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1/48 Hasegawa Bf 109 G-2 JG 52 "Gunther Rall" (FINISHED)

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  • From: Parma, Ohio
1/48 Hasegawa Bf 109 G-2 JG 52 "Gunther Rall" (FINISHED)
Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:30 AM

Like the 1/48 Tamiya P-47, I consider the 1/48 Hasegawa Bf 109 (F through K) series feel good comfort kits which remind me why I love scale modeling.  They are somewhat basic and certainly no match for the newer Eduard kit, but still I l have an affection for them.  A few additions, like a resin pit, and they can be quite stunning. This is the second of the three kits I decided to try to build at the same time.  I'll be doing Gunther Rall's JG 52 "Black 13" from an Aeromaster sheet I have in the stash.  Rall scored 275 kills with 241 being against Russian fighters.  All of his kills were while flying the Bf 109. 

I have this special release of the G-2 but the molding was found to be of Hasegawa's newer tooled G-6 kit. It came with a resin upper nose and wheels for the G-2 model.  I'll have to sort through the parts to ascertain what is appropriate for the G-2.  

The Hasegawa pit is very basic.  I didn't feel like adding a resin pit. Instead I used an old Eduard PE set I had in the stash for the IP and belt.  I'll add the shoulder belt later when its fitted into the fuselage. (Note: I added the cockpit to the fuselage before I remembered the F and G models had that prominent starboard yellow fuel line. I'm gonna have to shoehorn one in later from the top.) 

These truly build themselves.  The flaps and rear radiator doors were glued in place as well.  I like the plastic to plastic "weld" this provides. On another note, the resin "nose' was about a quarter inche too short. I had to use the plastic one which was modified by shaving off a bump on the top.  No big whoop.  Think the wheels will fit? 

 

I added a brass tube to simulate the 20mm poking out a bit.  

Paintng soon...

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by rooster513 on Saturday, August 19, 2017 6:25 AM

Got a nice little assembly line going here Joe:) Another nice start. I've found myself falling in love with the 109 so I'll have to look to pick up one of these Hase kits. Looking forward to seeing the paint go down!

-Andy

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, August 19, 2017 8:48 AM

Great start!  I've seen a few documentaries that included Mr. Rall.  He seemed to be an all around good man with many great stories!  Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Chad

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, August 19, 2017 7:44 PM
Thanks Andy and Chad. Chad, indeed Rall seemed like a nice guy, very personable and didn't seem too full of himself.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Blackpowder1956 on Saturday, August 19, 2017 10:51 PM

A really good read is Gunther Rall's book "My Logbook". It chronicles all of his air to air combat victories. Post WW2 Gunther Rall was the father of the modern Lufwaffe. He flew F-104s in the jet age. - Mike

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, August 20, 2017 1:28 AM
Yes indeed....thanks for checking in Mike.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, August 20, 2017 5:40 AM

This WIP build is turning out to be just awesome.  I'm looking forward to more!

Toshi

 

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Posted by Bish on Monday, August 21, 2017 10:41 AM

Looking good, nice addition with the prop cannon.

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, August 21, 2017 10:49 AM

You're off to a fine start lawdog! I'm sure you will build another beauty here for us!

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 11:59 PM

Thanks guys.  

I thought I updated this, but apparently I hadn't. It got basically the same treatment as the Fw 190 with Mission paints as they were painted simultaneously.  I did add the yellow ID markings as needed using Tamiya flat yellow with a touch of flat red and taped them off before the RLM 76 went down.

   

I used Blue Tac worms to mask off the pattern here too.  

 

I then weathered it with dilted red brown (XF-64) and NATO (XF-69).

 

Almost time for some gloss.  

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Toshi on Saturday, September 02, 2017 4:35 AM

Nicely detailed weathering.

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

On the bench:

Monogram Pro Modeler 1/48 P-47 Thunderbolt (OOB)

 

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Monogram 1/48 Black Widow 1974 boxing with AM Goodies

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Posted by ridleusmc on Saturday, September 02, 2017 8:13 AM

Absolutely love the weathering.

 

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Saturday, September 02, 2017 8:20 AM

Looking awesome as always. Your color modulation is top notch. I did the same kit a few years back and yes they do go together nicely. Black 13 is one of my favorite versions ,looking forward to seeing the finish

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, September 03, 2017 3:37 AM
Thanks guys..

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by damouav on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 4:50 AM

Excellent work Joe, I hadn't made any comments to date, because you should know your work is brilliant!

I always look forward to your builds for personal motivation.

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Posted by warshipguy on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 5:47 AM

Beautiful work so far!

