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World War II: Germany
Aircraft of Germany in WWII.
ME 109 E4n - Airfix 1/72
ironwork
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Bergamo, Italy
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Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 11:58 PM UTC
Hi all Gentlemen,
here my latest tiny beast. Absolute love for these new kits from Airfix.
I still had no idea on how to proceed, this way I gave a (wrong) paintcoat to the interiors, and closed the fuselage.
Then taking things a bit more calm, a bit of putty was thinned in water and spread in 1 to 3 coats into gaps, avoiding overdoing. This way only a minimal cleaning of the excess with ethanol was enough for a neat surface on wing roots.



The bomb support provided into the box,cut and resized,  is welcome to build the "drop" for a camera equipped machine.
I later discovered that unlike the caption provided with the reference picture, this feature was not a camera housing but a peil gerat IV navigation device, and so the window for the camera will be deleted.




Cartridge ejectors pierced into the lower wing.



ironwork
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Bergamo, Italy
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Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 12:00 AM UTC
But,
but,
but...
Lowered flaps on a Messserschmitt also means open slats....
A bit late but the recessed locations were gently scraped with a scalpel blade, then filed until a proper gap was created.




Slats made with bent pieces of aluminium shelf (food tools), and raised with a thin plasticard strip


rochaped
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Lisboa, Portugal
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Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 05:23 AM UTC
Very nice work indeed, even more taking in consideration the 109 dimensions at the 1/72 scale.
Keep it up

Cheers
Pedro
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Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 12:34 PM UTC

Quoted Text

But,
but,
but...
Lowered flaps on a Messserschmitt also means open slats....


Not necessarily. They were free-moving and not connected to each other, meaning they could be in any position on a parked aircraft, but were often pushed back after landing to avoid dirt and debris getting into the slat mechanisms. Here's one article on them.

But anyway, those open foil slats along with the dropped flaps will add really nice character to the model!
And great work so far otherwise as well.
spaarndammer
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Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 07:49 PM UTC

Quoted Text

those open foil slats along with the dropped flaps will add really nice character to the model!
And great work so far otherwise as well.



I can't agree no more, it looks really nice!



Jelger
ironwork
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Bergamo, Italy
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Posted: Thursday, December 01, 2016 - 04:18 AM UTC
Thanks !

It seems I'm working in a reverted manner, since I've painted the interiors in a proper color, washed them with a brown-reddish filter, then more details added...






Canopy will be left open, just fitted to be hand painted ( i do not like masking)  in the interior color. RLM 02 obtaned by a mix of russian green and a somewhat pale dirty grey.


ironwork
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Posted: Monday, December 05, 2016 - 02:50 AM UTC
Although there are no specifical colors for aircrafts into the SDW range, they can be easily obtained by mixing.
Yellow, ochre and naples for the nose.
Blue, neutral grey and white for the underside.
Khaki and raw siena for the upperside.






A little color-test was made with thinned down paint  before actually painting the whole upperside.



Then the painting is completed with SDW shading colors thinned with a bit water and a touch of  their gloss additive.



ironwork
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Bergamo, Italy
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Posted: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 03:49 AM UTC
Speckles finally made thinning a mix of od and olive green thinned ab. 50% in ethanol.
Just a test to try out different methods for this kind of paints into a thin airbrushing. An alternative I'm also testing is the use of unthinned paint at ab. 25-29 psi. 







Well, I'm not the king of airbrush, but I can say myself satisfied up 'till now


goodn8
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Berlin, Germany
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Posted: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 04:28 AM UTC
Molto bene Guiseppe!

Looks really nice, very good work on that 109 with coloring/mottling and weathering-not easy in this scale
Thomas
Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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Posted: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 07:18 AM UTC
Hi Guiseppe,
the tropical Emil's camo looks very cool! and the mottling is flawless!

It is really funny to see so many lovely tropical Emils on this site (other great builds of venko555 and kahunaminor). Probably some kind of epidemic tropical Emil disease .

I infected myself already, so let's build!

Keep on posting!

Oliver
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Posted: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 07:32 AM UTC
Giuseppe,
I'm at the opposite end of the modeling scale these days with 1/32 scale props, but years past I was a 1/72 scaler. your desert camo scheme looks great and your color mixes look pretty actuate to me.

Joel
ironwork
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Posted: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 12:54 AM UTC
Thank you all Gyus, maybe some desert wind circling all aorund...

I think that aircraft models need subtlety, and still more for this scale. That's why I prefer to go on with filters.

Targets: shape enhance and add depht to colors.

At first some LIGHT & FADING 2, from the range filter & wash, was gently airbrushed in the center of downside panels.



To keep a coherent and uniform ensemble, it was airbtushed on upper sides too, but just subtlely along panel joints and details




A bit more on landing gear, also to desaturate the rubber tyres.




(maybe you need increase monitor light to see at best, since these are very subtle effects )

ironwork
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Posted: Monday, December 12, 2016 - 12:56 AM UTC
Now I wanted to scale down and revive a bit the whole paintjob. Done with an subtle overall airbrushing with tone up filter.





rochaped
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Posted: Monday, December 12, 2016 - 08:27 AM UTC
Giuseppe,
I'm unfamiliar with that colour brand you are using (acrylics I assume?).
That "tone-up" really enhances the camouflage sun-worn effect, a very subtle lights effect to bring up contrast.
Again, amazing what you can do in 1/72 scale model.

Cheers
Pedro
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Posted: Monday, December 12, 2016 - 09:06 AM UTC
Giuseppe,

I built the ancient 1975 Airfix Messerschmitt release last year; their new version appears to be soooo much better.

Your little 109 is really coming alive!
ironwork
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Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 04:00 AM UTC
@ Pedro : waterbased resins, both for paints and for filters.
@ Tim : the new Airfix is a tiny piece of cake, and strangely better than the 1.48 Spitfire frm the same brand.


Now the whole receives a thin coat of crystal lock as a base for the paneling job.



ironwork
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Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 04:10 AM UTC
Brush, a water-wet cosmetic sponge and metaliner



Simply take some product directly from the bottle, draw lines into the recessed panel lines, and remove the excess with the wet sponge. That's all.







lawzer
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 07:22 AM UTC
Outstanding!

And that panel line technique looks good!
magnusf
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Posted: Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 01:29 AM UTC
Giuseppe! Beautiful work! It looks "big" in a very positive way!



Magnus
ironwork
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Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 01:25 AM UTC
Thanks Guys !

Now some weathering. Again with SDW shading colors. A light grey mix, and sand. They are left to get thicker into a jar, for a better feathering on small areas.



At first sand color is applied and feathered with a brush on tyres edges and wheel covers.

Antilles
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Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 11:13 AM UTC
Ciao Guiseppe,
the weathering is very nice. This Emil will be truly outstanding!

Oliver
ironwork
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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 03:14 AM UTC
Hi Oliver, thanks !

The light grey mix instead, is used to mark some detail edges, thus adding to shape.






magnusf
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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 07:14 AM UTC
Giuseppe! A VERY nice 109! I like the E-variant with the capped spinner a lot and a tropical paint scheme is always impressive!

I'll get myself one of these next time I find one!



Magnus
lawzer
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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 07:20 AM UTC
Love this!

I got a few 1/72 kits for xmas (job lot off gumtree) and this is inspiring me to have a go at one.
berndm
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Posted: Friday, December 30, 2016 - 08:35 PM UTC
Stunning build and good work with the slats.