Wednesday, 30 March 2011


Recently I built the new tool Hasegawa me 109F-4 in 1:32 for Scale Aircraft Modelling Magazine which was very exciting as this is my favourite aircraft from WW2 and lets face it, we've been waiting far too long for this particular kit. In my opinion, humble that it is, I think the F is the ideal modelling subject for those interested in the Me 109 as it arrived during a period where it operated on every front and at a time when units had some leeway in camouflage.  Thus sprung up many varied schemes.  This all led me to a big problem though, how should I paint my model?  After changing my mind umpteen times I settled on an aircraft from 9. JG 52, the famous Karaya Staffel as it would allow me to do an all yellow nose and have a go at doing a mottled fuselage.

Despite being very pleased with how the model turned out I was still in two minds about the scheme.  I could have bought another kit but a:  it's way over priced and B:  I'm struggling for space in the display cabinet.  To that end I decided to repaint the model and encouraged by the Ju 87 Stuka I did recently it had to be a winter scheme.  That way I wouldn't have to strip all the paint off.

Using similar techniques I ended up with this.  I think it turned out quite nicely and I was especially pleased as I used the hairspray technique for the first time.  This is where a light mist coat of hairspray is sprayed onto the camouflage before spraying the white over the top.  After about 20 minutes or so (I use Gunze/Tamiya paint) the area  to be weathered is scrubbed off with water and a cut down paint brush.  The water loosens the the hairspray which lifts the paint off in a pleasing fashion.  When your done you can do the rest of the weathering.

Now I'm more confident with the technique I'm going to use it on other models.  In fact I've just used it on a Spitfire IX for the worn paint at the wing root.  You can check out my progress here;

OK, that's it for this instalment.  I hope you enjoy the pictures of the Me 109, happy modelling.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Italeri Stuka finished

She's all done.  I can't say I enjoyed the construction on this one, disappointing fit for a new tool however once that was out the way I could get on with the painting.  I decided to do a winter white wash for this one and had great fun.

Winter white washes provide the ultimate canvass for weathering aircraft models and allow the modeller to go completely to town without it ever looking over done.

This model will appear in Scale Aircraft Modelling in the coming months.  With that in mind Jay (the editor) would get rather grumpy if I span a few dits here about the kit, suffice to say if it was my money I'd get the Hasegawa kit!

Enjoy  the photos.