Tamiya 1/72 Bf 109 E-3

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  1. Builder

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    Hi All,

    I am building this kit to get my Mojo back.

    Build Plan
    Make a quick kit, keep weathering to a minimum. Highlight panel lines using a copic marker, and try to keep the build clean and as good a build as I can. The goal is to get the Mojo back!

    Kit details (from www.scalemates.com)
    Title: Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3
    Number: 60750 (Also listed as 50)
    Scale: 1:72
    Released:2000 | Initial release - new tool



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    Work will begin tomorrow. Full steam ahead!

    As always all comments welcome.
     
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    This is the first update. I have really blitzed through this kit - I think I was enjoying it so much I just kept going and going. Unfortunately I forgot to take photos whilst building the cockpit or while gluing the model together.

    I will tell you all what I did. I built the cockpit OOB using the decals provided for seatbelts. I then attached the fuselage together and waited for an hour before applying Tamiya Basic Putty (the Grey one) and let that dry for 2 hours.

    I painted the propeller first and the landing gear using Humbrol enamels.

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    I then painted the model fuselage and wings in one go with Humbrol Enamels.

    Here it is

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    The panel lines were highlighted using a Copic multiliner marker with 0.03mm tip. These are specially designed to be used on paint. The lines are a bit dark, but I am not too fussed about accuracy here.

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    Here is a look at the cockpit

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    I started work on the canopy as well

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    The model was then gloss coated using Pledge Floor care

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    At the rate I am going this model will be finished tomorrow. I think the Mojo is coming back! Its good to just build a kit using basic techniques and not worrying too much about over detailing at times. I'm having a lot of fun with this one.

    Hopefully tomorrow I will have the completed kit!

    I would like to clarify I am no accuracy buff here nor do I want to be one - building decent models is the goal, decent paint job, decent build, decent finish.


    I hope you all liked the update, as always all comments welcome.
     
  3. colin m

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    Well you have flown along with this one. A nice easy uncomplicated build, we all need these once in a while. Looking nice.
     
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    I agree with Colin just what you need to get the mojo back. Nice work so far Bob.
     
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    Thanks Colin and Ian. Yes this build has restored my Mojo, nice quick and simple.

    This is the final update, as the kit is complete now.

    So I did up the decals on top of the gloss coat and added the canopy which took a while to get right.

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    A matte coat was then applied - I use a commercial one seen below, this gives more of a sheen effect which I prefer over this aircraft as opposed to using my Alcad II matte coat.

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    And here is the final result:

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    Many more pictures in the Completed Airplanes section here
    http://www.scale-models.co.uk/threads/tamiya-1-72-bf-109-e-3.28368/
     

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