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.
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 backside of the spinner to the shaft passing from behind. A small amount of epoxy putty is packed on the backside of the spinner to strengthen the adhesion.
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.
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 spilled 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.
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.
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.
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 in the box painting, it is yellow and dark green, isn’t it?
Even on a 1/48 scale, the Bf109 is a 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 is also very interesting.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.