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Academy 1 48 Messerschmitt Bf109 G6 - Completed!


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

:lol::D I know someone else who would ... :whistle:

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:

Thanks Stix! :thumbsup: Airbrushing a white base coat prior to the yellow has always worked for me, and I do the same with red, by the way - no matter the color brand I'm using.

Ciao

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Hi everybody;

yellow nose fixing: some gentle sanding

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and then a re-spray of Tamiya Flat White followed by Tamiya Flat Yellow:

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Not perfect, but with some weathering should blend in properly. I've then removed the wheel wells masking:

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Some tidying up needed, but again some weathering should tie all in properly (previous overspray on the air vents fixed by brush, BTW)

Now, back to my cunning plan of fitting the exhausts after painting RLM76 and Yellow; they received a "rusty" drybrush (mix of Lifecolor Matt Red, Matt Brown and Light Gull Grey) - right done, left undone

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follwed by a Lifecolor Matt Black drybrush

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Another drybrush, this time with Light Gull Grey, just to pic up some details

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and a dark wash

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Glued in place:

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So I eventually put the gun cowl in place; despite of my efforts to try and get a good fit of this part, after primer and paint layers I still had trouble in positioning it, even if I scraped away the joining surfaces for the excess paint. This is really the worst part of this build:

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I used Tamiya Green Cap to glue it, and now needs filling (not a big deal) and trimming on the front edge (I'm a bit more concerned about that! :frantic:)

Comments welcome, as usual

Ciao

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Great work as usual Giemme,just bought Revells 1/32 109G so will be referencing this WIP for inspiration. :thumbsup:

Cheers Steve, thanks. :thumbsup:

1/32 BF 109? Big beast! Looking forward to seeing that! :popcorn: Is that the latest Revell release? If so, there's a great review here, in case you haven't seen it yet.

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More lovely progress Giemme. Your idea for fitting the exhausts later worked very well. :thumbsup:

Hope you have a great weekend.

Kind regards,

Stix

Great work as usual Giemme,just bought Revells 1/32 109G so will be referencing this WIP for inspiration. :thumbsup:

Well so much for 1/72 being the preferred kit scale Steve!!

(Sorry for the thread hijack Giemme!)

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More stellar work G, its all progressing nicely, keep up the great progress updates :thumbsup:

Cheers Greg, thanks! :thumbsup:

More lovely progress Giemme. Your idea for fitting the exhausts later worked very well. :thumbsup:

Hope you have a great weekend.

Kind regards,

Stix

Thanks Stix, will see if it works or not :analintruder:

Hope you have a great WE too. And no hijack at all, we're among friends here :winkgrin:

Ciao

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Nice job so far. I'm busy on a 109 too and decidedto paint the yellow nose before the other colours. I'm now finding masking over the exhausts and filters and keeping a seal a chore. Wish I'd gone the other way, like you.

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Nice job so far. I'm busy on a 109 too and decidedto paint the yellow nose before the other colours. I'm now finding masking over the exhausts and filters and keeping a seal a chore. Wish I'd gone the other way, like you.

Thanks Avgas! :thumbsup: And yes, masking those parts is a real chore, that's why I came up with a different plan; in a few hours I'm going to find out if said plan turns out to be successful ... :hobbyhorse::banghead:

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Cheers Steve, thanks. :thumbsup:

1/32 BF 109? Big beast! Looking forward to seeing that! :popcorn: Is that the latest Revell release? If so, there's a great review here, in case you haven't seen it yet.

Ciao

Hi Giemme,slightly different boxing but the same basic Kit and it,s a beauty.

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Neat save on the yellow nose G. Sometimes I think I have to spend more time re-doing paintwork than doing to to start with. And you'll be doing a bit more of that after the gun cowl's fared in too.

Looking forward to seeing some of those figure painting skills deployed on finishing this (allegedly simple) build :)

A nice 1/72 build next???

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And you'll be doing a bit more of that after the gun cowl's fared in too.

I have, already :banghead: That was last night job, but I'll be posting pics next Monday.

Looking forward to seeing some of those figure painting skills deployed on finishing this (allegedly simple) build :)

A nice 1/72 build next???

Oh yes, 1/72 jet kitbash, Vietnam era; that's my next build. Wanna take a guess? :winkgrin:

The details are looking good ..

