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  1. Greetings. The model was assembled several years ago. There was a desire to assemble "Emil" in exactly this camouflage variant - RLM 70/71/65, therefore it was necessary to strive for a modification of the E-1. The prototype for construction was “suggested” by the Czech company REVI, which had a decal for the side of Lieutenant Egon Trocha in the desired camouflage. It was decided to make a conversion of the Tamiya E-3 kit, especially since not so many visible modifications were required, because the differences mainly concern the wing armament. For conversion to the E-1, the wing cannon sockets, fairings and hatch trim for them were removed. Then, in the reverse order, the machine gun nests were drilled out, and the hatches for them were made in a new way. The most significant additions to the kit were the resin cockpit, brass machine guns on the fuselage, tail unit, and vacuum canopy. The rest is on your own. Painted primarily with Gunze and Tamiya acrylics. Two words about the homemade stand - photos of the German airfield in Königsberg were taken as a basis, the size of the slabs is to scale, from the German standard. *Sorry for the automatic translation
  2. Hallo Here I want to show you a typical design issue from Eduard. At the Gustav version, this area of the trimming wheel and chains was always a brickle area. In the Kurfürst kit, many flwas and issues from the Gustav are corrected. Here in the cockpit now you can see on the picture below that two parts are interferring already! The designer did not notice it. o The witdh at the bracket where the arrow points is aleady with the plastic part nill! To reduce the shape gives you comfort for assembling. The offset is so much, that the etched part must be cut or left out! Happy modelling
  3. Hi All A while ago I came across this picture and thought 'that would make a good little diorama' Fast forward a few years to earlier this year and my club decided to hold a diorama build. Originally the theme was build a diorama of a picture on an A4 base but the picture requirement was dropped. This then was an opportunity for me to recreate the picture in plastic. A Zvezda Bf-109 was duly purchased and built but I was unsure of the colour scheme as the fuselage sides seemed very dark. Fortunately fellow Britmodellers came to my rescue after I posted the picture and it was revealed that this aircraft, with another, was captured by the Russians in November 1942 and given to the Americans who repainted it in Olive Drab and Neutral Grey (thanks Troy Smith, Lusitanian and GRM for the detailed info). See below. For some reason it looks like the bottom engine cowl was left painted in RLM 65 when you look at the first picture. I duly finished the aircraft as 'EB-1' and managed to cobble together two figures in poses as close as I could get to the mechanic and the cop watching him. Thanks for looking Mick
  4. Hi It's my last finished kit. - Color photo etch; - Resin pipes; - Steel needles (tube Pitot, tail wheel stem, film camera gun in the wing); - Sparkling wine foil ring antenna)) - The red color on the letters was painted with a brush over the decals; - Used Vallejo colors Grey Violet 71.259 (RLM75), USAF Light Gray 71.276, Red 70.926 Pictures... it's my permanent pain, but I tryed.
  5. Good afternoon. I present for your judgment a model from the company Tamiya No. 60790 Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 in 1/72 scale. I will describe what I liked and what I did not like when assembling this model. Pros: - high-quality casting - study of small details; - cockpit detailing - easy assembly; - requires very little putty. Cons of the set: - plastic, it is soft. Not like the spilled hard plastic of previous models. I enjoyed working with him better. But this is a biased opinion; - decals (Thick, Japanese. Note that only Mr. Mark Softer works very well); - no outboard weapons, although the G-6 was equipped with them in large numbers. Strange solution from Tamiya; - the price of a set, a very expensive set. But if you take it directly from Japan it will be much cheaper. Dye: The following primary colors were used in painting the set: - Gunze Sangyo H 68 RLM74 Dark Gray Semi-Gloss / German Aircraft WW II - Gunze Sangyo H 69 RLM75 Gray Semi-Gloss / German Aircraft WW II - Gunze Sangyo H 417 RLM76 Light Blue Semi-Gloss / German Aircraft WW II - Gunze Sangyo H 413 RLM04 Yellow Semi-Gloss / German Aircraft WW II Decal and Masks: - Emblem, victories and crosses - AeroMaster 72-075C - Mediterranean Bf 109s of JG 53 - Number 2 - Kitsworld KW172029 'Luftwaffe Fighter Numbers' - Swastika - Behemoth Prototype: My choice fell on Messerschmitt Bf-109G6 "Black 2", 5.JG53, Oberfeldwebel Herbert Rollwage, Vienna-Seyring, Austria, December 1943. Here are some famous photos of this prototype. Messerschmitt Bf-109G6 "Black 2", 5.JG53, Oberfeldwebel Herbert Rollwage, Vienna-Seyring, Austria, december 1943. Pilot biography: Herbert Rollwage was born on 24 September 1916 at Gielde near Goslar in Niedersachsen. He joined the Luftwaffe in 1936. In spring 1941, Rollwage was posted to JG 53. Unteroffizier Rollwage was assigned to 5./JG 53. He claimed his first victory on the opening day of Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia on 22 June, when he shot down a Russian SB-2 twin-engined bomber. By 5 October he had claimed 11 Russian aircraft shot down, including three