Grand Messerschmitt project of 2021

This is a special project, launched in May 2021, to build five new Bf 109 models. It is an experiment to see if models can be built by taking advantage of "economies of scale" by building several roughly similar models at the same time.

These are the planes we plan to model:

Variant Identity Operator Place & Date Kit
Bf 109G-2 MT-213, "White 3" 1/HLeLv 34, Ilmavoimat Suulajärvi, April 1944 Fine Molds
Bf 109G-6 (trop) MT-431 1/HLeLv 24, Ilmavoimat Utti, September 1944 Fine Molds
Bf 109G-6 MT-452, "Yellow 4" HLeLv 31, Ilmavoimat Kauhava, 1948 Fine Molds
Bf 109G-6 (late) MT-456, "Yellow 6" 1/HLeLv 24, Ilmavoimat Lappeenranta, June 1944 Premium Hobbies (Academy)
Bf 109E-7 << III/JG 5, Luftwaffe Petsamo, August 1942 Airfix

We document this effort in a series of blog posts:

  1. Introduction: The Grand Messerschmitt Project of 2021
  2. Analysis of Premium Hobbies' Bf 109G-14 - initial thoughts on the re-issued Academy kit
  3. Cockpit detailing
  4. Super-detailing the "Emil"
  5. Towards complete airframes
  6. Reference material
  7. Cockpit detailing, part 2
  8. Camouflage
  9. Canopies & wheel wells
  10. ...

As part of the project, we will also make our Bf 109 reference photos available.

An SVG graphic suitable for use with a computer-controlled cutter (such as the Cricut Maker) is downloadable here. It was designed for the Fine Molds' "Erla" hood, but works well with the Premium Hobbies kit too.

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