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Academy 1 48 Messerschmitt Bf109 G6 - Completed!


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Hi Giemme. Good progress again. I like the idea of the navigation lights - I look forward to seeing how they turn out. :thumbsup:

Thanks Stix, I was kind of looking forward to it too, so here they are:

after a first rough cut using a sanding disc on my Dremel

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They have then been refined using an Exacto blade, my ETS, nail polishing sticks and finally a coat of Future

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For a first time, I think they're OK, I'll do better next time.

Next, I airbrushed some Tamiya German Grey on the canopy frames:

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And eventually, primer!! Usual mix of Vallejo Grey Primer and Future, several light coats

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I left it cure overnight; checked this morning before going to work, there's some minor filling to do at wing roots.

Comments welcome

Ciao

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Hi Giemme. The navigation lights turned out really well! They'll look great with the paint around them. And primer on!! :thumbsup: She's looking rather lovely. Like Greg, I'm looking forward to seeing the paint go on.

Kind regards,

Stix

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Looking great G. I look forward to seeing some colours on the 109, and how you deal with the dreaded mottle :evil_laugh:

Thanks Greg! :thumbsup: I'm looking forward to seeing how I deal with it, too :frantic::winkgrin:

Looking good Giemme, glad to see that the wing tip lights turned out OK. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

Simon.

Cheers Simon, thanks! :thumbsup: As I said, I learnt something from it, I'll do them better next time

Excellent progress Giemme,great attention to detail as ever. :thumbsup:

Thanks Steve! :thumbsup:

Hi Giemme. The navigation lights turned out really well! They'll look great with the paint around them. And primer on!! :thumbsup: She's looking rather lovely. Like Greg, I'm looking forward to seeing the paint go on.

Kind regards,

Stix

Cheers Stix, thanks! :thumbsup: I guess you're right, nav lights should look better with some paint around. And now it's three of us looking forward to seeing how I manage the mottling ... :banghead::analintruder:

Anyway, before getting there, I need to do some filling/sanding, especially in the leading edge area of the wings, some pre-shading and then I can start mixing paint to get the proper RLM colors ...

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Hi everybody;

after some filling/sanding etc., I finally did some pre-shading. Bottom:

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Top:

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Done with Tamiya Sea Blue, except for the small hatches, for which I used a dark acrylic wash, by brush.

I haven't insisted too much on the top side, as I will redo some of the lines with black, prior to airbrushing RLM74 and 75. There are a few imperfections, but after the base color coat and some post shading should turn out fine.

Same went for the drop tank:

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While drying, I completed the painting and weathering on the main wheel leg:

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I've actually already started spraying RLM76 (mixing Tamiya Flat White, Sky Blue and Sky Grey), but ran out of Flat White, so I could only do a few very light coats. Out to my LMS today, so that tonight I should be able to complete the base color for RLM76 and maybe also the post-shading.

Comments welcome, as ever

Ciao

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Aha. Been looking forward to the painting stage. I'm very much a novice at pre-shading and camouflage; since coming back to the hobby I've only really done trainer (red/white & grey) schemes.

Intersted to see how my Italian doppleganger does it :)

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Good morning Giemme. Well I have to say the pre-shading looks perfectly applied and like it should do the job well. The undercarriage legs are looking great too!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

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Aha. Been looking forward to the painting stage. I'm very much a novice at pre-shading and camouflage; since coming back to the hobby I've only really done trainer (red/white & grey) schemes.

Intersted to see how my Italian doppleganger does it :)

Doppleganger! :rofl: That was new for me. As for the pre-shading, I always had better success with Lifecolor paints at it, they tend to let the underneath color show through a bit more. I find Tamiya's a little trickier, so I'm going with very thinned paint mixes. Will see.

Good morning Giemme. Well I have to say the pre-shading looks perfectly applied and like it should do the job well. The undercarriage legs are looking great too!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

Cheers Stix, thanks! :thumbsup: Despite a few imperfections, this so far is my best attempt at pre-shading. There's still room for improvement, though.

Ciao

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Hi everybody; here we go, painting started! I went to my LMS yesterday to source some Tamiya XF2 Flat White, came out with an Academy P47N in 1/48 stuck underneath the color jar ... :whistle: .... bargain price, couldn't resist :banghead:

Anyway, back on topic: I sprayed my mix of Tamiya Flat White, Sky Blue and Sky Grey - RLM76 supposedly - on the drop tank

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on the main wheel legs

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and on the AC: bottom

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Top

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As you can see in the last photo (on which I played a bit with contrast and light) on the top side I also did some post-shading, by which I mean that I sprayed a lighter mix of the base color (just adding some Flat White) in the middle of the panels. For some reason, this turned out to be slightly darker ( :yikes: ) and more blueish ... :shrug: Looks more like a Tiger Meet rather than German Camouflage, but I decided to leave it as it is; it's probably going to look interesting, after mottling and weathering being applied.

