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Aces on the Wrong Side of History GB - 2018

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Posted by TheWaggishAmerican on Friday, January 11, 2019 10:16 AM

Zvezda, thanks for participating! She looks great!

I'll get it updated on the completed page later today. Sorry it took me so long; I stopped recieving emails about this thread for some reason. 

-TWA

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Posted by Zvezda1980 on Saturday, January 05, 2019 10:55 AM

Herr oberleutnant, please use this photo for the front page

Again, many thanks for this great GB.

 

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, December 31, 2018 12:10 PM

Zvezda1980
Thanks to everyone for the fun, modeling eye candy and gained experience and especially our host and Geschwaderkommodore, TheWaggishAmerican

I heartily second that motion!Yes

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."

 

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Posted by Zvezda1980 on Monday, December 31, 2018 11:34 AM

Finally finished.

Some minor corrections, some exhaust stains added, a little dusting of the lower surfaces (must have been pretty muddy/dusty in Hungary on February 1945), nav lights on and the build is announced completed.

Below some pictures.

Just in time for new year's eve Beer

I will log in tomorrow for some further remarks and to pick a front page photo

Thanks to everyone for the fun, modeling eye candy and gained experience and especially our host and Geschwaderkommodore, TheWaggishAmerican

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, December 31, 2018 7:14 AM

Zvezda, your build is looking spectacular! That color combination really has a lethal look to it, particularly with the 'Erla haube' canopy.

The masked markings also look perfect. I've used masks for individual markings on occasion, but never for full insignia; I'll have to give that technique a try one of these days.

Thanks for your kind words on my build. I've always been attracted to the Finnish color schemes...they really seem to 'pop.'Smile

Zvezda1980
Btw, how on earth do you people manage to make such perfect aerial antennas Surprise?

It's easy with EZ-Line. (Sounds like a 1950's advertising slogan, doesn't it?) Pre-drilled holes in the tail-tip and fuselage let you anchor the elastic-y material with a tiny drop of super-glue. I stretch the 'horizontal' from the tail forward across the mast until the tension is to my liking, then hit it with another droplet of CA. For the 'vertical' I use a pair of stand-mounted tweezers. I stretch it until it's just taut...but not tight enough to pull the main line down...then hit it with another smidge of CA. Once fully dry (a matter of seconds) I trim the excess with a sharp pair of nail-clippers. Since the material flexes, it's easy to get a close, clean cut without pulling anything loose.

Happy New Year, and congratulations on your fine build!

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."

 

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Posted by Zvezda1980 on Monday, December 31, 2018 5:16 AM

Yesterday I managed to complete all painting and assembly.

Decals were applied after a coat of Tamiya Gloss Clear and then sealed with coats of gloss (first) and flat (last) clear.

Canopy and tail wheel were masked and painted.

Wheel hubs were painted flat black carefully by hand with a thin brush.

Exhausts were painted with Gunze Mr. Color Iron and then buffed very little. Exhaust heat shields were painted Mr. Color Aluminum and then sprayed with some irregular RLM 83 streaks.

Guns (Iron buffed), Propeller blades (RLM 70) & Hub (Black w. White spiral), Antennas, etc.

I will try to apply some weathering and a couple of required micro-corrections when I get back from work today.

 

 

 

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Posted by Zvezda1980 on Monday, December 31, 2018 4:54 AM

Greg, this is a true beauty. Excellent build, even more excellent painting work. The Finnish colors are very intriguing with all that yellow and light blue. Both thumbs up YesYes for your tribute to a flier with a very interesting career.

Btw, how on earth do you people manage to make such perfect aerial antennas Surprise?

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, December 30, 2018 2:52 PM

Calling this one done!

Nils 'Nipa' Katajainen joined Finland's reserve air force in 1939 and fought in the Winter War, was discharged in 1941, then returned to service only a few months later during mobilization for the Continuation War. He amassed 17.5 victories flying Brewster Buffaloes before converting to the Bf109 in May 1944, and was to add another 18 kills to his tally flying the Mersu.

Having lost his regular mount to combat damage during a sortie 2 days earlier, 'Nipa' was flying MT-476 'Yellow 7' in July, 1944, escorting bombers in an attack on Soviet shipping. After being engaged by defending Yak-9 fighters, he downed one Yak before being hit by defensive fire from the ships, which badly damaged his Bf109. He barely managed to nurse the a/c back to his base at Lappeenranta, where he was forced to try to belly-land at high speed...but instead bounced and cartwheeled, ripping off first the wings, and then the shedding the engine. Miraculously, Katajainen was pulled from the wreckage unconscious but alive.

