I’m going to make a German fighter for the first time in a while. And it’s a twin-engine plane. I chose Messerschmitt Bf110E. In the past, I thought twin-engine aircraft were troublesome because they had many parts and were large. Still, after making several twin-engine aircraft in the past, I found the Luftwaffe twin-engine aircraft very interesting. I can’t make that much because it seems to take time.
Decals are included in the kit. Is there only one painting pattern this time? But I am thankful that there is a Swastika inside. The ICM kit didn’t include the decal itself, so I had to prepare it separately.
I think it’s part of the six machine guns in the fuselage, and the parts were reproduced. There is also a swivel machine gun in the rear and the pilot had to control the aircraft, so will two crew be enough? It’s not a one-operation, but I think it’s hard in the sky.
There are still a lot of other areas that need to be painted in the same color, but for now, I’ve painted all of them together to build them into the fuselage. This aircraft has a large canopy, so I think it will be rewarded if you make it in detail. This is all I could do. I wanted a decal for the cockpit panel.
2×20 mm machine guns and 4×7.92 mm machine guns are mounted on the nose, and a 7.92 mm machine gun is mounted as a rear rotating machine gun, so it is called a drum magazine. A lot of spare ammunition is placed around the crew. The seatbelt is available separately and is carefully painted. The pilot seat is fully attached, and the assistant has only the belt around the waist. It has no backrest. Unfortunately 7.92, most of this was hidden when the plane was assembled.
I painted the meter part in gross black. I tried to draw the scale in white with a very fine brush, but it didn’t work well. If it had had a mold with the scale of the instrument, I could have drawn in a little more detail, but it was a flat part without scale, so this might be the limit.
After all, when the nose cowl is inserted, only a few nozzles of the machine gun are visible. I took the trouble to build it, so I took a picture of the internal structure. I can understand the internal structure better, but if you assemble it normally, you can just cut off the barrel and insert it from the outside. Because the parts are detailed and it took many times.
The right-wing and the left-wing were assembled with slightly different parts, so when I tried to assemble them all together, they seemed to mix and disappear, so I assembled them one by one. The engine cowl had to be glued to the wing, so it wasn’t easy. There are also many parts.
There is a lot of roughness just by assembling the whole body. There are gaps and steps in various places, so I wonder if they can be corrected. I’m quite worried. After this, I will glue various protrusions, so I think it is time to do the shaping of the aircraft properly.
Many of the landing gear parts of this kit are different between the right and the left, so it is easy to get mixed up. Along with the engine cowl, a landing gear hangar is also located at the rear of the engine. It seems that quite a big tire is stored. It was quite difficult to fix this landing gear pole and there were few glue points. I thought it would be better to use instant glue to firmly fix the inside which can’t be seen so much.
Propeller assembly and engine exhaust. There is no hole in the exhaust port, so if I make the opening with a luter later, it may be a little more precise. It is troublesome that there are too many muffler pipes.
This time, the bomber fighter will carry SC250, a 250-kilogram bomb common to the Luftwaffe, two on the bottom of the fuselage, and SD50, a 50-kilogram bomb under the left and right wings, a total of four. The total load is 700 kilograms.
Unfortunately, the propeller must be fixed. The angle of this blade looks best. After all, as I fiddle with it little by little, it gradually takes shape. There were a lot of parting lines, gaps, and steps, but I filled in the gaps with Tamiya’s light effect putty and scraps of stretch runners. There are some areas that I could not recover, but I want to see the completion as soon as possible so that I will proceed.
Hmm, I can’t find the canopy parts. I can’t move on. I think it’s a clear part of a small runner, probably there are two. It seems to have disappeared between dimensions. I remember seeing it when I opened the box, but I’m not sure. I don’t think it was a cat’s work, so I’m wondering if I accidentally threw it away in a plastic bag, or if it’s still somewhere in my house, or maybe what I saw was a misunderstanding, and since I’ve been making plastic models of aircraft continuously lately. I am very concerned. I will look for it a little more and if I can’t find it, I will think of some way. I’m afraid the work will be suspended until then. I’m sorry I’ve come so far. I just thought I saw canopy parts in other kits. I have to get a canopy first. There could be some third parties.
I managed to finish the process after using various tools. At first, I was fearfully trying to start, but it cannot be helped that at some point, I need to start an aggressive trial. The rear machine gun part has a semicircle cut out, so if we have a luter and a thin round file, we can manage.
I’m blowing white before yellow to get better color. Then I realized that there was a clear part on the front of the wing and that the light or something had not been glued yet. I mean, of course, there are no canopy parts, so there are no other clear parts. It is out of rhythm to recover these parts when the work is interrupted. Can a clear epoxy resin or something replace it?
This German plane is plain, but it uses many colors, so I am thinking about the order of the painting. The engine cowl and cockpit interior are painted first, then a portion of the spinner is painted white, and the lower part of the engine cowl and the fuselage are also painted white and then yellow. I thought the smoothest way would be to paint the lower part of the fuselage after lightly priming with black, and then apply camouflage paint on the top and sides of the fuselage while masking. I think it will take a lot of time and effort to do masking work in the middle.
I undercoated it lightly in black. Then, two colors of the Creos German plane camouflage bottles are empty. I can’t move forward unless I buy it on the weekend. Come to think of it, when I started assembling it, I thought it would be a long time before I could paint, so I forgot to check the stock of paint later. Even so, the two colors are empty, so I was careless because the lacquer paint of Creos is used by diluting it, so it is rather slow to decrease.
The work of making a hole in the exhaust pipe with a sharp object which I forgot. It was shaved by attaching a fine tip to a motor tool. This kind of work should be done before installing the parts. It’s hard to handle.
How should I paint the top of the plane? While the wings and horizontal stabilizers look like they’re going to be painted differently on the top and undersides, the painting boundary on the fuselage is kind of fuzzy. In that case, I might not be able to blow the camouflage color on the top by increasing the pressure of the airbrush. This is enough for the masking process.
Despite repeated large-scale work, the German plane is still plain as usual. Even if the enemy aircraft looks at it from above, the color of the top of the German aircraft is almost the same as the color of the ground, so it will be hard to see. Maybe it’ll look a little cooler when I finish putting the decal on.
According to the instructions, the markings were made by a fighter bomber unit on the Eastern Front of Poland in December 1942. I wonder if the 1st Fighter Bomb Wing or something. The organization of the Luftwaffe is complicated and I don’t know it well. The features are the yellow band of the body and the lower side of the engine cowl, and the wolf head on both sides of the nose. It’s kind of like the shark nose you see in US fighter jets during the Vietnam War.
The best feature of the Bf110 fighter is that it is heavily armed with 2×20 mm machine guns at the nose, 4×7.92 mm machine guns, and 1×7.92 mm machine gun at the rear. There is also a pile of spare ammunition in the cockpit.
I thought it would not be fun to paint the aircraft because it is quite plain. When I finish painting, I can clearly see the color separation of the camouflage pattern, and it’s a twin-engine plane with a wide wing surface, big, powerful, and cool.
To be honest, this building was difficult. I thought about giving it up because it didn’t have any parts, but anyway, I’m glad that it has a shape. Maybe it’s because of my personality, but I can’t continue to be motivated when I keep working on one item.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build them 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 elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
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 me here occasionally.