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  1. AMG 1/72 Bf.109B kit - thoughts, impressions?

    I also have gotten the AMG kits and have very mixed feelings about them. I'm elated that there is a 1/72 scale kit that appears to have nailed the shape of this aircraft. I'm impressed with the finesse and detail of most of the parts. The spade grip control stick is remarkable with no flash and good detailing. The nose is a real puzzle, both as pertaining to the parts breakdown and as to what in the world they were thinking. Perhaps one solution would be to assemble one correctly, then cast it for future builds. Incidentally, they are now in stock at Hannants for $21.45; about right for what you get. As mentioned by others, the wing parts breakdown defies logic. It would have been much easier to split the wing along the flap/aileron line as they did with their 1/48th kit. That being said this model should present no greater problems than a typical short run kit (which it is not). As for the Heller kit; it is a product of the 1970's, and it shows. The wheel wells are not boxed in, the canopy is very thick, the landing gear is someone's best guess, and the spinner and prop are near misses that can be fixed by sanding. But the greatest problem is the nose, which is far too thin in profile. Can it be fixed? Yes, probably by cutting off the lower cowl scoop, building up the the lower fuselage, then sticking the whole thing back together. Could make the AMG kit look easy. And incidentally, the DB nose is just the Heller kit part, cleaned up and scribed. In one way it would be even more difficult to use since the whole thing is one piece. The lower cowl radiator would have to be painted after the other painting is finished. Lots of luck making that look good. Not one to shrink from the challenge, I have started the AMG kit and will build it up side by side with a Heller kit that has been a shelf queen for years now. I had made a few rudimentary corrections to the upper cowl of the Heller model, since it has some bulges in all the wrong places, but will leave the lower cowl alone. More soon in the in progress models section.
  2. 109 With an Italian Accent

    Gentlemen, thank you all for the kind words.
  3. Here is my most recent completion, a Hobby Boss Bf 109 G-10. It was converted to the Erla variant, which is a minor feat, but correcting the snap-tite kit took some doing. Here is a list of the additions and alterations: The prop and spinner are awful; they were replaced with AZ items, ditto the wheels. The landing gear is acceptable, but I shortened it. It also would be better to replace with an AZ part. There are no aileron mass balances; AZ to the rescue again. The drop tank and mount came from a Fine Molds kit. The tailwheel is very oversimplified, see above (AZ). The windscreen is FM, but the canopy is the Hobby Boss part. On my next build I'll use a Rob Taurus vac. The supercharger intake and oil cooler are resin replacements from my old days of resin casting. The underwing radiators had no front lip. It's as though this was to be a separate part, but they never got around to it. I used .030" card for this. Cowl guns are FM replacements. The loop antenna is also Fine Molds, but thinned considerably. The there are the usual refinements, pitot tube from .3mm Albion Alloys brass, Eduard pre-painted seat belts, scrap box gun sight, canopy restraining cord and spring from very fine wire. All trim tabs were made from .005" card. These are frustratingly easy to knock off. The build post can be found here: Thanks for looking.
  4. 109 With an Italian accent

    Thank you, Martian. Done. Well mostly. This model continues to have little flaws that crop up like mushrooms after a rain. I've nailed down most of them, but will continue to check and fix for a while. This was the most difficult antenna rigging job I can remember. The canopy is a fragile affair so I had to be careful when tightening the line. Since I use stretched black sprue, I didn't want it to yank the canopy out of position when I waved the ember of a burnt toothpick under it to tighten things up. It took quite a few attempts, but it is finally in place. In the next post I'll list all of the corrections made to the kit, and also how I'll go about making a better one. In the meantime, here are a few photos.
  5. 109 With an Italian accent

    Endgame. I've attached more of the fiddly bits (loop antenna, underwing Moraine mast, and quite a few doo-dads in the cockpit and on the canopy). It is now sitting tail-up with the canopy in held in place using a brace. Diluted white glue was used as the adhesive.
  6. 109 With an Italian accent

    A little more progress; she's on her gear.
  7. 109 With an Italian accent

    Made some progress this weekend. The landing gear and wheels are on as well as a number of the fiddly bits that tend to drag on as a model approached completion. They included the shoulder belts, stretched clear sprue fuel line, some canopy frames, etc. The Hobby Boss kit does not include aileron or elevator trim tabes, so these had to be made from .005" plastic card. During the build I knocked off the tab from the left elevator, so a replacement had to be made and attached to the painted model. [/url] [/url] [/url]
  8. 109 With an Italian accent

    Thank you all for the kind words. Tonight I added some bits and gave 109 its flatcoat. Since this project is basically an experiment, I decided to try something different. At the 2016 IPMS Nationals I picked up some bottles of Mr. Paint (not the Gunze kind). Among them were the semi matt and matt overcoats. I started with the semi, which appeared far too glossy. I then progressed to the matt finish and am rather pleased with the results. The flat brings everything together, paint, decals and weathering and is possibly the most fun five minutes in modeling. [/url] [/url] [/url] Trevor, here is a nice summation of the Erla 109 G-10: http://109lair.hobbyvista.com/articles/g10/g10.htm So this one joins the ranks of currently acceptable flatcoats. But then again, they all look good while they're in the workshop. However, some transform from smooth to positively grainy in appearance when you put them on the table in a hotel ballroom for a contest. Must have something to do with the lighting. Others seem to get more glossy over time. What flat do you guys use?
  9. 109 With an Italian accent

    Oil wash applied. [/url] [/url]
  10. Thank you for the kind words. Ignacio, this is the 1/72 scale Tamiya kit. BerndM, the riveting is not difficult, but I would recommend practicing on some spare parts first. I describe the process on this site here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235022811-tamiya-bf-109-e-7with-a-difference/
  11. Thank you all for your kind words. David I am quite serious about the riveting. It changes you!
  12. Faud, it's rarer than rare; it never existed. This one is a Wiffer!
  13. Beautiful work, Roman! I love late war 190s and this a great example of what can be done in 1/72. Barry Numerick
  14. Thanks for the kind words, gentlemen. Libor, you were my inspiration on this.
  15. Construction thread can be seen on this site. This was my first attempt at riveting. For those considering this, a warning. It will forever change your life. Thanks for looking.
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