1/72 Tamiya Bf-109E-4

Gallery Article by Joe Youngerman on Nov 20 2003


   I know we have all seen so many Bf109 kits on review sites but I had a sheet of Eaglecals laying around and there was an online contest for early 109's! The Tamiya Bf109 kits are so easy to build and look so nice when completed you almost can't help yourself sometimes. My 109, (which did not even place in the top five), was built to depict Hans "Assi" Hahn's mount while flying with III./JG2 from LeHavre, France around November of 1940.

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   The kit goes together so well its not even worth discussing and I added nothing but the Photo etch seat belts and the Eaglecal decals which were very nicely done and snuggled down very well with just a bit of Micro-sol. The kit was finished with ModelMaster RLM02 and Polly S RLM71 topsides over Polly S RLM 65 undersurfaces. The yellow is Aeromaster's RLM 02 Gelb. The Cockpit is RLM 02 as the change to RLM 66 had not yet occurred. I preshaded panel lines and added some depth with an artist's pencil. A bit of exhaust and cordite staining was needed as well and for that I used a mix of black and dark gray colors from Polly S.

   A contest winner it wasn't but I enjoyed building it and am pleased with the finished product as I add to my 1/72 Bf109 collection...I really only had a couple...really!

Joe Youngerman


Photos and text by Joe Youngerman