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Thank you very much Smeg and Ian. I used Hum61 straight as I wasn't going to make mixes and it was the only paint I had in my stock. In the past, when I could buy Testors here, I would use their Skin Tone Base. I wonder what Vallejo has... :?:

Well, I've finished my Emil today. The kit represents "Blue H", of II./SG1, Luftwaffe, at Stalingrad, USSR, during winter 1942-43.

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I used the kit's decals for insignia and stencils and, together with those of Print Scale (particular to this machine) behaved beautifully. The only tricky thing was aligning the two parts of the swastikas. I think they may be a tad too large. My only blunder was putting some stencils before the main decals especially on the starboard side where the "H" is.

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As with the rest of the build, there were no issues adding the propeller and the bombs. I scratchbuilt the port underwing probe and added the radio wire.

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Whilst working on the photos, I realised that I didn't get the wheel flats properly aligned. It was a bit tricky to get right and I thought I had made it. Oh well :roll: ! One thing I will do next time is make the fuselage strakes above the roots less prominent. While I was painting the exhaust plume I felt it stood out too much and was "in the way".

Despite these things, I am very pleased with the result and must say I enjoyed this build. Despite the panel lines, this kit is a delight and bodes well for future releases from Beacon Models and I really hope they succeed in pushing their massive project forward :D . They have acknowledged our comments and there is always room for improvement. We must remember that Sweet's first kit was the Macchi 200, a nicely done kit with solid cockpit and wheel wells and see how refined their kits have become with time.

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Re: Jabo Bf 109E-7/B & company - Beacon Models

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A beautiful Emil! The mottling looks very good. Despite your problems with the 'fuselage strakes above the roots' I have the impression, that the kit's details/ panel lines don't come up as prominent as I've seen on pictures of the Spit builders - but could be only the pictures(?)

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ID19 wrote:
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A beautiful Emil! The mottling looks very good. Despite your problems with the 'fuselage strakes above the roots' I have the impression, that the kit's details/ panel lines don't come up as prominent as I've seen on pictures of the Spit builders - but could be only the pictures(?)
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It is in part the photos and in part because I applied two coats of paint into them with mixed results. The top wing surfaces came out better but there is little to be done with the underwing panel lines as these are much wider than those above. If you look closely at the photo of the underside you can see them clearly. Those of the fuselage are somewhere in between disguised by paint.

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That's a really good build... Quite inspirational....looking forwards to getting around to doing my one, that that build is the perfect motivation.

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Love all your 109's, Miguel. And this one must be damned close to the best! :mrgreen:
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Just saw this. What a fantastic result! 🤩

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Amazing! Beautifully done.

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Very, very nice.

“One thing I will do next time is make the fuselage strakes above the roots less prominent. While I was painting the exhaust plume I felt it stood out too much and was "in the way".” - I recently came across the photo below (it’s in one of the Wing Leader Battle of Britain books, actually the Dunkirk prequel volume) and until this I didn’t appreciate that there is a metal strip along the top edge of the wing root fairing and it’s quite prominent. Maybe it’s the photo angle or lighting here but the edge of the sheet metal fairing isn’t usually so visible. I don’t think it has anything to do with the distressed condition of this particular aircraft although there is some evident skin distortion in the area.
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Thank you very much everyone for your kind words and xomments.

Andy, thanks for the pic. In the kit that strip is much wider and more prominent. It stands out too much. After seeing that photo (I confess I didn't do any checking since I was on the last lap), it's clear to me it needs to be sanded lower and somehow made thinner. I'm thinking scraping with a blade along the edges and then sanding down.

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Some gorgeous work and beautiful painting.

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