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PostPosted: Thu 27 Apr 2017 05:22 am 
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Welcome Guvnor, what have you in mind for the GB?

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PostPosted: Thu 27 Apr 2017 11:29 am 
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Thanks Kevin :thumb:

I will be making the Airfix 1/24 Messerschmitt Bf 109E (12002) with aftermarket items including instrument panel, cockpit canopy and guns/cannons. I will also be using Montex Mask sets for the markings.

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Looking forward to your build of the Messerschmitt Bf109E in 1/124 :clapping:

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The build starts on 1st June 2017 and ends on 27th July 2017 looking forward to your build :nod:

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PostPosted: Thu 01 Jun 2017 12:21 pm 
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I am in the process of finishing a Airfix 1/24 Hawker Hurricane at the moment so I don't have much space on my modelling den for my build of the Airfix 1/24 Messerschmitt Bf 109E (12002). However, I am in a position to post pictures of the kit plus my aftermarket and reference goodies:

Box art showing a "Band of Shame" Bf 109 E
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Parts are moulded in a light grey plastic. First sprue:
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Second sprue:
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Third sprue:
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Parts that had fallen from the sprues:
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Transparencies:
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Stand and "rubber" tyres:
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Kit decals, many of which I will not be using:
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Instructions Cover Instructions Pages 2 & 3 Instructions Pages 4 & 5

Instructions Pages 6 & 7 Instructions Pages 8 & 9

Over the past four years I have bought various aftermarket items for this kit but now I am finally going to make it, I may not use all of them:
Master 1/24 German 13mm MG 131 x 2 (AM-24-003) & Master 1/24 German 7.92mm MG 17 x 2 (AM-24-002) &
Aber 1/24 German 20mm Oerlikon MG FF x 2 (A24 004):
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Airscale 1/24 Messerschmitt Bf109E Instrument Panel (AS24 MEA)
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Eduard 1/24 WWII Luftwaffe Seatbelts (23003)
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Squadron 1/24 Messerschmitt Bf109E-4 Canopy (9803)
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Montex Super Mask Airfix Bf 109 E-3(K2403). I will be finishing my build as Version 1:
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I have the book "Bf 109 Versons B-E Classic Aircraft No.2 Their history and how to model them" by Roy Cross and Gerald Scarborough (ISBN 0 85059 106 6):
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Another good reference book is the Squadron/Signal publication 5534 "Walk Around Number 34 Messerschmitt Bf 109E" (ISBN 0 89747 474 0):
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That's all for now.

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Excellent news Dave, that is a lot of aftermarket machine guns :D . Judging by your Hurricane tutorial I hope you can get started soon to hold my hand through this :fear:

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Thank you. :thumb:

I was finally able to get started on this build last night. It brought back a lot of memories as the Bf 109 E was the first Airfix superkit I ever built in the Seventies. I have never built another one since - until now!

First stage was to remove all parts from the sprues ready for cleaning up. Here are the engine parts:
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Cockpit area:
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Fuselage halves, engine covers, rudder halves:
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Wing halves, ailerons, tailplanes and covers:
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Guns, radiators and undercarriage parts:
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Once all parts were removed, I returned to the first tray and after cleaning up the components I began assembly of the engine:
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That is all for now

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PostPosted: Wed 07 Jun 2017 11:27 am 
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Lots of progress yesterday.

First thing was to remove the barrels of the cannon and machine guns and replace with brass ones:
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Filler inside the fuselage and engine covers was sanded smooth:
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I have added a small piece of plastic card to the underside of the join of the upper fuselage access panels for added strength (I seem to recall when I made this kit in the Seventies, the join failed a couple of times):
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I also added a thin strip of plastic card to the inside of the engine cowling as it was slightly short-shot:
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View of the engine cowling from the outside:
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Wings were filled and sanded smooth and tailplanes assembled:
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Undercarriage and wing radiator parts were cleaned up:
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Engine and cockpit parts filled and sanded. Assembly then began:
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Close-up of cockpit area. The seat will not be fitted until painted and harnesses attached:
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Engine from above. Note that I have fitted the rear bulkhead and undercarriage support already:
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From the underside. You can see where there are cutouts to enable a prop-motor to fit. I did think about filling these cutouts with plastic card but seeing as the gaps cannot be seen unless you surgically remove the access panels from the underside of the fuselage underneath the engine, I left them as they are:
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I have glued a piece of plastic card to the end of the coolant header tank where it joins the supercharger housing. This is because the tank was a bit short here and the end uneven. The oil radiator has been assembled, filled and sanded and attached to the coolant header tank:
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That is all for now.

