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PostSubject: Hasegawa 1/48 BF 109 E4/N   Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:11 pm

I started this one quite some time ago, it had a curious alternate paint scheme of RLM 74/75/76.
This got me searching for info when the Luftwaffe actually started using the later scheme of RLM 74/75/76 on their aircraft, especially the 109 E series.

The Hasegawa ''Galland Special'' kit gives Dec 1940 for the alternate 74/75/76 paint scheme.

This info sealed the direction on what scheme I would do on this kit.
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" G26 were particularly strict when adhering to Reichsiuftfahrtministerium (RLM) directives concerning camouflage issues and had entered the Battle of Britain with all aircraft wearing 71/02/65 (Dark Green/RLM Grey/Light Blue).

During mid-1940 subtle changes to this scheme were being introduced with the addition of a grey 02-mottle effect to the fuselage.

RLM Yellow, either 27 or 04, was applied to the spinner, engine cowling and rudder as an aid to quick identification in combat.

The well-known "Schlageter" emblem was featured on either side of the fuselage, beneath and forward of the cockpit canopy, in exactly the position specified in an earlier RLM directive.

By December, a new 74/75/76 (Dark Green/Medium Grey/Light Grey-blue) scheme began appearing on aircraft then entering service with the Geschwader."
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The other thing about the kit was the E4/N version which I had not heard of before.
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"Adolf Galland was Staffelkapitan of III/JG.26 in July 1940, and by the end of August had been promoted to be Kommodore of the Geschwader, at this time equipped with the Bf 109E-3 before the arrival of the E-4 of which only 250 aircraft were produced.

A mere 20 Bf 109E-4/Ns were produced and differed from the standard 'Emil' in the new DB 601N engine fed on 96 octane C3 petrol increasing the output by 75hp at a higher altitude.

One of the best-known 'Emils', Galland's Bf 109E-4/N carries the chevron and bars markings of a Geschwaderkommodore and the stylised 'S' on a shield of JG.26, as well as the yellow nose and rudder, an instant identification marking that was a carry-over from the Battle of Britain.

Galland's personal 'Mickey Mouse' symbol was first used with the Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War, and there are fifty-seven "victory bars" on the rudder.

Another personal feature was the mounting of a telescope (rather than a telescopic sight) through the windscreen to facilitate identification of friend or foe at a greater range. Galland would add only three more victories before replacing this aircraft with a Bf 109F.
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So here is my take on Adolf Galland's BF 109 E4/N with the brand new untried RLM 74/75/76 paint scheme.

(and please do not ask me how many times I tried painting those damned mottles!!!)

Straight OOB with only Master Model brass cannon barrels fitted, dipped into that very nice brass burnishing product I posted up a while back.

The kit also has a very nice Galland resin figure with his trademark cigar!













the sight needed a rubber eyepiece so i made one from a thin piece of scrap rod which i drilled
hollow to slip over the kit part. Two small drops of my sacred Future on each end of the telescope worked well




Another one I have had going is the Verlinden Luftwaffe service platform, Verlinden gun maintenance crew, and various bits and pieces,


















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PostSubject: Re: Hasegawa 1/48 BF 109 E4/N   Sat Nov 02, 2013 2:58 pm

Simply magnificent as usual Phil!!

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PostSubject: Re: Hasegawa 1/48 BF 109 E4/N   Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:52 pm

Great kit, bub!!

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PostSubject: Re: Hasegawa 1/48 BF 109 E4/N   Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:19 pm

Thanks Geoff and Snowy,

some close ups of the Galland resin figure taken outside












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PostSubject: Re: Hasegawa 1/48 BF 109 E4/N   Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:09 pm

Great detail on the Galland figure. I guess he must fire proof, puffing on his stoggie there!!Laughing 


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PostSubject: Re: Hasegawa 1/48 BF 109 E4/N   Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:50 pm

Laughing yep! and the only 109 to be fitted with an optional extra - cigar lighter in the cockpit!!!


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