1/48 Tamiya Bf-109E3

Gallery Article by Le Vander McGinnis


I used all Model Master paints (RLM 02, 71, AND 76) all thinned 50/50 from the bottle, Future floor wax (straight) before applying the decals to prevent the decals from silvering. Then I used Turpenoid to thin the artist oil paint (the tube stuff) to highlight the panel lines. Then, Testors Dull Coat to flatten the finish for the pastel chalk on the panel lines and the exhaust, cannon blast and engine area. I donít believe in pre shading - IMO itís a big waste of time, besides it just looks unnatural.


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Tamiya has won me over with this kit due to fit and ease of assembly. There are no surprises and all the parts are free of flash. The only tiny flaw is that the seat has an ejection pin mark and thatís it - the rest of the kit is a dream to build.†

If you plan this kit out and insure your modeling time is uninterrupted, it can be built, painted and decaled in a day. I built my 109 out of the box but then later added some photo-etched belts form Eduardís Lufftwafe set. I plan to build more of these little gems. I recommend this kit to anybody who suffers from AMS!!!

Le Vander McGinnis

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