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Academy 1 48 Messerschmitt Bf109 G6 - Completed!


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Hi Giemme. I totally know what you mean about a couple of hours work appearing not to look like much but what you have done looks great. The cockpit detailing looks spot on - very well done. And that radiator you've made looks far superior than the kit version.

Well done on getting the fuselage sealed. Looking forward to the next update.

Have a great Sunday.

Kind regards,

Stix

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Hi everybody, here's my WE progress report; didn't have much time for modelling, most of which went into sorting the windshield.

The kit piece is too narrow (and rather poor), so Friday night I quickly put together a vacforming machine; it'a very provisional one, the idea was also to test if using an actual vacuum pump would be too much.

Here's the set up: I stuffed the original kit part with blue tack, to provide for some support and prevent crashing

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Put in place, on top of the vacuum box (I think it's easy to spot what that is)

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Here's the "machine":

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cardboard frame with some clear plastic coming from a scrap piece of packaging

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Working... :pilot:

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It took me a few attempts to determine what kind of plastic was more suitable for the job, and a few more to get the right shape. My best option is the one you see in place on the fuselage:

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Much better in terms of fit; on the kit piece, the framing is barely visible, even more so on the vacform copy. I decided to mask it and go on with some thicker layer of paint, to give a bit of 3D look. Here's the masking:

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The vacuum pump test was successful, so I'll be assembling a proper version of this machine soon (-ish)

In the middle of all of this, I also did some tidying up of the fuselage halves join, adding some PPP to fill in the seams and brushing on some Vallejo Grey Primer along them to quickly check if they're OK:

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And I also started scratch building the shoulder belts, again using lead foil and copper wires:

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Last pic shows the back side. Buckles need some tidying up, and I have to add two more in the middle of the belt.

Comments and suggestions welcome

Ciao

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I Giemme. That does look like a far better windscreen and, as you've said; the framing should look fine as several layers of paint. Good to see the fuselage being cleaned up and the seat belts, especially in 1/4,8 are fantastic! You are producing a very finely detailed project :worthy::worthy: .

Kind regards,

Stix

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I Giemme. That does look like a far better windscreen and, as you've said; the framing should look fine as several layers of paint. Good to see the fuselage being cleaned up and the seat belts, especially in 1/4,8 are fantastic! You are producing a very finely detailed project :worthy::worthy: .

Kind regards,

Stix

Thanks Stix! Probably too much finely detailed, given my initial goal for this build, but I'm helpless... :banghead:

Today's update: not much, but again very time consuming. Belts:

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Buckles have been touched up, plus I added two more per belt, one of which was hammered before installing it

Here they are, primed (as usual, Vallejo Grey Primer, brushed on)

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I also did some more join filling, sanding and cleaning, but that is far from being completed. One other thing I did is this: on top of the IP, looking at various pics of the real thing, there should be a sort of lip, which is totally missing in the kit. So I scraped away some plastic from the IP top and scratch built the lip with a very thin piece of styrene (coming from a yogurt cup):

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After some sanding and scraping, I test fitted the windscreen to see how it looked like:

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More sanding (and some filling) to do, but it looks OK to me.

That's it for now

Ciao

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More nice work Giemme. I have to say i'm not familiar with the cockpit lip. Where will the gun sight go with this in place? On the "E" models it sits on top of the IP not so sure with the G model.

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Hi Greg, here's a link to a G2 cockpit:

http://www.jagdgeschwader4.de/index.php/flugwerft-hauptraum/jaeger/messerschmitt-bf-109/g-2-14753

the gun sight is sort of protruding from the IP towards the pilot, and the lip is quite noticeable. Academy's representation of this area is way oversimplified, but as I said earlier in the build, not a big issue. :winkgrin:

Ciao

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Hi giemme. Lovely progress with the belts - your attention to detail still amazes me! The cockpit and windscreen are looking good. It's all coming together nicely now. :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

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Hi Stix, thanks! :thumbsup:

I did some more detail work last night and I'm almost ready to paint the cockpit surroundings and put the belts in position - will upload pics tomorrow. After that I can start tackling the wings; hopefully painting stage is not too far, now.

Ciao

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Hey G!

The 109 looks great!

The upscale (well from my usual 1/72!) is giving your skills awesome scope.

It's been ages since I've been on here but it was nice to see your work as soon as I did.

I might post some RFI hopefully soon.......just to get back in the game!

I'm looking forward to the progress on the 109 as I reckon Academy kits offer good value and I can't wait to see the camo practice!

In bocca al lupo my friend.

Cheers

Bruce

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Hi Bruce!!! I'm so glad you're back! :thumbsup:

The 109 looks great!

The upscale (well from my usual 1/72!) is giving your skills awesome scope.

Thanks mate! For propellers, I'm sticking with 1/48, while for jets 1/72 it's OK. My next project would be a 1/72 jet, so watch out ... :ninja:

It's been ages since I've been on here but it was nice to see your work as soon as I did.

