Tamiya 109 G-6: a lesser knowned ace
Wolf-Udo Ettel is one of several lesser known fighter aces of the Luftwaffe. Achieving his Iron Cross in June 1943 after claiming his 120th victory in Russia. A few days later he was transferred to Italy, commanding 8./JG27, proceeding to shoot down both fighters and bombers (B-24s included). However in July 17th, while strafing ground targets his mount, black 6, was shot down by AA, Wolf perishing in the crashing. His final score was 124 victories.
This is the Tamiya kit, released last year, featuring accurate dimensions and some innovative gimmicks that allow the modeler to depict the plane with open engine hood, or closed, providing parts and decals to have both options made. The parts are interchangeable due to small magnets that bond the moveable parts without the need of any glue.
Now, since I found the engine plastic the best I’ve seen around, I decided to detail the whole power egg as much as I could and knew. Later on I came to the conclusion that if one adds cables and pipes the interchangeable factor is lost.
Decals came form my stash, although I did use the kits wing crosses for the the lower wings and found them far better than Tamiya usual thick decal film. These are thinner and blend the surface details quite well. Not so for the stencils I’m afraid, avoid them if you can.
100 hours work, mostly for the engine parts and the weathering, but I had great fun with it, even though it languished for months in the shelf after initial assembly, entirely my fault I say
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