Messerschmitt Bf.109E-7 Hasegawa 1/48 scale

by Giovanni Galvan © Modeler Site

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The Bf.109 is universally known, so I go directly to the model. Hasegawa issued more than ten years ago a new mold (JT series box) of the Bf.109E, corrected on the nose exhausts in respect of the early mold. Even if the vent before the exhausts has still to be drilled, the kit is now more or less correct enough.


I decided to build it almost straight from the box, except for the Verlinden resin seat. The cockpit color is the classic Grau RLM 02 FS 34226 (Gunze H70), also for the instrument panel, with Black consolles and levers; a drybrushing with Light Gray highlighted the details. After painting, the retention wire on the canopy has been fixed and connected to the rear with a metallic wire rolled up with a drill. Inside the canopy I fixed the photo etched armoured headrest, and some scratchbuilt lever.

The general assembly is easy and, on the wings, slats and flaps are molded apart and can be fixed extracted.

Tires have been painted in Medium Gray, with White sides, and brushed with brown oil color, the wheels are in semi gloss Black and the gear legs are in Grau RLM 02. The propeller was painted in Schwarzgrun RLM 70 (Gunze H65), the spinner was divided in Yellow and RLM 70.

The chosen example is the famous “White 3” of the JG.27, operating in North Africa in 1941. The paint scheme is overall Hellblau RLM 78 FS.35414 (Gunze H76 + 5% blue + 10% white), with the upper surfaces of fuselage, wings and tail planes in Sandbraun RLM 79 (Gunze H310) and splotches of Olivgrün RLM 80 (Gunze H36). The fuselage stripe and the lower wing tips are in White. The insignia were from the box.

The weathering was done with various brushed pastel powders and with Brown oil color. Some coat of Black, and various Grays, helped to represent the heavy exhaust stains.
I added the nice Tamiya Kubelwagen as an ideal mate for my “desert eagle” on the photos.
A classic subject, for a classic kit!

Color Chart









RLM 02

Grau 34226 31 131M X201 H70 -

RLM 04

Gelb 33538 154 1154M X19 H329 1708

RLM 79

Sandbraun 30219 118 1118M X102 H310 1742

RLM 80

Olivgrun 34096 114 1116M X20 H36 1571

RLM 78

Hellblau 35414 65 165M X127 see text -

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