Here's another pic of the bottom side (this time from my messy workbench :banghead: ) again with light and contrast adjusted, to emphasize the preshading showing through the base color

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Most of this is going to tone down a lot, after having airbrushed some Future on; this is probably the trickiest part, as I need to lay down enough Future to have a consistent protective coat, but not too much as to risking totally annihilating the preshading effect.

No more modelling for at least five days now, as I'll be off to an important exhibition in Milan, so next update will be around middle of next week.

Comments welcome, as usual

Ciao

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Hi Giemme. On my projects I always find it difficult to judge how pre-shading and post-shading is going to look at these earlier stages. Yours, to me, looks fine in the photos.

.........and 5 days without an update! Hope you have a good time in Milan.

Oh yes - what's the next project that's not going to be a quick one then?

Kind regards,

Stix

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Good progress.

Cheers Vesa, thanks! :thumbsup:

Looking good

Rick

Thanks Rick :thumbsup:

Hi Giemme. On my projects I always find it difficult to judge how pre-shading and post-shading is going to look at these earlier stages. Yours, to me, looks fine in the photos.

.........and 5 days without an update! Hope you have a good time in Milan.

Oh yes - what's the next project that's not going to be a quick one then?

Thanks Stix! :thumbsup: Busy days in Milan, a lot of customers and prospects visiting my booth

5 days without an update: sounds like someone I know ... :whistle::winkgrin:

Next project: mmmhhh ... here's a bit of a teaser: I'll give you three hints

1. It's going to be in 1/72

2. It will involve a (little) diorama

3. It will be a kitbash

Next time for more .... :Tasty:

Ciao

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Hi everybody; here's a small progress report, eventually.

I airbrushed a few light coats of Future on the RLM76 surfaces, before masking them for the yellow parts:

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It turned out as intended, not too shiny as to kill the preshading effect but good enough to protect the base color.

I then masked for the yellow surfaces:

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airbrushed a few thin coats of Tamiya Flat White

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and finally airbrushed Tamiya Flat Yellow

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There's been a bit of overspray on one of the air vents, which anyway needed some touch up even before that (as at least another two of them), so I'll have t fix that later (probably by brush).

I've then removed the masking from the top cowl opening, and put the radiator in place:

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You can probably see from the last photo that there is a quite large sort of stain right in front of the radiator; that was stupid me, pouring a drop of water on the CA glue I used to secure the radiator in position, which of course leaked through the intake and ended up there. I'll have to do some careful sanding and a respray, which is something I hate because it never turns out as I want :badmood::banghead:

Well, lesson learnt for next time.

Comments welcome, as usual

Ciao

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giemme watching you work is like watching an artist paint a landscape or portrait brushstroke by brushstroke. I suspect you give many of us great pleasure, inspiration and subliminally imbue confidence to try new and different technique.

Thank you.

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Over spray, the curse......

No matter how well you mask, it gets in there some how...

At least it is easier to fix than the stain at the front, though you should be able to sort both these problems out with great ease.

Still , she is looking grand mate.

:goodjob::goodjob::goodjob:

Simon.

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giemme watching you work is like watching an artist paint a landscape or portrait brushstroke by brushstroke. I suspect you give many of us great pleasure, inspiration and subliminally imbue confidence to try new and different technique.

Thank you.

Bigglesof266, thanks! :thumbsup: It's very kind of you to say so! I do find much of the stuff here on BM very inspirational, so I'm glad if my effort can be of any use for somebody; I personally feel like I'm still learning a lot.

Over spray, the curse......

No matter how well you mask, it gets in there some how...

At least it is easier to fix than the stain at the front, though you should be able to sort both these problems out with great ease.

Still , she is looking grand mate.

:goodjob::goodjob::goodjob:

Simon.

Cheers Simon, thanks! :thumbsup: I'm not really concerned about that little overspray, and I had taken into account it could have happened, because the exhaust area was quite tricky to mask. The stain annoys me much more, and I'm gonna need to be very patient while fixing it, as the risk of screwing up badly is just around the corner :ninja::banghead::hanging:

Ciao

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Hi Giemme. Good to see you back - 5 days without an update - who would do such a thing!

It all looking very good (apart from the radiator - which I'm sure you'll sort out just fine). I always think yellow is quite a tricky colour to get to work correctly, but you seem to have got it to look spot on. :goodjob:

It's all coming on really well! :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

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