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1/48 Eduard Bf 109G-6/R6 RV Grünherz Gustav (Finished!)

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    July 2019
1/48 Eduard Bf 109G-6/R6 RV Grünherz Gustav (Finished!)
Posted by Hoss WA on Thursday, August 22, 2019 11:36 PM

I just started the Bf 109G-6 from Eduard's Reichsverteidigung limited edition kit. The 109 Gustav looks to be Eduard's latest and greatest G-6 kit with some new markings. Also included is an FW-190A-8/R2 kit - the same as the recently released Profipack kit I believe, but with a new set of markings. I was interested in both of these kits and jumped on this combo when I found it for $47 on ebay. Cartograf decals. 

Defense of the Reich - the eyes of the second pilot from the left say it all...

I've decided on yellow 9 of 9./JG 54, based in Ludwigslust in early 1944, pilot unknown. Although I usually prefer to get plugged into the history of the pilot, I like the marking scheme.

Just finished the office. 

  • Member since
    July 2008
  • From: Co.Kerry, Ireland.
Posted by Est.1961 on Friday, August 23, 2019 4:08 AM

Outstanding Hoss, crisp and sharp . Yes

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    July 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, August 31, 2019 11:31 PM

I've had a chance to make some more progress on this RV Gustav.

Here it is ready for priming. No major drama to this point. I've been wrestling with when to paint the exhaust stacks - 1) before installation and mask to paint or 2) wait until overall painting complete. My previous 109 was a disaster. In this build, I painted them and then assembled and masked prior to main painting.  I'm interested to hear how others tackle this. 

Primed with Mission Models gray. Worked fine. I needed to touch up a couple of areas but nothing major. 

I went back and forth on whether to pre-shade. In the end I like the effect, particularly on the underside. I find I'm not adept at modulating the topside camo pattern to take advantage of the preshading. It doesn't hurt anything, however. 

Gotta love the JG 54 color schemes. Here's the beast with the yellow lower cowling and blue RV band. I ended up with 50% MMP-48 Blue and 50% white for the RV band. It looked closest to my eye. I also learned my lesson on preshading yellow areas. In this case, I preshaded the panel lines with light gray in the yellow zones. Worked like a champ. I also should have waited before installing the drop tank rack. I've busted three of the pins since this photo was taken. 

Ok - I tried the white tack worms for the fuselage camo (Tamiya masking tape for the wings). Worked great and another tool for the toolbox. By the way, I masked the wing leading edge scallop pattern. It's a relatively hard edge, but  several reference photos I check looked similar. 

Main painting complete with Mission Models RLM 74, 75, and 76. Ready for gloss coat then decals. I tried to replicate the classic Messerschmitt Regensburg mottle pattern with the sweeping bands and think it came out OK. The reference photo of the actual plane is a touch overexposed so it's difficult to tell how much mottling was applied. 

I'm generally very pleased with the Mission Models paints but I'm itching to try AK Real Colors based on reviews. Once I work through my Mission Models stock, I'll order some AK to try. 

Thanks for following. More later. 

Adding a few more WIP images for completeness. 

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, September 1, 2019 8:02 AM
Looks great. I really like the blue band on the fuselage. I still have my Gunze RLM colors but am also going to try the AK after it's used up


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    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, September 1, 2019 8:50 AM

The splinter camo looks great. 


God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Tamiya Me262

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

  • Member since
    August 2009
  • From: Borlando Fla home of the rat
Posted by TREYZX10R on Sunday, September 1, 2019 8:17 PM

Great looking Gustav, excellent paint work! Looking forward to the next update

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    July 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Friday, September 6, 2019 8:34 PM

Finished this Grünherz Gustav! Went together well and the paint and markings came out nicely. I gave the canopy a bath in gloss acrylic on this build for the first time and think it looks better than without. Having built a few Eduard 109s now, lessons learned on previous helped make this one cleaner. Examples:

-The PE instrument panel is really good but the other cockpit panels and radiator grills are in plastic IMHO. 

- It's good to ensure the PE exhaust stack covers fit before gluing. I had to trim them to get them to fit. 

(Still, I should have waited until the end to install the drop tank rack. I broke three of the four pins during painting.) 

Overall I really enjoyed this one. Enjoy the photos and thanks for looking. 

  • Member since
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, September 7, 2019 1:53 AM
Stunning! Nailed the RLM colors. Those Eduard kits are fantastic. I'm considering replacing all my Hasegawa kits with Eduard ones. Thank you for sharing your work with us.

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





  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Brisbane Australia
Posted by Josh_the_painter on Saturday, September 7, 2019 5:14 AM

I thought I was looking at pictures of the prototype! Just amazing. I have a long way to go to achieve this level of craftsmanship... or perhaps sorcery!


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    July 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, September 7, 2019 5:13 PM
Joe and Josh - thanks for the comments. Much appreciated.
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    August 2009
  • From: Borlando Fla home of the rat
Posted by TREYZX10R on Saturday, September 7, 2019 7:38 PM

Very nicely done Sir!

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    July 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Monday, September 9, 2019 9:42 PM
@Treyzx10R - Thank you very much for the comments.
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  • From: Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Monday, September 9, 2019 11:21 PM

Great job!

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17




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