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Hasegawa + Hawkeye 1/48 scale
Messerschmitt Bf 109 T-2

by Floyd Werner

 

Messerschmitt Bf 109 T-2

 


This 1/48 scale Bf 109 T Conversion is available online from Meteor Productions 

 

Introduction

 

Aircraft Carrier.

When you mention these words you think of American, Japanese, British - but German? Yes the Germans were actually working on two aircraft carriers when war broke out. Using airframes that were currently in production, like the Ju-87 Stuka and the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the carrier would terrorize the Atlantic. Fortunately, the carriers were shelved before they could be finished but the Bf 109s were produced. A little known variant, the Bf 109 T was in production when the carriers were cancelled. There were actually two variants, the Bf 109 T-1 and -2. The T-1 was actually the carrier designed aircraft. The T-2 was the land based version.

 

 

The Toni featured longer wings. The T-1 was to have a catapult and hook assembly for carrier use. The Bf-109 were known for its week landing gear assembly can you imagine what would have happened had the 109 had to land in rough seas? It would have been a terrible design. The T-1 was converted to the T-2 specifications and assigned to the JG5 and JG77 defending Norway. A neat piece of history is that a T-2 is credited with downing the first B-17 of the war. A British B-17 enroute to bomb targets in Norway. The Toni was based on the E-7 airframe so it was a dated design, however, the Toni continued to serve in JG300 and JG11 in 1944.



The Kit

I started this project with a Hasegawa Bf 109 T kit. You get your basic Hasegawa Bf-109E kit molded in light grey blemish free plastic. The clear parts are provided on one sprue. The decals are provided on a sheet with markings for two Bf 109 Ts. An additional instruction sheet for the modifications are added to the kitís normal instructions. To make the Toni Hasegawa provides you with cream colored resin for the separate elongated wing tips, separate slats and additional lengths for the ailerons. This did not make sense to me as the fabric detail on the ailerons is very nice and to fill in the seam would make the detail vanish.



The Hawkeye Design conversion

Hawkeye actually gives you a nicer conversion set. In addition to the longer wings you get separate slats and separate ailerons. They are one piece ailerons not requiring any filling like the Hasegawa design. You are also given the less familiar square intake such as on the Bf-109F-0 which you will need for some Tonis. The carrier catapult gear and arresting hook are also provided if you want to add them.



Cutting Edge Cockpit CEC48379

The kit cockpit is adequate but not good enough for me. I elected to use the Cutting Edge set as it is the best fitting and easiest to use. Also you get a great seat with seatbelts which saves you some work. Molded in bubble free light grey plastic, the Cutting Edge set is a vital upgrade if you ask me. You are also treated with an acetate instrument panel.

 

 

Construction

 

I elected to assemble the fuselage halves first and this proved to be hassle free. No filler was needed. What more can you say? Perfect. You are provided with a steel radiator. Donít use the splitter plate as it wasnít used on the Toni. Now is a good time to add the forward cowling, but donít forget to add the guns. I speak from experience. I did. What a pain to add later. I added two access panels on the fuselage below the cockpit for the MW50. These were peculiar to the Toni.



Cockpit

The Cutting Edge cockpit was assembled outside the fuselage and preshaded with Model Master Enamel Interior Black and painted with Model Master RLM 02. Details were picked out with Apple barrel brand acrylic paint and some Model Master Metalizer Magnesium. The instrument panel is up to you. You are provided with a resin instrument panel or a sandwich affair with acetate instruments. The sandwich affair is the way I selected. It looks realistic to me.

 

 

I painted my instrument panel RLM 66. The whole cockpit is inserted from the bottom. It fit like a champ. I left the seat out until later. It didnít occur to me until later that the Tonis were rebuilt to T-2 standards so that the interior could have been RLM 66. I did paint the cockpit sill the RLM 66 which was seen on some Emils.



Wings

The wings also include some steel screens for the radiators. They are see through but I decided I could live with it. The wings were hassle free. I assembled them as per the instructions and then cut the ailerons and slats as well as the ends off as per Hawkeyeís instructions. I left the pour stub on the wing pieces as this would add some strength to the join. All I had to do was whittle the pour stub a little for a perfect fit. I filled the seam with superglue and then rescribed the line.

 

 

While I was at it I scribed the wing spoilers on the upper surface. They might have been faired over but if your building a Toni why not have them?



Assembly

Add the wings up to the fuselage and youíll find nothing wrong. The fit is perfect. No filler necessary. The horizontal tail planes are the same way. You can tell you have them properly aligned when the support braces fit perfectly. I left the supports off until after painting to make it easier for me. With that everything is ready for paint.

 

 

Painting and Markings

 

Washing the model with dish detergent made it ready for primer. I primed my model with Tamiya Primer White. The Hasegawa panel lines are very thin and the primer filled a couple of them in. I rescribed the ones that I noticed. Adding Model Master Enamel RLM 66 for preshading set the model for the first stage of weathering.

I wanted to depict the aircraft of Oblt. Herbert Christmann as he was flying with JG11. What was so special about this Toni? What other Luftwaffe aircraft has red flames down the sides? Well other than one on fire.