Bill Morrison

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 8:08 AM

The paint looks great!

Chad

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Posted by 1943Mike on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 7:45 PM

Joe, Your weathering/painting/pre-shading, etc. finishing skills are the cat's meow.

I've always wanted to try to do what you do with the pre-shading but I guess that A) my hand with the A/B in it is just not steady enough and, B) I don't seem to end up with the shading showing through. I have some kits that, although I bought them thinking I might someday build them, I now am sure they'll never be built. In many cases I've changed my building philosophy from "get a cheap kit to start with" to: "Get the best kit you can afford since we're only on this delightful planet for a very short stay." Some of the kits I know I won't ever build may become my test beds for painting/weathering techniques. Practice, practice, practice.

Mike

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Posted by blackdog62 on Thursday, September 07, 2017 8:10 PM

Keep plugging away at it you will get it. Mine don't always look the way I like.

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Posted by blackdog62 on Thursday, September 07, 2017 8:11 PM

Lapdog looks great. Are you using really thin coats?

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 1:08 AM

blackdog62

Are you using really thin coats?

 

Thanks guys

B-Dog, I'm using very light coats at about 15 psi.  

Going with done.  To recap, it's the Hasegawa 1/48 Bf-109 G-2 in Gunther Rall's JG 52 markings in the spring of 1942.  Rall was remarkable pilot being shot down 8 times and wounded three times.  He was a 275 kill ace, with all of his kills being in the Bf 109.  

The Hasegawa kit is decent but very basic. This particular boxing was the newer-tooled G-6 version that had a resin top nose and wheels for a G-2, which incidentally didn't fit, either of them!.  I ended up using the kit supplied nose and Ultracast wheels.  

To sum it up, It's no match for the new Eduard kit, but these can be found half the cost. I spruced it up with some PE inside the pit and Ultracast tires. I drilled out the deck guns and added brake lines.  The decals are Aeromaster and worked great, but they reminded me how much I like spray masks.  

I've been using Testors dullcote for years as it delivers the sheen I like...flat with an ever so slight sheen and dries almost immediately. The problem is the noxious fumes.  I decided to see if there were better options.  I obtained Mission Models flat and Alclad's Matte.  First I tried the Mission and found it to be too shiny.  I then hit it with the Alclad which seemed to work the best of the two, but I still prefer Testors. I'm open for ideas.

Thanks for following..

   

 

 

      

 

  

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 3:01 AM

Another great looking build LD. Always a pleasure to watch.

 ''I am a Norfolk man, and I glory in being so''

  

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Posted by damouav on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 3:44 AM

There are many words in the English language to describe perfection, but the only one that comes to mind after being shown your latest creation is

WOW

Again, you have created another award wining build.

Great work.

Damian

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1/48 Hasegawa P51-D
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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 9:04 AM

I agree with all the above. Beautiful.

BK

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Posted by 1943Mike on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 12:06 PM

More splendid work Joe.

Where do you display all your models? (I may have asked you this before but my aged brain doesn't recall Embarrassed). Do you have a basement full of finished kits? Do you have a special room for them all? In my 1500 sq. ft. condo I don't really have much room for many finished kits. My hope is that as I build a few more I may find 5 to 8 that I really want to display. The rest are for the trash - until I win lotto and can afford a mansion to display everything Big Smile.

Mike

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Posted by silentbob33 on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 3:18 PM
Fantastic work Joe! I always enjoy watching your builds, thanks for sharing

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Posted by jgeratic on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 7:33 PM

Another awesome finish there, Joe.

The undersides particularly are an attention graber. Yes

regards,

Jack

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Posted by Reasoned on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 10:13 PM
Very nicely done Joe, although the Spit is arguably the most elegant plane ever built, the 109 is the definition of what a fighter should look like.

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:45 AM

1943Mike

Where do you display all your models? (I may have asked you this before but my aged brain doesn't recall Embarrassed). Do you have a basement full of finished kits? Do you have a special room for them all? In my 1500 sq. ft. condo I don't really have much room for many finished kits. My hope is that as I build a few more I may find 5 to 8 that I really want to display. The rest are for the trash - until I win lotto and can afford a mansion to display everything Big Smile.

 

Thanks all, way too kind...

Mike, I don't store them.  At this point in my life the enjoyment comes from the building aspect.  They are either commission builds or built and sold online.  I've managed to snag a few regular customers in this manner, as evidenced by me building three Corsairs Whistling.  I'm in the same boat with the storage issues, but I have a few I will not part with.  I have a wife and a pre-teen daughter that up all the space...Indifferent

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