Messerschmitt squiggles

I’ve been working on the third Eduard Bf-110 I’ve built this summer and I am working on the desert scheme.  The decals for this kit from Owl show a very fine sets of squiggles; olive over sand.  Other than getting an olive colored pen and drawing them on I’m not sure I get them as fine as the pictures in 1/72 but I am trying something new.


My newly discovered fondness for the blue poster tack has led me into rolling this into fine strings and using this to mask the squiggles.  After painting the kit Olive I am rolling this and adding it to the kit.  Once I get it all done I will clean it up a bit with some tweezers and spray sand.

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The main issue I have is that it is about 85 in the garage tonight and it make the blue stuff really tacky so it sticks to everything but the model.  But it’s starting to look good.

Third Bf-110 is underway

I am building the third Bf-110 in a row.  I’m inspired by a fellow blogger who builds multiple kits of the same kind at the same time, recently a bolt load of A-10s.

This is another Eduard, got it cheap on Squadron.  I am using the Eduard Big Sin set for this; it comes with a cockpit, engine, wheels, and open nose armament.  All the casting are great and the fit of the kit is precise and the resin fits perfectly.  I don’t know how many times I’ve wrestled other company’s resin sets into a fuselage.

I finished the last two 110s in night fighter schemes, this one will go into a desert scheme with another OWL deal sheet.  Looking forward to getting to painting but I have been steady on the airbrush building and painting a lot of sub components.  Hopefully ready for camouflage this coming weekend.

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I’m gearing up for the big event in the Summer of Messerschmitt.  After the 110s are done I am going to build 3 1/32 scale Bf-109s; and E, F, and G at the same time.  A couple of these are old and I don’t plan on doing any re-scribing, filling, sanding (well maybe a little), or weathering.  These are going to be out of the box.  I have a set of decals that cover all three from AML.

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Bf-109 ready for the shelf

Number two is done for the year.  I created a simple display base for it, since I didn’t know what to do with the cowling.  Here are some shots;

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The grasses on the side were an experiment to see what they looked like and add some change to the boring single color.  I used model railroad ballast for the desert floor.  After I ran the leftover piece of MDF through the router to give the edge a curve I anchored the grass, put glue around that area and added fake grass, then once that had set more glue and just poured on the ballast.  Pretty simple but adds so much to a finished model (I’ve noted that many of the kits at the local contest that win seem to have display bases attached)

Continued tonight to work on the ProModeler F-84 cockpit.  The kit comes with some nice photo etch for seat straps but gosh they are fiddly and these four straps have used up over one hour of modeling time.


Bf-109 done

Completed the Bf-109 today with canopy photo etch and attach and the antenna.  Looks pretty good!

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So what did I do new or learn from this kit;

  • first time installing an inline engine.  I used a Verlinden set that was missing etch so I had to make up some parts
  • made my own exhausts from flattened copper tubing.  They came out pretty good if not exactly accurate
  • first time painting thin lines with the airbrush.  I enjoyed the Luftwaffe camo, they’re fun
  • dot filters turned out too much green but doesn’t look too bad completed
  • I broke off the flaps and slats on a number of occasions, I’ll add these last next time

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Over the weekend I think I’ll cobble up a display base for it.  Desert sand shouldn’t be too hard, right?

Next two kits that are on deck.  I’ve actually already started the cockpit of the F-84.  the F-21 was a Christmas gift from the lovely bride!!  (Only 336 days until the next Christmas hobbies)

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Weather done, Bf-109 almost finsihed

Last night I put on an oil filter wash.  If you haven’t done this before it produces some very nice color variation on top of your camo.

Start with a coat of future (done in previous posts).  Then put small dots of oil paint color all over the model.  I basically bought a small really cheap starter oil paint sets at a craft store and I have a life time supply of these colors.  I keep experimenting with different colors; on this model I used blue, green, yellow, and white.  As you’ll see in the photos latter it gave the model a real green tint to parts of it.  These colors work well on olive drab but I might try something a bit different next time I use Luftwaffe colors.

Once the dots are on, take a soft brush dipped in mineral spirits and spread the dots out in their area of the model.  As you spread them out you will keep dipping your brush in the spirits and cleaning it off on a paper towel so that you are removing most of the paint.  The idea here is to put a small thin coat of color on a small area of the camouflage and as you move around the model with different colors it will produce subtle color variation in your camo.

