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My 109 Addiction: Bf109G6 in 1/48: Build-off! Complete

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Great comparison, Gaz! I've built quite a few Eduard kits and a couple of newer Tamiya 1/48 models and both manufacturers produce state of the art kits. Hard to choose between them.

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Thank you, John!  I'm really bumming on this one as Eduard hasn't sent the replacement upper wings as of yet.  After waiting a month, I sent a request to see if they've mailed the parts to me, yet. 

 

Airfix, when I was missing a complete sprue, sent the missing sprue quickly which landed at my door only two weeks after my original complaint.

 

Unusually, the L/G of the Eduard kit attaches to the upper wing instead of the more common lower wing.  I'm fighting the urge to whack on with the Tamiya kit which is nearly ready for main painting.  Both kits have their canopies polished and painted.

 

Gaz

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Hate to hear about the parts struggle. Been there a couple of times myself trying to work around vendor issues.  Looking forward to more on these Gaz. 

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Mate,

Shoot me a PM with you address and I will have s set of wing uppers to you in the snail mail next week. Standard G-6 kit number and part numbers and they will be off. When the others arrive, shoot them onto me.anything else you need, just ask.

 

Problem solved!

 

Regards

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Kent,

    Thanks for the offer.  I really appreciate it.  I have another Eduard 109, because I bought two, as postage for two was virtually the same as postage for one.  I bought both Erla and Regensburg  kits.  Seems silly, but it never really entered my consideration to cannibalize the second bird.  I've cannibalized older kits before...   But supposedly another set should be here any time.

 

Maybe I'm being stubborn.

 

Thanks again,

 

Gaz

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Looking good so far Gaz.  I'm enjoying the builds.

So now that you know what you know regarding the Tamiya engine twist problem, what would you have done differently?  Is there anything that could have been done to prevent the problem that you can think of?

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Looking good so far Gaz.  I'm enjoying the builds.

So now that you know what you know regarding the Tamiya engine twist problem, what would you have done differently?  Is there anything that could have been done to prevent the problem that you can think of?

Hi and thank you, Ringleheim.  I think what I would do next time is to sever the engine bearer completely, then re-attach it with brass rod, leaving it unglued until the moment I was certain everything was aligned perfectly.   Then a quick squirt of CA.

 

Gaz

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Hi everyone!

    This is a strange sort of update considering only the Tamiya kit. 

 

How many of you like masking?  Do you find it therapeutic as well as exciting?  Do you have trouble progressing past the "masked" stage?

 

If you answered yes to those three questions, this update will make you rush to open another window and order the Tamiya kit straightaway.

 

If you do like me and follow the directions step by step until you end up with an unpainted but assemble model you'll be in for a big masking session.  Last time I spent this much time masking I was doing the turrets and greenhouse of a BV-138.  But...  If you paint some of your cowling pieces before you assemble the 'opened' parts, you won't have to mask as much later.

 

Here are some pics:

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Now...  I probably could have saved some time by closing it up and masking only the canopy.  But then I would have run the risk of the Tamiya white primer blasting it's way through the gaps.

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Plus, I wanted to mask it up before I added all of those protruding things like DF loop, Pitot tube, and the ever-irritating aileron horn balances.

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Any of you guys use Panzer Putty?  I really love it in wheel wells.  It's perpetual molten state keeps it filling the corners much better than a bit of sponge.

 

Thanks for looking,

 

Gaz

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Another small update on the Tamiya.   Usually I mix my own colors from tube paints.  But...there are a couple Luftwaffe colors that always give me trouble...  RLM 70 and RLM 71.  This build doesn't use 70 and 71 but ...  it does have 74, 75, and 76.  And they come in this set:

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So...  I'll give them a try.

Here is RLM 76 against a white background:

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It looks pretty green.   But I'll bet that that green will turn into a pale gray once it gets joined by RLM 74 and RLM 75.

 

Cheers,

 

Gaz

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Coming along nicely!

 

I don't have the panzer putty, but do have several eggs of "silly putty" and I use it in every creative way I can to avoid masking with tape as I hate that process!
 

I do use it in wheel wells like you did with the PP...it has to be the best way to mask them off.  

 

It even slightly "settles" with time to absolutely perfectly/evenly fill the well up, and it pops out without sticking to anything.

 

I would probably have used it over the engine area as well as long as there are not tiny/delicate pieces that can be snapped off.

 

Looking forward to next update!

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Gaz

Just finished reading the entire thread and a Big Thumbs up ... . You easily covered all the bases, showed us were there could be a bit of trouble and how to fix it.

Keep 'em comin

Peter

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Hi  again Everyone,

    I'd like to thank you all for the positive and helpful comments.

 

I have a problem.  My over-spray is not to scale when I do mottling free-hand.  The only way I could see to overcome that issue was to make raised masks like these:

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With the kit comes a in-scale painting guide for the version I'm doing.  So, I have a lamp with a glass table enabling me to trace the splotches.

Here are some of the results:

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I also used the raised-masks to get the soft-edged-splinter look.  The AK colors RLM74 and RLM75 are very low in contrast.

 

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A recommendation to the wise:  There are support struts for the open cowls.  I wouldn't glue them on until after all of your painting and masking is done.  I managed to break both.

 

There is some touch up to do and some yellow to paint before I break out the Future and prepare for decals.  I'm hoping that a wash or two makes my mottling look a bit better.

 

Thanks for looking,

 

Gaz

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Hi Gaz, the mottling looks good but still a little too hard-edged to me. Have you thought about or tried just going back with some 76 afterwards to get rid of the unwanted overspray? Just a thought. I am at the painting stage on mine and definitely your tips on this thing. Yes, a lot of masking if you do the opened up version.

 

Jay

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