Various 1/48 scale Bf109's

Gallery Article by Dave Ramshaw

 

Here are a few of my 1/48 '109s.
The Swiss aircraft is a standard Hasegawa 109G6. I like this colourful scheme almost as much as I disliked masking it! At least the national insignia was simple to mask and spray. Its been a while since I did this one - I can feel a 1/32 scale version coming on! My mate Jim hates this colour scheme and claims all it needs is a blue flashing light and I'd have an air ambulance!

Next is one of my many Emils. The kit is Tamiya, this was the first E3 kit of theirs I've had that has the re-tooled nose, which looks a lot better. National insignia was sprayed using Eduard masks.

 

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The 109G12 started out as a Falcon limited run kit. After looking at the components I decided the only way I was ever going to build this was to do a "cut and shut" with a Hasegawa kit! I cut down the fuselage of†a G6 kit†then built up the†cockpit sides with plastic†card and milliput.†In the end all I used of the Falcon kit was the canopy and some of the cockpit interior ( not wanting to completely waste a £20 kit I later used the spare twin canopy with a G10 kit to make a bare metal Czech post war trainer).

The 109D started out as a Hobbycraft kit. For some reason I decided to cut the nose off this and combine it with a Tamiya Emil. The end result of this decision was a lot of work removing the underwing cannon bulges and radiators and messing around with filler. I have subsequently built another Hobbycraft 109D out of the box and if you ignore or replace the clunky undercarriage and misshapen rudder it makes a very nice model without all this messing around!  I think Hobbycraft kits often get a bad press - but with a little bit of work their early 109s, Avia S199 and Hispano "Buchons" make very nice little models. These are fairly obscure aircraft and without Hobbycraft the only way to build them would probably be expensive limited run kits with all their inherent shortcomings.

Dave Ramshaw

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