Airfix Club before they changed how it was operated. Basically, it is the same kit as you buy from your local model shop, except for the marking and scheme options that you get with it. Construction wise, this as a straight forward build which assembled without any problems, something that has been a great relief with Airfix's newer tooling's of their kits. My only issue was that the colours used for the interior was wrong on Airfix's instructions. The cockpit interior on the E3 was painted a different a colour to the E7. Luckily, I had a book with covered the early marks of the Bf 109's which gave me the correct RLM colour for the specific mark aircraft. Once the interior was finished, the remaining construction continued to get the model to the painting stage.
After cleaning up all of the joints, the model was masked where required and received a couple of coats of primer. Another check over the model was done to see if there was any other issues to deal with before painting of the scheme started. As this was going to be an aircraft which is in a freshly painted condition, no pre-shading was done to the fuselage before spraying the camouflage scheme. I first laid down the brown of the camouflage and once dry, masked up the areas using blutac worms and tape. Now the green colour went down and once it had dried, the masking was removed. The model was left overnight to dry properly before I masked off the upper surfaces and sprayed the lower surfaces in trainer yellow. As soon as the paint was dry, the model was de-masked and given a coat of gloss clear ready for the decals to be added.
The decals were now added and sealed with a couple coats of matt clear. Final detail painting was carried out on the fuselage and remaining parts to be assembled before construction was completed. A little weathering was done on the propeller and around the exhausts, but not too much or it would spoil the fresh painted look.The model was finished off with the canopy fitted in the closed position and an aerial wire installed using invisible thread.

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