victories recorded on 27 August. II./JG 53 was transferred to the Mediterranean theatre in December 1941. By the end of October 1942, Rollwage had claimed 20 British aircraft, mainly RAF Spitfires, shot down over Malta. He was shot down in aerial combat over Koufonisi island on 10 November 1942 in Bf 109 G-2 (W.Nr. 105 00) “Black 5”. Rollwage force-landed his damaged aircraft having also received wounds in the enagagement. Operating over Tunisia from December 1942, Oberfeldwebel Rollwage claimed a further six victories. On 2 March 1943, he was shot down in near Pont-du-Fahs following an interception of USAAF B-17 four-engined bombers as they approached Bizerta. Escorting RAF Spitfires chased Rollwage hitting his Bf 109 G-4 (W.Nr. 160 67) and wounding him. He force-landed his shot up aircraft near Bou Arada. It is thought his victor was the British ace F/Lt Roy Hussey (12 confirmed, 1 probable and 4.5 damaged victories, KIFA 20 February 1945) of 72 Sqn, RAF. Relocated to Sicily in May 1943, Rollwage claimed a further 10 victories, including two four-engined bombers. He recorded his 40th victory on 13 June 1943. On 10 July, Rollwage was badly wounded in aerial combat near San Pietro but managed to regain his base although his Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 182 42) was classified as 100% damaged. Rollwage spent several months in hospital as a result. Rollwage returned to combat duty and 5./JG 53, now based at Vienna-Seyring in Austria operating on Reichsverteidigung duties, in December 1943 after recovery from the wounds he received in July. He had 47 victories to his credit at this time. He recorded his 50th victory on 22 February 1944, a Herausschuss of a USAAF B-24 four-engined bomber between Altötting and Straubing. Rollwage was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 5 April for 53 victories. He recorded his 60th victory on 27 May when he shot down a USAAF P-51 fighter near Rambervillers. On 10 August 1944, newly promoted Leutnant Rollwage was appointed Staffelkapitän of 5./JG 53. He recorded his 70th victory on 25 November when he shot down a US Army reconnaisance light plane near Mommerheim. Rollwage left II./JG 53 on 5 December 1944 having been assigned to 2./JG 106 as an instructor. Leutnant Rollwage was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr. 713) on 24 January 1945. In early April 1945, Rollwage returned to II./JG 53. It is thought that he never officially returned to the Gruppe, rather that after II./JG 53 moved to Ulm-Ristissen, the former base of II./JG 106 which was being disbanded, Rollwage attached himself to II./JG 53 where he stayed until war’s end. He gained a number of victories with the unit. Rollwage survived the war. He died at Gielde on 4 January 1980. Herbert Rollwage’s victory total is not known for sure but he did fly a total of 664 missions. It is known he was credited with 71 victories, including 11 recorded over the Eastern front. It is thought his final total may be between 80 and 85. Some sources credit Rollwage with 102 victories, including 44 four-engined bombers but it is thought that this number is in error. Photographs of the finished model:
  6. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my first completed model of the year, the 1/72 AZ Model Bf-109 G-14AS "new tool 2020". No changes have been made to the external shape and dimensions, but the interior parts have been modified for a much better fit. Both the cockpit/fuselage and the wing/fuselage joints are much easier to assemble, literally 'klicking in place'. The boxing of the G-14AS is identical to the contents of a G-10 kit. That means it is not entirely correct, as the G-14AS had two filler caps relocated. Previous boxings of AZ's G-14AS included additional decals for these hatches. Unfortunately this has been omitted on the new release, and I had to plunder one of their older boxings to replace them. As usual three marking options are included, of which I chose "Black 3" of 5./JG27, flown by Lt. Schmitt, in Schwerin-Görres/Germany, April 1945. I slightly diverted from the paint instructions by spraying the underside of the wings in Aluminium, common with late-war Bf-109s. I also added the long-stroke tail wheel (shown on the box art, but not suggested in the instructions). To enhance the 'scale appearance' I replaced the plastic pilot headrest, cooling flaps, Morane mast and antenna with photo-etch parts. The pitot tube is a metal item from Master, DF loop is made from wire. The model was painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics and weathered with artists oils. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thank you for your interest, best greetings from Vienna! Roman
  7. Good afternoon, colleagues. Today I want to offer you a review of the long-known model from the company Academy-Bf-109 G-14. On improvements. I changed the inflows under the chassis to Italery ones from " stocks" I changed the propeller, tail wings, wheels and tank from AZ(remnants from the previous Assembly) Armament and Pitot tube from Master In the cockpit, the pilot from the Zvezda and the sight from the QB The prototype is Jacob Vogel's plane, which made an emergency landing on the British side of the front in the summer of 44. stencil from AZ, identification marks homemade paint mask Color : RLM 74+RLM 75 Akan, RLM76,RLM02,RLM70 - Gunze The Alcad II lacquer Oil from AK Thank you for your attention, have a nice viewing.
