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1/32 Eduard Bf 109 E-3 "Pips Priller" 6/JG 51 (Finished)

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1/32 Eduard Bf 109 E-3 "Pips Priller" 6/JG 51 (Finished)
Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, May 28, 2017 4:02 AM

I figured I'd share my side project that I have been poking around with when I need a break from the Corsair.  It's the Eduard 1/32 Bf-109 E-3 done in Josef "Pips" Priller's 6/JG 51 markings from October of 1940.  He was a 101 Kill ace and would have 14 kills during the Battle of Britain alone.  What makes Priller's kill tally all the more impressive is that all kills were all on the western front, where the competition was a tad bit stiffer.

Some may recall I built their 1/48 scale version a few years ago, coincidentally with the same markings.  This is an E-4/7 special edition, but I figured I could get away with calling it a 3, as the moving (opening) canopy part was the only visual difference.  Some were retro-fitted anyways from what I understand.  I'm certainly curious to how this one stacks up.

    

I started with the pit.  First thing I noticed was the excessive flash, particularly on the fuse pieces.  Certainly uncharacteristic for Eduard. I sprayed everything Xf-1 Flat Black then Gunze RLM 66.  This pit is quite average just like the 1/48 example, but the PE does help considerably.  I'm not paricularly impressed with it and feel it should be better for the scale (oooooor I'm spoiled from the Corsair work of art).  Perhaps the Emil was basic in the real thing.  I won't sweat it.  Also, I see Eduard still can't get RLM 66 right. 

     

Then the fun really began (sarcasm) while trying to close the fuselage on the pit.  This was one of the worst fitting kits I've ever experienced.  First, the cockpit rear deck was bent downward and wouldn't sit properly.  I had to bend it then super glue it in place.  Once the fuselage was closed, there was lots of sanding and filling.  Here's a sample of how much sanding was needed. 

  

Pitiful...

Then I got here eventually.  The nose pieces fit better but were still far from perfect.  I needed some filler on some panel lines that were too wide.  I remembered the sloppy fit from the 1/48 version which I kind of liked.  I figured the panels on the real thing fit the same way.  

The wings were added with out issue and the fit was fine, however, this joint was an absolute pig.  

But we got there with sandpaper, putty and patience...

Ready for paint..

In true fashion with this kit......ghost seams! More sanding and scribing.

Panel line shade then I sprayed the cowl XF-3 Flat Yellow with a touch of XF-7 Flat Red.  I like My RLM 04 vibrant!

Priller's Emil was the normal BOB scheme of RLM 71/02 over 65.  I started with the 65. I went with half XF-23 Light Blue and XF-2 Flat White.  

Next I threw down the the RLM 02.  I discovered I was out of Gunze, so I mixed my own.  I went with XF-22 RLM Grey and added some XF-22 Buff to lighten it.  

Then I taped off the 02 in the splinter pattern suggested by the Aeromaster sheet I was using and added the 71 with Gunze. (Note: I'm aware Priller's upper wings were field modified with blotchy patterns to disrupt it.  I couldn't find photographic reference to mimic it. It's reasonable to assume it was a splinter at one time).  After some postshade weathering, I'm here.

All for now...

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by iampiper13 on Sunday, May 28, 2017 11:12 AM

Looking good, adapt and overcome huh? :)

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Posted by rooster513 on Sunday, May 28, 2017 11:44 AM

Even with the problems mentioned you've got another beauty therebJoe!

-Andy

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Posted by richs26 on Sunday, May 28, 2017 8:08 PM

As a historical note, Priller and his wingman were the only members of the Luftwaffe to fly on the morning of June 6, 1944.  They made one pass over the beaches and flew for home.  Sorry for the correction as I didn't read Wiki before I posted.  I was going off memory from the book, "The Longest Day".  There were several other German flights that day, but not that many.

WIP:  Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 73rd BS B-26, 40-1408, torpedo bomber attempt on Ryujo

Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 22nd BG B-26, 7-Mile Drome, New Guinea

Minicraft 1/72 B-24D as LB-30, AL-613, "Tough Boy", 28th Composite Group

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Posted by Toshi on Monday, May 29, 2017 6:08 AM

With the issues pointed out, you Definately have this under control!

Toshi

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Posted by LIVIT on Monday, May 29, 2017 7:16 AM

Look'n good brother.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, May 29, 2017 1:08 PM

Great looking 109 despite the problems!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 5:57 AM
Nice to see you overcame the seam issues

 

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Posted by damouav on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 7:14 AM

Excellent build.

I feel your pain with those ghost seams, had a similar problem with my De Haviland Mosiquto.

Will be adding to my watch list!

In Progress
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1/48 Hobby Boss TBF-1C Avenger (on hold)
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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 8:56 AM

Thats looking amazing. Good to see Prillers early aircraft.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 9:06 AM

Well Joe, it may not just fall together but in your hands it's already looking nothing short of amazing. I love to see how your kits go from box to done in your talented hands.

