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109 fan last won the day on October 12 2017

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  1. Well done, Mr. Dedig. Looks even better in person!
  2. Beautifully done, Faud! She looks great in NMF.
  3. Beautifully done, Thorfinn, I love the look of these early airliners.
  4. AMG Bf 109 B in 1/72

    Thank you all for the kind words; they are most appreciated.
  5. I've taken some proper photos of the model: More will be posted to the Ready for Inspection section. Back in the 109 A thread I had also promised some comparison photos with the Heller kit, so here they are: And in the words of the great Sheldon Cooper, "Oh what fresh hell is this?"...
  6. Here is my recently completed AMG Bf 109 B. The complete build thread can be found here: After fighting the AMG Bf 109 A to a draw, I thought I wouldn't want to touch another one for quite some time. But the more I looked at the finished model the more I liked it. This time I didn't adhere to "out of the box" rules and added a few bits. However the AMG kit is so complete, not much was necessary. The cockpit only needed a little sprucing up with some stretched sprue, plastic card and some Eduard preprinted steel seat belts. I also added a Squadron Vac canopy, Barracudacast wheels and wire brake lines. Decals came from A Kagero monograph (Cartograph) and Print Scale. Paints, as always, are Gunze Sangyo aqueous. All in all, this is a very good kit, but not without fit problems. And here it is side by side with its older brother.
  7. IAR 80

    Really beautiful work One-Two! Your attention to detail is outstanding.
  8. Well, this one is about done. I will check for flaws over the next few days. It always seems that by the end of a project you become blind to the problem areas. Photographing (and posting) the model helps accentuate things that you miss with the Mk 1 eyeball. The final bits included a restraining cord made from very fine wire. It is attached to a bit of stretched plastic tube mounted to the open section of the canopy and a tiny bracket made from .005" card and a nub of stretched sprue attached to the rear canopy. I replicate the measurement using a piece of stretched sprue. By progressively cutting it back after each try, you get an accurate length without bending the fine wire in the process. A small loop was made at one end by twisting it around needle nose tweezers held against a piece of glass. You really can't see this anyway, so one may wonder why bother. Other bits include the radiator flap under the cowl. In the kit this part is made of rather thick and stiff photo-etched brass. It is far too unwieldy and heavy to be attached to the fuselage at the end of the build. A piece of .005" plastic card is much easier to form and bend up on the sides. Since it weighs nothing, it can be mated to the airframe with some diluted white glue. The wingtip lights are small blobs of white glue mixed with red and green food coloring. A small drop of this is picked up on the end of some stretched sprue and deposited on the wingtip. If you mess it up, it can be removed with a wet Q-tip. I also made another prop. The first spinner still had fit problems even after I lined the prop openings with plastic card. So I decided to make another and ignore the small gaps. Since the AMG kits come with both props, I had a spare left over from the 109 A project. There is an inherent problem with the propellor in this kit. The spinner sits too high on the prop and will not meet the backing plate properly. I sanded the backing plate quite bit and scraped the inside of the top of the spinner. After a number of refinements, it finally fit. Besides, I like the finish of the second attempt better. That's about all for the moment. I'll take better photos and post them soon. Thank you for the encouragement and compliments along the way. They are always appreciated.
  9. Inching closer. Some of the fiddly bits have been added and at this stage the 109 becomes almost impossible to pick up without knocking something off. The aileron mass balances, underwing pitot tube, rudder control horns and tenuously attached photo-etched landing gear doors all are just itching to break free. Fortunately there aren't many more parts remaining. Here the canopy has been propped up on a sheet plastic brace and tacked on with diluted white glue. This one was particularly fussy and so I just touched the glue in a few spots. Tomorrow I will firm it up and remove the brace.
  10. She's getting closer; on her wheels now. The main wheels are Barracudacast resin items. The tailwheel strut required further attention. The plastic strut became wobbly so I added a plastic tube collar at the joint of the plastic and aluminum. This was then flooded with superglue. It seems strong enough now. The prop is stuck on with a bit of Blu-Tac.
  11. Thanks, Chris. In my opinion these drawings are a misinterpretation of the aircraft's colors. I have seen three different schemes on 6 O 51 and none of them match this. On one of the photos the contrast is rather minimal, which is perhaps what the artist used as a reference.
  12. Again, thank you for the compliments. A bit more progress to report. One fairly essential modification to the tailwheel. Ask me why it is essential; in fact ask me three times. The tailwheel strut has two lateral pins that fit into a slot in the wheel well. Tiny pins, tiny attachment. After the tailwheel fell out of my Bf 109a three times I knew I'd have to come up with a fix. The following seemed to be a solution. I threaded some aluminum Albion Alloys tubing over the upper section of the strut and made it long enough to reach the top of the inside of the fuselage. The tube was secured to the strut with thin superglue and to the top of the fuselage with 5 minute epoxy. And it seemed to work. I did the same thing on this build and everything was fine...until I tried to flatten the tailwheel. I usually do this by setting the plane on its gear, gripping the tailwheel with tweezers and pulling sandpaper under it. It was working well this time until I decided on one more swipe. Suddenly the strut broke free, superglue and epoxy notwithstanding. With the strut loose, I scraped off the epoxy, which was surprisingly easy. Then I noticed the strut could easily be pulled from the aluminum tube. Huh? I tried more superglue. Nothing. So I have now learned that aluminum tubing is impervious to the strongest glue on earth. Well, why not try another metal? Out came Albion Alloys brass tube. This seems to be working, but since it is still setting up on the workbench, I'll have to report on it later. Next comes the canopy, as I mentioned this is a Squadron (Falcon) vacformed item. I made the frames from painted clear decal film. The interior frames were painted RLM 02 while the exterior were first sprayed 02 then 63. Frames were cut with a scalpel and applied with MicroSol. A locking handle was made from stretched sprue. Here is the prop. The front of the blades were painted with Gunze Sangyo SM08 "Plate Silver Next", then buffed with Uschi Van Der Rosten "steel" polishing powder. The rear was painted flat black. The spinner is white in front with light gray on the rear. The AMG rudder has a representation of control horns, but they are directly in the way of the black stripes. So they were cut off and decal strips were used for the crosses. Here are the replacements. They are bits of thin stretched sprue. The control horn was formed by flattening the end with pliers and simultaneously bending it at an angle. They are sprayed RLM 63 and the horns painted black where they meet the black cross. I made quite a few extras since they tend to get lost during assembly. So here is where things stand at the moment. The landing gear, stab struts, guns and some other detail items have been attached. This photo highlights the rivets. I've accentuated them with oil paint. To me this adds interest to the overall look of the model. Thanks for following. More soon.
  13. Beautifully done, Libor, particularly the finish and weathering. Art in 1/72 scale. Barry Numerick
  14. Thanks for the compliments, gentlemen. Learstang, I would definitely recommend this kit and I do think it is the most accurate early 109 on the market. When I built the 109 A (there is a thread on this site of that) I was constantly annoyed by the seemingly stupid engineering decisions made by the manufacturers. On this second go around, they were expected and this build is going more smoothly.