  8. Good day, colleagues. For review, I propose a freshly completed assembly of the next trainer aircraft in my collection. Bf-109 G-12 based on Bf-109 G-6. Model. The assembly went off with a bang. The only thing that raised at least some questions was the flashlight. Not "on clicks", of course, still LND. But the fit of the parts is at a good level, the putty is at a minimum. A good study of the cockpit (which is still not visible; () Of the add-ons - only a pitot tube from Master. Prototype. The prototype was the "White 60" captured by the Americans in 1945. Coloring - Gunze, Akan AK oil Varnish - Alcad II. Thank you for your attention, enjoy your viewing.
  9. Bf-109 | 1/72 | Tamiya Lt.Av. Ioan Di Cezare, Romania | Karpovka-Stalingrad, November 1942 Finished this on June 21, 2020. My first Tamiya kit, it may have been one of the best kits I've ever put together. The surface detail is incredible, as good (or maybe better) than the Eduard kits I've built and everything fit very well with no issues at all. I had next to no seam work to do and the kit decals, which I've heard many complaints about, seemed to be just fine for me. The Romanian marking decals are by RB productions and were superb. This subject is the mount of Ioan Di Cezare, who was credited with 16 victories and 3 probables. General Di Cezare died in Bucharest in 2012. This is not my best build because of a couple things out of my control. First, the yellow on the decals and the Hataka RLM yellow I used were quite different. I really didn't notice until I started decals -- I should've compared the decals to the paint early in the build, but foolishly made the assumption that since they were both RLM 04 yellow, the match would be pretty close. Looking at some resources of mine, I've gathered that the decals are a little too orange to be RLM 04, and the Hataka paint is probably not orange enough. So... nuts. The other major problem is I had to open a brand new can of testors dullcote about 75% of the way through dull coating the model and the new paint frosted up terribly (Picture below). Luckily I was able to remove the bad dullcote without damaging the decals using mineral spirits (the full saga is at: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235075369-has-testors-dullcote-changed/ ). Unfortunately, the only dull coat paint I had around was Testor's acryl dull coat. I've found Testor's acryl paint to be terrible, so I wasn't in a hurry to use the dull coat, but I figured since I wasn't going to be masking over it, it might be OK. A test shot on my paint mule showed that it looked OK, so I proceeded. Against the dark RLM 71 on the model, it didn't look so great. From a couple of feet away it is fine, but under a magnifying glass the finish is milky and kind of blurs the decals. I probably could've stripped it again and ordered something better, but from a couple feet away, it looks OK. The bottle of Acryl has since been thrown in the trash and some other dull coat on order. I used SBS resin wheels, which are top-notch, and I used Montex canopy masks, which were not very good. I read a review of montex masks that said they are made of thick vinyl and will not stick to curves. Since the E-3 has a curved canopy, I was aware that I might not be able to use all of the masks, but I was mainly concerned with the small windows around the windshield. The review was right: the masks would not stick to curves at all, so I had to cut some out of tamiya tape. These were the only E-3 canopy masks I could find, though. Paint: Mr. Surfacer 1500 black decanted into airbrush > Hataka RLM 02 (cockpit and landing gears) / Hataka RLM 71 (top) / Hataka RLM 65 (bottom) / Hataka RLM 04 (theater markings) > Testor's dullcote decanted into airbrush / Testor's Acryl flat top coat Decals: Kit decals for stencils, RS Production RBD72012 Romanian Markings Aftermarket: SBS wheels Good sidewall detail, unlike Hasegawa: And the dullcote disaster: Thanks for looking! Comments, questions and constructive criticism wecomed!
