I’m sure there is “help” out there Maybe, but not only will it not make you happier, it doesn’t make us happier either: we wouldn’t get to see you build more excellent models; and Special Hobby’s revenue would be down, meaning they couldn’t bring more of these excellent kits to market…
Almost at the primer stage here!
Almost through the painting stage, some mottling missing on the Luftwaffe machine only.
I’ve booked the repair shop tomorrow to reattach the missing flap, no worries
And mottling added! Not a bad thing to do on Good Friday !
The white recognition markings really add to the looks even if the white paint effectively swallows all detail. They will pop with the weathering though.
Decal problems with the Romanian option. The yellow parts are a pixelated and thinly printed very bleak yellow. Not good, not good at all, and a huge disappointment.
Climbing the stash (of course using a safety rope, a high-viz jacket and a good quality hard hat) to get my Arma Hobby East Front Boxing Hurricane (that’s one long model name…) didn’t help either, it has a Romanian option but with entirely different crosses .
What’s even more disturbing is that the E-1 I did a year ago suffered from the same problem with the numbers, also a bleak and slightly pixelated look. It isn’t too prominent on the finished model but I know about it and it annoys me…
I have started adding the crosses. And since I’m a very clever person I of course started with the upper surfaces of the wings.
They look fairly OK here, but trust me, they aren’t! First time ever that the camera improves something close-up !
This part is always a bit nerve-wracking…
…but it’s fairly easy to fix!
Masking and painting, starting from the outside with the white borders…
…yellow in the middle…
…and then a tremendous amount of masks to end up with this…
…that looks fairly OK. I wish I could get a bit more precision but this is right on the edge of what my Cameo can handle and I think adjusting with a paint brush is allowed . I managed to splash one of the masks with red paint that seeped below but that’s also fixable after letting the paint harden for a day or so.
Magnus, you are a master of your art, sir!
Painted on markings always trump decals. You’ve successfully removed the decals and repainted the areas so that not only is the area vastly improved but one would never know there were decals there first!
Jeez, man! Superb work! I clicked on this expecting to see one Bf-109, but instead I got not one, not two, but seven masterfully done planes! Great job!
@Russelle It’s not that it’s difficult but it is an unnecessary hickup in the project ! Things have improved the last week though, see below!
@CKPlasticModels Thanks a lot Colin! There is more to come, since I bought another Romanian boxing last week to pick spare decals from, the total number of Special Hobby 109s (build and unbuilt) have now reached an even dozen ! I’ll go on filling this thread with them.
Hee Hee, you NEVER disappoint Magnus
love this camo. can’t wait to see it done.
Too much time on vacation
@Russelle I’ve actually had quite some time free at home as well but I didn’t get around to doing anything useful with these! Now is a different matter though, after letting them rest for a few months it actually feels rather inspiring finishing them, they’re almost there!
I understand what you mean Magnus: when the sun is shining and the weather warm, the great outdoors is much more of a draw card…
Your work on this pair really is fantastic!
Both of these are finally finished tonight, they got a gun sight each and that was the last thing missing. I’ll take some final photos this weekend but it felt important to get this one up tonight:
Tomorrow is September 15, Battle of Britain-day. I really ought to post something RAF but this is what I had at hand and without doubt it was a participant in the battle!
What an eye catching aircraft, the camo is really nicely done.
Congratulations on a really top job.
Congrats on another 2 finishes Magnus
Looking forward to seeing finished photos
@flatfour I’m happy that you like it! One of the most enjoyable aspects of airbrushing: Luftwaffe mottling!
@Russelle It tool some time but here they finally are, the photos!
Let’s start of with the JG 52 E-3, shot down over England in September 1940 with a lucky pilot who survived as a PoW.
And then a bit of an odd bird, a Romanian one! There were a few export customers for the 109.
This is the current status of my Special Hobby 109-collection. And there are a few more to come but not right now !
These caused a bit of trouble, I don’t get why the decals are of such varied quality. Especially the yellow decals are trouble-makers and when building a Romanian aircraft, alternatives are not that thick on the ground… Well, they are finished and they fit well in with their peers even if I did better on some of the previous ones!
As usual, these now have been added to the collecton!
Two more great additions to your 109 squadron Magnus
The Romanian bird is particularly colourful
@Russelle Thanks! I agree with you, I didn’t find that all-green finish too appealing to start with but with the yellow nose, fuselage band and the tricolor rudder I realise that I actually like it a lot !