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1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109 K-4 JG 53 “Gunther Landt” (Finished)

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1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109 K-4 JG 53 “Gunther Landt” (Finished)
Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, October 6, 2019 2:26 AM

After the P-40, the 1/32 bug has hit me once again.  I had a hankering for another 109 so I figured I'd drag this one out of the stash. I discovered the box had some goodies in there, namely some HGW seatbelts, Eduard canopy masks, and even some Montex masks. 

I intend to do Gunther Landt's JG 53 K-4 "Yellow 1".  Landt scored 23 kills with 8 being P-47 Thunderbolts.  It's my understanding he had the most P-47 kills in the ETO, all the more impressive since the competition was pretty stiff towards the end of the war.  This is a subject I've always wanted to do. 

In typical Hasegawa fashion,the rear fuselage is an insert. Fortunately, unlike their P-40, they fit well and fall on panel lines.  I glued these together then got going on the cockpit.  It's very nice out of the box.  At first I thought Hasegawa forgot the prominent yellow fuel line on the starboard wall, but then I learned the K didn't have it.  Anyways, I used a custom mix of XF-24 Dark Grey and XF-19 Sky Grey for my own RLM 66.  I got to the seatbelts, made by HGW.  They are essentially real fabric which was pretty neat.  It was alot of work threading them through the PE buckles but the results are well worth it in this scale.  

  

Close up

Super glued in place.  The numbers are a cool touch.  

After a wash. 

I used the IP decal.  It was well rendered and went down fine with Micro Sol. I actually got most of them to fall on the dials for once. 

 

 "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 BrandonK on Sunday, October 6, 2019 11:36 AM

Looks like this will be pretty sweet. I would buy some kits in this scale as I think I would enjoy them quite alot. Alas, I have far too many 1/48s that must get done first. 

BK

On the bench: AMT '71 Corvette

On Deck: 1/35 Tamiya M41 Walker Bulldog, 1/35 Tamiya 1/4 ton Jeep

1/48 Pro-Modeller SB2C-4 Helldiver

1/35 Italeri M4E3 Sherman 76MM

1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

1/48 Hasegawa P-38J Lightining

 

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, October 6, 2019 6:45 PM

Dang LD, you're going to have to give those boys on the production line a rest at some point!  I'm in on this one of course.  I also want to give those HGW belts a go too.

Chad

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, October 6, 2019 9:42 PM

BrandonK

Looks like this will be pretty sweet. I would buy some kits in this scale as I think I would enjoy them quite alot. Alas, I have far too many 1/48s that must get done first. 

BK

 

Thanks! Indeed, definitely worth it in this scale. 

 "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 lawdog114 on Sunday, October 6, 2019 9:45 PM

Mopar Madness

Dang LD, you're going to have to give those boys on the production line a rest at some point!  I'm in on this one of course.  I also want to give those HGW belts a go too.

 

Ha!  I can't.  I'm on a time schedule.  I'm actually thinking about entering this one into the local model show in November, so I have to focus and keep the screw ups to a minimum...

 "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 RadMax8 on Sunday, October 6, 2019 11:53 PM

Can’t wait to see this turkey in person, Joe!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Monday, October 7, 2019 1:21 AM

Cool scheme and plane. Those seat belts look really good. I'll be following along. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, October 7, 2019 2:47 AM

RadMax8

Can’t wait to see this turkey in person, Joe!

 

God willing. Hopefully I won't become a sore loser and pull the fire alarms....Whistling

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, October 7, 2019 2:47 AM

Hoss WA

Cool scheme and plane. Those seat belts look really good. I'll be following along. 

 

Thanks Hoss, Indeed theyre worth it in this scale

 "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 lawdog114 on Saturday, October 19, 2019 4:29 AM

I've been pluggin' but not posting.  Slacker!  Where was I? I got the fuselage together without issue. I added the weld seam to the supercharger intake with styrene rod. 

I attached the belts to the rear deck. I added the luggage door hinge with styrene rod.  A canopy prop rod will be attached there as well later. 

Wings were assembled then added to the fuselage.  It comes with a wing spar piece so you can't screw up the dihedral...Nice! 

For some reason I had it issues with the port wing fit.  No idea why.  I ended up needing some filler at the root. Nothing to serious. I added the radiator doors and flaps as well. I like the plastic to plastic bond  

Also, at this point I added the windscreen.  It fit ok.  I used Eduard masks.  

Time for paint and then Montex mask usage.  First, I preshaded panel lines and painted all areas to remain black, such as the fuselage band, the "black 2" which will get a "yellow 1" over the top of it, and the underside wing crosses.

White got sprayed and then the Montex masks for the crosses were added. 

Landt's "Yellow 1" calls for late war RLM 75/83 over 76.  I started with the 76 using AK real colors 76 "Version 1".  I found their "Version 2", presumably a late war shade, to be too blue to my eyes, it looked more like RLM 65. 

Time for the upper camo.  I wanted to simulate the late war "scalloping" on the wing leading edges.  Here was my solution, a hole punch in Tamiya tape.  Not perfect but it worked.  

I then added the AK RLM 75. 

I tried the reverse basing effect I have been expermenting with lately.  I started with straight RLM 76. Next I added some XF-2 white to it and marbled it.  Then I went back with straight 76 and marbled more. I also traced the panel lines back in with it.  I'll dub it the "back and forth technique".....lol.  It's time consuming but I like the results.  

I did not have AK RLM 83 so I used Gunze for this. I used the same technique but this time I added XF-57 Buff.  I'm very happy with it. and will use this technique from now on. I can't wait to try it on Olive Drab.

