It is Hasegawa’s Bulgarian Air Force Messerschmitt BF109E with Aero Master Decal. If I thought that an ordinary German military decal was also included, it was only the marking of the Bulgarian Air Force. The color of the Aeromaster decal has not dulled even after years. By the way, this decal sheet also allows you to select Romanian Air Force marking.
Painting of the cockpit panel was designated as engine gray of Creos #339. Unfortunately, I didn’t have it, so the German gray seems the similar color and I used it.
Anyway, I built a cockpit and did not move forward unless I joined the left and right parts. I will correct it later if there is a gap. As usual, the hand-drawn cockpit panel is a little troublesome. My eyes are hurting.
Metal mesh parts are used for an air intake under the body. I wonder this model of Messerschmitt has air intakes at the base of the main wing. I used the parts of the metal mesh for these air intakes. After setting the parts, we cannot see the parts of the precise mesh well.
I examined the joint point between the propeller and the spinner, when I displayed it, I pushed it with a finger and worked. In the past, I had adhered propellers easily, so this time I made a little progress. The propeller and the propeller spinner bonded, glued the back side of the spinner to the shaft passing from behind. A small amount of epoxy putty is packed on the back side of the spinner to strengthen the adhesion.
Easy additional work, expressing brake pipes with copper wire. I think that self-satisfaction is high when I understand the working point looking from the front view.
I could fit the canopy tentatively. It fitted perfectly. The angled frame canopy is the first model in the Bf109 series. It seems difficult to install the photo-etched parts of the bulletproof board.
A seat belt was molded on the seat, quite simply. Attaching a seat belt with additional work, I tried more detail up three-dimensionally. The photo-etched bulletproof board seemed to be dirty when attached to the canopy so I fixed it on the seat rim.
Because there are many yellow marking areas, I painted white base first to improve coloring.
I painted the RLM04 yellow areas.
There was a masking sample in the aero master indication. Since this sharp marking is one of the features of Bulgarian Bf109 marking, I want to work it carefully.
While watching Grand Sumo Tournament of January season and pasting decals at the same time, finally, the last 3 decals for propeller remaining when starting the last five matches, the strongest wrestler games began, I stopped my hand and looked the games. After that, I forgot the decal soaked in the small dish and let it flow to the sink and maybe it’s like “It is no use crying over spilt milk”….. It is pretty shocking. Returning to myself, “No, I took it from the mount sheet, but it cannot have been soaked!” but there is no chance to find those decals. I have a memory of soaked them in the water.
There are not many examples that Bf109 marks a propeller. It is somewhat not a good feeling to finish this model without sticking what I should have pasted. It certainly is a white triangle and small black letters were written horizontally downwards, but I do not remember much because I cared about Sumo Wrestling. Even if I saw the decals of other Bf 109 stocks, there seemed to be no propeller decal in that model (Airfix). Well, there is no choice, so cut off the white stock decals and paste it with similar shape and looking… It is really stupid.
I changed my mood and looked for drains again in the morning, in the brighter time. I was able to rescue all three lost decals. Lucky!
Bulgaria participated in the Axis side in March 1941 and 10 German Bf109E-4 were provided from Germany at that time. After that, Bulgaria invaded Yugoslavia and Greece with Germany, the air force became over 600 during a short period of time.
The coloring of the Bulgarian Air Force is very similar to the Luftwaffe, the yellow accents on the nose and tail wing. The “X” mark on a white background is the nationality mark of the Bulgarian Air Force.
Panel line was roughly carved before painting. It makes me feel better because it flows smoothly inking.
The color of the white decal is slightly transparent. I tried painting white thickly with a brush painting, but the background was left a little.
As for weathering, it is only a light inking and the exhaust pipe dirt on both sides of the nose. There is no stain of the machine-gun muzzle. The yellow nose is still beautiful.
The Bf109E-4 is equipped with two 7.92mm MG17 machine-guns in the nose, and both wings are equipped with 20mm MGFF/M machine-guns.
After inking on the panel lines, the fuselage looks very sharp.
I was wondering the weathering of the white decals. It is finished with beautiful without any dirt this time.
This kit, the coloring of the box painting and the actual finished color, the image is too different. Although it looks like silver and orange on the box painting, it is actually yellow and dark green, isn’t it?
Even on a 1/48 scale, the Bf109 is small size. It seems that the movement is agile because the turning is good. It seems to have high mobility. In addition to Germany and Italy, the Empire of Japan, Finland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Thailand, etc. were participating as Axis countries. The aircraft marking of these countries are also very interesting.