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  1. Gazzas is exactly right. When delivered from the factory, the German Flieglacke or aircraft laquers had a nice satin sheen to them. Some pilots had it polished with bees wax to make it really glossy because it might have given them a few kph more, most thought it not worth the effort, though.
  2. Man, what a top-notch job on that fuel tank! Looks like the real deal.
  3. Yes, the rivets look nice, but unfortunately HGW made many mistakes, when it comes to the placement of rivet lines. There are many rivets where there shouldn't be any and in other places they omitted some. Bad reserach on their part. Very unfortunate. That's probably due to the fact that not a single availlable plan shows the correct disposition of rivets for the 109. I've compared them all with wartime photographs and restored a/c and they are all wrong to some extent. It's a pity, really. If I find the time I'll try and make a correct drawing.
  4. Not quite, we can definitely see a pattern in every manufacturer's paint schemes. They were delivered with the standard paints by certain paint manufacturers. Due to the dire ressources situation in late '44 and '45, those paints varied in hue, often quite considerably. That's why internal Focke Wulf factory documents call RLM 81 dark green, while Dornier called the colour olive brown and Messerschmitt brown violet. Depending on what factory got delivered by which paint manufacturer decided much of the paint schemes' outcome. Furthermore, the aircraft manufacturers were obliged to use up existing stocks of the old colours first, before using the new ones. The dark camouflage colour had to be replaced with the dark new colour and the lighter one with the lighter new one. Thus, combinations of RLM 81/75 and 74/82 were accceptable (although I don't know if the latter one was ever in use, but the former was definitely in widespread use from late 1944 onwards), before the intended RLM 81/82 could be used. On top of that, we have the tendency of Luftwaffe units to alter the factory paints schemes in the field, that they had shown throughout the war. The Fw 190D-13 yellow 10 of JG 26 or the aircraft of JG 54 are very good examples of that practice. Combined with the fact that 90 % of all availlable photographs are in black & white, that can produce formidable headaches. But it also makes the topic so very exciting and interesting, at least for me. And you get a bit of leeway in you paint schemes because of all the possible variations. It's all very fascinating.
  5. Well, rather to the box holding the exhausts, but yes, exactly as it is depicted here.
  6. What happened to your G-14? You were off to a very good start...
  7. Hi Antonio, where were these reference photographs taken?
  8. Unfortunately, I can't see any of your photographs.
  9. As it turns out, AK is the only colour company so far that has their colors right. As Mister Michael Ullmann, the leading German expert on RLM colors, found out at Rechlin, the Luftwaffe's main test centre, there's a contemporary document advising the RLM to create a new dark BLUE color designated RLM 83 for use on naval aircraft in the Meditreanean. It should replace RLM 73 on said aircraft. Thus we now know that there never was a green RLM 83, and that the different dark green/greenish brown colours are just variations of RLM 81, just like AK depicts them, depending on where these colors were produced. Due to the allied bombings, the German aircraft industry was decentralized in 1944 and resources were getting scarce so different paint manufactureres obviously used different formulas to mix their paints, leading to variations in tone. There was also more than one variant of RLM 82 around, by the way, the nice sap green one we often see on models, but also quite a bit darker olive tones. The blue RLM 83 in AK's colour is just guesswork, though, since we don't know the exact tone of that color. It's a rather educated guess, but a guess nonetheless.
  10. You're welcome. But there's no apology needed. We're all but humans, after all. Prone to make mistakes...
  11. You've got the two radios backwards. The FuG 25 was the onboard IFF system that worked together with a ground based radar, Freya or Würzburg. The ground station sent a signal towards the radar contact and the FuG 25 responded with a pre-programmed code to identify the plane as friendly. It used a stubby antenna on the right lower side of the fuselage in Rumpfteil 3 (compartment 3). The so-called Morane-Mast was used with the FuG 16 ZY for the Y-Verfahren and was part of the range finding equipment. This radio also made use of the DF ring antenna on the fuselage spine. It was then connected to the AFN 2 guage (Anzeigegerät Funknavigation 2) on the right upper side of the instrument panel in the cockpit that showed the pilot the way towards or from a radio beacon. By the way, we seem to share the same obsession All the best Andy
  12. A few other hatches would need to be changed as well, but all of those differences are not too much to do. Most of the parts of the kit would stay the same, after all.
  13. Yes, yes, yes! My prayers have been heard! From when Z-M released their first kit, I was hoping they'd release a 109. And now they finally did. Horrido!
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