After hospitalization and a slow recovery from his injuries, Katajainen was promoted before being discharged from the air force in November 1944; in December of that same year, he was appointed a Knight of the Mannerheim Cross, Finland's highest military decoration, for exceptional bravery. He was credited with a total of 35.5 aerial victories over 196 combat missions flown.

Following the war, 'Nipa' went on to work in the civil service in Helsinki, before passing away in 1997.

More photos here: http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/t/180841.aspx

[can't get the blasted link to work!!!!]

 

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."

 

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Posted by gregbale on Saturday, December 29, 2018 7:29 AM

Me again.

Painting is largely 'done up' and she's nearly ready for a gloss coat, decals, and final details. Hope to have it finished & posted before the weekend is out!

TTFN.

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."

 

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Posted by gregbale on Friday, December 28, 2018 6:58 AM

Wow, Zvezda, that really came out nicely! The masking worked a treat.Yes

I also really like your choice of colors; a nice change-up from the 'boring' 74/75/76 scheme

[he says...having spent days fiddling with a version of that very scheme...Propeller].

Great work!

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."

 

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Posted by Zvezda1980 on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 7:23 AM

Main painting activities completed and masks removed.

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Posted by Zvezda1980 on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 5:53 AM

Merry Christmas to all fellow aces.

Greg: No, this is a more modern kit, a Hasegawa rebox. You did a very nice painting job, Finnish 109's have such interesting camo variations.

Today was christmas painting time.

Having read various opinions and debates concerning the colors and pattern of mr Ewald's specific fighter, I decided to apply an RLM 75/83 pattern with heavy squiggles or RLM 83, supplemented by a few RLM75 mottles. I do not know how that stands in terms of historical accuracy, but I liked it more than the usual 74/75 mottling camo. If anybody has any further info or pictures on the subject I 'd be happy to indulge.

After some drying time elapses, various areas will be painted further (balkenkreuz inner color, wing leading edges, etc).

 

 

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Posted by Rambo on Monday, December 24, 2018 5:17 PM
That's a beautiful paint job very unique.

Clint

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, December 24, 2018 4:42 PM

A happy 'holiday' day off...with paint.

Also odd for late-model G-6/G-14 a/c--though apparently not for Finnish birds--no 'Morane' mast antenna under the port wing. (One less thing to screw up!)

Merry Christmas to all!Big Smile

 

Greg

 George Lewis:

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Posted by Rambo on Monday, December 24, 2018 8:34 AM

Zvezda you have this 109 looking amazing!

Clint

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, December 23, 2018 10:48 AM

Great work on 'Esaw's' mount! Those masks for the 'piggy' look like a grand step up from the hand-painting of the same I did many (many) years ago.Wink

Zvezda1980
You inspired me to pull out a 1/ 32 Revell '109 I've got in the stash and try to scratch build the eyes out of the poor kit (and eat more pies Big Smile) . Excellent upgrades, I especially love the air intakes work. You are fully qualified for a job in Regensburg.

Is that the '60s-vintage 'old' 109 kit? I remember re-engineering that one based on great drawings in an old IPMS Quarterly; hardest part was adding the 'stretch' to the short fuselage (and repositioning panel-lines accordingly).

I lost nearly 3 decades-worth of IPMS pubs in a disastrous move some years ago...but that article might still be find-able, if you're interested.

(As for the job in Regensburg...I fear selling links at the 'wurst' stand might be the job at which I'm best qualified....Chef)

Looking forward to seeing your bird with all its 'feathers' on.

Greg

 George Lewis:

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Posted by Zvezda1980 on Sunday, December 23, 2018 10:32 AM

Mr. Heinz 'Esaw' Ewald's mount has had some progress yesterday.

Painting of base colors and masking for the insignia & markings: crosses, number '3', JG-52 yellow band and hungarian front 'V' marking + the letter 'E' with the little piggy (E-Sau) .

Masking of windshield and cockpit. Canopy will be painted separately.

Painting of underside and fuselage sides with RLM 76 Light blue (Gunze H-417 acrylic), thinned 10% with white.

Everything is now drying nice and quietly.

 

 

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Posted by Zvezda1980 on Sunday, December 23, 2018 10:10 AM

Greg: this is a great scratch building seminar! You inspired me to pull out a 1/ 32 Revell '109 I've got in the stash and try to scratch build the eyes out of the poor kit (and eat more pies Big Smile) . Excellent upgrades, I especially love the air intakes work. You are fully qualified for a job in Regensburg.

