A Slow Learning
or how it takes 30 yrs to get it right..
Revell's 1/32 scale Messerschmitt
by Brett Green
HyperScale is proudly supported by Squadron
Glenn Irvine's images of his 30 year
old Henschel Hs 123 inspired me to dig out this old photograph of
Revell's 1/32 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109F, built some time around the
early 1970s when I was 12 or 13 years old; and when the Revell kit was
still a recent and very desirable release.
Although the exact details are a
little fuzzy after all this time (the model itself was consigned to the
trash can decades ago), this Friedreich was probably brush
painted with Humbrol and/or Airfix enamels, and the fuselage mottle was
applied with a small piece of sponge from the bathroom! The antenna wire
would have been either stretched sprue or cotton thread.
Figures are from an old 1/35 scale
Tamiya German Officers set. I can also see the 1/72 scale Frog
Messerschmitt Bf 110G-4 and, I think, the Airfix Fiesler Storch in a
particularly unsuccessful attempt at forced perspective. The 1:1 scale
traditional Aussie red bricks in the background don't help maintain the
illusion either. Even so, it appears that I liked shooting from a low
angle even at that young age.
Below is a photograph taken a year or
two later on colour film of a 1/72 scale Lancaster B.I finished as "G
George" of 460 Sqn RAAF. I believe that this was the old Revell
Finally, below is a photo of the
Editor on an early research trip.
The carrier was on display at a local
car yard. Actually, my suburb offered several opportunities to view WWII
vehicles. Within easy walking distance of our flat was a disposals yard,
on Canterbury Road at Wiley Park. This yard frequently sold carriers,
Diamond T wreckers, Scammel transporters, Dodge and Studebaker trucks,
and even the occasional tank. I am sure that I remember seeing a
Matilda and a Churchill there during the early 1970s.
This photo was taken around the same
time as the Bf 109 model photo at the top of the page, making me about
13 years old. The tie-die T-shirt, cut off shorts and sandles date the
picture around the early 1970s too!
These photos were taken on an instamatic
Kodak 126 format camera. This was my second camera, after a Box Brownie
in the Messerschmitt Bf 109 from 30 years ago continues today. Here is a photo of
my most recent 1/32 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6, produced from the
vastly superior Hasegawa kit.
|Jagdgeschwader 54 'Grünherz'
Elite Units 6
Author: John Weal
Illustrator: John Weal
US Price: $21.95
UK Price: £13.99
Details: 128 pages; ISBN: 1841762865
Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2004
by Brett Green
Page Created 26 April, 2004
26 April, 2004