  10. Bf-109G-14 | 1/72 | Hasegawa Hptm. Erich Hartmann, Pilot | 4./ JG52, Csór, Hungary, October 1944 I finished this on 5/17/2020. It is one of a two-in-one Hasagawa "Finnish Aces" kit my wife gave me for Christmas. The two Finnish planes looked so much alike that I decided to make one Erich Hartmann's "White 1". I've wanted to do one of his black tulip aircraft for quite a while because my dad built Jo-Han's interpretation of Erich Hartmann's "Double Chevron" and it hung on my ceiling throughout my childhood. In fact, it was the only German fighter on my ceiling, so to me it was synonymous with "German fighter". I was able to find some after market decals, but my biggest hurdle was figuring out how to paint the mottling on the side because there are so many interpretations out there! In the end I found the instructions to Eduard's kit with "White 1" in it and followed those. From Eduard's instructions: "Erich Hartmann, the most successful fighter plane pilot of all time, first joined the 7. Staffel of JG 52 on October 10th, 1942. He remained with JG 52 until the end of World War Two; in fact he became the commander of its I. Gruppe. The total count of his shot down aircraft was 352. For his exceptional success he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. After WWII he was transferred to the POW camp in the Ural mountains of the Soviet Union and was not released until 1955. The following year he joined the ranks of the West German Luftwaffe. He became commander of JG 71, the first fighter plane Luftwaffe squadron equipped with jet-powered fighter aircraft. He retired in 1970 and died on Sept. 20th 1993. Standard camouflage of Hartmann's "white 1" Luftwaffe fighter plane was complemented by a black tulip with white outline situated at the nose of the aircraft; this was at the time of his command of 4. Staffel. On the left side, underneath the cockpit, there was a heart with Hartmann's wife's name written over it. The yellow bottom parts of the wing tip and the yellow stripe around the back part of the fuselage marked the aircraft serving on the Eastern Front. " The Kit was terrific! Very little seam work was needed, in fact the seam work was not because of Kit issues, but my own Ham-handedness gluing it together. The only issues with the kit were a sunken area on the bottom behind the wing piece that needed to be filled and the canopy, which didn't fit really well. There was no detail on the cockpit sidewalls, nor in the wheel wells. I added my own detail in the wheel wells, but it didn't turn out quite the way I wanted, so that was disappointing. Eduard showed the mottles to be randomly shaped, and I wanted to avoid the appearance of "dots" -- I tried, but didn't quite achieve it, so that was a little disappointing too (but I was able to do it on this model's sister build here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235075176-bf-109g-6-172-hasegawa-hemmo-leino/ ) This build is the first, and last time I've used Peddinghaus decals. They were absolutely terrible. The white was off register with the other colors, they were terribly thick and would not settle down with my strongest solvent and ultimately left terrible wrinkles just behind the propeller spinner that I had to cut out and paint black instead. They had a strange rubbery texture and were strangely pixelated like they were printed on a dot-matrix printer. Worst of all, the white was translucent so that the mottles under the white one were clearly visible. In the end I only used the Tulip and heart decals and had to raid my stash to find the right decals for the rest of the aircraft. I had to mask and paint the white "1" -- thank goodness it wasn't an "8" or something like that!! The spiral on the spinner was so terrible I had to paint it instead, which was extremely difficult. No WIP for this build. Finishing: Seam filling with Super Glue Paint; Mr. Surfacer Black 1500 primer > Mr. Color RLM 74/75/76 > Mr. Color RLM 70 (Propeller) > Hataka RLM 04 Decals: Peddinghaus Erich Hartmann I couldn't find good pictures of White 1, so I did minimum weathering. Masking for the white "1": A comparison of the terrible spiral decal and my hand-painted version: Thanks for looking! Comments, questions and constructive criticism welcomed!
  11. Bf-109G-6 | 1/72 | Hasegawa Ylikersantti (Staff Sgt.) Hemmo Leino | 1/HLeLv 34, Kymi, Finland, June 1944 Finished this one on 5/31/2020. It is one of a two-in-one Hasagawa "Finnish Aces" kit my wife gave me for Christmas. The G-14 in the kit became Erich Hartmann's "White 1" (https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235075175-bf-109g-14-172-hasegawa-erich-hartmann-white-1/) From the Eduard instructions: "Hemmo Kulervo Leino was born at Helsinki on April 4th, 1921. He received flying training in 1939-41 at was posted on September 16th, 1941 to LLv 10 and on November 1st, 1941 further to LLv 30 flying with Fokker D.XXI. Leino was promoted to kersantti on March 6th, 1942 and transferred on August 1st, 1942 to LeLv 14, equipped with French MS.406. He was posted on April 19th, 1943 to LeLv 34. After the war Leino served in LeR 3 resigning from duty on May 15th, 1945. His civil occupation was an airline captain. During the war he flew 251 missions and shot down 11 enemy aircraft. The Finnish Bf 109G-6 painted in standard camouflage schemes of German Luftwaffe, accompanied by yellow elements, mark the aircraft from the Eastern Front; these aircraft bore national insignia on the upper surfaces of the wings 100 cm in diameter. On all G-6s the circle under the Finnish swastika was painted in RLM 65. From June 1944, HLeLv 34 aircraft bore painting of an eagle fledgling on the rudder. The left side image of the units badge is unknown, so we offer both variants." The Kit was terrific! Very little seam work was needed, in fact the seam work was not because of Kit issues, but my own Ham-handedness gluing it together. The only issues with the kit were a sunken area on the bottom behind the wing piece that needed to be filled and the