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  1. This is my recently finished AMG Bf 109 Anton in 1/72. The full build thread can be seen here: Construction of this one was a challenge, but in the end I was very pleased with the appearance of the finished kit. AMG has captured the shape and "sit" of the early 109s better than any attempt so far.The parts are well defined and the subtleties of the Anton are represented very well, even including the spade grip on the control stick. This build was out of the box, since I wanted to see how kit assembled. In a word - lousy. The fit and engineering of some major assemblies terrible. But nothing some putty, superglue and Mr. Surfacer 500 couldn't overcome. All of the gory details are outlined in the build thread. The entire airframe was riveted with various sizes of Rosie the Riveters and the model was painted with home-brew mixes of Gunze Sangyo paints to represent the German "Silberweiss".
  2. AMG 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109 A

    Thank you, gentlemen. It was a fun ride. I'll post more photos in the Ready for Inspection section.
  3. AMG 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109 A

    I can hardly believe it, but the Anton is done. It has been a hate/love relationship with this kit. I hated it at the start; the stupid engineering, ill-fitting parts and somewhat gummy feeling plastic. But the further it progressed, the more I liked it. The shape is good and there is enough photo-etch and resin included to make up a decent out of the box build. The landing gear doors provided the most drama tonight. Photo-etched parts always give me grief. Even PollyScale paint, which usually sticks to everything, including the airbrush guts, flakes off of these beauties. Very gentle handling minimized this, but that coupled with alignment challenges caused me to make a combined seven attempts to get them right. Tiny drops of white glue were used first, followed with thin superglue. Then these spots were touched up with paint. The rest moved quickly. Among the final steps was making the wingtip lights using tiny drops of white glue tinted with food coloring. They were applied with a piece of stretched sprue. Here are a few photos taken right after completion. I'll take some glamor shots later including some of the undersurface. Again, thank you for the comments and compliments along the way. Now...which one will be next. I'll tell you, I've taken a liking to silver 109s...
  4. AMG 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109 A

    I don't remember when this project transitioned from drudgery to fun, but it has become a very enjoyable project. She's on her legs now. Just a handful of parts remain. I'll say again that this model is, despite the fit challenges, an accurate replica. I used the Thinnerline cutter to make masks for the tailwheel. It took two attempts. After roughly painting the tailwheel PollyScale grimy black, I cut a mask to spray the RLM 02 wheel. The tailwheel hub is rather ill-defined so plotting the center can involve some guesswork; both sides were slightly off. No problem; I cut a slightly smaller circle to mask the wheel and spray the tire. This time it was successful. Just a quick testimony to the usefulness and capabilities of the Thinnerline.
  5. AMG 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109 A

    The canopy framing is complete. I tried to replicate the placement of screws and overlapping frames of the original. This was made much easier by referring to a Russian publication that literally dissects "6-15", a 109 Anton that was captured in Spain, transported to and evaluated in Russia, abandoned, then recaptured by the Germans. The photos in the book have been posted frequently on the web, so it shouldn't be too hard to find them. The screws were replicated on the decal strips with both a Rosie the Riveter and the Radu Brinzen riveter, which is actually a very small beading tool. This was only used on the curved panel at the rear of the canopy. Using painted decal strips can be a challenge. You have to use a softener like Micro Sol to get them to bend around curves on the canopy. So you are frequently guessing as the final positioning. When the decal begins to soften, it does so quickly and often becomes too soft to move around without distorting it. Fortunately I only had to remove one of the frames for being noticeably misplaced. With the framing done it is on to the home stretch. Here I have attached the landing gear and stabilizer bracing struts. More soon, thanks for looking and your comments along the way.
  6. AMG 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109 A

    Tonight I finished the oil wash and weathering then sealed everything under a coat of Gx-100 clear. Now on to adding the canopy frames. I used the technique I first tried on my Bf 108 from earlier this year. Cleal decal paper was painted RLM 02, then gloss black, and finally Silberweiss. This time I embossed the screws using a Rosie the Riveter with 0.065 spacing. A few of the frames have been applied to test the effect.
  7. AMG 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109 A

    Tonight I did some touch ups on the silver and added sprayed clear gloss over the decals. This eliminated some marks left by the Gunze Mr Mark Softener. As I mentioned before, this is a very "hot" solution. You do not want to let it puddle on the decal; even though it wants to. Keep spreading it with a paintbrush as much as possible. Despite my best efforts, there were some spots but the Gunze GX-100, well thinned (6/1), made them disappear nicely. I've also started the oil wash process. This will probably take up to three sessions. I don't want over accentuate the panel lines, since they are practically invisible in photos. I have seen some photos however, that do show some distinct panels, probably after the planes have spent some time in the field. These very early 109s seem to have been repainted frequently. In fact there seems to be no standardization to them at all. The same airframe will show different sized codes during its service, prop changes from fixed pitch wooden to variable pitch metal, and cowl panels showing variations of vents that just shouldn't be. Then there is the temptation for some artistic license... Anyway, here's where she stands at the moment.
  8. AMG 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109 A

