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Messerschmitt Bf-109G-4/R6 "Kanonenboot" - Finished


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On 5/12/2022 at 3:09 PM, Greif8 said:

Very nice progress Michael.  I think your airbrushing looks just fine.  I hear about unintentional overspray due to not masking.  I learned my lesson a long time ago and now make sure areas I don't want paint on are well masked off.  Another technique I use is to lower the air pressure to about 7-8 psi when I touch up small areas.  That reduces the overspray quite a bit.

 

Ernest

 

Thank you, Ernest.  So far, it's turned out better than expected.  As to the overspray, this was intentional, but not quite to the extent it occurred.  Perhaps because I was spraying yellow, which covers poorly so needs more spraying.  I believe I was using  seven or eight PSI, so perhaps a little too much in this case.  In some ways, this project has been a learning process and that is one of the lessons. 

 

On 5/12/2022 at 9:28 PM, Ayovan said:

I wish my 109 had turned out that well Micheal. Nice job on the paint

 

Thank you.  So far, I've surprised myself with how it's looking.  These Luftwaffe planes are harder to paint than most of the stuff I've done over the last five or six years and this one has needed more airbrush sessions.  I did a bit of experimentation with the airbrush before I started painting and it paid off.  I used almost no pressure (the gauge barely registered) and the minimal amount of paint flow in the brush and it turned out as you see. 

 

On 5/13/2022 at 2:32 AM, MARU5137 said:

Michael,

Excellent  work on the fuselage.... the mottling looks very professional  and Stunning. 

:goodjob: { Brilliant  job}. :clap2:

:bow:

 

Thank you.  It took a while which is an achievement for someone as impatient as me!!

 

At the moment, the model has been glossed and the decals applied.  I'm about to start applying the matt coat then unwrapping it which I hope to show soon.

 

 

Cheers,

Michael

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I think I'm going to try your method of ultra low air pressure to do my tail codes. There is an overspray border around the stenciling on Garbeski's bird that I want to try and replicate. Bill made me some duplicate masks for the codes. I think I'll experiment with one, and see if I can pull off something acceptable.

 

 

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10 hours ago, Ayovan said:

I think I'm going to try your method of ultra low air pressure to do my tail codes. There is an overspray border around the stenciling on Garbeski's bird that I want to try and replicate. Bill made me some duplicate masks for the codes. I think I'll experiment with one, and see if I can pull off something acceptable.

 

 

 

I hope that turns out well for you.  Thin paint is essential as is some scrap to practice on.  You may also find that the airbrush blocks up, but either momentarily turning up the pressure will clear it or just cleaning the airbrush.

 

Here's where I am presently with this project.  Firstly, the model all glossed up and decals applied.

 

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And now, after the matt coat has dried and the masking removed.

 

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I've also done a couple of touch ups and installed the tail wheel.  My next task will be to build and install the main undercarriage, under wing guns and all the other little details to finish it.  Then a little weathering.

 

That's it for now.

 

 

Cheers,

Michael

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Michael,

Ooh She's  coming along beautifully. 

Liking this ... those decals are very neatly done Sir.

:goodjob: :thumbsup:

 

By the way those "pads" she's resting on reminds ME of shoulder pads women had in 1980s in their coats and dresses..etc...  :wicked:   :hmmm:

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17 hours ago, MARU5137 said:

Michael,

Ooh She's  coming along beautifully. 

Liking this ... those decals are very neatly done Sir.

:goodjob: :thumbsup:

 

By the way those "pads" she's resting on reminds ME of shoulder pads women had in 1980s in their coats and dresses..etc...  :wicked:   :hmmm:

 

I was wondering if someone would ever pick up on that.  :lol:  They're very good at supporting the model on my support frame which can dig into soft paint sometimes.

 

 

Cheers,

Michael

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And so to the end of this project.  Lost of pictures in this update.

 

As I said at the end of my last update, undercarriage next.  I'd previously assembled and painted the U/C legs, and also assembled and painted the wheels, which left brake pipes and attach wheels to legs.  Trumpeter supply two brake pipes and etch clamps, but they stop at the bottom of the undercarriage leg.  NBG, so the mounting holes were filled in with some stock rod, smoothed back and painted.  My Eduard etch set also had a set of brake pipes, but these are flat, so again, NBG.  I made my own from 0.5mm bare wire, painted the bit south of the telescopic oleo flat black to represent the flexible rubber pipe, then attached the bottom to the wheel, and the top will go into the hole in the U/C bay.  Then I wrapped the Trumpy etch clamps to hold the rest of the pipe in place.

 

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The tyre treads were then sanded for a little wear and a little dust was brushed on with a Tamiya weathering set.  Then the undercarriage doors were added and the set left to dry before being glued into the model.

