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1998 Shelf of Doom Rescue (1/48 Hasegawa Bf109F)

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Three days ago I was doing a deep dive into the stash, looking for parts that might be useful to add to a model on my bench. In one of the boxes in my garage, was a 1/48 Hasegawa Bf109F partially completed, that was packed away in 1998. I actually think that it was my growing interest in building 1/32 aircraft models that shelved this project. This model has been through several moves, including three or four years in a storage unit. It's a miracle that it has survived as well as it has! I want to finish it partly for old times sake but also because it deserves to be finished, just for surviving this long. Was it possible I could locate the missing parts? Unbelievably, I unearthed all of the missing parts, half a day later, fished out of four different boxes in the garage and in my apartment. The one casualty was the markings, so I have ordered a sheet of unit markings. Combined with some leftover 109 stencil decals/national markings I have on hand, I will probably chose a 1942 RLM 74, 75, 76 paint job. An enjoyable look through my library will provide the specific scheme. The only other thing I want to add is a Quickboost exhaust set, which is somewhere in my parts bin.

 

This is how the model looked on its return to the work bench:

 

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The Aries cockpit is really great. It looks like I used white glue for the lense on the gun site, which is cloudy now. I'll pop it out and either use a clear plastic disc or future for that.

 

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The shoulder harnesses are gone too but that's an easy and enjoyable detail to add.

 

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 Originally, when I started the kit, I wanted to do a North African tropical version, so I had glued the air filter to the intake. Now I want to do a Russian JG 52 scheme, which means the filter had to be taken off. Removing it damaged the leading edge of the opening, so I glued on a styrene disk with Tamiya Extra Thin Cement and let it dry overnight. After drilling a hole in the center of the disk, the opening was enlarged with a reamer but because the reamer was conical shaped, there was some very thin plastic "flash" on the trailing edge of the white evergreen lip. It was proving hard to clean up because the tools normally used to scrape or sand something like this away, were to big to fit into the small opening that close to the engine cowl. A quickly improvised tool got the job done. A small strip of brass sheet bent at a right angle, chucked into a pin vice allowed me to scrape out the inside of the scoop and get it clean of the flakey plastic.

 

I don't have a before picture of the intake but it was pretty chewed up...

 

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All cleaned up, inside and out.

 

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I finally found the Quick Boost resin exhaust set. The product title is, QB 48 110 Messerschmitt Bf 109F Exhaust. The parts look great and are a perfect drop fit. Exhaust shrouds are the kit parts which have been modified by thinning down the edges.

 

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I ran across a video on YouTube by AK Interactive, demonstrating the use of their rust and streaking effects weathering pencil set. In the demonstration, they were applied to the model using a wet on wet technique. Sometimes the pencils were dipped in water and then used directly on the model surface, sometimes the modeler used a paint brush dipped in water and then picked up pigment from the end of a pencil and painted the color on. A makeup sponge was used to apply the pencil color as well. Water and a brush was then used to blend and soften color edges. This process looked easy and fun to do so I bought the set (AK10041) to experiment with.

 

Here's a link to the video: Combination of Weathering Pencils and Enamels on a rusty drum

 

Of the five pencils in the set, I used three on the exhaust: mostly medium rust and dark rust. Just a little light rust was stippled around and blended into the darker colors. 

 

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Before applying the weathering pencils, I airbrushed the exhausts with some Tamiya flat light grey paint.

 

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Here, you can see some detail added to the main landing gear using 0.3mm copper wire. The section of white wire insulation is 3/4" long. 

 

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Some old paint for an old model. I have just five bottles of AeroMaster paint and the one can of airbrush thinner, left over from the same era as the kit. Seems appropriate to use it on this model. Plus, I don't think it will be good for much longer anyway. Amazingly, the seals are intact and no thinner has leached out of its can.

 

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The AeroMaster RLM 02 sprayed beautifully, didn't even need to thin it. Interestingly, upon opening the bottle of paint and can of airbrush thinner, I saw why the contents of each container have survived intact after all this time. The opening of the jar of paint had a thick disc of plastic film glued over the top, sealing everything completely. The airbrush thinner can had a metal plug, tightly capping off the opening. AeroMaster paint was made by Floquil. Modern paint manufacturers should take notes on the quality and design of this packaging, it's the best I've seen. I purchased this stuff back in '98 or '99 and it is not just useable but as good as the day it showed up in the mail. 

 

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