canopy, which didn't fit really well. I trimmed it so it fit better, but not perfect and really couldn't do much more without removing some framing along the bottom. There was no detail on the cockpit sidewalls, nor in the wheel wells. I added my own detail in the wheel wells, but it didn't turn out quite the way I wanted, so that was disappointing. I was unhappy that the mottling on my Erich Hartmann build was still a little too "dotty", so I experimented with my airbrush a bit. The mottle shown in the Eduard instructions has distinct shapes and doesn't have a lot of overspray. I took my Iwata HP CS airbrush and removed the front most nozzle, which appears to be more of a needle guard, so I could get the opening just a couple millimeters from the surface. I thinned my paint more than usual and turned the compressor down to around 5 - 7 psi. It took some practice, but I was able to achieve it. I used after market masks to get the sawtooth pattern on the wings. No RFI for this build. Finishing: Seam filling with Super Glue Paint; Mr. Surfacer Black 1500 primer > Mr. Color RLM 74/75/76 > Mr. Color RLM 70 (Propeller) > Hataka RLM 04 Decals: Kit decals There are a couple of pictures of Hemmo Leino's MT-423, but not high enough quality to see the wear an weathering. I added some dust to the tires because the pictures showed it parked in a grassy airfield, and added a little mud splatter too. I found after I put the decals on, that I messed up the paint scheme in two ways. The one I could fix was the color around the canopy, which took some luck and skill to fix without messing up decals and keeping the demarcation between the green and blue correct. The second one I couldn't fix and was caused by Hasagawa's instructions being a little misleading. I'm not entirely sure they were correct anyway, so it may be doubly screwed up! I'm not going to point out where it is though.... Also, I am almost always a stickler for matching my source photos exactly, but the source photo for this aircraft showed the entire side covered in soot from the exhaust so that even the roundel was difficult to make out. After my hard work on the mottling, I couldn't bring myself to cover it up. Thanks for looking! Questions, comments and constructive criticism welcomed!
  12. Hello! I'm working on Hemmo Leino's Bf-109G-6 from June 1944 (MT-423) from Hasegawa's Finnish Messerschmitt combo. The instructions are black and white, and I can't quite tell what paint pattern there is. Did Leino's 109 have a soft-edged splinter camouflage on the wings? Using a ruler on the instructions, the lines look straight, but looking at painting instructions for other a/c in his unit in summer of '44 show a combination of soft-edged splinter and soft-edged "free hand" camo. I downloaded Eduard's instruction sheet for their 109 kit with Leino's plane in it and it shows a super-intricate pattern on the wings that I haven't seen before on any German or Finnish plane. It was basically the same pattern as I see on the Hasegawa instructions, but instead of straight lines they show very tight wavy lines, almost like a digital camouflage. It makes me wonder if it was their way of trying to show it was supposed to be feathered or "soft edged"? I haven't found any decent pictures of the top of his plane either in real life or in model form, so no help there. I hope someone might know! Thanks!
  13. Dear fellow Britmodellers, another Bf-109 fresh off my workbench - the "Red Tulip" (aka "Green 4") of JG 52. This particular aircraft was allegedly piloted by famous ace Hermann Graf. Decals from Eagle Cals, painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. My attempt to paint the nose tulip using self-cut masks failed due to the curvatures of the front section - I struggled to get the masks lined up straight. Instead I used the decals provided by Eagle Cals. They worked well, although cuts had to be made around the air intakes to make them conform to the surface structure, as well as some touch-up with brush paint. The result is far from perfect, but the best I could achieve! Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. + Best greetings from Vienna, Roman
  14. Hello everybody, It's been nearly a year and a half since I posted a build, either in progress or finished. Well, several kits landed on the bench but none has reached completion. I had unsuccessful attempts at trying to do something more than just follow instructions, glue and paint. I tried using photoetch, these parts shouldn't be called PE but UFO's. Then back to a relaxing Tamiya but there was no fun there. I still needed something just a tiny little bit outside of my comfort zone. So what about an Airfix 1/48 Bf-109E-7 in a trop scheme. No decal for the control panel so some detail to paint, and a mottled camo (to me mottling and smoke rings sound a bit like : "Darth Vader: Luke, I want a mottled tie fighter ........Luke: Noooooooo......". Oh, and weathering and maybe pre-shading too. Aaah, it begins to sound pleasing. As usual, airbrushed with Harder and Steenbeck Evolution Silverline, Stynylrez primer, Gunze and Tamiya acrylics. I used Revell aqua "brass" for the tubing of the oxygen bottle (regulator?) and I think I'll get more of that, found it real easy to use to handbrush detail. Box opened 10 days ago and here we are: RLM 02 for the cockpit except for the control panel, rudder and frame supporting the seat which were painted RLM66. Hope you enjoy it. Now busy with the spinner, radiators and gear legs. Edit: it's globally a very good kit but be sure to dry fit each and every part. Stick, oxygen bottle, throttle and gunsight need to have their attachment points trimmed down to fit into place. Also the lower part of the wing needs a bit of sanding to sit flush with the wingtip (moulded as a part of the upper wings). What I didn't like: ill placed ejection pin marks (cockpit sides, wheel wells). But it pushed me to try Mr Surfacer 500 and I don't regret it! I've replaced the picture of the control panel with a slightly better one.
