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Me 109 G-2 "Augsburg Eagle" 1/24 Trumpeter


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Hi to all and happy holidays to those who can do them.

Today I want to share the 1/24 scale Me 109 G2 kit produced several years ago by  Trumpeter.

 

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The kit (N. 02406), comes with a large series of sprues both normal and "clear" (ie offering the possibility to the model maker to be able to assemble the fuselage in "sight" in order to see the engine and the cockpit) adequately detailed (if compared to the time it was produced in 2001)

 

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The model is equipped with some interesting accessories such as the Verlinden detail set concerning the whole "ammo" part completely neglected on the original, the cockpit both in the cockpit and on the sides and finally, I still have to understand how to assemble them (if anything 'idea) some small detail to apply on the DB 605 (which, however, I will have to detail in the cables and pipes).
The set consists of finely detailed resin parts and photo-etched parts:

 

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Speaking of etchings, I bought the seat belts from Eduard and while I was there, I also found some beautiful stencils suitable for the Tumpeter G-2 kit.

 

 

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The 13mm MG 131 machine guns from the Master (Air) in brass and superbly turned :

 

 

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AirScale decals & tools for instrument panels:

 

 

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Lastly, I bought the Techmod decals set for the chosen version:

 

 

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Bf 109 G-2 / R6, "Yellow 12", Oblt. Heinrich Ehrler, 6 / JG 5, Petsamo, Finland, March 1943 and alternatively, "Yellow 3", pilot (and friend of Ehrler) Fw. Rudolf Muller, 6 / JG 5, Petsamo, Finland, March 1943 as both very particular and intriguing based on winter cam by Techmod Decals

 

 

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A photo of the three pilot friends from left to right: Theodor Weissenberger, Heirich Ehrler and Rudolf Muller.

 

Between legend and reality in the myth of the lost heroes:

 

On 4 April 1945 it seems that Ehrler (with 204 kills) on his Me 262, after having claimed the shooting down of two B-17s, now devoid of ammunition, threw himself against a third B-17, ramming it but before this extreme and fatal gesture apparently greeted his friend Theo (Weissemberger) by radio with this final sentence: "Theo, this is Heinrich. I shot down two bombers and I have no more ammunition. I'm going to ram. Auf Wiedersehen, see you in Valhalla !"
Do you have any comments on this?

thanks for your interest
George

 

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Hello, George. 

 

Thanks for sharing your build with us. I have this kit waiting for me..... someday. 

 

It is a very interesting story of how Heinrich Ehrler met his death. Even the most committed of German fighter-pilots must have known, by this late stage of the war, that there was no hope of defeating the Allies. For him to ram a B-17 and commit this sacrifice seems a heroic and - ultimately - futile act. Maybe he had enough of all the fighting and this was his way out, perhaps? We will never known with any certainty.

 

I am interested to see the detail on the Verlinden upgrade set. It looks like this kit actually has a bit more detail, eg: the "tray" under the pilot's legs? Maybe the extra detailing will be obvious once the photo-etch has been added on. Also, it looks like the Verlinden parts are a little smaller then the kit-supplied ones. Is this accurate? It could be the camera-lens making things look smaller than they are.

 

I will be watching your build with interest (and probably taking many notes for my build...)

 

Cheers.

 

Chris.  

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George,

 

I always think when a build such as yours is attached to history  and in this case the three friends, I think it makes it more personable. 

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looking forward to your build .  I DO LIKE bf109.

 

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Hi

thank you all for the interest reserved to this new work.

Let's start work on the Gustav 2:

In this session, having in mind to leave the covers of the DB 605 open, I will start by removing the extractors:

 

 

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everyone has their own method. I'm happy with the help of a small electric cutter with variable speed and with the right accessoires I can say that I get exellent results.

 

 

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complete the work by sanding finely with this tool:

 

 

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grouting with Mr.Surfacer 1200

 

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preshading (Vallejo matt black air)

 

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yellow/zinc green color : Tamya XF-4

 

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partial coating of internal panels of the cowling with MWP technique:

 

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That's all for the moment.