    Thank you, gentlemen. Decals are on. These Cartograf decals are excellent. There is virtually no excess clear film and they settle down very nicely with Gunze Mr. Mark Softener. Next will come a very light clear coat to remove some blemishes, then on to the oil wash. Despite being very simple, these markings really complement the silberweiss finish.
  9. AMG 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109 A

    The final trim panting is done and she's nearly ready for decals. The AMG kit has a rather nice representation of the early wooden prop. The colors are open to interpretation, but I decided on silberweiss for the front of the blades and black on the reverse. The central portion is Gunze RLM 02. The small cap is one of two versions provided by AMG, the other lacks the central hole seen here. For this piece I simply rubbed some Uschi Van der Rosten chrome powder directly on the unpainted plastic. It adds some interest to overall appearance of the plane.
  10. AMG 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109 A

    Thanks, Guys. One-Two, this one will also be 6-7. I've added some contrasting panels with a darkened version of my silberweiss mix. First I added a drop of Gunze USAF Neutral Grey, which wasn't dark enough so one drop of gloss black did the trick. There was quite a bit of masking on the nose, fuselage and vertical fin. Here is the result. I don't know why these panels appeared in this dark color, but it adds a bit of contrast. Next will come some black around the exhausts and an oil wash.
  11. AMG 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109 A

    Thank you, gentlemen, for the compliments. They are most appreciated. The Anton has gotten its first coat of Silberweiss. Again, the Gunze witches brew went on well. Next will be touchups and a few contrasting darker silver panels, followed by some in black.
  12. AMG 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109 A

    Painting has commenced. I have decided to go the out-of-the-box route, so the kit canopy was polished up with some Dawn Dishwashing soap. If you haven't tried this on canopies, I would recommend it. There is something to be said for dipping them in Future. But when you run some 5-minute epoxy around the edge to seal the canopy in place and remove the excess with denatured alcohol with a Q-tip, you will have problems. The alcohol will remove the Future as well. Also, this thought has been bouncing around in my head for a while. How clean would the canopies of in-service aircraft have been? Certainly not as clear as a car on the showroom floor. A pilot's ability to see the adversary is crucial, so they would have been kept as clean as possible. But these aircraft lived outside with blowing dirt and grit. Just a thought. The painting has commenced. Here the white wingtips and rudder have been painted and masking of the canopy and wheel wells is completed. I've mentioned the Heller kit would make an appearance when the AMG build caught up with it. So here it is. I'll show more detailed comparisons as things progress, but you can see the difference in the nose depth. Some of this is due to the optics of my camera making the AMG model appear bulkier since it is closer to the lens. And finally, two of the paint mules on which I have conducted unholy experiments. Here, I've tested the various silver mixes and determined that painting the white wingtips before painting the silver eliminated the masking ridge.
  13. Another beauty, Libor, and most impressive is the fact that you built it in 6 DAYS!
  14. AMG 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109 A

    I have done quite a bit of resin casting in the past and am comfortable with the process. This project is too far along for casting. In fact I think that would have to be a dedicated build, assembled with consideration for casting. Some areas would have to be blanked off, like the sides of the cowl before attaching the radiator. Maybe in the future; at the moment I want to get this one done. Some progress to report tonight. The flaps have been secured with 5-minute epoxy. Also the seat belts were painted and glued to the seat (photo later). A bit of advice for anyone building this kit; the photo-etched parts are rather thick and rigid. I passed the belts over a candle flame to anneal them, but still they were a challenge to bend realistically. The photo-etched perforated thing on the nose has been white glued to the cowl. I'll spray the area with some Silberweiss primer to see if it is acceptable, but I'd rather not have to use epoxy. Finally, I've started working on the canopy. Again, if this will be an out of the box build, I'll have to work with the kit supplied part. Actually it doesn't look too bad. I've used some diluted white glue to tack it together for a positioning check. Soon it will be fixed with epoxy, then any necessary final sanding will be done. I plan to use the same painted decal strip technique that was done on my Bf 108 build, which is on this site. I'll start with a coat of RLM 02 on a piece of clear decal film, then gloss black and finally silver. Screws will then be embossed on strips, which will be cut to represent the frames. More soon...
  15. AMG 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109 A

    That may indeed be a great idea, but it would take over a month to get some from my usual source, sealmodel.com. For the moment, I am satisfied with this concoction. The major components of the airframe are at last assembled. The final bit was the chin scoop, which probably could have been scratch built as easily as adjusting the kit parts. In the end, after faring in with 5-minute epoxy, I am pleased with the results. At this point I regret not resurrecting my casting supplies and making molds of the finished nose for resin casting. The Jumo engined 109s are essential to any 109 collection and I have no desire to repeat this process. Anyway, here are some photos of the completed nose. I am using the Gunze Silberweiss mix to check for flaws. I have also tacked on the flaps. At the moment they are still held in place with tape. I'll use 5-minute epoxy to secure them soon. I've come to something of a crossroads in this build. From the start I intended to make it an out of the box effort. There are certainly enough bells and whistles in the kit to do a credible job of that. But the canopy is a letdown. It is too thick and the gunsight glass represented as it is on the windscreen, while clever, isn't really the way things were. Falcon made a nice early 109 vac canopy in one of their Luftwaffe sets. This the may just sway me to open a can of worms and substitute other, more accurate parts. We'll see.
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