Messerschmitt Bf109E 4101

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Messerschmitt Bf109E 4101

Messerschmitt Bf109E – the principal Luftwaffe fighter of the war. Fuel injected Daimler-Benz engines gave better performance in dives, but Spitfires had better maneuverability.

12 comments on “Messerschmitt Bf109E 4101
  1. mickb6265 says:

    beautifully done,as usual,ian…did ya think it was too dark in the b-o-b hall..?..i gotta say i reckon its way too dark,too long..

  2. andyholmfirth says:

    Nice the way the light just catches the plane enough to highlight it.Pretty unmistakable those Messerschmitts.

  3. Ian D B says:

    Thanks both. Yeah I did think it was too dark, especially in the battle of britain hall as you say. Should have taken a full size tripod with me, not the piddling little gorillapod thing.Restricted angles = lots of lens flare. But those lights also give a nasty green hue to a lot of my photos. easy enough to fix, but better if you don’t have to.

  4. Highy says:

    I like the darkness mate, somehow appropriate for the subject. The lighting looks good to me – what’s going on in the background above the cockpit?

  5. mick cooke says:

    got the plane standing out in the dark in this one ,great photo

  6. Ian D B says:

    Al, that’s a backdrop of 1940’s London skyline onto which (I imagine) lights to look like flames are projected. There were some seats around, so I think they must do a blitz sequence.

    4 of the 5 major Luftwaffe BoB planes are there – Ju88, He111, Bf109 and Bf110. Only the Do 17 is missing alas. No survivors anywhere. : (

    see what you mean about the lighting tho. Used selective colouring on a lot of these, partly to make the aircraft stand out against others, partly to hide bits of lens flare.

  7. het broertje van.. says:

    Absolutely beautiful this one!!!

  8. Richard Tierney says:

    Was there last year and they were installing a new lighting system I believe.. may be a lot better now… The first time I visited was when I was still using film… no filter all the images had a horrible green vast on them too… nowadays with digital and Photoshop no problem 🙂 Yours look great.. They would not let you use tripods back then in 1980 ( 40th anniversary of the BOB )

  9. sixty8panther says:

    "Spitfires had better maneuverability" — That is still debated to this day.

    This much is certain: Both the Spitfire and BF-109 were fantastic
    aircraft, both had some awesome features and impressive engineering.
    What always impresses me about the Bf-109 is the fact that they
    managed to mount the 20 & 30mm cannon’s barrel within the inverted
    V12 motor and the fact that Daimler Benz squeezed out well over 1000
    horsepower in the Emil and later almost 2000 all while using standard,
    87 octane fuel like that cheap crap that powers a lawn mower or low
    compression economy car.

  10. sixty8panther says:

    I’ve got a 1/18 scale model of Galland’s Bf109 Emil.

    He was a guy I can respect, even flew one of those
    ugly Spanish-German Buchons in the 1960s movie
    aptly called "Battle of Britain". After the war he was
    friends with many of his former "enemies" and in
    the 1960s Robert Stanford Tuck, one of the British
    aces of the Battle of Britain became a godfather to
    his Galland’s son.

    Messerschmitt Bf-109 Emil

  11. Ian D B says:

    I never knew that about Galland. Thanks Sylvester, and aploogies for the late reply, not been aorund these past few days.

  12. sixty8panther says:

    [] Here’s the virtual Bf-109E I favor in my IL-2 game on PS3.

    One of my favorite online opponents lives in Ireland & favors
    the Hurricane Mk.II, makes for awesome game play.


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