I might post some RFI hopefully soon.......just to get back in the game!

Looking forward to that! :popcorn::popcorn: Have you seen my Spitfire RFI? I'd like to know what you think about that (I've also been busy with some figure painting while you were away, just to pass the wait :winkgrin: )

I'm looking forward to the progress on the 109 as I reckon Academy kits offer good value and I can't wait to see the camo practice!

In bocca al lupo my friend.

Crepi il lupo! :lol::D

Ciao

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Hi Greg, here's a link to a G2 cockpit:

http://www.jagdgeschwader4.de/index.php/flugwerft-hauptraum/jaeger/messerschmitt-bf-109/g-2-14753

the gun sight is sort of protruding from the IP towards the pilot, and the lip is quite noticeable. Academy's representation of this area is way oversimplified, but as I said earlier in the build, not a big issue. :winkgrin:

Ciao

Hi Geimme, another small detail i would have missed. Thanks for the link to the great reference pictures. Cheers Greg

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The Spit is awesome!!!

I'm unusually doing some jets which I will post at some stage once I sort out some suitable thing for the images :coolio:

In the meantime I'll just sit back and enjoy the progress on your 109!

Cheers

Bruce

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Hi everybody; as anticipated, some more detail work in the cockpit area.First off: there should be a hatch in the rear bulkhead, which is obviously missing in the kit. So I used some Tamiya tape to make a template of the bulkhead:

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Then I stuck it to a piece of alu foil (coming from a beer can), draw the hatch (ruler and a pencil, nothing fancy), cut that out:

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Added some alu adhesive tape and a bit of plastic:

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and glued in place using CA

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The anchoring points for the shoulder belts are missing too; what I did here is to trap a salt grain into the alu tape, cut around with an Exacto knife and stick in place, securing them with Tamiya Green Cap

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A bit oversized and slightly off center, actually, but without the macro effect they look OK.

I also pierced a couple of holes in each anchoring point, using a fine needle; those are for mounting the holding ring where the belts are hooked to. Then it was time for masking:

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I airbrushed a thin coat of Vallejo Grey Primer mixed with Future, then sprayed Tamiya German Grey

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After unmasking:

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A few touch ups with Tamiya German Grey by brush, then a drybrush with Lifecolor Light Gull Grey, A Future coat and a black oil wash:

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Letting this cure overnight, next will be the final transparent flat coat.

Anchoring points were painted using Italeri Gloss Brass, by brush; the hatch lock with Italeri Flat Steel. I'm pretty happy with these Italeri Metallic colors, and looking forward to testing them on larger surfaces (with a brush)

A couple more things: belts were painted with Tamiya Deck Tan, buckles again with Italeri Flat Steel:

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They've also received a Future coat and a dark brown oil wash, but I forgot to take pics .... :banghead:

I've also started working on the gunsight: removed the "glass plate" and put some alu tape on the fornt part, to emulate the protective cushion

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That's it for the day; thanks for watching and have a great WE! - Comments welcome, as usual -

Ciao

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Hi everybody;



It looks like things are progressing nicely. Thanks for the update.

Cheers Bob, thanks.

Here's WE progress report. Once more, not much time to work on this, plus all I did was very time consuming, so not many pics to show.

First off, belts are eventually in place:

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Then I worked a bit on the gun cowl; I've glued some layers of alu foil on the bottom (using CA) ...

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... because I wanted to scrape away some plastic and make the barrel seams a bit deeper.

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It shows through, as you can see.

Opening half holes in the fuselage as well:

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And dry fitting the cowl in place; port side isn't very good:

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Starboard side is a bit better:

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I've yet to determine if there actually is a panel line there, because in some picture you see it - not like if you can open the cowl right there, because it actually extends down to the exhausts; rather like the whole cowl is made up of more pieces. Anyone has got any clue here? :shrug:

So I put a small strip of plastic underneath the cowl port side, and did some refining:

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As I said, the gun cowl extends down to the exhausts, but also back to the middle line of the gun bulges, and so does the top hinge. This hinge is (obviously) missing in the kit, so I glued a small strip of plastic on it and cut across with an Exacto knife to reproduce the hinge mechanism. Not quite visible here, I'll have to brush on a dark wash to see if this can do:

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Radiator: I've added the reinforcing bracket, drilling a hole in the intake and pushing a steel rood through; the radiator is held in place with some blue tack, just to determine the correct length for the bracket.

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Secured with some CA and cut to size:

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That's it for this WE report. Comments and suggestions welcome.

Ciao

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Hi Giemme. Well for not having much time to work on this project it looks to me like you got some good stuff done. The cockpit with the seat belts in place look fantastic. The work on the gun cowling should really make it look far better - but I'm afraid I cannot help with your question. Nice job on the bracket too! :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

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