Bf109E-3 "WEISSE 5" Obfw. Jakob Arnoldy, Mandal 1940 (Tamiya 1/72)

HI all
This is my next project. The kit is the Tamiya Bf109E-3.
My intention is to make one of the decal options for the aircraft flown by Obfw. Jakob Arnoldy during the Battle of Britain. He was attached to 4./JG77 based on Mandal in 1940. During that time he was flying the "Weisse 5"which was a Bf109E-3 WNr.1276. The painting scheme is RLM71, RLM02 over RLM65 which was characteristic of the period.
Bf109E-3 "Weisse 5" Wnr. 1276, Obfw Jakob Arnoldy, Mandal September 1940
Here is a shot of his another "White 5" being also the E-3 type. It seems to be the kite he was shot down. Believing the caption it's Bf 109E3, 4.JG77, WNr 5277 shot down by RAF 33 Sqn, John Mackie, on the15th April 1941.

The kit:

This kit is quite simple and inside the box you'll find one grey sprue with all major parts for assembly, one clear sprue with the canopy parts, decals and instructions sheet.

I quickly started by painting the interior with RLM02. In this case I have used Gunze RLM02.

Next I started brush painting the cockpit details using Tamiya acrylics.

16th August 2018

Some progress done on the cockpit.

Firstly I painted the floor with GUNZE acrylic H70 RLM02 and weathered using water colours pencil silver and Tamiya Panel Accent BLACK.

Following I worked on the firewall, basic painting to pick up the details using Tamiya XF-63 German Grey for the cannon butt, GUNZE acrylics H8 SILVER for the pedals and GUNZE acrylic H70 RLM02 and weathered using water colours pencil silver and Tamiya Panel Accent BLACK. I added a piece of lead foil for the pedal straps and painted it GUNZE H66 RLM79 to simulate leather.

 Next I drilled the seat belt aperture and added the seat belts, fiber material seat belts from KAMIZUKURI (870-0906). I'm not sure about the colour though, I'll probably need to paint it. I also weathered it using water colour pencil silver.

The instruments panel was painted Tamiya XF-63 German Grey and than I used the supplied decals. I did added the filter pump control lever made of a piece of photo etch scrap.

21st August 2018

Finally re-painted the seat belts, they look better now.

Here is how the cockpit is looking at the moment.

Here is how it looks now, attached to the fuselage

06th September 2018

Continuing with the building I decided to make an improvement to the kit by cutting off the wing slats. This is the first time I'm doing this, so bear with me.

1st attempt. I had to re-do it. The slats locations were wrong. See photo reference below.
This drawing (thanks Eduardo Brettas for the help) shows exactly where the slats are positioned.

Here is the real deal. The slat is fully extended in the photo above.

After discovering I had made a mistake with the slats positioning I scrapped it and started again. Here I used a tip I got from a fellow modeller Luftwaffe esperten Mr Brettas (you can find his fine works here: Harpias e Águias da Luftwaffe by E. Brettas ). He told me to glue a piece of fine plastic in the overall extension of the slat, then drill the a hole for positioning the slats openings and cut the excess with a sharp hobby knife. So that's what I have tried to do.

I also worked on the main landing gears, I made the hydraulic brake line out of thin copper wire, it was then painted Gunze RLM02 and Silver. The propeller is very good and it was painted using Gunze RLM70 and Aluminium. I t still needs to be properly weathered..

One annoying thing about this Tamiya kit is the closed canopy as the only option. After working the beautiful interior it would be insane to keep it closed. So I decided to carefully cut it open. I than polish it and gave a bath of FUTURE to restore the clear.

To be continued!

Grumman F6F-5 HELLCAT - French Naval Air Fleet (Heller 1/72)

Heller 1/72

Hi all

I had this very old Heller kit sitting in my stash for over 30 years. Due it's age it was not engraved panel lines, so I decided to use it as a practice for my first ever try to engrave panel lines in a kit. It was not perfect but I've learned a lot.

I had some issues with some seams that were hard do cover even after several re-dos with super glue.

I've used only acrylic paints, mostly Gunze Acqueous Paint.

The decals were another challenge, due it's age they broke apart once in the water. Luckly I had two set of the decals, so I sprayed a coat of Lacquer clear coat and applied as usual. However, the decals were very transparent so I decided to double up them using the other set of decals, it was not perfect but better than originally.

Weathering was made using Tamiya accent panel lines, watercolours pencils and pastels.

Overall it looked good but not standing a chance in a model show.

I've tried to represent an aircraft part of the Flottille 1F operating on the French Aircraft Carrier Arromanches in Indochina circa early 50's.

Reference photos:

The model


P-40C 33rd Pursuit Squadron, U.S.A. 1941 (ACADEMY 1/72)


USA, 1941

Model improved with full scratch built interior, add new wheels from my spare parts box.
Added new machine guns and new pitot from syringe needles.
Painted mostly using Tamiya and Gunze aqueous Hobby Colours acrylics.

Undersurfaces Grey FS 36440 = Tamiya XF-80 overall plus added a few drops of white XF-2 for highlights.
Upper-surfaces US Olive Drab FS 34087 = Gunze H52 overall plus added a few drops of white H1 for highlights.

FCM Decals 72-22 P-40 Galore plus spares for propeller's stencils. I had issues with the upper wing decals when trying to make them to conform to kit's surface, tried Gunze's Mr Marker Fit and it almost dissolved the decal completely. I had to try to fix as best as I could but didn't end perfect as I intended.

Overall the kit is very basic and have some major mistakes. It's aimed for very beginner modellers. Serious modellers should by the Airfix new tool.

PS: After looking the photos I've noticed I've missed the rear windows, it's now been fixed.