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Complete - Tamiya Bf 109 E-3

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Complete - Tamiya Bf 109 E-3
Posted by silentbob33 on Thursday, July 05, 2018 1:49 PM

Despite having many 109s in my stash, this is the first one I've built since I came back to the hobby.  I built one of them many years ago and it has since been destroyed.  I held off on building one because I didn't feel comfortable painting the mottling, but I think I'm ready to tackle it. I'll be using aftermarket decals since there weren't any decals in the box when I bought it at a show (well, there were decals in the box, but there were for a Hs 129).  I'll be building White 7 of 1./JG51.  In doing some research, the plain had a forced landing on the French coast after combat over England during the Battle of Britain.

Here's the office.  It's mostly OOB with the exception of some PE seatbelts, and some added wiring.  Any comments/critiques are welcome.

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, July 05, 2018 2:13 PM

Great start Bob. I built their 72nd version a few months back, great kit i just hope your decals are better than mine were.

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, July 05, 2018 4:42 PM

Awesome start!  Looking forward to the mottling of the 109.

Your friend, Toshi

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, July 05, 2018 5:49 PM
I'll be watching

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, July 05, 2018 7:49 PM

I’m in.  Nice start on that pit!

Chad

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Posted by silentbob33 on Thursday, July 05, 2018 9:19 PM
Thanks guys! I've had hit and miss results with Tamiya's decals. Hopefully these aftermarket ones will be a hit.

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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, July 05, 2018 10:29 PM

The cockpit is looking great. I'll be watching to see how the rest builds up. But I ain't worried.

BK

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Posted by RadMax8 on Thursday, July 05, 2018 10:39 PM

I have one of these in my display cabinet that I built around 10 years ago, as part of the first ever Secret Santa Group Build. It’s a nice, simple kit. Should go together very easy, so you can focus on the important part... the paint!

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Posted by Rambo on Thursday, July 05, 2018 11:00 PM
Looks great so far Tamiya kits always build up nice

Clint

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Posted by silentbob33 on Friday, July 06, 2018 9:45 PM
Thanks guys! I've gotten the fuselage together and the wings together. Just some light sanding to do before I put them together. I test fit the wings and there's just a tiny gap at the wing roots, but some tape will help close them and give the proper dihedral to the wings. It's nice to have a simple build every once in awhile.

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Posted by silentbob33 on Thursday, August 16, 2018 6:00 PM

Wow, I can't believe it's been a month since I posted on this...too much real life getting in the way.  

I finished painting, and overall I'm pretty happy with it.  This is my first attempt at mottling and I made a few mistakes, but most of them will be covered up by decals and weathering.  Any comments/critiques are welcome.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, August 16, 2018 7:31 PM

I think you did a mighty fine job for your first go at it!  The more you do it, the more comfortable you will be with your airbrush. I used to practice on card stock and styrofoam cups until I found a technique I was comfortable with. 

Chad

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Posted by silentbob33 on Thursday, August 16, 2018 8:44 PM
Thanks Chad! I think my problem was that I had the pressure set too high. Towards the end of my painting session I was also having issues with water coming out of the airbrush. Being almost done, my frustration got the best of me and I just wanted to finish. Learned more for next time though.

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Posted by Rambo on Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:12 PM
Looks great to me the trick is low psi, very thin paint and practice. As I was doing my bf110 towards the end I started getting a cramp in my hand, I was unknowingly having a death grip on my airbrush. So the last trick is to relax.

Clint

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Posted by silentbob33 on Friday, August 17, 2018 10:32 AM
Thanks for the tip Clint! I was having some hand cramps as well and I rushed it against my better judgement.

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Posted by silentbob33 on Thursday, August 23, 2018 1:11 PM

Decals are on and so is the panel line wash.  The decals were great, I love Aeromaster.  A little bit of Micro Sol and they settled into the panel lines.  The wash is a thin mix of black and burnt umber acrylic paints.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, August 23, 2018 4:50 PM

Looks like a nice clean build so far!

Chad

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Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, August 23, 2018 10:28 PM

Nice!

John

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Posted by Rambo on Thursday, August 23, 2018 10:43 PM
Looks great that's some very cool markings really liking the blue.

Clint

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Posted by 1943Mike on Thursday, August 23, 2018 10:50 PM

Bob,

Looks really well done so far.

Looking at your bio it seems you've done your stint in our armed forces. (I was 4F either fortunately or unfortunately depending on how one looks at it Indifferent) I can tell you from my experience that I think, if you're doing your current job well and really care about making a difference, it's one of the toughest jobs out there. I hope all teachers will someday soon realize the compensation for their work that they deserve - and it's a lot more than what they're getting now!

Mike

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Posted by silentbob33 on Saturday, August 25, 2018 7:25 PM

Thanks guys, I'm really pleased with this kit.  It's nice to do a simple, easy kit after wrestling a few old Monograms into shape.  Don't get me wrong, I love those kits, it's just a nice change of pace.

Mike, thanks for the kind words.  Teaching is tough, but I honestly can't see myself doing anything else and being as happy (well, maybe building models for a living).  I think a big problem with teachers getting recognition is everyone thinks they know what teachers do because they all went through school, but they only saw the surface of what their teachers did.

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Posted by silentbob33 on Sunday, August 26, 2018 6:55 PM

Finished this up today.  I really liked the kit.  The only problem I ran into was getting the canopy to fit properly.  I got it the best I could and set it on the shelf.  I finally have a Bf109 on my shelf.  Any comments/critiques are welcome.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, August 26, 2018 8:54 PM

Nice looking 109, Bob.  You sure you didn't try to put a Monogram canopy on it by mistake?Big Smile

John

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Monday, August 27, 2018 3:03 AM
Great build Bob. Now you're on your way to having 50 109's like it should be

 

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, August 27, 2018 3:07 AM

Nice clean build Bob - I have one in the stash along with a FW-190 and these will be first dip into German builds as well (outside of a stuka I did when I was 19... really ... 35 years ago!).  Looks great.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by RadMax8 on Monday, August 27, 2018 8:15 AM

Bob, 

Looks great! You did a really nice job on the paint, I’m very impressed! I’ve got new RLM paints to try from Mission Models and a couple Bf109-F’s to get to... just need the time. 

Thanks for sharing!

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, August 27, 2018 9:06 AM

That looks amazing. Well done, Sir!! I really like it and you knocked it out very quickly too.

BK

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Posted by 1943Mike on Monday, August 27, 2018 11:46 AM

Good work!

I only wish that you had uploaded larger pictures to your image hosting site. I really harp on this but I love to see more details up close. I guess my eyesight is not what it used to be.

Mike

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Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, August 27, 2018 6:27 PM

Thanks guys!

RadMax, I've heard good things about Mission Models paints, but haven't tried them for myself.  I grew up using Model Master enamels so that's my go-to paint.

Mike, I'll see if I can adjust the settings in my photos for future builds, hopefully that will help.

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Posted by Greg on Monday, August 27, 2018 7:53 PM

That's a nice-looking 109, Bob. And I agree, good work on your first mottling job. Yes

Sorry to be so late chiming in here.

-Greg

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