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off to a good start Dave :nod: i must say those cannon and machine guns brass barrels look the part :nod:

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PostPosted: Wed 07 Jun 2017 19:36 pm 
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Thanks Kevin :thumb: The barrels are great aren't they?

Not much to report today as my modelling time has been spent on my 1/24 Hurricane. In fact all I have done with my Emil is to start on the instrument panel decals and begin the process of blocking off the edges of the wheel wells:
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When the pieces of plastic card have dried I will continue around the wheel wheels. The real machines had natural leather covers zipped around the wells and I will replicate the leather with a splosh of paint.

That's all for now

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Great start Dave, nice idea blocking in the wheel wells :thumb:

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Nice start, didn't know about the leather around the wheel wells :thumb:

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That´s another sizeable build and what a great start. You´re thinking big and building big. Love all the extras and I can´t wait to see the finished article with that wicked camouflage. :blob: :thumb:

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Based on prior experience, to build this kit in minimum time, I think you need to decide whether you want to build it with the engine exposed or not. One thing that might help would be a vacform cowling replacement. The trouble stems from the engine being close to correct scale, and the exterior of the cowling being close to correct outline. What happens is that due to the thickness of the cowling parts, there is interference with the machine gun synchronising gear (and possibly the ammunition feed chutes? as well as other potential areas of conflict. It makes the Stuka's cowling look like it fits like a glove.

Like the P-40, the Bf 109E's wells were given a lining of canvas. You might consider replacing your plastic card in some areas with PVA-glue-soaked tissue. I would do that, anyway. There may be some photos on the web. The Deutschesmuseum's 109 shows these really well.

All the best!

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Thanks all :thumb:

Bruce, thanks for the reference but the Squadron walkaround book has plenty of better pictures of the wheel wells.

I was meant to get the main assemblies painted with H31 Slate Grey yesterday but discovered that my one and only tin of H31 had dried out! So, instead I concentrated on the boxing-in of the wheel wells:
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Plastic strip was glued to the underside of the top wing to replicate the strengthening bars:
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The circular section has been trimmed to the contours of the exterior of the lower wing. I still need to fabricate the curved section that goes beneath the legs:
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Mass balances fitted to the ailerons. Note that the starboard aileron should not have a trim tab and needs removing as per the picture:
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The propellor was painted with H91 Black Green:
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That's all for now

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Thanks :D

Quite a bit done yesterday:

Here I have masked up the inside of the cockpit canopy ready for painting. It took about half an hour to get the masks in the correct positions both inside and out:
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My paint order turned up yesterday morning with the H31 Slate Grey that I had needed. However, I decided to use Xtracolour X:201 Matt RLM 02 Grau. Although I haven't finished the wheel wells yet, I cannot do any more until the wing interiors are painted and wings assembled:
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I have always found Xtracolour paints cover very well and the RLM 02 Grau is no exception:
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The engine. I now have to spend a lot of time painting the black section and other colours:
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Cockpit assembly:
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That's all for now

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Looks like you're getting on well Dave. You masked the inside of the canopy? To paint the internal framing?

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Making good progress :thumb:

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Thanks lads :thumb:
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Looks like you're getting on well Dave. You masked the inside of the canopy? To paint the internal framing?
Yes, the inside of the canopy was masked ready for painting the internal framing.

More progress yesterday.

Wing cannons and magazines were fitted to the upper wing halves:
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Wing halves were glued together:
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Propellor blades were given a second coat of H91 Black Green, the hub was painted with H56 Aluminium and the spinner and backplate were glued together:
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The engine is just about finished but the paint needs a little bit of tidying up before I coat it in varnish. Guns are not yet glued:
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Cockpit area has been painted. I still have to fit the seat but that won't be done until the Eduard harnesses have been fitted. The whole lot will get a coat of matt varnish prior to fitting:
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That's all for now

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