BK

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A lot !! And I mean A LOT!!

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, June 10, 2017 4:36 AM

Thanks for all the kind words.  Rich, thanks for the historical tidbit.  I remember that scene from the movie.  One pass and they were like......"ahh, that's enough of that!".....lol.  

I'm going with done here.  All I can say is what a difference between this pig and their 1/48 version.  The 1/48 version is hands down the better kit.  I've actually had old Monogram kits that fit better than this turkey.  I had nothing but problems.  I suspect they removed this particular kit from the mold while it was too hot, as the fuselage, cockpit and the port stabilizer were badly warped...just a theory of course (stabilizer was really bad).  Even glass fit like Censored.....worst ever on a 109.  I thought the cockpit was mediocre as well, even with PE.  Resin is recommended if available.  I do give it props for surface detail which is outstanding.  

The decals were Aeromaster.  As usual no issues  The only complaint about them was I don't think the deranged penguin had a yellow background (see pic at beginning of thread).

Oh yeah...I took pics before realized I forgot the aileron weights and Pitot....oops.  

My next build will be the 1/32 Hasegawa 109 G-6 in Barkhorn's markings, which is a relatively new tooled kit.  I think my days in 1/48 are numbered........Indifferent

Thanks for following.....

           

 

 

 

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, June 10, 2017 5:54 AM
Beautiful

 

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Posted by damouav on Saturday, June 10, 2017 5:59 AM

S  T  U  N  N  I  N  G

In Progress
1/48 Tamiya P47-D Bubbletop
1/48 Hobby Boss TBF-1C Avenger (on hold)
Pending
1/48 Roden S.E.5a
1/48 Airfix Walrus
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Posted by Toshi on Saturday, June 10, 2017 6:25 AM

You did a fantastic job on this build.  This kit looks superb!

Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, June 10, 2017 6:43 AM

Great job and a beautiful finish!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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Posted by Keyda81 on Saturday, June 10, 2017 7:33 AM

Beauitful build, despite all the problems with seams. 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, June 10, 2017 1:10 PM

Ohhhhh! That's purdy, Joe! Love the yellow and how it turned out.  :)

- Mike Brindos "Lost Boy"

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, June 10, 2017 3:00 PM

I think the otehr guys have said it. That is gorgeous, And yep, i really like the finish on the yellow.

Great job all round.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

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Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, June 10, 2017 3:10 PM

Yeah, I like it too.

 

John

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Posted by Hodakamax on Saturday, June 10, 2017 5:44 PM

Really nice work!

Max

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, June 10, 2017 10:56 PM
Thanks guys!

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Saturday, June 10, 2017 11:29 PM

Awesine finish, Joe. It turned out super nice.

BK

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A lot !! And I mean A LOT!!

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Posted by 1943Mike on Sunday, June 11, 2017 12:18 AM

Joe, outstanding build as per your usual ... I'm in awe of your talent building these plastic birds.

Where do you put them? Do you have a display area in your home? I only ask because, even with the 1/48 scale aircraft, I can only fit about 6 at a time in my condo unless I start hanging them from a ceiling and I'm not going to do that. I'll just have to rotate the displays of the finished models I want to keep and trash others.

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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Posted by wildcat13 on Sunday, June 11, 2017 6:30 AM

Outstanding build Joe...as usual. Your Paint skills are some of the best on FSM, or anywhere for that matter. Moving up to 1:32 definitely showcases your talent more. Looking forward to the picts of Barkhorn.

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:07 AM

Thanks all for the kind words.

 

 

Mike, I don't keep them anywhere. These are all commission builds. I haven't built one for myself in over two years. Someday that may change but it's not in the cards right now. The nice part is two of my now regular customers have become very good friends of mine. One has even taken up modeling himself. A positive thing about the age of social media. Thanks for your kind words.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Greg on Sunday, June 11, 2017 12:30 PM

I know you're good, but the finish on this one has me drooling.

I like the pic of Priller standing by the tail. Really shows how tiny those 109's were. I remember opening my first 109 (an Eduard 1:48), I thought they messed up and put a 1:72 in a 1:48 box ....for real. (it was only my second kit back from hiatus)

Thanks for the WIP, I've wondered often about Eduard's 1:32, not sure I'd have the patience. I found the fit of the 1:48ths so far challenging enough.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, June 12, 2017 9:21 PM

Despite all the problems you pulled it off and completed a fantastic looking model. Is that a re-boxing of another manufacturer?

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by ManCityFan on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 8:28 AM

Bow Down  Every aspect of this build is superb.  Your customer must be thrilled. 

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

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Posted by StephenL on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 11:21 AM

Wow! Beautiful Joe.

200 kits was my limit...

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