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Here is the next in the brace...Special Hobby's 109G-6 kit with the very colourful markings of Yellow 5, Utti Finland, 1950.  Now that Eduard is slowly releasing 1/72nd scale Messerschmitts I assume they will release these markings as well, since they've already done so in 1/48th.  But until then, this is what we have.  A quick glance at the sprue tells me that they are the same moulds as the AZModel G series.  Thats good.  No surprises.  There is a bit of PE and, of course, very snazzy markings.  Here's some box art...

 

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And the profile...

 

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The booklet has a better decal layout...

 

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The decals...Looking very nice.

 

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I'll jump in later...

 

--John

 

 

 

 

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There is more to this kit than the excellent AZ moulds.  The PE pieces are nice and there is some excellent resin wheels and exhausts.

 

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I'll try to use as much of the photo etch as possible.  Lots on the inside...

 

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--John

 

 

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The RLM66 looks good overall...

 

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The PE seatbelts are nice but in regards to scale I prefer the decals.  Plus, no bending or having to paint them  after the CA dries.

 

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--John

 

 

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The Finn takes shape in the typical manner.  Little gap caused by the IP inside.  No gaps elsewhere.

 

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The PE vents are awfully nice.  Of course I bent one...you won't notice it when it is closed up.

 

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--John

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On 7/4/2021 at 2:04 PM, Col. said:

You've made a good start to what looks a nice kit John :thumbsup:

Thanks Col.  

 

Wings on, rudder on...no real issues.  I had to attach small piece of plastic beneath the feet of the tropical filter.  It didn't sit straight in the scoop and tilted inwards.  

 

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--John

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Stabilizers on, cheeks attached.  I think I'll mask the canopy tonight and attach that.  I can begin the priming tomorrow and see where I need to fill...

 

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--John

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks @Col.

 

The canopy is masked and attached.  Time for primer.  This will show some gaps, especially around the 'cheeks'.  These are already visible.

 

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--John

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OK, ok...no excuses. I let real life get in the way of what is truly important.  I hope to get more paint on this weekend.  For now it is the RLM76...

 

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The resolution is messed up.  It is a smooth paint job.

 

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-John

 

 

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Life has a habit of doing that but you're making good progress regardless John.

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Interesting looking thing - a bit odd that one side appears to be plain.

 

One question - did you get any trouble closing the wing with the PE grilles in place? I have this box somewhere and that strikes me as a potential issue.

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7 hours ago, Torbjorn said:

a bit odd that one side appears to be plain.

 

It'll be covered with the decal, so to paint it seems pointless.  

 

I didn't have any issues wit the PE pieces.  Snug, but it fit well.  

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4 hours ago, John Masters said:

It'll be covered with the decal, so to paint it seems pointless.  

 

I didn't have any issues wit the PE pieces.  Snug, but it fit well.  

 

I meant the schematic in the instructions, wasn’t complain on your paintjob. It is only one side that has the fancy livery, the other side has the original camo.

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10 hours ago, Torbjorn said:

 

I meant the schematic in the instructions, wasn’t complain on your paintjob. It is only one side that has the fancy livery, the other side has the original camo.

It was an airbase Midsummer festival race scheme, where all the contestants flew in one direction around the airfield. Only the side facing the airfield was painted to help spectators differentiate them for the viewing distance.

 

A very nice build, John! V-P

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On 7/27/2021 at 12:09 AM, Torbjorn said:

I meant the schematic in the instructions, wasn’t complain on your paintjob.

Not to worry  @Torbjorn.  I knew what you meant.  I think this aircraft is quite famous for flying in one direction only-V-P has mentioned!

 

Speaking of which...Some touch up will be needed around the canopy, and I need to add a little grey violet to where the fuselage roundel will sit.

 

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--John

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Actually that starboard fuselage half should show 1) overpainted standard German balkenkreutz 2) overpainted Finnish 72cm Hakaristi-roundel 3) overpainted 50cm yellow fuselage theater band and 4) overpainted German swastika on the fin - and most of them might even have become partly visible again! Check the pic of MT-487 in the late -40's, that should tell more than my words.

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V-P

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Thanks for the link @vppelt68.  That is a very grubby looking 109.  I think the supplied decal has some faint printing that replicates some of the 'under markings'.

 

 

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On 8/10/2021 at 4:34 PM, janneman36 said:

difficult enough to do a swirl out of the hand..

It turns out they provided a decal for that...I will save if for another build.

 

Decals are on.  Very impressed with them.  Really beautifully registered, thin but not too thin...

 

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Time for some varnish...

 

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--John

 

 

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Done...peruse the gallery for more images.  Also, I will try to build another kit before the GB ends.  Call me crazy...I am away from the bench for 5 days beginning tomorrow.  I'll try to do as much as I can tonight.

 

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--John

 

 

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