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  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. Dear fellow Britmodellers, this is AZ Model's "Limited Edition" boxing (AZ7488) in "Romanian Air Force" markings. I added Brengun photo etch, Master pitot tube and resin wheels from AML. Painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Greetings from Vienna.
  11. Dear fellow Britmodellers, following the Photobucket disaster that made all my images posted to Britmodeller disappear, I've changed to a new hosting site named "Village Photos". The model I'm showing you today is AZ Models' Bf-109 G14-AS in markings of Italian ANR, Milan/Malpensa airfield, 1945. Original photo here: It was built with the addition of Master metal gun barrels and Brengun photo etch, decals from the box. I was a bit unhappy with AZ Model's decal for the "Blue 1" - it does have an off-center white shadow (only visible when you've slid the decal off the backing paper....). The original photograph doesn't confirm this. Painted with Gunze/Sangyo acrylics. Photographs by Mr. Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes, thank you very much. Thanks fpr your interest, with best wishes from Vienna. Roman Schilhart
  12. 1/48 scale,Built from Hobbyboss Bf-109 F-4 kit,model marker decals Royal Air Force 1426 flight,1943
  13. I think this one is done, Its Eduard's 1/48 BF-109E-4 with a mix of kit, Aeromaster and Techmod decals. Painted with Tamiya acrylics and weathered with pastels and oils. Hope you like, Colin Thanks for looking, Colin
  14. Here comes another 1/72 AZ Model Bf-109. This is the G-14AS version, built with Brengun photo etch and Rob Taurus vacu. Pitot tube from Master Model. Decals from Model Alliance "Defending The Reich's Skies Pt.2", representing a machine of JG77, early 1945. On that sheet, the code number "1" is represented in Green; a colour profile in MMP "Bf-109 Late Versions" shows the number in Red. I followed this colour profile, painting the "1" in Red using paper mask. Of note is the patchy appearance: Front cowling is RLM76, fuselage is RLM84, rudder is RLM81/83. Undersides in natural metal. Painted with acrylics from the Gunze range. Photographs: Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes. Cheers from Vienna!
  15. Another Bf-109 finished - this is the Finemolds K4 boxing "Hartmann's Last Combat". Rob Taurus vacu canopy and Eduard photo etch added. Pitot tube from Master Models. The model was painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. Being over-ambitious, I pretended I could mask and spray the 'Black Tulip'. I soon realized that I could not achieve any straight lines with Tamiya tape due to all those bumps and warts on the 109's nose. In the end I settled for the kit's decals. They were rather thick and didn't confirm to the contures well. I had to use generous amounts of setting solution, which in return caused the decals to 'melt' and I was facing the same problem of shaky lines again. Touch-ups were done freehand, using Vallejo paints. Thanks for lookin'! Have a good day! Roman
  16. Hello, and thanks for your interest in this topic. Here's my rendition of AZ Model's latest release of the 109 Series - this is the G-14AS. As far as I am aware this type has never been available as an injection molded kit before. I added Brengun phot-etch for various details, such as antennas, flaps and interior pieces. The pitot tube is from Master Models. The model was painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. This patricular aircraft is well documented. There are a number of period photographs. Some of the technical details visible are: - missing cover of the tail wheel well - T3 rudder without trim tabs (these were removed from the plastic) The aircraft patricipated in "Operation Bodenplatte" in January 1945. Piloted by Uffz. Herbert Maxis, White 13 was shot down by an American AA battery. Herbert Maxis' tragic faith is documented here: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=97812831 "White 13" was buried in a trench and re-discovered in 1987. The remaining parts of the airframe were restored with parts from other German aircraft and is currently on display in the AVIATICUM Museum in Wiener Neustadt, Lower Austria. Creating the characteristic "sawtooth pattern" on the leading edges of the wings is quite a challenge, in this scale. The rudder has some light colored blotches over the RLM75/83 camoflage. To replicate this, I painted the entire rudder RLM76 (Light Blue) first. Then, small pieces of Blu Tac were applied to cover those places to remain in light color. Then, the other colors were sprayed over. The fuselage has a different tone of RLM76. This seems to be the greenish variant, sometimes referred to as "RLM84". This color was mixed using RLM02 (Grey/Green) and pure White. The undersides are natural metal, I used Alclad paints here. Note the black Balkenkreuze without outlines. All photographs: Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes Vienna. Thanks for lookin'! Have a good day! Roman
  17. Hello, yet another Bf-109 fresh off my workbench; this time, a G-14 dressed as 'Blue 4' of JG 53 with decals from DZ Casper. The model was enhanced using Brengun photo etch set and Rob Taurus vacu canopy. Painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. There's two period photographs coming up when you google 'Blue 4, JG 53'. I tried to capture the following details: - wavy demarcation line on front of wings - missing landing gear covers - hollow black cross on undersides - relatively dark, small patches of dark color on the front So here she is. All photographs by Mr. Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. Thanks for your interest in this topic. Have a good day! With best wishes from Vienna, Austria Roman
  18. Hello, here's another 1/72 AZ Model Bf-109 from my workbench, finished in late April. I used Brengun photo etch for various details and Master Model gun barrels and pitot tube. Decals are from AZ's boxing, the model was painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. Weathering with artists' oils. Photographs by Mr. Wofgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes, thank you! The fuselage crosses, as supplied by AZ Model, already have colored insides; these colors never match with my paints. Therefore, I spray my own color and use hollow white crosses as replacement: Thanks for lookin'. Have a good day!
