|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.|
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!