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Bf 109E-3 Battle of Britain - ObLt. Priller - 1/48

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    July 2019
Bf 109E-3 Battle of Britain - ObLt. Priller - 1/48
Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, July 27, 2019 6:25 PM

Here's my take on this popular kit -- the 1/48 Eduard Profipack with no additional frills. And it's my first crack at a Battle of Britain 109. This project had a great combination of an attractive camo scheme, an interesting history and a well-known ace pilot.   

ObLt Josef Priller is covered in just about every Luftwaffe reference book. He certainly got a lot of PR coverage during the war. At some point I'll build one of the many FW-190 aircraft he flew - perhaps the D-Day A-8. He ended up with 101 victories at war's end -- this plane reflects 22 victory marks on the tail. 

I spent quite a bit of time trying to piece together the paint and marking history of this 109. There are quite a few reference photos of Wk Nr 5057 that show a progression of camo schemes through 1940 and 1941. My understanding is that it started life in the 65/70/71 splinter scheme, then the RLM 65 was extended higher up the sides of the fuselage. Later, RLM 02 & 71 mottling was added, including an extensive RLM 02 overspray pattern on the wings, followed by the addition of a yellow cowling and rudder.  It appears that Eduard revised its profile in 2017, reducing the amount of cowling that was painted yellow. The original 2012 profile extended the yellow back to the windscreen. 

In the end I decided to stick with the Eduard profile for the most part. Interestingly, all the photos I found suggest a white antenna mast, but none of the color profiles showed this. That was my main deviation from Eduard's profile. 

It was mostly a drama-free build (thanks to some excellent references). I used Mission Models acrylics on this project and am generally very happy with them. Unfortunately there was not much contrast between the RLM 70 and 71 once the clearcoats and weathering was done. I should have lightened up the RLM 71 a bit before applying. I'm pleased with the result, but certainly realize that weathering is my next frontier for learning. 

In the photos below, I included some shots of Priller's original plane for comparison. I also used the "focus stacking" technique on a few of the images to get the right perspective with a clean image. Enjoy the photos and thanks for reading! 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, July 27, 2019 7:15 PM

Thats a really nice looking build. Interesting to see an aircraft in an earlier scheme thats been over painted. I recently finished a 109 B and found quite a few early E's in the 70/71 scheme when i was checking my referances

I have the same issue with the Xtracolor 70/71 i use, but i think thats pretty accurate judging by photo's.

You have a very nice rendition there, the weathering looks just fine to me and the yellow has come out really well.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, July 27, 2019 9:06 PM

Superb mottling!


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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Saturday, July 27, 2019 9:20 PM

She looks great, the camo turned out very nice. Lot of detail in that kit, you made the most of it. Thanks for posting!

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  • From: Bent River, IA
Posted by Reasoned on Saturday, July 27, 2019 9:33 PM
Love it! Really enjoy the photo comparison, that will always be my favorite aircraft no matter the variant.

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    January 2019
  • From: Southeast Kentucky
Posted by The Drifter on Saturday, July 27, 2019 10:18 PM

Hello Hoss,

Excellent work of the mottling, and paint scheme. Really great build. The details in the pit are outstanding. I look forward to your next build.


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Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, July 28, 2019 9:27 AM
Thanks all for the comments - much appreciated.
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  • From: Co.Kerry, Ireland.
Posted by Est.1961 on Sunday, July 28, 2019 9:43 AM

Great shots with the comparisons; I can see how you set the prop position did you set up the lighting to cast the props shadow along the nose also. Lovely job.


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Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, July 28, 2019 4:21 PM
Thanks for the comments Joe. Good catch on the prop shadow! I spent some time adjusting the lighting to get the shadows (prop, wings and wheels) to match the original photo. I also needed to adjust the focal length to get the right perspective. The photo was taken from higher than ground level - perhaps from the adjacent plane? It's also interesting that the rudder appears much brighter than the nose, but looking closely it's actually shifted to the port side a bit and catches the sun. Others have concluded that the nose and rudder are the same color and I thought it was a safe bet.
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  • From: Borlando Fla home of the rat
Posted by TREYZX10R on Sunday, July 28, 2019 5:37 PM

Very nicely done Sir! Awesome rep of Pips mount!

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  • From: Co.Kerry, Ireland.
Posted by Est.1961 on Sunday, July 28, 2019 5:38 PM

I'm pretty sure my money would be safe, just thinking have you viewed your picture in monotone for the hell of it. Not that it matters what you achieved is perfect imho. 

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, July 29, 2019 2:22 AM
Nice rendition Hoss. I find the Mission paints a tad thick for my liking, even with their recommended thinning. You should look into AK Interactive's Real Colors. I find their RLM stuff to be dead on to my eye. Outstanding paints.

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Posted by Jay Jay on Monday, July 29, 2019 7:04 AM
OH MY, Yours is one of the very best 109's I've seen and I've seen a lot of them on here. Fabulous job Hoss.






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  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Monday, July 29, 2019 10:34 AM

c'est beautiful! Yes




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Posted by Hoss WA on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 3:31 PM
Thanks Lawdog, Jay Jay and Jgeratic for the kind comments. Lawdog - thanks too for the AK recommendation. I’ll check them out.
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  • From: Northern Nevada
Posted by HighDesertmodeler on Saturday, August 17, 2019 7:43 PM
Man, that is some Bf-109, excellently done! Should be in a Fine Scale Modeler edition!
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Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:46 PM
Thanks HighDesert!


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