Thanks for watching and your attention.

George

 

 

 

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Looking forward to seeing you build this. I had a G-10 yonks ago which sadly had a number of shape issues around the nose which ended up proving too much. 

 

I believe the earlier G-2 and G-6 kit noses are more accurate although the trailing edge of the rudder is wrong. One thing to be wary of - the G-2 did not have Mg 131 cowl guns, as it was still equipped with the earlier 7.9 mm Mg's.

 

Good luck with your build, these are surprisingly big when you get the wings etc on. 

 

cheers,

Chris

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Hi Chris,

I am happy of your intervention and I thank you.
unfortunately the Trumpeter models are quite incorrect.
In the next session I will show the correction I had to make to the calenders (which have been cut straight!).

 

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He's right about the MG 131, I like them very much but unfortunately I won\u0027t be able to use them (they will be fine for a K4 I have in the cellar). Luckily the Verlinden set has a pair of pretty good resin MG 17s ready.
The MG 131 had the increased breech to the point that it was necessary to modify the grilles as seen in the study on G6 a few years ago:

 

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Me 109 G-6 Revell kit 1/32 scale model w/ MG-131 Master (Air)

 

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cheers

George

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Hi to all

In today's session we will deal with the correction of the calenders:
those of Gustav did not end with a straight cut but shaped at the shoulder on which they leaned.
This means that I will have to fix:

 

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reconstruction of the support shoulder of the correct cowling:

 

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correction of DB 605 / A engine calenders:

 

I make a thin strip from the sheet of metal to finish the internal moldings and then fix them

 

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correction of the external fins of the cowlings: those of the kit appear slightly undersized

 

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creation of the closing rails for the cowlings stops:

The idea is to be able to insert the cowling on two self-made tracks (as in the real model) so that it can be held without gluing it and to be able to optionally open or not the cowling and show the DB 605 / A in all its positions or keep the perfect closure and show intact its camouflage.

 

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thanks for your attention.

George

 

 

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Hi to all

I want to thank everyone for the appreciation reserved for this work.

Contact Resine resin accessories have finally arrived for spinners, propellers, controls surface, wheels:

 

 

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Now I'll take care of correcting the compressor filter instead:

here you can see how the filter was cut with a rounded shape:

 

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and here as proposed by the Trumpeter kit:

 

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 with a sharp cut:

 

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 let's proceed with the Kintsuglue modeling paste that will allow me to model the part until the desired shape is obtained and correct the filter cut:

 

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apply a small amount of paste on the affected part:

 

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 I have to let the modeled part harden for 24 hours and then I can sand it, modify it and paint it easily:

 

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 result of the correction of the cut of the air filter and simulation with the resin parts of Contact Resine:

 

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That's all for this session.

Thanks for the attention

George

 

for more info & pics: http://www.adventurephotomodels.com

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Hi to all,

 work on the model goes on!

 

-  replacement and scratch building of the propeller support plate:

 

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option A :

 

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option B:

 

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cockpit & ammo bay  ( Verlinden Productions) :

 

 

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MG-17 machine gun ( scratch building) Verlinden resin set + Master (air) :

 

 

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detail and correction of the lower engine compartment closing panel:

 

 

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option A: spinner on

 

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option B : spinner off

 

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Thanks for the attention.

George

 

for more info & pics: http://www.adventurephotomodels.com

 

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Hi to all

Thank you all for the compliments received.
I decided to give Gustav more detail by cutting the leading edge of the wing at the root of the fuselage, working on the landing gear hood. The severed part has been completely reconstructed and detailed.

 

 

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test to fit: ok!

 

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I built the hinge for the lower cowl of the engine:

 

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I replaced the hitch pins of the original plastic carriages with metal ones due to the greater weight loaded on the model by resins and photoetched:

 

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I prepared the end parts of the carriage covers with the plate (in the real models they were separate):

 

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After working on the details of DB 605 this is the final result of the session:

 

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more info & pics:http://www.adventurephotomodels.com

 

That's all . Thanks for your attention and for your time
George

 

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