  15. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my first completed model in 2020, quite a common subject - Fine Molds' 1/72 Bf-109 G10. This build is part of my "stash reduction program", aimed at kits that exist in multiple numbers/boxings in my stash. I used Exito Decals "The Last In Line (ED72006)" to represent "Yellow 6" of II/JG52. II./JG52 operated from airfields in Austria (Seyring, Hörsching, Zeltweg) in April 1945. The model was painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics, weathering with Winsor & Newton artist oils. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. This very colorful marking option is a perfect example of a patched-up late war Bf-109. The Exito decal sheet comes in A4 size and contains high quality printed color profiles for three aircraft. The subjects seem to be very well researched, featuring views of both fuselage sides as well as original photographs for 2 of the 3 options. The decals are of best quality, thin but tough enough to withstand some handling, with good color density. This aircraft carries most of the RLM colors the Luftwaffe ever used! . I added a few photo etch bits from the spares box, such as the Morane mast and the armored headrest. The pitot tube is Albion Alloys 0.3mm steel wire, the IFF on the belly is Albion Alloys 0.1mm steel wire, and the DF loop is a piece of photoetch rolled over a cocktail stick. I made the brake lines from black stretched sprue. I find this material easier to fix compared to photo-etch which is also one-dimensional. The green patch on the nose is an overpainted badge of the previous owners (I./JG53). One third of the spinner baseplate is white. Guns are metal items from Master. I am still struggling with the painting of the leading edge wave lines, these are really hard to replicate in small scale! Note the asymmetrical positioning of the wing crosses. Thank you for your interest! Best greetings from Vienna Roman
  16. I grew up reading Tintin. I have been wanting to build this 109 for a long, long, time....The kit I will be using is an old Airfix Heller kit (I think) that I bought in a job-lot sale. All the parts are there except for the instruction sheet, so I'll be winging it! I will be using the Blue Rider decal sheet from the second series of publications. Remember, the first printing had Tintin flying a Heinkel with the old-style Bordurian 'hourglass' design. I will not be attempting a remodelling of the pilot to resemble our intrepid boy-reporter and faithful pooch. Fun, fun, fun...the illustrations are from Blue Rider and Herge... This superb profile is by Claes Sundin. His website is here... https://luftwaffeinprofile.se/Bf 109 Tintin.html --John
  17. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's another AZ Model Bf-109 (#17 in my collection) representing the aircraft of Lt. Wöffen of 6./JG 27 in March 1945 at Rheine-Hopsten airfield. The main differences of the Erla G-10s compared to those built at WNF or Regensburg plant consisted of a new engine cowling (“Type 110”), differently shaped gun throughs, a wider oil cooler, missing chin bulges and different rudder. AZ failed to replicate some of the small changes to this particular version, such as the position of filler caps, but only the 'experts' will detect them. More concerning is the shape of the front lower cowl, which seems not deep enough at the junction of the wing root and fuselage. The difference becomes evident when you compare the AZ Model Bf-109 to the Fine Molds offering. On the other hand the AZ kit is considerably cheaper than the FM kit, and readily available in many different versions - and it does look convincing enough to my eyes! The model was painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics, for weathering I used Winsor & Newton artist's oils. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. I have not seen a photograph of this aircraft, and AZ Model instructions are a bit sketchy. For painting, I referred to a color profile in "Bf 109 Late Versions", MMP Books, p.75. This aircraft seems to carry an overpainted fuselage number which I replicated with a paper template cut from Post-Its. The DF loop is a piece of scrap photo etch rolled around a cocktail stick. The pitot tube is Albion Alloys 0.3mm steel wire. The morane mast under the wings is from a Brengun photo etch set. The very fine IFF antenna under the belly is 0.1mm Albion Alloys steel wire. Thanks for your interest, best greetings from Vienna! Roman
  18. Bf-109G-6 | 1/72 | Airfix Fliegerkompanie 7 | Swiss Air Force | 1945 I finished this on July 29th, 2019. It is the much maligned Airfix kit. I had to wait for some enamel to cure on my Banshee and decided to give this one a try. I'd wanted to do a Swiss Bf-109 since seeing one as a computer desktop wallpaper, but heard bad things about this kit. After seeing @John D.C. Masters build of this kit and reading how much fun it was, I decided to give it a shot. It took me about 2 days as there wasn't a lot to it. It was ready to paint within 2 hours. Much of the criticism of this kit is deserved. Airfix did something unforgivable by merging the 2 blisters ahead of the cockpit into one, for reasons unknown: I can understand how this would be enough to put someone off of the kit (and even off of Airfix!), but I decided to fix it with an Xacto knife and some sandpaper prior to gluing the fuselage together