by Mark Hessler
Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3
1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 is available online from
This is my Hasegawa 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 built straight
from the box. It depicts an aircraft of the II./JG54, stationed in
France in autumn 1940.
Due to the fact that this is only my second seriously built model since
I was 12 years (when I was a little boy I did some models, too, don’t
ask how they looked like…) I am very satisfied with the result, even if
there are some minor things I will do better next time.
The model nearly fell together on its own.
On the downside a little putty was necessary, but it could have been my
fault during assembly.
The antenna is an aluminium and black painted nylon-thread with two
drops of plastic-glue that were formed in the right shape manually after
drying a few minutes. The gun-barrels were drilled out with an injection
needle (ouch!), braking-cables an the canopy-ribbon were made out of
thin wire. The backrest on the seat is made out of a little piece of
Kleenex that were painted leather-like with watercolours and sealed with
flat clear colour.
Markings and Weathering
decided to paint the model in the typical mottled Luftwaffe-scheme to
improve my airbrush-skills (second model I used one at all). All colours
were from Testors.
I started with pre-shading the panel-lines in black an sprayed the
complete scheme freehand after doing some meditations to calm down ;-).
Thereafter I used lighter variations of the colours to get a
bleaching-effect on the upper wings. Exhaust stain was also applied with
the airbrush. Afterwards I weathered the model with watercolours,
applied with a brush or Q-tip (behind the wing mounted guns for
example). “Chipping” was done with aluminium colour and a thin brush.
The cockpit and wheels were drybrushed with silver colour.
It wouldn’t look the way it does without the information and motivation
I got from Hyperscale!
Best regards from Wolfenbuettel in Germany.
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