 

 

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Posted by gregbale on Saturday, December 22, 2018 12:04 PM

Still hoping to slide in 'under the wire' on this one. I've added a few details, and she's about ready to paint.

I'll try 'pre-shading' the kit panel lines--which I don't usually do--and see how it works out.

Merry Christmas and (generic) Happy Holidays to one and all!

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."

 

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Posted by gregbale on Friday, December 14, 2018 3:34 PM

TheWaggishAmerican
greg, Every time you post I can't believe how much you're able to add to this thing. It looks great.

Thanks, TWA!

TheWaggishAmerican
How convulted are we talking on that commission? I've actually been approached by people IRL about comissions twice, turned both down because I was worried that whole thing would kneecap my already limited modelling time. (that and my reservations about my ability to meet the requests)

It was just one of those that started 'growing like Topsy,' with more detail being added as I dug out more source material. I don't do commission builds all that often...or GB's, for that matter...but it goes to figure that the instant I chucked into a GB, something would inevitably pop up to gum up the works!

Anyway, I appreciate your indulgence.

Greg

 George Lewis:

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Posted by TheWaggishAmerican on Friday, December 14, 2018 3:15 PM

greg, 

Every time you post I can't believe how much you're able to add to this thing. It looks great. 

How convulted are we talking on that commission? I've actually been approached by people IRL about comissions twice, turned both down because I was worried that whole thing would kneecap my already limited modelling time. (that and my reservations about my ability to meet the requests)

Anyway, great to see that a couple of you are coming back in after not posting in a while! I'll keep checking here as long as it takes!

-TWA

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Posted by gregbale on Friday, December 14, 2018 2:48 PM

Another AWOL checking in...with apologies to our long-suffering GB host...after persistent 'real world' distractions and a bit of 'burnout' following a convoluted commission build.

Back to my 21st Century Toys 1/32 Bf109G-14, which I'm sculpting into an only-slightly-altered late-model G-6 as flown by Finnish ace Nils 'Nipa' Katajainen. The kit, to its credit, does at least have walls rather than open holes in the landing gear wells; but I figured I'd add a bit.

First, the familiar braces from strip...although the 'clever' among you will note that they don't correspond to the bulges visible on the upper wing surface. Can't have everything....

Added the zip-close versions of the dust covers from more sheet scrap:

And the strut-area structure from pie-tin aluminum:

Finally, added a bit of grill-work to the underwing cooler intakes with some spare etch mesh and some 'L' stock:

That's it for the moment. The wings are on the fuselage now, awaiting some necessary filling and sanding. Should have another update in the coming week.

Glad to see I'm not the only well-meaning straggler wallowing toward the finish-line!Yes

Greg

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Posted by TheWaggishAmerican on Friday, December 14, 2018 10:44 AM

hogfanfs

I'm still working on my 109, but, I will not be finished by the end of the year. I keep posting pics as I go. 

 

 

Good to hear! I'll keep it open for you as well then. As long as people are still in I'll be ready to update the finished section. Dec 31 will only be a hard deadline for entry. Post finished pics whenever.

TWA

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Posted by hogfanfs on Friday, December 14, 2018 6:38 AM

I'm still working on my 109, but, I will not be finished by the end of the year. I keep posting pics as I go. 

 Bruce

 

 

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Posted by Rambo on Friday, December 14, 2018 6:20 AM
Still got enough time to finish. You can correct all that in no time.

Clint

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Posted by TheWaggishAmerican on Friday, December 14, 2018 5:31 AM

Zvezda, looking good! Sadly, I think you're right about that. Pretty much everyone who was going to finish has already, and I imagine this got burried pretty quickly under their other, more active threads. If you don't get it done by Dec 31, no worries. Post your final pics whenever, and I'll add you to the finished board and call this GB completed. 

-TWA

 

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Posted by Zvezda1980 on Friday, December 14, 2018 4:11 AM

Hello to everyone (although I feel it is getting rather lonely in here, I missed the best part).

Got back home and trying to complete this project on a fast track basis. And as always, haste makes waste (as you may see in the photos)...

Some WIP snapshots:

 

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Posted by Zvezda1980 on Saturday, November 17, 2018 6:09 AM

Hi mates

I've been away for work since my last post, hope to be back soon and be able to finish on time.

Cheers to all

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Posted by TheWaggishAmerican on Friday, November 02, 2018 9:05 AM

Looking good, Zvezda!

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