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Jan 24, 2011, 12:55 PM
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Ultra Micro Messerschmitt Bf109-E build

This build has seen a couple of firsts on my part. It was the first time I had completely scratch built any aeroplane, wood, plastic or Depron. Saying that, I originally started to build a Hurricane MkI from moulded Depron and even got to the test flight stages with it, but I quickly learned that scale aerofoils really donít work to well at small scale. Too many crashes and not enough plaster moulds survived to make it worthwhile pursuing further so I decided on a fresh start and some new design ideas.

My second first was using an airbrush. On recommendation I put a Harder & Steenbeck Evolution at the top of my Santa list, and the big guy came up trumps. I knew if I wanted to end up with a model that came anywhere near resembling its full scale counterpart Iíd need to learn how to wield one. An airbrush would also allow a thin, controlled layer of paint to be applied so keeping weight down. In fact the acrylics I used have also created a toughened exterior layer on the Depron too.

Here are the details of the specification. I'll post up more details of the build when I get some more time:

Model: Messerschmitt Bf109E-4N Kdr. JG26 A.Galland France Sept. 1940

Wingspan: 310mm
Length: 270mm

AUW: 22.2g

Fuselage: Moulded 3mm Depron (Plaster bucks)
Wings & ailerons: Moulded 2mm Depron, undercamber profile (Plaster bucks)
Horizontal stabs & elevatators: Moulded 2mm Depron (Plaster bucks)
Spinner & Wheels: Moulded 2 Part PU foam (Silicone bucks)
Exhausts & intakes: 1mm Depron cut, folded & glued
Removeable U/C: fine guage wire, carbon fibre tubing & 1mm Depron

RC Equipment
Prop: GWS 4 x 4 Microspeed
Motor: 6mm 4.5ohm motor + gearbox. 5.25:1 gear ratio
Rx & Servos: Parkzone PKZ 3351 for motor, elevator & aileron control
Battery: 3.7v 70mAh Single Cell
Control horns: 0.5mm plastic card
Control rods: fine guage wire
Last edited by deadbird; Jan 24, 2011 at 01:09 PM. Reason: inserting an omission
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Jan 24, 2011, 04:02 PM
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Excellent work on the weathering!
Jan 24, 2011, 05:54 PM
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OK, I'm impressed! That's nice work! I'd say you've got a pretty good handle on the airbrush.
Jan 25, 2011, 02:51 AM
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Thanks guys,

I read a book by Brett Green on airbrush technique in aeromodelling. Brett's from Australia and makes the most amazing static models. He had some great tips in the book and it really gave me a head start. The result is by no means perfect though but possibly a good starting point.
Jan 28, 2011, 02:33 PM
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Nice job!!
Jan 28, 2011, 03:51 PM
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Is this the book?
http://www.amazon.com/Airbrushing-Fi.../dp/1846031990 because I may want to do a little reading soon...
Jan 31, 2011, 04:30 PM
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That's the one!

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