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I then take a paper towel dipped in spirits and wipe down most of the aircraft pulling up as much paint as I can and, by wiping in the direction of the airflow, giving the filter a sense of direction.

Tonight, after the filter had dried for a day, I then used aluminium pain, added some chipping, and then used a number of various brown and gray pastels to basically grub up the aircraft.  After a coat of Testors Dullcoat to lock it all in I have now added most of the other bits.  Tomorrow night I’ll open and complete the canopy and add the antenna and I’ve got a 109 in my collection

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I have also included a side by side of the Hasegawa with an old Monogram 109 I messed around with a few years back.


Years ago the Monogram 109 was the first model I ever put a camouflage on.  I was in 7th grad, bought it with lawn mowing money at a local Ben Franklin, and followed the directions called to paint the bottom of the model gray (green upper surface being the color of the plastic).  I was hooked and still trying new things on plastic.

Thanks for looking!

Weathering time

Time to start weathering the Bf-109.  Not quite sure exactly what I’m going to do yet but as I always do, start with a sludge wash on burnt umber.

Make a wash of burnt umber oil paint and odorless mineral spirits, apply liberally, and after I let it sit (while I airbrushed the F-84 cockpit) wipe it away with a clean cloth in the direction of airflow.  Seems pretty simple…

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The two issues I had were the one part that never made it to future coating had the paint wiped away at the same time and I broke off one of the slats holding it by the wing.


I think next up is going to be some oil dot weathering then I need to figure out a way to “bleach” the upper surfaces since the real thing was parked in the desert sun most of the time.

Stay tuned..

Bf-109 nearing construction completion

Last August 4th I posted work on an engine for a Hasegawa Bf-109e trop.  Today (Christmas) I cover that over that last four month the kit is almost ready for painting.  And most of that work has happened in the last few weeks.

Funny how life gets in the way of modelling.  Sometimes it’s work, or just being tired when I get home, sometimes its scouting, maybe a trip to Nebraska, sometimes things need to be done around the house and you just can’t seem to make time in the garage for modeling.

I remember when I was a kid you didn’t need to make time for modelling.  Head for the five-and-dime for a $1.00 kit with your lawn mowing money and the kit was more than likely going to be completed before days end.  No filing seems, no rescribing panel lines, no after market goodies, no waiting for paint or glue to dry before going onto the next step, just a tube of testors a box of styrene and me!

But AMS or not I should still be putting in the time for a hobby that I really love.  And so here is another work of love heading into the final stages.

The engine is installed along with a nice cockpit.  I used the Verlinden Bf-109e set I bought from a reseller and it arrived without the photo etch, so I have been trying to make due with the kit parts and the resin from the V-set.  I remember when I was a kid wanting to scratch build an engine for a 1/72 Bf-109 I built but no patience then.  So this has been kind of fun.

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I’ll paint this is the desert camouflage that came with the kit.  It will be the first of my WWII desert collection.  I like painting German camos and I’m looking forward to getting the airbrush tuned up in the next couple of days.


Hope you all got everything you wanted for Christmas.  My wife and family provided me with a really nice stash this year, guess I better get cracking on some more kits.


Next up – Back in black (and a little desert)

Now that I’ve parked the Constitution for a few weeks..

Inspired by a fellow blogger, who builds multiple kits at the same time, sometimes in the middle of a move, I’ve decided to build at the same time a couple of kits I’ve wanted to build for a while; the Monogram P-61 and a 1/48 Hasegawa Bf-109e in desert markings.


I’ve had the P-61 next to forever.  So long in fact the parts are dusty in the box (how do model parts get dusty in a box?)  I will use the Lone Star Model P-61 cockpit kit with this.  I have wanted a P-61 in the collection for awhile and I have a lot of things to try on this kit; salt weathering, faded black painting, oil dot filter wash on black, etc.

The Bf-109e is a Hasegawa builder I bought off of eBay along with a Verlinden set that was missing the photo etch when I purchased it.  I’m going to challenge myself to make up for the lack of photo etch and do some modeling using the resin parts.

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‘Happy building!