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Academy 1 48 Messerschmitt Bf109 G6 - Completed!


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Excellent work Giemme. That all looks really nice. Well done. I have references at home for the late model 109's i'll see if theres anything in them that refers to the gun cover sections and let you know. Cheers Greg.

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Hi Giemme. I had a look at my books on the 109 yesterday, and from looking at line technical drawings of the G-6 can say that there is a panel line that matches the part for the gun troughs. This appears to have been particular to the G-6 model as it does not appear on the earlier G models or the F. There is a decent picture i found of a G-6 which will show (hopefully) what i mean here: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ee/Bundesarchiv_Bild_101I-487-3066-04,_Flugzeug_Messerschmitt_Me_109.jpg . Hope this helps. Gregor :bye:

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Thanks Greg! :thumbsup2:

I already have that picture, and it's one leading me to say that there actually is a panel line. But if you look at this one: http://109lair.hobbyvista.com/index1024.htm the panel line is barely visible, as if, as I mentioned earlier, that wasn't exactly a seam, rather a "permanent join" between two pieces, forming a whole (I hope this makes sense, my English is failing me here :banghead: )

Another issue that your pic raises is that the kit engineering of this area doesn't match the real "panel", where the pass-through holes for the gun barrels are; the kit one ends right there, while from the pic, the panel should extend a little bit backwards (see the red circle in next pic)

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Looking at the relative position of the air filter intake and comparing with your pic, I think I'll have to add an "extension" to the kit top panel, partially covering the gun barrel, and make those seams around the top part of the gun cowl less visible (next pic, red line), as opposed to the actual removable cowl itself (green line).

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Again, I hope all of this makes sense

Ciao

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Thanks Greg! :thumbsup2:

I already have that picture, and it's one leading me to say that there actually is a panel line. But if you look at this one: http://109lair.hobbyvista.com/index1024.htm the panel line is barely visible, as if, as I mentioned earlier, that wasn't exactly a seam, rather a "permanent join" between two pieces, forming a whole (I hope this makes sense, my English is failing me here :banghead: )

Another issue that your pic raises is that the kit engineering of this area doesn't match the real "panel", where the pass-through holes for the gun barrels are; the kit one ends right there, while from the pic, the panel should extend a little bit backwards (see the red circle in next pic)

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Looking at the relative position of the air filter intake and comparing with your pic, I think I'll have to add an "extension" to the kit top panel, partially covering the gun barrel, and make those seams around the top part of the gun cowl less visible (next pic, red line), as opposed to the actual removable cowl itself (green line).

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Again, I hope all of this makes sense

Ciao

I see what you mean Giemme. The technical drawings make these lines clearer, and i agree that the seam in question relates more to a join between the gun trough, and the removable engine cover, which produces the visible line you can see in the photos. The kit part is incorrect in this as you have demonstrated. Are you going to scribe the line past the gun apature? Cheers Greg

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WOW - outstanding detail. :yikes: ...

... especially for a "quick and simple build"!

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234987854-academy-1-48-messerschmitt-bf109-g6/?p=2088924

I KNEW you couldn't do it :coolio:

Gene K

:D:D:D

Are you going to scribe the line past the gun apature? Cheers Greg

I'm not sure yet; probably so, but I'm going to check again with some pics and drawings of the real thing.

Thanks

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The main goal of this build is practicing for German Mottle camo painting - first time for me - as I Have a Eduard FW190 in my stash but don't want to risk a messy painting on that, rather do it on this cheap kit.

For this reason, I'll try to make a quick and simple build ... (I'll try, I promise ... :whistle:)

Lovely work as always G.

So are you now going to do a quick and simple build in order to practice German Mottle camo painting before risking messy painting on the Bf109G6?

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Hi Giemme. That looks like an 'interesting' problem. I've had similar issues with photos/diagrams in the past. One will show something really clearly and the next shows the same thing differently!! :banghead: I will be interested to see what you decide and do.

Kind regards,

Stix

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Great work Giemme, I'm filing all this away for when I get round to building mine.

Keep up the great work.

Al

Thanks Al! :thumbsup: Looking forward to your Bf109 build :popcorn:

Hi Giemme. That looks like an 'interesting' problem. I've had similar issues with photos/diagrams in the past. One will show something really clearly and the next shows the same thing differently!! :banghead: I will be interested to see what you decide and do.

I've had a better look at the whole thing last night, and I suspect there are some inaccuracies as concerns to the air filter intake (shape and position) and maybe the overall size of this AC, but since this was supposed to be a quick build (Steve, I'm getting back to you in a minute :fight::hobbyhorse::D ), I didn't check for them before assembling. I think I'll end up rescribing a panel line across the top part of the fuselage, a little backwards compared to the current position - just like Greg said. Will see.

Lovely work as always G.

Thanks, I really appreciate that! :thumbsup:

So are you now going to do a quick and simple build in order to practice German Mottle camo painting before risking messy painting on the Bf109G6?

A spiral of nested builds ... AARGH!

You (and Gene) are having fun making a fool out of me, aren't you? :fight: .... or is it me making a fool out of myself? :shrug::D

Anyway, Your Honor, it should be noted that I made that statement on 1st September, so it still is a quick build! (for my standards) :coolio: OK; it's not simple anymore, I'll give you that, but 50% of the original goal should be acceptable, shouldn't it?? :rofl:

Stay tuned, another progress report is coming on in a few minutes.

