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1/32 Revell Bf 109G-6 - Barkhorn (Complete)

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1/32 Revell Bf 109G-6 - Barkhorn (Complete)
Posted by Hoss WA on Monday, October 28, 2019 10:34 PM

I decided to take a crack at 1:32 scale and this time the subject is the machine of 301-victory ace Gerhard Barkhorn.  I plan to depict the Bf 109G-6 W. Nr. 15909 he flew as CO of II./JG 52 in September 1943 at Anapa, Soviet Union. It had an interesting camo scheme and since Hauptman Barkhorn demanded that his machines be kept in immaculate condition, weathering will be light.

I decided I needed to shift gears after recently completing five Eduard 109s, so I'll be tackling the relatively new Revell G-6 kit.  I'll be using some light-duty AM doodads -- landing gear, exhaust, seat, etc. -- for some extra detail, and will use EagleCals and maybe masks for the main insignia. I'll use all AK paints again to see how they look for a mid-war RLM 74, 75, 76 and 04 scheme.  

Finished the office.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 11:13 AM

Great start!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 2:52 AM

Outstanding pit Hoss!  Paintwork is fantastic!  especially the IP.  Are those dials decals? I did this Revell kit a few years ago.  It's a pretty nice kit from what I recall.  I look forward to your progress.   

 "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 Hoss WA on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 6:59 PM

Mopar Madness

Great start!

 

 

Thanks Madness!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 7:02 PM

lawdog114

Outstanding pit Hoss!  Paintwork is fantastic!  especially the IP.  Are those dials decals? I did this Revell kit a few years ago.  It's a pretty nice kit from what I recall.  I look forward to your progress.   

 

 

Thanks Lawdog!  The dials are a combination of the kit decal (cut up into individual dials) and Airscale decals. The kit is nice so far. There's some superb detail and it's going together well.  More photos soon...

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 7:39 PM

Wow that office is looking sweet! Looking forward to watching this build out

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Posted by Hoss WA on Thursday, October 31, 2019 11:28 PM

TREYZX10R

Wow that office is looking sweet! Looking forward to watching this build out

 

 

Thanks Treyzx!

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Posted by Compressorman on Saturday, November 2, 2019 6:21 AM

Hoss WA
and since Hauptman Barkhorn demanded that his machines be kept in immaculate condition, weathering will be light.

Aww man, I like to see them just dripping with filth! Having said that though, the cockpit is looking fantastic!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, November 3, 2019 12:46 AM

Compressorman

 

 
Hoss WA
and since Hauptman Barkhorn demanded that his machines be kept in immaculate condition, weathering will be light.

 

Aww man, I like to see them just dripping with filth! Having said that though, the cockpit is looking fantastic!

 

Thanks Compressorman!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, November 3, 2019 12:57 AM

Build is complete and ready for priming. No major drama during the build. The kit is engineered with some seams that don't fall on panel lines so there was a little more filling and sanding than usual. The fit is generally very good and the soft Revell plastic is easy to work with. 

Aftermarket tidbits: Quickboost gunsight, exhaust, MGs, oil cooler and Barracuda seat with molded harness. 

I've also used Montex canopy masks this time. I probably will not use these again and will stick with Eduard going forward. The Montex masks are thick and tend to want to stay flat -- they don't stay stuck when applied to canopy panes that are curved. I hope there's no RLM 66 or primer on the clear panes and will be sure to check that all masks are stuck down prior to painting.

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, November 3, 2019 1:55 AM

The pit looks fantastic!  Looking forward to this one.  I like your masking technique 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Hoss WA on Monday, November 4, 2019 5:11 PM

keavdog

The pit looks fantastic!  Looking forward to this one.  I like your masking technique 

 

 

Thanks Keavdog!  Masking will be put to the test on this one. 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, November 4, 2019 7:58 PM

These 1/32 Revell kits are an incredible value!  I just bought the Fw 190 A8 Nachtjager and hope to get to it soon.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 4:16 PM

Mopar Madness

These 1/32 Revell kits are an incredible value!  I just bought the Fw 190 A8 Nachtjager and hope to get to it soon.

 

I agree. They are a very good deal for the money. I actually bought a second of these Revell 109G-6's after I started this first one. Good stuff. 

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  • From: Borlando Fla home of the rat
Posted by TREYZX10R on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 4:36 PM

Looking great, that went together fast!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 4:49 PM

Here's the latest update on Hauptmann Barkhorn's 109.

I primed with Mission Models gray primer and preshaded -- gray for the yellow areas and black for the rest. I'm thinking about using a different primer at some point. Mission models is OK but it's the only thing I've used so far. I've found that it sprays inconsistently for me. I'm not sure why -- pressure, thinning ratio, don't know. There's always more drama than I expect.  

I also added some random mottles for some panel variation -- trying something new. Then I painted and masked the yellow sections.  The yellow was AK Real Colors RLM 04. 

I then sprayed AK Real Colors RLM 76 to the wing undersides and fuselage sides. I was able to control the coverage very well to get just the right amount of preshading showing when complete. 

