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1/48 Eduard Bf 109G-5 Maj. Walter Dahl, December 1943

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As the Airfix P-51D draws to a close, I am taking a step back into more familiar territory with a Luftwaffe build. I have espoused the merits of the Eduard line Bf 109's but I have yet to actually crack a late war kit. I will remedy that with this build. The kit was given to me as a gift by a friend so I am keen to make it worthwhile. I have added some extras in the form of a BRASSIN sets and Maketar masks:

 

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I started as I normally do and coated all the PE in Tamiya Metal Primer. There is a lot of frets from the cockpit set and additional sets:

 

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I then started in the resin cockpit, carefully rinsing the resin and giving it a base coat of Aeromaster RLM 66 when it had dried:

 

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The first construction began with the seat, central cannon mount, forward cockpit firewall and rudder pedals (which are comprised of one resin and three PE pieces!):

 

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The toe straps will go on as the third piece of PE and the pedals will be lightened as per John Kim's build. After all that effort, they deserve to get noticed!

 

Regards,

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I've slowly been gathering bits and pieces to do this scheme with the 1/32 Revell kit so I'll follow along. The photos arent working for me though. 

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I've slowly been gathering bits and pieces to do this scheme with the 1/32 Revell kit so I'll follow along. The photos arent working for me though.

 

Apparently Postimage is having an issue:

 

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Regards,

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Kent,

   Nice to see you starting another.   Looking forward to it.  Nice start on the cockpit.

 

Gaz

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Thanks buddy, I am liking your work on the Tamiya/Eduard G.

 

School holidays and spending time with the kids (away from their devices) lowers my work rate. I am slowly getting the cockpit together. I am as yet undecided whether I will use the PE or resin and d cal version of the IP. I did make the PE one up this morning and it does look good bit I want to see how the decal performs. I have added some PE bits and bobs. It is the first time I have opted for PE belts in quite a while, having been put off by the problems associated older style of belt. The BRASSIN set contains the new steel belts and I am impressed. They are far easier to remove, place and seem mostly to retain their painted aspects. There is some touch up needed but that may be me. In 48 scale at least, they look quite good but I think I will stay with textile from RB or HGW for the big scale whenever I get back there. Anyway, some photos:

 

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Regards for now,

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Kent,

   Nice work!

 

After 'only' painting cockpits, decals are a huge improvement.  I wish there were more cockpit and wheel well stencils out there.

 

Gaz

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Many thanks gents,

 

I think this is shaping up to be a good build. Actually using the bigger magnification on the optivisor and some good light has made th8ngs come into “focusâ€.

 

Working slowly, getting the cockpit assemblies detail painted and now gloss coated for decals and a wash. I have decided to use the PE IP as the resin/decal attempt just really didn't work. The gunsight has been added and it's PE as well. The detail the PE from the BRASSIN sets add is just brilliant. You cannot really see it at the moment but once I detail it and add the glass it will show.

 

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Whilst the gloss coat dried, I turned my attention to the fuselage. I took to the sidewall details with my faux Dremel, removing the detail to allow the resin to fit. I got a little over enthusiastic in a couple of spots and broke through the exterior. Thankfully both times was under the beules and they will be covered.

 

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I set about joining the fuselage, starting from the rear and gluing the tail and forward to the cockpit and lower wing join. I let that set up then did the area under the forward cowl, finally the upper cowl and just forward of the cockpit. I made sure to give the seams a little time to set up between applications in an attempt to get that “perfect minimal seam.†I came close. I then added the upper tail section and the beule to hide my over eagerness:

 

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The coamings on each side of the cockpit also got a coat of RLM66.

 

Regards

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Kent,

   A bit of good luck where you broke through.  A few years ago I got the Dremel stand to go with the Dremel I bought for general household usage.  The stand allows me to hold a part with both hands while the Dremel whirrs away plastic with an engraving bit at it's lowest speed of 5k RPM.

 

I've found freehand with the Dremel is for me, a recipe for disaster.

 

Gaz

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Kent,

   A bit of good luck where you broke through.  A few years ago I got the Dremel stand to go with the Dremel I bought for general household usage.  The stand allows me to hold a part with both hands while the Dremel whirrs away plastic with an engraving bit at it's lowest speed of 5k RPM.

 

I've found freehand with the Dremel is for me, a recipe for disaster.

 

Gaz

Yes, I can attest to free hand Dremel being fraught with danger in a previous build. My faux one has a flexible extension shaft so it makes it a bit easier to handle and I think it has a slower rpm. It is adjustable from 1-6 but I rarely if ever go above 3.

 

Regards,

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Thanks Gents,

 

Some progress in that the cockpit has been installed. It didn't go as flawlessly as I had hoped. At the same time the sidewalls revealed the little seam issue, I recalled I had the same issue on my Bf 109E-7. Not to be outwitted, I filled the seams with some thinned styrene sheet and will level and repaint:

 

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The steely eyed amongst you may have detected the flash of white on the starboard side, below the cockpit. I had another small break through. I pondered how the repair it then just shoved some styrene card to fill the hole, applied Tamiya Extra Thin and waited until it was dry. Then simply a matter of trimming the excess:

 

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Here's an overexposed shot to get that interior detail:

 

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I then turned to the lower wings and competed the task of assembling the PE in the wheel bays. I also marked out the holes I would need to drill, in a manner I would not easily forget:

 

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Finally for this update, there is some moulded detail on the upper and lower edges of the exhaust openings that was removed with a micro chisel to facilitate the PE shroud guards:

 

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It has been tidied up a bit more since the photo. Working on the underwing cannon gondolas, drop tank and the MLG before bringing out the RLM 02.

 

Regards,

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