my Tamiya 1/48 Bf109 Trop., actually there's nothing much to say about
this model, since I built it OOTB. About
the kit itself, I never built a 109 before and I was surprised to see
how small the model was even in 1/48.
surface detail is good, the panel lines is deep enough for a wash after 7 layers
of paint (Primer,base color,camo color,clear coat,clear coat) on the contrary to
some modeler who prefer their panel lines should look plain, I like mine to
stand out a li'l more, personal liking I guess.
cockpit detail is good OOTB, but can be further enhanced by using
aftermarket detail items, the wheel well detail is adequate, the canopy is OK,
but care must be taken when cleaning up the stub from the sprue.
Construction is hassle free, I used no filler at the fuselage and wing root
join. I didn't even use any glue for the horizontal stabilizer, but the main
landing gear installation should be carried out carefully since the join
here is a lil' loose, I used 5 minute epoxy here and then held the
model on a jig until it set.
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the painting as usual I primed my models before the painting session begins,
for the color I mix it using the formula recommended in the instruction sheet,
the mottling takes most of the time, I used Tamiya acrylic all round, when
properly thinned it sprayed very good through my Badger 150. The decal
is good, responded well to Micro Sol, even the decal for the air filter looks
good when apllied and weathered properly.