After spraying the wings and stabilizers with RLM 75, I decided to use a "floating mask" for the sawtooth RLM 74 camo pattern and I was not 100% happy with how it turned out. There was too much "under spray" under the masks and I needed to clean up the edges, which softened the demarcation line a bit. I found it's really important to angle away from the edge of the mask when spraying - tough to do with the intricate sawtooth pattern. In the end it will look good but I wanted an edge that was a little harder (but not as hard as one gets with a tape contact mask at 1/32). 

I used a similar approach for the leading edges of the wings but with cardboard instead of paper. The cardboard allowed me to shape the edges so they would conform to the leading edge of the wing. Very happy with how this turned out. This pattern is really pronounced in the reference photos. It's interesting how the RLM 76 extends well on to the top of the wing. 

Then I painted the RLM 75 and 74 on the fuselage using blu-tac rolls for the masks.

Finally, I added the mottles in RLM 74, 75, and 02. I cleaned them up a bit after the photo here. I'm working to closely follow the Eduard profile as well as actual photos for the mottling.

I'm really happy with the look of the AK Real Colors paints. I think the color rendition is very good and of course they spray and cover very well. There's also definitely more contrast between RLM 74, 75, and 76 than there is with the Mission Models paints. I'm not a paint expert but AK says they are "scale correct" colors right out of the jar. They say for 1/32 scale the modeler can add a bit of black to tone down the colors a bit. I didn't do this for this build yet, but will soften things a bit during weathering to reduce the contrast and tone down the black and white in the decals. 

Now on to gloss coat and decals.

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  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:15 PM

Your painting and finishing skills never fail to impress, Hoss. That's one of my weaker areas. I've got a bit to learn from you guys around here still.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:39 PM

Seriously cool camouflage Hoss! 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Thursday, November 7, 2019 11:08 AM

M. Brindos

Your painting and finishing skills never fail to impress, Hoss. That's one of my weaker areas. I've got a bit to learn from you guys around here still.

 

Thanks Mike!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Thursday, November 7, 2019 11:08 AM

Mopar Madness

Seriously cool camouflage Hoss! 

 

Thanks Madness!

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, November 8, 2019 2:25 AM
I think AK nailed the colors. Nice work on that camo pattern.

 "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 Hoss WA on Saturday, November 9, 2019 1:03 AM

lawdog114
I think AK nailed the colors. Nice work on that camo pattern.
 

Thanks Lawdog!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, November 9, 2019 2:47 PM

Finished with gloss coat and decals. The only real issue encountered was that the decal for the spinner blew up and I had to mask instead -- completely recoverable. 

Panel lines and more weathering next...

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Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, November 9, 2019 4:23 PM

Now that's purdy. 

What are you using as a gloss?

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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Posted by BrandonK on Saturday, November 9, 2019 4:32 PM

I don't recall haveing seen that camo scheme before, very good. Nice work.

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, November 9, 2019 6:51 PM

M. Brindos

Now that's purdy. 

What are you using as a gloss?

 

 

Thanks Mike. I used Tamiya X-22 gloss clear mixed 1:1 with Mr. Color Leveling Thinner followed by a light coat of 100% of the thinner.  It really gives a glass-like finish. This is the second time I've tried it. 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, November 9, 2019 6:53 PM

BrandonK

I don't recall haveing seen that camo scheme before, very good. Nice work.

BK

 

 

Thanks BK. 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 3:03 PM

Gerhard Barkhorn's 109G-6 is now complete -- it was a fun project. The Revell kit was is a nice build with some really good detail. The serrated edge camo scheme was unique. I really liked the AK Real Colors - they came out very well after all weathering and final clear coats. And it was a very interesting subject from a historical perspective. There are quite a few clear, high resolution photos of this plane from September 1943, just after Barkhorn was promoted to lead II./ JG 52. The photos were taken at Anapa, near the Crimean penninsula, where JG 52 was based trying to stem the Soviet advance after the failed Kursk summer offensive.

Weathering consisted of a Flory panel line wash, highlighting on the fabric control surfaces, a general overspray of a beige-grey mix, chipping and scratches with colored pencil and fine brush, brown-black post shading of panel lines, light and dark condensation streaks, exhaust and gunpowder stains with airbrush and pastels, some pigments on the wheels, and some oil and gas drips. 2x Model Master Flat Clear Lacquer was the final coat, buffed a bit along the wind direction. I used EZ line for the antenna. 

I decided this needed some sort of display base. I started with a 12"x12" wooden surface and spread some Vallejo acrylic earth. I airbrushed a few shades of earth colors to vary the tones across the surface. Then I glued three different shades and lengths of static grass in patterns to provide some variation. I also added a few tufts here and there. 

I also thought this needed a pilot figure and found a good one from Ultracast. It was painted with Mission Models. The cigarette is a nice touch.  

Thanks for following and enjoy the photos.

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 5:33 PM

There's nothing about this I don't like. I like the base, the plane, the figure, and especially the backdrops!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

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    July 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Thursday, November 14, 2019 8:39 AM

Mopar Madness

There's nothing about this I don't like. I like the base, the plane, the figure, and especially the backdrops!

 

 

Thanks Mopar! Much appreciated. 

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