Masks removed.  We still don't need no stinkin' decals (yet)....

I have not a clue what the black squares are for.  Montex called for them. Perhaps it's a K-4 thing.

I did some exhaust shading.  I started with XF-1 diluted then simulated heat with diluted XF-19 Sky Grey. The key is to build it up gradually.  

For some reason I'm always happier with the starboard side. No clue why.

Some more post shading with diluted XF-69 NATO Black and XF-64 Red Crown mix.  Here's the final effect.  

Some minor shading.  I'll probably do some more on the bottom.

Time for clear coat and some decaling. 

 

 "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 M. Brindos on Saturday, October 19, 2019 5:13 AM

Wow! I'm going to have to try that technique! Those are gorgeous results, that are stunning!

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Real G on Saturday, October 19, 2019 6:23 AM

That’s looking good Lawdog!  I like your paint treatment!

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, October 19, 2019 6:46 AM

M. Brindos

Wow! I'm going to have to try that technique! Those are gorgeous results, that are stunning!

 

Thanks Mike. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, October 19, 2019 6:47 AM

Real G

That’s looking good Lawdog!  I like your paint treatment!

 

Thanks G.

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Posted by Josh_the_painter on Saturday, October 19, 2019 7:06 AM

Stunning as always! I wasn't familiar with the scallops on the wings so Thanks for the history lesson!

Josh

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Posted by Greatmaker on Saturday, October 19, 2019 1:12 PM

Fantastic Joe I think you nailed the staining and the scallops. Raising the bar again

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, October 20, 2019 12:52 AM

Josh_the_painter

Stunning as always! I wasn't familiar with the scallops on the wings so Thanks for the history lesson!

Josh

 

Thanks Josh.  Yeah, they are a late war thing I've seen on some late war 109s and 190s, perhaps others.  Here's a good pic of them on Landt's plane. It seems I should have been more sloppy with them.  

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, October 20, 2019 12:53 AM

Greatmaker

Fantastic Joe I think you nailed the staining and the scallops. Raising the bar again

 

Thanks Robert

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, October 20, 2019 9:17 AM

I sure am a big fan of your marbling! 

Chad

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At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, October 21, 2019 4:16 AM

Mopar Madness

I sure am a big fan of your marbling! 

 

Thanks Mopar!

 "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 TREYZX10R on Monday, October 21, 2019 7:58 PM

Looking great as always Joe! Really like your leading edge scallop solution. Some Ta152's had the same scallops as well. Looking forward to the next update

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:56 PM

TREYZX10R

Looking great as always Joe! Really like your leading edge scallop solution. Some Ta152's had the same scallops as well. Looking forward to the next update

 

Thanks Trey. 

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Posted by RadMax8 on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:23 PM

Master class again, Joe. I've found that black basing works well for me on the lighter colors, but when I go up top it doesn't make sense. I think your technique will be something worth trying if I ever get to the paint stage on my Mustang. 

Thanks for being so willing to break down your techniques for the rest of us, even if we can't replicate the results. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, October 24, 2019 3:37 AM

RadMax8

Master class again, Joe. I've found that black basing works well for me on the lighter colors, but when I go up top it doesn't make sense. I think your technique will be something worth trying if I ever get to the paint stage on my Mustang. 

Thanks for being so willing to break down your techniques for the rest of us, even if we can't replicate the results. 

 

Your welcome Max

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Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, October 24, 2019 4:04 AM

I finished this bad boy up last night.  To recap, it's the Hasegawa 1/32 scale Bf 109 K-4 in the JG 53 markings of Gunter Landt.  Landt scored 23 kills and it's my understanding he was the leading Thunderbolt killer in the ETO.  I added Barracuda resin wheels (which were surprisingly molded poorly), and Master metal gun barrels which were beautiful.  I also added fabric seatbelts which I think are a must in this scale.  The RLM 75/76 are the fantastic AK Real Colors and the RLM 83 was Gunze. TMost of the markings were painted with Montex, however, I supplemented some with decals, particularly the spinner spiral which was from Eagle Cal.  

Against my better judgment, I plan to enter it in the local IPMS model show in November.  It's been like 10 years since I've participated.  I generally don't have much luck with this show, but with this turkey I made a conscientous effort and tried to allieviate the little things the pen light police look for.  It's far from perfect but we will see.  I figure there's less competition in the larger scale.  I might enter the Eduard Millie G Mustang too.  

Thanks for following....

   

 

 

 

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, October 24, 2019 9:57 AM

Good luck, Joe. I think you'll crush the compitition and the pen light mafia. This is a very well done bird, as always.

BK

On the bench: AMT '71 Corvette

On Deck: 1/35 Tamiya M41 Walker Bulldog, 1/35 Tamiya 1/4 ton Jeep

1/48 Pro-Modeller SB2C-4 Helldiver

1/35 Italeri M4E3 Sherman 76MM

1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

1/48 Hasegawa P-38J Lightining

 

 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Thursday, October 24, 2019 10:22 AM

Looks awesome! Congrats. Good luck in the competition. 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, October 24, 2019 10:42 AM

It just doesn't get much better than that folks. Bravo Joe! 

                   

 

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, October 24, 2019 12:46 PM

Beautiful 109 Lawdog, my favorite version too!  I'm sure you will do well at the contest.  Be sure to give us a report after the show (with pics of course)!

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, October 24, 2019 3:03 PM

I'm sorry, Joe. But I've been scrutinizing your pictures and I can't find anything to dock you any points for.

Just another of your fabulously beautiful builds!

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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