Rick

Cheers Rick, thanks! :thumbsup:

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Hi everybody; here's WE progress report



Nice work Giemme, the upper cover looks like a bit of fun to fettle in mate.

But I am sure that it will look OK when done.

Thanks Simon :thumbsup:

It looks barely OK, but I'm gonna live with that; so, here are the pics. After gluing the top cowl, I masked the borders to avoid unwanted scratches during the sanding process

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Filled the seams with PPP

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and after a first session of sanding, here's how it looked:

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Masking for more primer

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and after another filling/sanding session

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It is quite obvious that the additional hinge section I added earlier in the build is not aligned with the top cowl one; I should really have added the former at this point :banghead::chair:

I don't feel like I want to remove it, I'll see if I can correct it some way after painting (or "hide" it with some of those figure painting skills Steve was talking about earlier :winkgrin: )

Anyway: time for masking and get ready for some RLM75 to go on!

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Masking done with a mix of Blue Tack, Tamiya regular and curving tape, paper towels.

I've re-done some of the preshading, this time using Tamiya Flat Black; turned out to be useless, as the RLM75 base I sprayed is quite dark; I should have known before, but never learn ... :banghead:

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Here we are after a firs painting round with RLM75 (mix of Tamiya German Grey, Sky Blue, Red and again some regular Blue); next pics shows also the post-shading already done, I forgot to take one of the base coat alone, sorry

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Post-shading done with a lighter (adding Tamiya Flat White) and thinner mix of the base coat, spraying from the center of the panels outwards; it looks a bit rough, plus while post-shading my airbrush spitted some white dots on the elevators:

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so I had to repaint, again with the same sequence: base coat first, then lighter mix for the post-shade. I went over the wings as well, just to reduce a bit the contrast, and while cleaning the airbrush after having completed the painting, two big blobs of white-ish paint landed right in the middle of the freshly re-painted wings :badmood:

So another full round of painting and post shading goes on, and here's the final result:

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Wings were sprayed free hand, I'm not sure if I'll do the same for RLM74 or just mask them up again with Blue Tack; will see.

In between all the above, I also managed to work on the spinner/propeller: first a base coat of Tamiya Black Green

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Then I masked for the white section of the spinner

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and painted it off-white (I find the mix of Tamiya White and Sky Grey pretty effective for this kind of job)

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Scratches done by carefully removing the paint with a toothpick

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all glued

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and eventually a Future coat, prior to the weathering/washes

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That's it for the day, comments welcome

Ciao

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Cheers Simon, thanks! :thumbsup:

That is a bummer with the hinge bit, but sometimes things just don`t go right :analintruder:

I'll see how it looks like when everything is painted, I have a couple of ideas on how to attempt a fixing ... :hobbyhorse::pilot:

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Greg and Stix,thanks guys! :thumbsup:

Real fun will start right after I finish spraying RLM74 - which is probably going to be tonight or thereabout - then it's going to be "mottling time" :banghead::hobbyhorse::pilot:

Wish me luck!

Ciao

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Super explanation G. I'm gonna crib and have a practice of this pre and post shading lark :)

Go ahead and copy away, it's all good fun! :thumbsup2:

A little additional tip: clear gloss coats (and flat too, in a minor way) tend to reduce a lot the contrast created by pre and post shading, almost to the point of totally killing it.

Part of the practice should also involve them, as I found different varnishes react in different ways.

Ciao

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Hi everybody; last night I managed to spray some RLM74 on my BF 109, so here it goes:

masking (Blue Tack, paper towel, Tamiya tape)

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I then mixed Tamiya German Grey, Blue and Black Green, with an hint of Flat Black, to get the RLM74 base color.

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This time the post-shading was done in a more classical way, mixing a bit of Tamiya Flat Black to the base color and thinning it very much; this was airbrushed along the panel lines.

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Unmasked:

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The above is the result of more than an hour masking, 15 minutes airbrushing (including airbrush clean up) and another good half an hour unmasking ... :banghead::banghead:

There are a couple of touch ups to do, but in general I'm quite happy with how it turned out. Now I'm almost ready for the dreaded mottling ... :hobbyhorse:

Comments welcome

Ciao

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