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This model is being built as box-stock as possible, and only 3 minor modifications made to back date the G-4/trop kit to a G-2: 1) Remove the fuel hose from the starboard side of the cockpit. 2) Remove the umbrella holders from the port side below the canopy. 3) Fill the two access panels on the starboard side of the spine aft of the cockpit. The only additional parts were a pair of scratch-built seatbelts.

 

The instrument decals provided on the kit's decal sheet were individually cut from the sheet and applied to the instrument panel (M33) with several heavy doses of MicroSol. While labor intensive to cut & apply the 17 individual decals to the panel, the results are far better than anything I could have done by attempting to paint and/or scratch-build the details.

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According to the instructions in Step 3, the machine gun barrels (L1 &L2) are to be installed inside the upper cowling (L3) prior to installing the upper cowling on the fuselage. But, this makes it tricky to mask and/or paint the gun barrels after the fact.

 

After several sessions of test fitting the gun barrels to determine the difficulty involved with installing them from the outside (this proved to be VERY difficult), the gun barrels were drilled, painted and installed. After the glue was dry, small pieces of paper were slid in place between the gun barrels and the cowling as masks. The upper cowling was then installed. The fit of the upper cowling to the fuselage was rather poor. This is particularly frustrating as there should NOT be a seam or panel line the length of the cowl where the parts join.

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Making a mask for the '5' proved to be quite troublesome. After trying various methods and materials (including my trusty OLFA Cutter) without success, I experimented with making a punch from 1/4" and 1/2" brass tubes. One end of each tube was sharpened by beveling the inside with an Exacto knife. Masking tape was wrapped around the 1/4" tube until it fit snugly inside of the 1/2" tube. This worked great to punch out the circular portion of the '5' from sign vinyl. Straight sections of sign vinyl were cut to make up the remainder of the required marking masks. The fuselage band, lower wing tips and lower cowl were masked with low-tack painter's masking tape. The RLM 76 and 74 were sprayed on in the first session with the entire canopy masked with the object being to reduce the length of time Bare Metal Foil (BMF) masks would be on the clear parts (the adhesive sticks more the longer it is on). After the 76 & 74 had dried over night, the clear areas of the canopy were carefully masked with BMF and the frames sprayed with RLM 66. The camo pattern on the wings and stabilizers were masked and the RLM 75 sprayed on. Once the RLM 75 had dried for about an hour, Dullcoat was sprayed onto the canopy area. All of the masks were then removed.

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Nice work mate, that looks really good...

 

I understand with the gunbarrels...with my G-6 I installed them afterward for the same reasons you were considering...I made some nice tightfitting slots for them, was a little fiddly but worth it

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Thanks for the compliments guys!

 

Chris,

Thanks for the input! The main reference I used is from what I consider to be a very reliable source: Lynn Ritger's '109 Lair. The extensive series of cockpit shots of Bf 109G-2/trop W.Nr. 10639 shows no fuel line in the cockpit.

http://109lair.hobbyvista.com/walkaround/1...10639/10639.htm

 

Before anyone goes nuts trying to prove that there is supposed to be a fuel line in the G-2 cockpit, please understand that I just don't care at this point - the cockpit is done. Feel free to open a thread about it in the discussion forums though! :lol:

 

As for a description of how it was removed:

I simply cut off most of it with a pair of tiny wire cutters and carefully shaved the rest down with an Exacto knife.

 

I'm off to start the decaling. <_<

 

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