and it looks good enough from a distance that I am satisfied. It's very hard to take a picture of, but here's the best I could do: Other criticisms have to do with accuracy, but most of which didn't concern me because I don't know as much about 109's as other planes. Others were unhappy with the lack of cockpit (just an inaccurate seat), but I found you can't really tell when looking through the tiny frames of the canopy, so I wasn't too concerned about that either. The good points of this kit are that it is well engineered, so I had little seam work before painting and the parts fit together beautifully. The wings were a bit of a challenge as the wing tops taper in such a way that you can't mate them to the fuselage if you follow the instructions. I had to kind of gently bend the wing assembly into an anhedral to fit the fuselage in the opening. My suggestion is to glue one wing-top on, glue to the fuselage, then glue the other wing top on. Another good point is the decals: with a strong enough solvent, they settle in nicely and have lots of tiny stencils that really add to the build. My only concern was that the red of the insignia was brighter than the Insignia red they have you paint on the fuselage and rudder. I don't know if that was the way they were in real life, but I suspect not. Painted the aircraft by black basing with Mr. Surfacer 1500 black, and used Mr. Color paints, except for the testors enamel insignia red. Thanks for looking! Comments, questions and constructive criticism always welcome!
  19. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my latest, another Erla Bf-109 G10 from AZ's new boxing. Photo etch from Brengun, pitot tube from Master, decals from Eagle Cals. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thanks for your interest. Best greetings from Vienna.
  20. Dear fellow Britmodellers, this is my latest Bf-109, the Erla production G10, released by AZ Models in spring this year. This version has never been available as an injection-molded kit in 72 scale before. The main characteristics of the Erla-production 109s (compared to those built at WNF or Regensburg plant) consist of differently shaped gun throughs, a wider oil cooler, missing chin bulges and different rudder. I diverted from AZ's paint instructions by using RLM81/82 instead of 83/75. The fuselage number is provided in Green, while in my opinion, it should be Blue instead. I cut a mask using the decal sheet as a template and sprayed the Blue "2". Details were enhanced using Brengun photo etch, Master pitot tube, and Rob Taurus vacu. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thanks for your interest, best greetings from Vienna!
  21. With the broadening of the criteria for eligible countries one of my favourites has now become possible to build and that is Yugoslavia. I have been interested in the Yugoslav Air Force for a while, not least because of it's very interesting mix of aircraft it has operated from a variety of different sources including Western countries such as the UK and USA and also the USSR, not to mention aircraft which were captured by partisans from the Germans and then used against them. Another source was aircraft given to them as a form of war reparations payment and the example I'm going to build falls into that category. The individual aircraft has had a very interesting life as werk number 610937 was originally built as a G-14 but was then re-built as a G-10 and was used by either the Luftwaffe or Hungarian Air Force from Austria at the end of the war where she was found abandoned at Zeltweg and was ferried to Bulgaria along with a lot of other 109's by Bulgarian Air Force pilots to be used by the Bulgarians to equip some of their squadrons. It did not remain in Bulgaria long as in 1947 she was sent to Yugoslavia along with quite a few others and became part of the Yugoslav Air Force where she was flown by either the 83rd or 172nd Fighter Wing based at Cerkje airfield and may well have taken part in defensive patrols during the dispute with Ital over Trieste. After 3 years service she was retired (with only 35 hours 15 mins on the clock) and sent to a technical school in Belgrade. She then went to Yugoslav Aviation Museum in 1978 but was then sold to Doug Arnold in the UK in 1984 and then sold again to Evergreen ventures in Florida where her old skin was removed and scrapped (!!!!!!) and re-skinned and re=painted as an aircraft flown by Eric Hartman and she is on display in the USA, whew, what a journey! I will be using Revell's old (but still good) 1/48 Bf-109 G-10 which has come in various boxes over the years including being boxed as a K-4 which is the boxing I will be using; I bought this kit second hand a few years ago and a lot of the parts are off the sprues and some painting has been done to the cockpit area but nothing has been glued together, yet! Here are a couple of pics of all the bits as they stand at the minute; And the all important decal sheet from Lift Here of Serbia; And the options that can be built from the sheet; If you couldn't tell, as all the other options on the sheet are not G-10's, I will be building the 3rd option down which happens to sport a very nice and unusual colour scheme which is correct as I have seen pictures of the aircraft before it was butchered in America. I'm really looking forward to this build and this GB . Thanks for looking in. Craig.
