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Two models 1/48 Hasegawa Bf-109 G “Erich Hartmann”

November 8, 2016 · in Aviation · · 18 Comments

Tonight as promised are the last two models from my "109" assembly line. These are painted as Bf-109 G's that were flown by the all time highest scoring ace in the world... ever.

Erich Hartmann was credited with 352 kills. No one has even come close to this. The next highest scoring ace was Barkhorn at 301 kills, and Rall at 275. Both of these "Experten" planes were featured last night in two other articles.

At one time all three of these top Luftwaffe Aces served in the same unit (JG 52) while on the "Eastern Front".

The Soviets referred to Hartmann as "The black Devil of the South", while the Germans called him "The Blonde Knight" or simply went by his nick name "Bubbi". Hartmann flew primarily with JG 52 which was the Luftwaffe's highest scoring unit.

Greg, I took your advise went out today and purchased a piece of white poster board to assist with the back ground of the photos that I post here. I'm going to have to get another and add it to this one, since this one leaves some areas exposed at certain angles. You're 100% correct, I like the cleaner look, Thanks !

These are both the version of the 109. One is a G-6 with the victory wreath on the tail and "100" just above that. (Yellow 1)

The other is a G-10 (I believe) with the black Tulip nose...(White 1) I painted on the black and white "Tulip" since I didn't want to try and get the decals to conform to the areas around the nose.

Both of these kits went together without any problems. They were sprayed with my Iwata HP plus C air brush. Model Master enamels were used on both planes.

On "yellow 1" I used RLM 70 and 74 on the upper surfaces of the wing and stabilizer assembly. From online research it seems that this was a plausible repaint in the field, similar to JG 54 "Grunherz" field applied paints. "Yellow One" has soft edge demarcation lines where the colors join.

White one has a typical G model factory style camouflage with a hard edge splinter pattern, using RLM 74, 75, and 76.

As usual, comments are welcome. Sometime in the future, I will post some more planes that I built in the markings of various "Aces". I'm going to take a few days off from posting planes and start building again. Thanks for the warm reception I have received here.


23 additional images. Click to enlarge.

18 responses

  1. Nicely done, Louis...with informative build statistics and excellent photography. Good work all around, my friend.

  2. Again a good read and two beautiful 109s. Great job with the mottling on the fuselage sides.

  3. Great-looking 109's! You can't beat that subject for the variety of schemes they present, and both of these are nicely done.

    One hint that might help on photos - if you are using a camera with zoom capability (like a phone), back away from the subject and use the zoom feature to get in closer. Less "fish-eye" distortion from having the lens so close to the subject, and it'll help the backdrop to cover more space (as it means the lens is shooting at a narrower angle).

    • I took your advice on the white paper and I must say I really like the difference. I'll try your advice on the photography on my next posting. Thanks again for everything.

  4. Weiss Ein and Gelbe Ein are both 109G-6s. Weiss Ein is Messerschmmit-built using the factory camouflage while Gelbe Ein is Fieseler-built using that factory camouflage. According to photos, both are "short tail" airplanes.

    Nice work on these.

    • Thanks Tom. I appreciate the kind words. I never realized that "white einz" had a short tail ( or even that there were indeed two planes, with different chevrons). Tonight I went online and did an image search and stumbled across a tail tailed G-10 that some people have misinterpreted as a K-4.

      Thanks again for the input. I may end up doing a repaint to depict a more correct version.
      Take care friend.

  5. A nice pair of '9's.

  6. 🙂 ... Greetings ... 🙂 :
    Louis ... very nice job on these two.
    The mottling effect is well done.
    Thank you for sharing these pictures.

  7. Boy those look nice. Haven't mastered that mottling technique yet but you sure have, enjoy your presentation

  8. Thank you Tom. I appreciate the compliments. Mottling isn't easy. It always takes me several attempts to get the look I want. I think the key is patience and practice. Sometimes I practice my technique on an old scrap model first before I try it on the one that I want to finish in a mottled camouflage pattern.

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