The RLM 04 yellow RVD band and lower cowling were added. Now I must say that the lower yellow cowling is open to debate. I have two photo of the nose and it looks to be a different color to me or at the very least a cleaner and newer cowling. I opted for the yellow cowling. If Iím wrong, prove it. Claes Sundin agreed with me see http://www.messerschmitt-bf109.de/display.php?lang=de&auth=e&name=version_display&fotonummer=1152

Masking this off it was time to paint the RLM 76. For me Model Master Enamel RLM 76 was the color of choice. Aeromaster RLM 75 was applied next. I applied it as a normal paint scheme with a hard line. Gunze RLM 74 was then added to the model. Now that I had a hard edge camouflage applied I needed to add the overspray of RLM 76. I thinned the MM RLM 76 down and then squiggled it up toward the top.

 

 

It seems that a certain werknummer series had this unique paint scheme. Others have interpreted it as saying the wings have squiggles. I could not agree and after looking at the four photos I think the evidence indicates that the squiggles are the figment of someoneís imagination. There are no other photos of any Tonis painted this way or any other JG11 machine having them. Once I was happy with that I had to make the IV Gruppe symbol for the yellow band as no decal manufacturer seems to have noticed it, but it is plainly visible in the JG77 reference book. This was masked with Tamiya tape and painted. I needed to paint the flame as well as I wanted the spinner to match the flame. I used Tamiya tape to mask this area off and sprayed it with Tamiya Flat Red. Removal of all the masking tape revealed a really cool looking airplane. A coat of Alclad Gloss Base was used to prep the surface for decals. One thing that I noticed was that the forward and center section of the canopy were darker than the aft section. I figured the front was painted RLM 66.



Decals

The Hasegawa decals are often cited for being too thick, I disagree. When you look at them on the sheet they certainly do look thick but when applied to the model with a good setting solution they perform flawlessly. I used Mr. Mark Softner and the results were wonderful. Another coat of Alclad Gloss Base and once completely dry a follow up coat of Model Master Acrylic Flat. There were some inaccurate decals for the Toni I was doing. The photos clearly show that the underwing crosses are plain white. This and the missing IV Gruppe are the only problems that I found. Well at least that I can remember.



Weathering

The photos of the real machine showed remarkably little weathering. I used a wash of burnt umber artist oils over the whole machine. This was followed up with very thinned Tamiya flat black and red brown airbrushed on select panel lines. Gunze Oil was streaked along the bottom from panel lines aft. Silver pencil was used to add chipped paint. Some Mig Pigment European Dust was added to the wheels, lower wings and the wing root area. Everything was sealed with a coat of Model Master Acrylic Flat.



Final Assembly

Adding the little parts such as the mass weights, pitot tube, and the canopy sections and this baby was done.

 

 

Conclusion



Why Hasegawa elected to make the ailerons like they did is beyond me. Moving to the Hawkeye Design was an easy transition. The Hawkeye Design Toni conversion is excellent and fits as designed. You get the new type of intake, if you didnít use it you could use it for Gallandís Bf-109F-0. Youíll have to check your references to see which intake your particular Toni has. Also the addition of the catapult and arrestor hook are a very nice touch for the Hawkeye set. The Hasegawa Toni conversion is not bad in itself. The basic kit is excellent with the exception of the see through effect because of the lack of engine, also the radiators, both the engine and the wings are also see through. If you donít worry about them like I didnít you will find this kit to be a great little model. The Toni is a unique looking airplane with its extended wing tips. The Hasegawa conversion should fit as well as the Hawkeye one. You will just have to work the aileron on the Hasegawa conversion. The flame motif on this airplane should appeal to most modelers for its unique look and splash of color. This model will stand out in your collection as it does in mine.

 



Hawkeye Design Bf 109 T conversion- Highly Recommended, if you can find it. I believe that Meteor Productions has the molds for this conversion now. Hopefully they will release it again plus some decals.

Cutting Edge Bf-109E cockpit- Highly recommended. The best Hasegawa Bf-109E interior in 1/48th scale, period.

Hasegawa Bf 109 T- Highly Recommended.


 

References

 

  • Sea Eagles: The Messerschmitt Bf 109 T, Francis L. Marshall, Air Research, ISBN 1 871187 22 2

  • The Messerschmitt Bf 109 T Die Jaeger der Graf Zeppelin, Francis L. Marshall, Marshall Verlag, ISBN 3-0000-82204

  • Jagdgeschwader 1 und 11, Teil 3 1944-1945, Jochen Prien and Peter Rodeike, ISBN 3-923457-251 (Teil 3)

  • Profiles in Norway No. 3, Camoflage & Markings of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 T in Norway 1941-1944, Kjetil Aakra & Arild Kjaeraas, ISBN 82-92542-02-7

  • Air Magazine No 28, November 2005, Patrick Laureau
     


This Bf 109 T conversion is available from Meteor Productions for USD$19.99


Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2007 by Floyd Werner
Page Created 30 August, 2007
Last Updated 24 December, 2007

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