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1/48 Eduard Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 (JG 50 Grislawski)
Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, October 14, 2016 2:49 AM

This is my most ambitious endeavor yet.  Last year it was my first 1/32 subject, now I'm pushing my personal modeling boundaries even further.....surgery!  Here I tackle the Eduard Bf 109 G-6 which will get the Brassin engine upgrade straped on to the front.  The G-6 kit is the original release for 2014 that caused an uproar with 109 fanatics regarding it's inaccuracies. This doesn't bother me and I will try to fix the minor stuff.  This ought to be fun.....please join me.

I started with that DB 605, figuring I'd get the worst part done and out of the way.  It's a mix of resin and PE.  For the resin, I broke out my trusty Dremel and 3 hours later I got here.  As you can see the detail is breathtaking and I couldn't wait to start painting.

You are instructed to paint most of it black, which is a bummer since all that awesome detail will be hard to see.  I was generous with the drybrushing to make it pop out.  I used fuse wire to run the plumbing per Eduard's instruction, as they do not supply the needed wires.  3 more hours, a Detailer wash and then dull coat brought me about here.  I'm fairly happy with the results.  Not unlike NyQul, the box should come with a disclaimer that says "Warning..don't make any Censored plans!"

Next was the cockpit which was fairly nice right out of the box.  Not Tamiya P-47 nice, but decent nonetheless, especially with the included PE added.  I used the seatbelts, rudders, and IP.  The clear fuel line was a nice touch.  You tape off the clear part and paint it....looks great! 

I then followed the instructions and hacked up the front cowl with my Dremel.  I roughed it out with the Dremel then finished with a #11 exacto.  Boy I was nervous. Moment of truth.  In my best Ace Ventura voice......."like a glove".

I hope the worst is over.  

 

 "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 Friday, October 14, 2016 4:01 AM

What a fantastic start so far.  I'm extreme excited over the rest of your WIP!  I'll be intensely following!

Toshi

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, October 14, 2016 5:47 AM
Wow!!!

 

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Posted by rooster513 on Friday, October 14, 2016 6:54 AM

Oh man Joe, when you finish fuselage with your usually quality this one is gonna be niiicceee! I've been wanting to do the same surgery with one of their Spitfires but worried I'll mess it up. Really looking forward to seeing the rest come together!

-Andy

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Posted by fermis on Friday, October 14, 2016 7:03 AM

Yes Sir!!!

I know doing the work is not a whole lotta fun...but in the end, when you have all that to look at...totally worth it!

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, October 14, 2016 9:15 AM

I love seeing these kits with all the bits opened up and detailed out. It really takes alot of extra work. Super nice, Joe. LOVE IT!!

BK

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Posted by Greg on Friday, October 14, 2016 10:41 AM

Oh yeah. Just what the doctor ordered **.

Looking good and I'm sure glad you're sharing this one in a WIP, Joe. That Brassin engine is awesome. I've yet to tackle one myself.

**I say that because as I am in the midst of enjoying my first Tamiya project in 40+ yrs and am enjoying the heck out of zero fit issues, no filling, no aftermarket parts at all, etc.....

.....day before yesterday I got the Eduard urge and ordered a Spit and Big Ed'ed and Brassin'ed it all up. So timing of finding your thread here is great! Wink

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Posted by Hodakamax on Friday, October 14, 2016 10:54 AM

Outstanding start I must say. I'm always intrigued by your "commitment'', I guess is the word, to modeling and detail. You set a good example to me and others I'm sure. I'm looking forward to seeing this one in progress!

Max

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Posted by SaltydogII on Friday, October 14, 2016 11:02 AM

Looking good lawdog.

Chris

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Posted by falconmod on Friday, October 14, 2016 1:15 PM

Impressive,  love the looks of that engine.  Looks like you miniaturized a real one!

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Posted by Greatmaker on Friday, October 14, 2016 1:42 PM

Running out of superlatives Joe. All I can say is "Striker, listen, and you listen close: flying a plane is no different than riding a bicycle, just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.•

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, October 14, 2016 3:53 PM

Thanks guys...nice to have all of you along.  

 

Greatmaker

All I can say is "Striker, listen, and you listen close: flying a plane is no different than riding a bicycle, just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.•

 

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, October 14, 2016 9:49 PM

Wow! That is phenominal. Bow Down

- Mike Brindos "Lost Boy"

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Posted by blkhwkmatt on Sunday, October 16, 2016 12:26 AM

Looking amazing there Joe, keep us posted!  I must say that the Brassin engine looks a bit easier than the Aries set I'm working on with my 335.

<Matt

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur!!! - Anything said in Latin sounds profound!

 

 

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Posted by wildcat13 on Sunday, October 16, 2016 8:12 AM

Looks Great

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, October 22, 2016 1:36 AM

Thanks folks.  I had some issues with the PE that fits around the exhausts.  I had trouble getting it to fit right.  On the port exhaust "roof", you have to bend a curve into it which I found to be nearly impossible to do.  Stupid design.  I finally bent it with tweezers but it's not pretty.  This is why I like engines closed up.  Anyways, I managed to get the airframe together and the seams sanded to await primer.  I can say that this is the best surface detail I've seen on a 109.  I don't think Eduard missed a rivet.

It took me an hour to tape off the engine compartment.  I used Post it notes under the tape so delicate wiring and such wouldn't stick to the tape when removed.....like a tent  I'll still be careful with the painting as it's not as secure as normal.   

