1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4/7 Trop is available online from
Here is Tamiya`s 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7
/ Trop. I finished the model in the markings of Lt. Werner Schroer, 8.Grp
/ JG 27 "Afrika". He flew it from Ain El Gazala, Libya, in Sept. 1941.
The model was built with following updates:
cockpit-set from Aires
photoechted parts from
main wheels from True
After the E-4 this was my
second "Emil" from Tamiya. So I did not await any problems at all. Again I
used the Aires cockpit-set and the photoechted parts from Eduard. And
because this set offers the possibility for an open radio-set, I decided
to show this on the E-7 / Trop. Some parts were delicate in use, but
everything fitted well finally. I also placed the elevators in a down
position and added some handgrips to the windscreen, followed by the main gear breaklines and the antenna. The exhausts have also been drilled
For the paint finish, I first sprayed polished aluminium from Humbrol
overall, followed by Gunze acrylics for the camouflage scheme in RLM 78
/79 / 80.
I wanted to avoid a hard
colour-line between the fuselage colours RLM 78 and 79, such as might
happen using masking tape.
Instead of this I used a homemade cardboard stencil for brushing the
upside fuselage colour. So it fitted better to the green camouflage
pattern in RLM 80. They were sprayed "free hand" and this was the most
difficult part of the desert scheme. But the result is a nice contrast to
other, more normal, camouflage schemes.
Then I scratched off the top-colour with a sharp
blade to show the aluminium base. After that I sprayed Gunze gloss and
attached the decals. All weathering (panel lines, oiltracks) was added
using artists oil colours. The only exception was the soot from the
exhauts and guns. I used artists chalk (pastels) for this effect.
Finally everything was sealed with Gunze flat.
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