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Messerschmitt Bf 109

models G & E

1/72 scale

by Diego Cuquejo


I have been a modeler for more than twenty years now. And although I never focused my attention on one particular subject, I have always built planes, most of them belonging to the World War II Luftwaffe, in 1/72 scale.

Two of my latest projects are Messerschmitt Bf 109 units in 1/72, which are a part of a larger work: to build all versions and subversions of this famous plane.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G6

The first project comprises the construction of three Messerschmitt Bf 109 G6 from Italieri. They were built without any modifications, except for the replacement of the pitot tubes and guns with syringe needles having the proper diameter. This kit is very good as regards size and quality and you will only find some difficulty at certain stages of the assembly process, since Italieri produces two different versions based on the same mould. The fuselage is parted, being the rudder and the motor cowl quite complicated.


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On the "Red 29" model I applied Aeromaster decals and the version is the G6 R6 from the 1/JGN 320 Night fighter. Its detailing belongs to the RLM 64, 65, 66 with a strong mottle with RLM66 on the upper part of the fuselage and wings, one of which is painted black on its lower part.


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The "White 9" carries Italeri decals and is a G6 R6/Trop belonging to the 7/JG 27, piloted by Emil Klade. Its camouflage is RLM 66 in its lower area and RLM 64 & RLM 65 in its upper area. It is important to note that in the Italeri manual, instructions and wrong, colors are inverted.


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The "Black 29" is also included in the manufacturers detailing and it is a G6 R1 belonging to an unknown squadron. Its camouflage is RLM 66 in its lower area and RLM 80 and 82 in its upper area with some mottle from RLM66. Italeri has made a significant mistake with this plane (I became aware of this after I had finished its construction): the 29 is not black but blue.


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All the white crosses, fuselage and wings were painted with an airbrush, which gives a better result than the decals. The paint applied is Modelmaster Enamel and some ink for airbrush to highlight panels and achieve weathering and dirt effects.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E7

My second project is completely opposite to the previous one. It's a Messerschmitt Bf 109 E7 by Hasegawa, where the whole left side shows the structure and mechanic components. It's the only way to display the superdetailing work.


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The engine, as well as other photoetched details, are from Verlinden while the rest was produced by myself with the use of 0,1 mm plastic sheet.

The quality of this Hasegawa kit is excellent in every aspect, being the best "Emil" that I have ever built.
The detailing represents a E7 belonging to the 7/JG 26 and piloted by Obltn Joachim Munchemberg. The colors used are RLM 64, 65 and 66, with the cowlings and rudder in yellow RLM 21.

The decals are those recommended by the manufacturer and the paint used is Modelmaster Enamel.

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