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Monogram Bf110E-1 Zerstoerer 1/72 WIP

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  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Monogram Bf110E-1 Zerstoerer 1/72 WIP
Posted by Aggieman on Thursday, September 13, 2018 1:41 PM

I decided to do a mini-WIP for my next build, 11th in my personal series of the Year of the Axis Build.  I hesitate to call the kit ancient given that it is as old as I am, but it was released in the distant year of 1967.  I built it a couple of times as a kid.  In fact, these Monogram kits in this baby blue box are among my earliest memories, and in recent years I have scoured eBay for these kits.  So this will be I think the fifth of those blue box kits I have built as an adult.

Here is the box top:

Note the shelf wear on the edges of the box.

When I received this kit in the mail, there was an extra included inside the box. I presume this is the original shrinkwrap with the price tag still affixed.

Not surprisingly, this is quite a simplistic kit with very few parts.

Note the very simplistic instructions:

The exploded diagram was, I believe, a fairly common style that Monogram kits of the era used.  Perhaps this explains why modeling was so easy for me to pick up as a youngster (I built a Monogram P-40B at age 3 with a lot of help from my dad, but that one also had a page with the exploded diagram).

So the reason for my decision to do a WIP for this simplistic build is the cockpit.  This kit, as normal for the era, has next to nothing for the cockpit.  There are a couple of figures and a front seat, along with a couple of instrumentation decals.  As with the other old Monogram blue box kits that I've built, save the F8F Bearcat, I've been compelled to scratch out details for this build.  So here is the starting point - a barren cockpit:

In the second photo there, I have cut sheet styrene to fit as walls and a floor for the cockpit, and the kit's forward seat is there on the lower left.  Everything else is little griblets I pulled out of my spares box - a couple of seats, a machine gun that I will use as a control column, some instrumentation, a seat mount, a box, and some ammo drums.  Some of the scaling is inaccurate, i.e. 1/48, but for the most part my intent is to fill the area and make it look as respectable as possible through the thick kit canopy (which is one piece and I will not be cutting it to pose open hatches).

I have already cast an eye toward painting this little guy, by making masks of the splinter pattern that I will use on the wings and stabilizer.  I may cut masks for the mottling, but I'm first going to attempt to put down scale-correct mottling on an old test subject before I attempt to cut masks for that.

Finally, the decals:

These are not usable as is.  Many are split in parts.  I could spray them with a sealant to see if they will hold up to water, but I really wanted to build a Wespen (German for wasp) Zerstoerer, so I found a set of decals for that.

I'll be doing option #1 on the decal sheet, a Bf110 flying out of Bryanski, Russia, in June 1942.

These old Monogram 1/72 kits typically include a stand.  I am going to use the stand for this build, and close up the wheel wells (which otherwise would require some scratch building).  Something else I'm toying with is cutting the blades from the props and fashioning clear disks to represent spinning props.  I'm not really sure what medium to acquire for this - maybe some clear sheet styrene?  Also I am not sure how to make it look like a spinning prop rather than a clear disk as the Germans didn't paint the prop tips yellow or red.  I'll be researching that.


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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, September 14, 2018 9:12 AM

Pretty cool to see these old kits finally get built. With Revell out of commission for the forseeable future these old kits are starting to go up in value. This is gonna be pretty neat build.


On the bench: 1/48 Hobby Boss Ta-152C1/R14

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   2%

On Deck: Kenetics 1/48 E-2C Hawkeye 

1/650 AMT U.S.S. Enterprise

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    April, 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, September 14, 2018 9:19 AM

A vintage kit getting the respect it deserves.  We've come a long way since the $0.77 days!


God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 GWH Fw 189 A-1 Nachtjager

On deck: 1/48 Bronco IF-17

In the hole: Who knows!  

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Friday, September 14, 2018 10:57 AM

That was the first kit I ever airbrushed...and it was an old release, even then! Have probably done at least half a dozen, since.

At last viewing, it was still one of the cleanest-molded set of canopy frames I've ever seen.

Look forward to following your build!




 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."



  • Member since
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  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Posted by Aggieman on Saturday, September 15, 2018 10:47 AM

So happy that kickoff for the Texas A&M game is later today, as it gave me bench time prior to my planned departure time for Aggieland today.

I was able to finish out the cockpit.  It is not entirely accurate, and it is not as detailed as it might have been in a larger scale, but I think it will fit the fill when viewed through the canopy.  At the very least, one will be able to tell there is something going on in there, and it's not just a gaping hole.

The griblets I pulled out of my spares box include a bench seat, a chair, a machine gun barrel to use as a control column, a couple of ammo cartridges, a bomb anti-sway brace used to mount an ammo cartridge to the back wall, and a couple of instrument panels.

There is not a whole lot of space in the cockpit, so I focused most of my efforts along the port side of the cockpit; the starboard side got a couple of parts just to give it some depth.

I'm not going to close up the fuselage until after I get everything coated with gray Stynylrez primer and paint the interior.  I don't anticipate doing a bunch of detail painting in the cockpit but I will hit some parts with RLM 66 while the primary color will be RLM 02.

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  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Saturday, September 15, 2018 10:08 PM

Man, I remember those old Woolco stores when I was a kid. And Zayre's......and The Treasury.......and Ben Franklin's.

Looking good so far with the Bf-110, AggieMan!

Devil Dawg

On The Bench: 1/48th Hasegawa F/A-18F Super Hornet;  1/48th Eduard/Hasegawa Ultimate Sabre with "MiG Mad Marine" markings; Revell Of Germany 1/144 Boeing E-4B Airborne Command Post

Build one at a time? Hah! That'll be the day!!

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  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Posted by Aggieman on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 1:27 PM

I have a little more progress here.  I decided to include the kit figures into this build, which I typically don't do.  There are a number of reasons for this, mostly in that I think I absolutely suck at painting figures.  I think this is another example of this problem area for me, yet I'm able to rationalize for this particular build that these figures are so tiny and the canopy is pretty thick, that my horrible painting job will not be visible. 

So there they are.  Other than the bad paint job (tiny scale, eyes even with an Optivisor that can't see all the detail, and probably not the best brush to use for painting at this scale), I have to wonder about the guy on the left.  Did he run into a Xenomorph (the alien from the Alien movies)?  There is a big hole in his gut.  I left the hole there as kinda an in-joke given my love for the original Alien movie.

As it turns out, I didn't do a great job of installing the griblets throughout the cockpit, so that they guy on the right in the above photo is actually the pilot but would not fit into the pilot's seat due to one of the panels that I put into that space.  So I swapped their positions; the gunner is now the pilot.

Finally closed up the fuselage.

The cockpit details look decent to the naked eye (sans those figures).

I don't know how well the photos really show it, but you might notice some splotchy paint along the fuselage exterior.  That was me spraying out what was left of the black Stynlyrez primer I applied on the cockpit interior, testing if I can reliably spray the mottling without aid of some kind of hand-cut masking.  I think with the air pressure set pretty low I'll be able to do a decent job at the mottling in this scale.


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