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Hasegawa Bf 109F Completed 20/02/20

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Gaz, gent’s,

 

i recall reading in some publication that Erwin’s Bf 109 pictured is a field modification over the exhaust stacks and this particular a/c was used for night operations.  I’ll try and find some more information for you if requested?  

 

Keep up the great efforts here Gaz.  

 

Troy 

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10 hours ago, Troy Molitor said:

Gaz, gent’s,

 

i recall reading in some publication that Erwin’s Bf 109 pictured is a field modification over the exhaust stacks and this particular a/c was used for night operations.  I’ll try and find some more information for you if requested?  

 

Keep up the great efforts here Gaz.  

 

Troy 

Hi Troy,

    Thank you for pointing me in the right direction.  A quote from Luftwaffe.cz: 

" When the Russians started resupplying their troops during the night in the early summer of 1942, using transport aircraft of various types, JG 54 were active in intercepting these flights. On the night of 22-23 June 1942, Leykauf claimed 6 victories in 50 minutes bringing his score to 23."

 

I've already modified the port side exhaust and will now do the starboard side.  I had originally believed that the modification was made to keep exhaust gases from the turbocharger in line with the upgrades of the F4.

 

Gaz

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14 hours ago, MikeMaben said:

 

Yep, that's what I was trying to illustrate with the lightening.

Also , early F-4s retained the F-2 shallow chin radiator.

 

 

 

 

I've only got one chin radiator in the kit, and it's already attached.  So I'm just going to live with it.  Maybe nobody else will notice.   My only other option is to find another scheme or to try to reduce the depth of the radiator by sanding, though without proper dimensions would just lead to an exercise in ambiguity.

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Anyway...

   With few things written in stone, here she is on her feet with LG and heat shrouds in place.  I've been looking for other potential schemes, but not been gripped by anything as much as the Leykauf photos.

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I'm not overly thrilled with the spinner shape.  I think it's a little too conical.   Whereas, the Trumpy one I have (for parts) is too bulbous.  Hopefully my Revell G6 has a properly shaped spinner.

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On 12/30/2019 at 2:41 PM, Gazzas said:

    I had originally believed that the modification was made to keep exhaust gases from the turbocharger in line with the upgrades of the F4.

 

It was added for that purpose but didn't have anything to do with a model upgrade.

They apparently found that there 'was' exhaust entering the intake, apparently something

they hadn't discovered before. That's why it was a feature of all subsequent models.

 

 The Revell and Hasegawa spinners look quite similar.

For reference :

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Notice there are different cannon openings one longer than the other.

For that reason the radius shape would be sooo slightly different on each.

(almost imperceptible).

hth

 

 

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Hi everyone,

    Some small progress here.

 

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After getting the wings on and tidying up a few seams, I applied MRP fine gray primer.  I gave it a day to harden, then I used buffing compound to make sure it was smooth everywhere.  Afterwards added Tamiya white where the masks will go.

 

You may notice that a mask is missing for the II Gruppe badge.  Here is what the mask looks like for it:

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You can see that all three attempts suffered some damage due to the smallness of the design and the limitations of the cutter.  I've since been told by Mal that I need to make each color in separate parts.  I can see the wisdom of what he says.  However, before he gave me that advice, I found a decal set. that had the II Gruppe badge so, I ordered it.  Hopefully it'll be here, soon.

 

Today I masked off the areas painted with the theater yellow.  Then, I painted the lower areas in a mixture to create a shade of RLM 76.  I would have taken some pics, but the contrast between the RLM 76 and the gray primer is very small.  I'll let that paint cure overnight before I fix any imperfections.

 

Cheers!

 

Gaz

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