  19. Hello, and thanks for your interest in this topic. This is the third Bf-109 I've built in a row, this time it's AZ Model's new Bf-109 G-14. In my opinion, this kit is on par with the Fine Molds kit in terms of accuracy and detailling, but sells for less than half the price. Assembly is easy, with good engineering and flawless surfaces. Only a little filler was used for the wing/fuselage joint and on the fuslage halves. I added Brengun photo-etch set, Rob Taurus vacu canopy (designed for Revell's Bf-109 G-10, but suitable for this model as well) and Eagle Cals decals from "Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-14s (EC72-43)". The model was painted RLM74/RLM75/RLM76 with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics, sealed with Alclad matt varnish, and weathered with artist's oils. The markings represent "Yellow 10" from 3./JG77, Euskirchen (North Rhine-Westphalia), Germany, 1945. I have not found any photographic reference for this machine, relying on the decal sheet instructions only. The spinner spiral comes from that decal sheet, too. The pitot tube is a metal item from Fine Molds accessories, and seems to be a little bit too long! All rudders have been re-positioned to add interest. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. Hope you like it! With kind regards from Vienna, Austria Roman Schilhart
  20. So.. just finished Polikarpov I-152 (I-15bis) http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234992236-polikarpov-i-152-148-special-hobby/ And I decided to start a new project. At this time in the contest "Out of the box" on the site http://scalemodels.ru/modules/forum/viewforum_f_191.html Messerschmitt Bf-109E Airfix on a scale of 1/48. It will be modification Bf- 109E1 of the Legion "Condor" during the Spanish company.
  21. Hello everybody, just another question that came across my mind recently: what are the reasons behind the different developments of propellers on German and British fighters in WWII? Both the Spitfire and the Bf-109 started their career with a two-bladed fixed-pitch wooden airscrew. On both aircraft, these were quickly replaced by two-bladed, then three-bladed variable-pitch propellers. With ever increasing engine power the Spitfire soon used four propeller blades (Mk. IX onwards), five blades (Mk. XIV) and eventually even a contra-rotating prop with 2x3 blades (some Mk. 21 and the last Seafires). By contrast, even the last Bf-109 K in 1945 used only three blades. The German airscrews changed in terms of increased chord and area but always remained three-bladed. This is even true for later and larger fighters, the Fw-190, Ta-152 and Do-335. I suppose that three-blade airscrews are less labor-intense and cheaper to produce than those with four or five (let alone contra-rotating designs), but somehow the propeller has to match the increasing engine output. With the rpm limited (the propeller tips shouldn’t get supersonic) and the diameter limited (problem of striking the ground), the chord/area and the number of blades seem to be only adjustable parameters. Therefore, it’s funny that the two countries followed different paths. Any ideas?
  22. Messerschmitt Bf-109G-10. My second interpretation of famous "White 11 - Rosemarie", this time in 1/72. This time I`ve changed some colors on fuselage and added ETC-50/VIIId bomb rack underside (it is believed that "Rosemarie" carried one in May 1945). Revell kit + some Eduard`s PE parts + resin propeller, spinner and exhausts from Quickboost + vacu canopy from Rob Taurus + ETC-50/VIIId from ICM Bf-109E-7 kit + some scratch build. Decals mixed from DP Casper, Kagero and Revell. Thanks for watching!
  23. Hello and thanks for your interest, this is another marking option from AZ Model's latest G-10 "Diana" kit. It represents 'Gigi', a machine of II/JG 52, in the closing weeks of the war. I could not find a historic photograph of this machine, so I had to relate to AZ Model's paint instructions and a color profile in a Kagero book (JG 52) respectively. Photo etch parts from Brengun, vacu canopy from Rob Taurus. Painted with Gunze acrylics. Weathering with pastel chaks and artist's oils. Greetings from Vienna! Roman Photographs: Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes
  24. Hello, may I show you the new AZ Model Bf-109 G10 kit. I first saw it at Modelbrno back in June, where I bought three boxings. All of them are labeled as "WNF/Diana", indicating the factory who built them (Wiener Neustädter Flugzeugwerke in Austria and Diana in Czechia). These models are a little different to those assembled at Erla or Regensburg plants. I was lulled into (false) safety by having built a number of AZ's G-6 kits, which were easy to build. That's not the case with the G-10 as I learned the hard way (my first attempt went into the bin). The reason is the oversized cockpit floor that needs to be reduced in width considerably. Once you've figured out the issue, work commences as usual. The model represents "Rosemarie", a machine of II/JG52 that operated from Czech airfields at the end of the war. I found one photograph of the original: The model was painted with acrylics from the Gunze/Mr.Hobby range. Photographs: Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes Here's the cockpit office, refined with etch from Brengun: And on to the model ... Photo-etch antennas, seatbelts, scissor links and flaps from Brengun. Pitot tube by Master Model. Decals from the box. With kind regards from Vienna, Roman
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