I find that on the Bf 109, Tenaxing on all the flaps and control surfaces while still in bare plastic provides a better bond.  It fuses them together and they tend to stay put throughout the build.  Before I started doing this I was always knocking off the radiator flaps during painting.  Tenax is like a welding gun for styrene..

I hope to be painting 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 Toshi on Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:05 AM

Masking looks good.  I've never tried a combination tape and post it notes as a mask.  Great idea!  Got to try this technique, it's very interesting sir!

Toshi

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, October 24, 2016 12:38 AM
Thanks Toshi

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Posted by Buckeye on Monday, October 24, 2016 11:32 AM

Looking mighty fine! Yes

Mike

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Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:25 AM
Thanks Mike

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, October 28, 2016 1:31 AM

I was able to sit down and get some paint work done last night.  I'm building this subject, Alfred Grislawski's JG 50 mount.  JG 50 were a specialized unit whose purpose was to combat the British Mosquito, which were becoming a real pain in the you know what for the Reich.  More on him later.... 

 

Anyways, I preshaded the panel lines then sprayed the underside nose yellow.  I used XF-3 Flat Yellow with a few drops of XF-7 Flat Red for color intensity.....it works.  

   

I also painted the tail white then taped those areas off.  Next I fired down the RLM 76.  I'm out of Gunze so I had to mix it from Tamiya.  I used 2 parts XF-23 Light Blue, 2 parts XF-66 Light Grey, and the 7 parts XF-2 Flat White, per Tamiya recommendation I located online.  It looks ok to my eye.

Next I sprayed the wings and upper fuselage Gunze RLM 75. Gunze sprays like silk with their own thinner.  It does take longer to dry than Tamiya though, so you have to be careful in handling.......in my case a slight annoyance.   

Next I used blue tac rolled into "worms" to mark off the demarcation lines.  I used the instructions as a reference on how the pattern should go.  I then sprayed the Gunze RLM 74.  I'm simply in awe of the surface detail on this kit and it's some of the best I've ever seen, so I decided to forego my normal condensation streaking which felt would detract from it.  I did add a touch of XF-2 to the 74 to sun fade it just a bit.  I added the 74/75 mottling then gave everything a postshade. I, and the 7 parts XF-2 Flat White, per Tamiya recommendation.  I added more XF-1 to the postshade and then put down the black Daimler Benz sooty exhaust stains which are so prominent on the Bf 109.  

The underside.  I grunged it up with a postshade.

Time to start on the little stuff....   

 "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 mustang1989 on Friday, October 28, 2016 3:15 AM

Well I'll say first and foremost , this is one helluva job you're doing on this thing Joe. The engine, gun platform, and interior are just dripping with beautifully built detail and weathering. Secondly, it takes me a good month or two to end up where you did in mere......................hours??? facepalm_zpsgaclnqrj.gifIn alot of ways I envy you for your speed to your targeted goal because I'd love to build with that amount of surety and fluid like qualities but on the other hand , my display space is limited and I'd run out of places to put all those built models. In any case you're turning out one good looking 109 here. Yes

                   

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Posted by rooster513 on Friday, October 28, 2016 7:19 AM

That looks REALLY nice Joe! A couple questions...where do you get your Gunze paints and do you find there colors pretty accurate? Mixing all those tamiya paints as you had to do can be a pain.

-Andy

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Friday, October 28, 2016 3:42 PM

Joe you've really raised the bar with this project,looking Awesome Sir!

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Posted by 1943Mike on Saturday, October 29, 2016 12:21 AM

There's so much fantastic looking detail between the pit and the cowling it actually looks like a real engine and guns - I'm completely gobsmacked.

Your committment to grinding through the work required to get that meticulous effect is extremely commendable. The result is outstanding!!

Mike

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Posted by Johnny1000 on Sunday, October 30, 2016 11:51 AM

It's looking great. Another inspiring, bar setting, job.

-J

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 9:53 PM

rooster513

...where do you get your Gunze paints and do you find there colors pretty accurate? Mixing all those tamiya paints as you had to do can be a pain.

 

 

Thanks guys...

Rooster, I get them off eBay.  Aqueous are hard, if not impossible, to get in the states now.  It's a labeling thing I believe.  

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, November 4, 2016 12:02 AM

One thing is abundantly clear here, Joe. I need to step up my A-game lol. This is amazing work you're doing here.

- Mike Brindos "Lost Boy"

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, November 7, 2016 1:13 AM

Thanks for the kind words all.  I still have to fix a few small things here and add a few tid bits there, but for the most part its done.  To recap, it's the 2014 original issue Bf 109 G-6 in the JG 50 markings of Alfred Grislawski's "White 10" around September of 1943.  Grislawski was a 133 kill ace, which included 18 four engine bombers.  

Reference the kit, I'm aware of all the criticism but I just could not find any glaring errors to warrant a reboot.  I'm no expert though.  It certainly looks like a Gustav to me.  It's supposed to be too big, but I didn't notice it.  The landing gear angle was supposed to be wrong.  I personally couldn't tell the difference.  I did Tenax the attachment holes liberally then push them slightly forward as they were drying to increase the forward rake.  Aside from my surgery woes, it went together beautifully.  The surface detail is second to none and the fine rivets even held a wash, including the prop hub! Count on me doing another one of these closed up out of the box very soon.  I hate to admit it, but the Hasegawa kit is now in danger of being rendered obsolete. If their upcoming P-51 is anywhere near this good, look out Tamiya... 

 

    

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Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, November 7, 2016 6:50 AM

Ah Joe, another masterpiece for sure, you've reached a pinnacle unclimbable by me. I always enjoy the history part of your builds also, just another educational plus of our hobby of perfection.

Max

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