MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 GERMAN FIGHTER ACADEMY 1/48

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 BOX PACKAGEGerman Messerschmitt that I am going to make it someday. I’m having K-4 and another is Bulgarian air force. I’ll try Bf109K-4 of Academy. This kit includes Cartograf beautiful decal sheet. I wonder the tail wheel keeps on leave out while flying, as this box art?

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGGerman aircraft internal color, RLM66 black gray was painted. I forgot to paint the handle, so I think it should be painted with matte black or something later.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGThe third party’s seat belt was added to the cockpit. Since the pilot is not in, I think there is a good accent. I drew the buckles of the upper seatback very hard, which wasn’t seen at all after built in this cockpit…

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGBuilt-in the cockpit Panel is difficult. A gap was occurring, so I have to clean it later.
(11-February-2016)

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGThe machine gun barrels of metal parts. The mold is very sharp compared with plastic parts.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGIn general, this kit seems no problem except for some joint points. The sharpness of the mold is ordinary.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGPitot pipe is also made of the metal.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGI’m not sure the structure of the canopy flame because there’s almost no guided mold. Probably that is almost right.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGSmall parts were also assembled as much as possible. A painting detailed area will be done after the base color airbrushing.
(29-February-2016)

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGI masked over the cockpit to prevent blowing the mist.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGThe camouflage painting of a German fighter. The airbrush is used many times on German tanks and aircraft painting. A random pattern to draw freehand is difficult. It’s like this by feel.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGThis kit has a Cartograf decal, I like it. However, it is only one marking.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGThere are fairly large decals such as tail wings. I put it in adhesion to use the Marksofter.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGI did the inking in blackish brown, maybe it’s a normal choice.
(03-March-2016)

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKMy first time made Messerschmitt was completed. This is the symbol of the red tulip markings of Colonel Hermann Graf, who is the 52nd fighter wing (JG52) commander. He had been in the prisoner of war camp of the Soviet Union for four years after World War II. Shooting down a record of Col. Graf is 212. However, at that time, he was the wing commander, I think he did not participate in the mission directly.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKAll except for turnip on the nose is a subdued color, it’s like making the German tank-type IV. A small part has been glued together as much as possible before the basic painting this time. I think when it’ll be glued together later, a painted surface gets soiled.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKThe camouflage painting is dark green and dark gray. It is commonly-noted at the end of World War II.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKIt is difficult to control the luster. It is unnatural too much shiny, the matte finish up also dull. I choose about 75% gloss, it’s my feeling.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKThere is a gap being formed between a spinner and bodies when it turns around so I fixed a propeller. I wonder if it was rather unnatural there’s no single line between the spinner and the body.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKThe features of the German military airplanes, Harkenkreuz mark is not anywhere in the decal sheet. If it’s with a white frame, it’s almost impossible to draw by hand, and after all, it was split decal. Probably it’s delicate attention to the European market.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKI painted the meter in white, all the paints with the brush because there is no decal. It is satisfied over the canopy. A long time ago, I used to paint in the cockpit all in black.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKThere are considerably small decals in this kit.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKI used metal wire for the antenna line. I could line the antenna taut this time.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKI think that red tulip does not fit on the nose and recommend to use a fairly powerful decal softer. I was able to put it neatly when it wrinkled but not touch and left it till dry completely. Still, it has got wrinkled slightly.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKThe tulip decal is almost the same color as a spinner, so it isn’t too incongruous.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKThe machine guns before the cockpit are MG131 13mm. It is 30mm MK108 machine gun in the propeller spinner center. And there are two 20mm MG FF machine guns, explained in some books, but I could not notice where they are.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKUnderside weathering is modest. Still, the panel lines attract attention in light blue.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKI attached the parts of the fall-type belly tank, I think the capacity is 300 liters.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKIt is difficult to take a photograph of a German airplane. Dark gray and dark green camouflage is difficult to understand the color border. Even more, is when reflected by the light. It is a usual work, opened the holes in the exhaust pipe. A little additional work makes my self-satisfaction level improved.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKI painted the navigation light in white first and painted in clear red and clear blue.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKThe view of this height is cool. I like it.

MESSERSCHMITT BF109K-4 ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKIt’s my first time building of the Academy airplane kit, it’s quite easy to make. It has a little variation of the decal, if we make other variations, need to prepare third party items. After all, it may be there are not so many choices of K-4 model.
(05-March-2016)

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