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ANovaScotian

Twas the Nightfighter Before Christmas

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And all through the skies,

Not a creature was stirring not even the flies.

The ammo was stacked by the cannons with care,

In hope that the Englanders soon would be there.

Hey all

After my brief bout of insanity, during which I constructed a car model (see http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234991043-deuces-wild/) I have returned to the side of light and reason with yet another aircraft :winkgrin:

Today I present Revell's 1/48 Bf 110G-4 finished as the example flown by Obst. Hans-Joachim Jabs of NJG 1 in the spring of 1945. Enjoy...

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So the Revell/Promodeller Bf 110 gets a lot of criticism for supposedly inaccurate engine nacelles... I don't know about you but it still looks like a Bf 110 to me, so it can't be that bad. :shrug:

The kit went together quite well, with some, but not terrible seams to clean up, mostly at the unusual wing to fuselage join. The prop hubs required the most work as they were slightly mis-molded (is that a word?). This required plastic sheet and putty to fix. The cockpit is second to none and only requires careful painting and some harnesses. The radar array was scratch built, as the kit arrays are attached directly to the sides of the nose, whereas Jabs' plane carried the antennas as depicted.

All markings were masked and painted with use of a Montex masking set which also supplied masks for the canopy. The camouflage was done freehand with custom mixed Tamiya colours adapted from those used by J.M. Villalba in his RLM Painting DVD, for the RLM 75 and 76. The exhausts were painted with Dark Iron lightly misted with Vallejo Rust and slathered with dark wash.

Just realized I forgot to install the rear machine gun before pictures... it's err.. out for maintenance. Yeah, that's believable :banghead:

Regards

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Wow, that paint job is phenominal. Love the look of this thing, an excellent build.

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Even without the superb build, this was worth a like and a comment for the poem! Thanks for sharing.

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A brilliant build, excellent camo and great exhaust staining! Very smart indeed.

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That is very, very nice!

Wow, that paint job is phenominal. Love the look of this thing, an excellent build.

Even without the superb build, this was worth a like and a comment for the poem! Thanks for sharing.

Thanks Guys.

The camo started out as random spots, which looked okay, but not quite right. I then quite literally played "connect the dots" and came out with what you see. My new-found secret to using Tamiya acrylics is to thin them out with Tamiya's own Lacquer Thinner... seriously try it out for yourself.

As for the poem... it just came to me, what can I say :winkgrin:

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Fantastic work, I do like the paint work.

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Perhaps the finest display of antennae that I have ever seen.

Don't look too closely! The antenna array is all scratched out of styrene. This makes it a little less delicate than metal antennas, however, metal antennas can be bent back in position when bumped by the clumsy oaf building them.

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A great job, that is. Love the camo scheme, top work!

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Speaking as a man who once posted a Spitfire with its wheels on backward I can forgive a missing machine gun for a great build like that.

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Without haveing seen photos of the original machine I can't comment on authenticity, but she does look very convincing indeed!

No schräge Musik, though?

Impressive work.

Kind regards,

Joachim

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Lovely work, I really like that.

I recently completed the Eduard 1/72 version and fitting the radar antenna to the nose was a real pain as they expect the stag horns to butt join to the fuselage, i guess the 1/48 kit is the same?

Duncan B

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Great job on that, Really nice work

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Without haveing seen photos of the original machine I can't comment on authenticity, but she does look very convincing indeed!

No schräge Musik, though?

Impressive work.

Kind regards,

Joachim

The colour profiles I've seen of this aircraft do show schrage musik, however, test fitting showed that the guns didn't want to line up with the holes in the alternate canopy. Sacrificing authenticity for simplicity, I said hell with it and just left them out.

Lovely work, I really like that.

I recently completed the Eduard 1/72 version and fitting the radar antenna to the nose was a real pain as they expect the stag horns to butt join to the fuselage, i guess the 1/48 kit is the same?

Duncan B

Out of the box the Revell kit is set up the same way

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Excellent model and commendations on the camouflage and radar array.

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Top notch - that antenna and the amount of canopy work would give me a breakdown!

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