1/32 Bf 109G-6 of 8./Jg1, 1944
Here is the kit that got my on my large-scale building bing, the mighty Hasegawa 109G-6! I built this kit very soon after it came out back in 2002 and is still in my collection, along with 2 others I’ve built since. Yes the kit has a few inaccuracies with a somewhat blunt spinner but it builds easily, the surface detail is outstanding and the choice of color schemes is endless!
I found a set of EagleCals #40 at my LHS back in Albuquerque that had some very attractive schemes, and decided on a colorful bird from 8./Jg1 in 1944. I had the G-14 model as well so I swapped the Erla canopy from the G-14 for this build and used the standard canopy on the G-14, which was another scheme on the same decal sheet and I also built. The paint scheme is standard for Luftwaffe day fighters during the mid-war years, 74/75/ over 76 with extensive mottling, yellow 04 undercowl and a vivid red 23 Reich defense band. All colors are MM. I finished with a sludge wash and some light chipping and weathering to complete the look.
Before applying the decals or the wash I used Future as a glosscoat (and I’ve been using the stuff ever since!) The decals are just awesome, well printed and in beautiful color, and apply flawlessly. I used a fine brass wire for the antenna lead. I used Future mixed with Tamiya Flat Base (about 40% base to 60% Future to give me a satin finish. I always test how flat the mix is first on an old kit, too much base and you get a dead-flat, almost frosty look.
Even though other kitmakers have joined the fray with their own 109’s, the Hasegawa kit is still to my experience the best, because you don’t have to do a whole lot of correcting or adding to creat an accurate ‘Schmitt. I do have Revell’s Erla 109G-10 and I’m looking forward to doing that one and featuring it here as well, but for now, thanx for letting me share!
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