 

While the undercarriage was setting in place, I turned my attention to the canopy.  This comprises the canopy itself, the front frame in Trumpy etch, the release handle and the headrest/head armour that I showed in my last update.  Also in the Trumpy etch were two eye hook plates to attach the canopy restraint.  Since I will be fixing the canopy in the open position, I attached a length of 1.5mm L shaped stock to the bottom right side of the canopy to act as a  decent attachment point, and painted the visible side RLM66.  Next, all the etch was carefully CA'd into place, then the release handle attached with styrene glue.  I always find this stuff nerve wracking as the slightest glue in the wrong place and the models destined for the bin.  Masking helps where possible, and in this case it all turned out well.

 

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Then it was attached to the model.  While it was setting, I made a restraint from 0.3mm wire, with thinner wire wrapped around part of it to simulate the spring.

 

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A couple of closer shots.

 

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Next was to add the wing tip lights, the inside of each being painted in the appropriate colour.  And at long last, stood on it's own three wheels.  I've started some weathering at this point, with exhaust staining applied with more Tamiya weathering sets, as the left cowling will be glued open.

 

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A bit more weathering was applied by dry brushing scratch marks on the plane.  I'd forgotten to spray some Tamiya AS12 aluminium before any paint went on, so this is why all the weathering is by dry brush which has turned out a bit too subtle in the photos.  I also added some cordite staining on the fuselage machine guns and under wing cannons.   So now all that's left is to attach the under wing guns, cowling and prop.  Thus:

 

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So that's it for another build, but there'll be some more shots in the next post.

 

 

Cheers,

Michael

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  • Dpgsbody55 changed the title to Messerschmitt Bf-109G-4/R6 "Kanonenboot" - Finished
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The plane I built for this Group Build represents a BF-109G-4/R6 flown by Ober Leutnant Rohwer of 2/JG 3 based at Monchen-Gladbach in the summer of 1943.  It is unusual for a G-4 in that it still has the open tail wheel and the camouflage pattern and colours are an earlier F type.  It bears the pilot's personal marking just below the left side of the canopy (which looks to my eye to be a bit rude :o :lol:), and the Kiel badge on the right side, together with JG 3's unit badge on both sides of the engine cowling.

 

I've come across an interesting article recently quoting various pilots who survived operations at the time, and they make for some very interesting reading.  The comments would seem to confirm my belief that the 109G was past it's best and the only reason that so many Gustavs were made is because of the overwhelming need for fighters in the face of the Allied onslaught.  One of the best things about the 109 was that it was easy and quick to build, and it could fly higher than the BMW powered FW-190's.  It was lethal in experienced hands, but those experienced hands were declining rapidly in numbers by this time.  That it had to continue in service points more to the failures of the ME-209 and ME-309 projects, but as Gustav production continued, the flying qualities of the plane became harder and harder to deal with.  Let us remember that the 109 had a high wing loading at the very start.  The plane was designed to be flown by well trained men, and Luftwaffe training in 1939 and 1940 was superb and it was never an easy plane to fly.  But as the war progressed, the weight of the 109 increased, further impacting it's handling.  Adding more power gave a better top speed and rate of climb, as well as the ability to add extra guns, but the 109G now became much harder to fly.  The 109E had a much better roll rate than the G series, and the ailerons would seize up at speeds much over 300mph.  Added to which was a cockpit so cramped and a control column movement with only 4 inches each way in the rolling plane, pilots found rolling almost impossible, if not actually impossible at these speeds.  Pilots mostly hated the under wing cannons as the reduced speed and roll rate and the 30mm cannons needed against the Eighth Air Force bombers had a very slow rate of fire so manoevering to hit a target became harder.  Further, the ever heavier prop blades needed to soak up the extra power made handling your 109 harder still.  That might not have been such a problem if it had been possible to add extra blades as with the Spitfire, but as the engine controlled when the guns fired through the prop disk, adding more blades would have slowed down an already slow rate of fire.  Most pilots dreaded running into Mustangs in their "Kanonenboots" as escaping one on your tail was almost impossible in those circumstances as the only manoeuvers the pilot could countenance were in the vertical plane.  Yet Germany needed all the fighters it could get from 1943, so Gustav had to remain in production as to disturb the production lines would have dealt their aerial defense a fatal blow. 

 

So if you're still with me after that diatribe, :D here's the extra pictures.

 

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That's it for now.  One final word on the model, which went together quite well.  The biggest issues were to do with the aftermarket Airies cockpit which I wanted to include to boost the detail of the kit, but was perhaps not a good choice.  It was readily available, just like the Gustav :D.  I'm aware that the kit has some fairly typical Trumpeter inaccuracies but it does go together well and was a kit I enjoyed building.  And, it made me think a bit more about my airbrushing, so a bit of a learning exercise too.

 

On to the next project.

 

 

Cheers,

Michael

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7 hours ago, LSP_Kevin said:

Congrats on getting this one across the line, Michael!

 

Kev

 

Thanks Kevin.  This one was not a difficult build after that Z-M Dornier. 

 

15 minutes ago, Rockie Yarwood said:

Beautiful build and finish, Michael!

 

Than you.  I'm pleased with how this one turned out, including the paint job.  I think the mottling on this one was a step up from my last two efforts.  Definitely a learning curve.

 

 

Cheers,

Michael

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