Trumpeter's 1/32 scale
Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3
by Roland Sachsenhofer
Trumpeter's 1/32 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3 is available online from Squadron
Trumpeter offers two versions of the Bf 109E-3, one of them depicts a swiss Bf 109 in the neutrality colours of summer- autumn 1944. At this time, aircraft of the “Schweizer Fliegertruppe” have been coloured with an additional red stripe over the white background- that should eliminate the similarity to the Allied invasion stripes of the period. However this was not adopted for operational use.
The colouring indicated in the kit is far from being correct. That regards the place - e.g. there are none of them on the tail plane as Trumpeter suggests - as well as the proportions of the red-white stripes. You have to do some investigations on that - not a really difficult task at all.
To get a correct Swiss Bf 109 E I erased the hump over the gun breeches on the back half of the cowling –the Swiss changed the armament to their own Oerlikon machine guns, there was no further need for this buckling. Instead of this, I had to build up two small bulges on this section.
Further changes to get a correct Helvetian 109 are a British-style “spade” Type stick and a seriously modified harness. The RLM 66 colour instead RLM 02 inside the cockpit is correct. Swiss Bf 109 where kept in this colour from 1942 onwards.
All the colours and markings except for the fuselage code numbers where masked and sprayed. Except the harness and some cockpit details this model was build out of the box.
If you are interested in the building process, take a look at the JAM forum.
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2011 by Roland Sachsenhofer
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