  22. Dear fellow Britmodellers, may I present my latest work, AZ Model's Bf-109 K4, built with addition of Brengun photo etch and Master Model pitot tube. Decals from the box, representing an aircraft of 9./JG53, based in Reichenbach/Saxony, in May 1945. I painted according to kit instructions, using Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel (of IGM Cars & Bikes). The AZ Model Bf-109s have received some criticism regarding the shape of the nose. In case you are interested, please have a look here: I built without modifications, and in my humble opinion, the kit does look like a Bf-109. Here's the only orginal photograph of "White 16" that I found: Wing colors are speculative as they are missing on the original picture. I followed AZ Model's instructions and painted the upper sides RLM 75/83 and the lower sides natural metal. This is a scheme common to JG53 aircraft of that period. The cockpit section was painted RLM66. Fuel lines from stretched sprue added to the starboard console. All photo-etch pieces from brengun. The spinner spiral is not included on the kit's decal sheet. I bough an aftermarket add-on from AZ Model, containing various styles of spirals. It's a challenge to get them to conform to the curvature of the spinner. Brengun photo-etch flaps add a little realism to small scale, as does the photo-etch DF loop and morane mast. For weathering, I used Winsor & Newton artist oils. Thanks for your interest, best greetings from Vienna!
  23. Dear fellow Britmodellers, this is AZ Model's Messerschmitt Bf-109 G6, built from the 'Joy Pack' boxing, with Brengun photo etch and pitot from Master Model added. Decals are a mix of USK (wing markings), Hasegawa (fuselage code number), AZ Model (Italian flags) and Sky Models (small '8'). The aircraft represented served with 3. Squadrilla, 2. Gruppo Caccia, based at Villafranca airfield in late 1944. This build would have not been possible without the valuable help of fellow Britmodeller Luis Alfonso, who not only tracked down the USK decal sheet, but also a vital reference ("Italian Air Forces 1943-1945" by R.Caruana). Thank you Luis... The model was painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics, weathering with artists oils. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. I realized too late that USK got the upper wing markings wrong:. the outer arm of the fasces on the starboard side should face forward. Thanks for your interest, greetings from Vienna!
  24. Bf.109G-2 Weekend Edition (84148) 1:48 Eduard The G variant of the 109, colloquially known as the Gustav was one of the primary fighters available to the Luftwaffe during the closing years of WWII, and saw extensive active service, all the while being upgraded to combat the increasing Allied superiority in the air. Happily for the Allies, the supply of experienced pilots was fast running out, so as good as the upgrades were, they couldn't make an appreciable difference to the outcome. The G-2 differed from the initial G-1 insofar as it eschewed the pressurised cockpit, and it was sometimes fitted with different head armour for the pilot. The Kit The G-2 is the latest of Eduard's series of Gustavs, which seems to be expanding nicely. Given the aforementioned differences between the sub-variants, there's not a huge amount of differences between the airframes The flying surfaces are all mobilised and capable of being depicted deflected one way or t'other, and Eduard have now released a set of hyper-detailed flying surfaces (648310) for the G series. There is a choice of tyres for your decal options. Another choice is offered for the clear windscreen part, with a common square profile canopy and fixed rear portion with the earlier larger aerial mast, which has the usual post for your choice of rigging material at the tail-end. With the prop added, it's just a case of choosing whether or not to add the additional armament in the shape of underslung cannons in gondola cowlings outboard of the landing gear bays. Markings As seems to be the case with weekend boxings, there are two decal options included on the larger decal sheet, and a set of stencils on the other sheet, which will allow you to build one of the following: Bf 109G-2/R6, flown by Hptm. Horst Carganico, CO of II./JG 5, Salmijärvi, Finland, May 1943 Bf 109G-2, flown by Maj. Hannes Trautloft, CO of JG 54, Eastern Front, summer 1942 The stencils are shown on a separate placement guide on the back page of the booklet, and both sheets are printed in-house on their by-now familiar vibrant blue paper, with good colour density, register and sharpness. In use these decals settle down well with a little solution, and the carrier film is closely cropped and slightly glossy. As always, there are some removable Swastikas at the corner of the main sheet, and some two-part decals that can be made into a Swastika by the modeller in territories where that's a difficult subject. Conclusion A very nice rendition of the G-2,with suitably disparate schemes that should appeal to many out of the box. The surface detail on these kits is by now legendary. The availability of the Weekend box makes for an affordable kit. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  25. Nice new tool Airfix kit. Built out of the box, nice and easy fit of parts, slightly tight so a bit of sanding on contact points eases building process. Gunze colours and Tamiya varnishes.
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