Ciao

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Here's the progress report. The back part of the canopy is lacking almost any kind of framing or detail, so I thought I'd add some. I first "copied" the canopy profile on Tamiya tape:

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and taped that to a piece of alu foil (usual bit if beer can), as a template for cutting:

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Then I glued it to the transparent part; I tried with PVA, Future, Tamiya Gloss Clear, but it would keep coming off; I resorted to using very small drops of CA gel (no fogging, luckily), and sealed the join with some Future.

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I've also added the reinforcing bar that goes back to the rear bulkhead; this was made from a brass rod, filed down to a rectangular shaped section and cut with my Dremel. Again, small drops of CA gel were used to secure it in place, plus some Future to seal it.

I've probably mentioned before that I didn't like the kit rendition of the small air vents placed on both sides of the fuselage; I used lead foil (from a wine cap), pressed very hard against the kit parts and burnished down with a toothpick, to copy the vent shape:

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then I laid some CA glue on the inside, and let dry. This has become rigid enough to be handled

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I've then removed the plastic vent, cut out and glued the lead one on:

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It needs some refining, but I like this better than the kit original.

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Same goes for the other three:

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Another very poorly detailed part of the kit is the wheel wells. I copied their shape onto a very thin plastic foil:

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and added some details, using a steel rigid wire and some Tamiya tape

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There has been some touch ups, but I forgot to take pics :banghead:

Next would be completing the framing on the back part of the canopy, masking and gluing it to the fuselage, and adding some framing to the windscreen too.

Then wings assembly, wings to fuselage, filling/sanding/rescribing/sanding, then I'm ready to start painting. I told you it was going to be quick! :coolio:

I'm lying: I also have to add a few more details into the wheel wells ...

Ciao

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Very impressive/inventive work with the vents and canopy framing! They do look so much better!

...........and please note I didn't say anything about this project supposedly being a quick build!.................oh...........oh well....... ;-)

Kind regards,

Stix

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...........and please note I didn't say anything about this project supposedly being a quick build!.................oh...........oh well....... ;-)

Stix

:D :D

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So where do you get all that beer can and wine bottle material???

As others have said, your threads are keepers for future reference.

Gene K

By the way, your flawless English is impressively impeccable. (that's redundant) :thumbsup: !

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So where do you get all that beer can and wine bottle material???

It is all absolutely and undeniably coming from ... what I actually drink!! (although I prefer to have beer out of glass bottles, but the can is the only way to get an half-decent Guinness in Italy ...). Tomorrow, by the way, I'm going to cook a very nice veal roast, which is going to be served with a fine Italian red wine, so more lead foil joining my stock ... :whistle::Tasty:

As others have said, your threads are keepers for future reference.

Gene K

By the way, your flawless English is impressively impeccable. (that's redundant) :thumbsup: !

Thanks, you're flattering me now. And my English gets better also thanks to you (and others) dropping in some expressions for me to look up. :thumbsup:

Ciao

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Hi everybody; WE massive update (well, sort of).

Reinforcing brackets added to the wing radiator intakes

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Wheel wells: I've drilled out some holes

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and added some cabling/piping that can actually be seen through

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Here's the complete top of the wheel wells:

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glued in place (CA, followed by Tamiya Green cap along the borders, but from inside the wells)

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To have the top part of the wing fitting properly, I had to trim them out and also sand them (as well as the internal part of the top wing)

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While I was at it, I test fitted the main wheel legs:

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Wheel legs glued to their covers, and brake pipes added:

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I then glued the top wings to the bottom one:

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Some trimming needed, especially on port side wing:

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Drop tank: not the best fit ever

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The anchoring points, by the way, don't match with the ones on the fuselage support; so I drilled them out (on both) and added some copper wires on the support. These are hopefully going to help correctly positioning the whole thing

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Back canopy: some of the framing detail is totally missing on the kit part, so I masked accordingly, trying to recreate it

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I then brushed on some Vallejo Primer on the metal parts, followed by Tamiya German Grey, again by brush. Here you see it glued in place - I used PVA and a few drops of CA gel to secure it

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I then went along the borders with PPP, smoothing it out with a moist cotton bud

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Last thing for the day: I've added a new reflector screen to the gunsight - and that took a good part of last night modelling session :badmood: ; suffice to say that the first reflector ended up jumping out of my tweezers and vanishing in the air, and that was after the third attempt at gluing it in position .... :banghead:

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Comments welcome.

Ciao

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Well you certainly have been busy again Giemme. I'm very impressed, as I usually am, with your attention to detail. Your work, for example, in the wheel well areas is exemplary! They looks so much better. Top notch modelling all round. :thumbsup::thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

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Excellent progress Giemme! I love all that extra work/detail you have added - inspiring stuff. However, i cannot for the life of me imagine you "slapping" paint on! Thats whay we mere mortals do lol! I look forward to the next update. :thumbsup:

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Amazing build you are doing

Rick

Cheers Rick, thanks for commenting! :thumbsup:

Excellent progress Giemme! I love all that extra work/detail you have added - inspiring stuff. However, i cannot for the life of me imagine you "slapping" paint on! Thats whay we mere mortals do lol! I look forward to the next update. :thumbsup:

:rofl: I'm a mere mortal too, Greg, don't kid yourself :D :D Thanks for the comments :thumbsup: Truth is that I'm eager to start painting this AC - which was the main reason of this build ... I can almost "hear Steve's voice" here... :winkgrin::analintruder:

Ciao

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