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Tamiya Messerschmitt Bf109E-3 1/48 - Adolf Galland

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  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy, TX
Tamiya Messerschmitt Bf109E-3 1/48 - Adolf Galland
Posted by Aggieman on Monday, November 14, 2022 8:00 PM

My latest build is one half of a two-fer of essentially the same kit, Tamiya's 1/48 Bf109E3 in the markings of Luftwaffe ace Adolf Galland.

Going back to my earliest years of building scale models (the Monogram Bf109E), this variant of the Messerschmitt has long been my favorite.  When I returned to the hobby in the mid-90s, I built the Hasegawa E3 and had it in a prominent position on my display shelf until it was lost in my mid-2000s shelving collapse.  I picked up this kit last year when I saw it in a shop in Plano, Texas.  While I knew that I had Tamiya's E4/7 in my stash, I knew this was Galland's ride and wanted to build this one.

Paints are largely Vallejo's RLM65, RLM70, and RLM02, with detail colors coming from Tamiya, AK Interactive Xtreme Metals, and Model Master.  I did not build this out of the box, electing to add a cockpit detail set from Quinta Studios and brass gun barrels from Master.  I also used a Montex Mini-Mask set for the canopy.

Construction was problem-free, with only a tiny bit of filler needed along a portion of one wing root.

Weathering was a combination of ground pastels, Flory dark dirt wash, and a custom blend of Vallejo paints (black, grey, and brown) for the exhaust stains.

Next up, Trumpeter's big 1/32 P-47D Thunderbolt.

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, November 14, 2022 8:22 PM

Beautiful work Aggie! That is a great looking Emil!


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       - Plankton



  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, November 14, 2022 8:47 PM

Cranked out a nice pair of 109s there.  Well done.



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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, November 14, 2022 9:38 PM


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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 6:14 AM

Nice job!

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    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 11:48 PM

Outstanding work Aggs.  One of mt favorite kits and still prefer it over Eduards Emil.  I've been looking into trying out those Quitas sets.  Are they worth it?  

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





  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy, TX
Posted by Aggieman on Thursday, November 17, 2022 5:44 AM

Lawdog, I believe they are.  They look better than PE, don't have to be painted, and are far easier to work with.  Just a bit of white glue will set them in place.

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Friday, November 18, 2022 9:21 AM

Great work, that looks simply awesome. So realistic, well done.


On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/12 Bandai Mandolorian

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    July 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, November 20, 2022 2:44 PM

Super nice! Wonderful scheme, well executed. Congrats. 


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