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Academy 1 48 Messerschmitt Bf109 G6 - Completed!


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The details you have added show up really well under the paint and weathering.Both wheel wells look so much better than they would have done if you hadn't done all this extra work. Very nicely done - as always.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Kind regards,

Stix

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The details you have added show up really well under the paint and weathering.Both wheel wells look so much better than they would have done if you hadn't done all this extra work. Very nicely done - as always.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Kind regards,

Stix

Cheers Stix, thanks! I hope you're having a great WE too

This is looking super great , The details are making this build pop

Rick

Thanks Rick! :thumbsup:

Beautiful, innovative, educational and inspirational stuff G. Absoloutely love the range of materials and techniques :)

Thanks Steve, I'm glad you lire my effort, but I think you are the master in terms of materials and techniques :worthy:

Thank you Giemme, I have learnt alot from you in the course of this thread! Great work sir, and inspiring!

Cheers

Viv

Thanks Viv! BM is a great pace for learning new things, and the main reason I do WIP threads is to learn something more myself each time

Ciao

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Hi everybody, it's time for WE progress report.

Finishing off the work on wheel wells; after a few minor touch ups, I airbrushed a matt coat on. This time I used Lifecolor Matt Clear, as I wanted a very flat finish

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Unmasked

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Some rescribing: antenna wire connection point on the fuselage

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I used Eduard's scribing template for that, as you can see in the pic

I also rescribed the panel line on the engine cowl

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I'll do some tidying up when I put the top cowl in place.

Time to join the wings to the fuselage; to avoid a big step between the wing and its root on port side, I had to sand down (ETS to the rescue, here :hobbyhorse: ) the wing root area, bot top and bottom

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Then I glued the wings in; a bit of thin styrene to fill in a gap with the front part of the fuselage

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and some CA to fill in at the trailing edge wing roots

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Leading edge roots definitely need some care

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So, after some PPP, sanding and polishing

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Time to fit the tail planes; as I mentioned earlier, the port side one has quite a loose fit, so I added a thin styrene shim to the mounting peg

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(not very visible, but it's there :winkgrin: )

Here they are, in place and curing:

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That's it for now, comments welcome

Ciao

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This is coming together very nicely.

Cheers Vesa, thanks! :thumbsup:

That is coming together well Giemme. The kit itself seems to require a lot of TLC which you seem more than able to supply. Great stuff! :thumbsup:

Thank Stix! :thumbsup: If you don't consider all the additions I'm putting into it, general fit on this kit is not that bad (considering its age and price). So, definitely some TLC needed, but we're miles away from, say, my Italeri RE2002, if you remember that build.

Ciao

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Coming along nicely Giemme. You are doing a great job on this kit, keep up the good work!

Cheers Greg, thanks! :thumbsup:

I certainly do and it was a fascinating project to follow! :thumbsup:

Thanks, it was fun in fact, but a bit of a PITA in terms of parts fit; this Academy kit is a dream, in comparison.

Right, another small update. Last night I prepared the last few bits before priming; pilot's armored plate

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two nasty sink marks on the backside

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scraping gizmo to the rescue, sorted:

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I've also added a few wrinkles to the head cushion (some were already there, how nice from Academy, but I thought I'd spice that up a bit)

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Two steel rods added, to be used as anchoring points to the canopy; these will be cut to size after painting

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Pitot tube: I replaced the plastic end with a prescription needle, and pinned the other end just for ease of painting

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Antenna mast: I replaced the mounting pin with a steel one; again, this will be cut to size after painting

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Tail wheel; some clean up and it's ready for primer

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Next will be masking the wheel wells and the cockpit, airbrush some interior color on the transparents and eventually a coat of primer; I'm sure some defect will show up, so a second primer coat is in sight.

Comments welcome

Ciao

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Some more nice details added. I have to admire your quest for accuracy in these old kits. Very nicely done G.

Thanks Greg :thumbsup: I think I'm almost done with detailing, although Vesa's picture show a little air vent close to the windshield. I understand this (and one on the opposite side) was there for the non-pressurized versions of the G6. Now, knowing if Hartmann's Yellow 1 was pressurized or not, that's a totally different deal ... :banghead::shrug:

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As always, Giemme, I am so impressed with your attention to detail. The pitot tube and antenna mast, for example, demonstrate this wonderfully and show your incredible patience. (As has been mentioned before; for a quick build.....if I remember correctly the statement was "For this reason, I'll try to make a quick and simple build ... " you are demonstrating your true modelling persona!! I think it's great! Well done! Keep it up! :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

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Cheers Stix, thanks! :thumbsup:

If I can get to the priming stage by the end of this week, chances are that this would still be a "quick" build: that would make for a total of more or less two months, pretty fast for my standards :banghead::winkgrin:

Ciao

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It is interesting, Vesa, thank you! :thumbsup:

Not much remains to be seen of the tail wheel leg, though, once the canvas cover is in place (and the kit does provide one :analintruder:)

Ciao

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Hi everybody;

so I started masking, as it's almost time for primer

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The masking around the canopy is for airbrushing the interiors color on the clear parts. Primer will go on later, thus adding some thickness, in an attempt to recreate the missing canopy frames.

While masking, I thought: why not trying reproducing the navigation light with some clear parts? :whistle:

So I had this clear plastic bit hanging around:

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from which I cut off two corners

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With a 5 thou razor saw, a shaving blade and an Exacto knife I removed the full plastic light from the wings

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Then I drilled a small hole in each of the new lights, and painted the inside red and sky blue (Tamiya), to represent the light bulbs

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Glued in place using CA

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It's the first time I try replacing the navigation lights with clear plastic; if it comes out rubbish, I'll just paint them over :banghead:

While settling, I masked the wheel wells, using Blue Tack and some moist kitchen paper

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That's it for the day, now I'll have to wait till next WE before getting back to this.

Comments welcome, as usual

Ciao

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