Long story short is Ian posted his 1/32 Trumpeter Bf109E-7 earlier this year and it got me motivated to start this kit. The main reason I chose to do this particular aircraft is because of the man that flew it, Kommodore Hannes Trautloft, and a back story that involves allied airmen that he was indirectly/directly responsible for saving the lives of. From Wikipedia:
In late 1944, a rumour crossed Trautloft's desk that a large number of Allied airmen were being held at Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Trautloft decided to visit the camp and see for himself under the pretence of inspecting aerial bomb damage near the camp. Trautloft was about to leave the camp when captured US airman Bernard Scharf called out to him in fluent German from behind a fence. The SS guards tried to intervene but Trautloft pointed out that he out-ranked them and made them stand back. Scharf explained that he was one of more than 160 allied airmen imprisoned at the camp and begged Trautloft to rescue him and the other airmen. Trautloft's adjutant also spoke to the groups commanding officer, New Zealander Phil Lamason. Disturbed by the event, Trautloft returned to Berlin and began the process to have the airmen transferred out of Buchenwald. Seven days before their scheduled execution, the airmen were taken by train by the Luftwaffe to Stalag Luft III.
Initially I just got the cockpit completed and other shiny things caught my attention. After my recent F1 splurge I felt the need for a change of pace, so picked this up again. The Trumpeter kit was mostly a dream to assemble, and quality and fit was excellent. The only thing that came under mild attack was I re-profiled the spinner in the motor tool. There was enough meat in the plastic part to make the spinner more pointed than the original more blunt looking shape. Belts by HGW (although the kits pe belts were probably more than adequate) and this time I used elastic rigging line for the antenna which suits this bigger scale. Decals were from Xtradecal sheet, and the colour scheme is slightly revised to take into account more recent research and photos that have since (?) come to light. Paints were a mixed affair of Mr Color and Mission Models with water based pigment washes.
I finished painting the figure last night (I'm not sure figure painting is ever finished, a tweak here, a tweak there etc etc), all done in Vallejo Model Color. The Wings Cockpit figure is a 109 specific sculpt and it sits just right on the sill. Any resemblance to Hannes more a coincidence than actually aimed for. Freehand cut mdf base has some Reality in Scale grass mat.
All up I'd say full marks to Trumpeter for making such a lovely kit. It was a joy to build.