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George V Guimaraes
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Eduard 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109G 6 Late.

July 23, 2019 · in Aviation · · 22 · 2.7K

Hi there,

I know, as if we're missing more '109s around here. But, for me, this one is special, my first motling attempt. I tried to be as close as possible to the manual and I'm happy with it. Hope you'll enjoy!

This one was Oberleutnant Anton Hafner machine, in which he scored 204 kills and was, in turn, killed, when collided with the ground, while trying to evade his opponents.



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  1. Very nice first attempt

  2. George, your build looks to be a "Goldilocks" build. Some strong work in the painting dept too. Two thumbs up.

  3. Good looking build and paint work!

  4. If that’s your first attempt at mottling then I’ll avoid building any 109 from now on 🙂
    Seriously, that is one gorgeous Gustav, and that plane in particular is one of those I the most. The only area I believe is below the quality of the build is the drop tank, those sanded lines need some describing in my opinion. Keep them coming, there is never too many quality builds

  5. This looks really nice for a first shot. Very nice, as a matter of fact.

    Since you obviously want to learn to get this really right, let me pass on a couple things. This isn't criticism, it's just more data for future use.

    Interestingly enough, there are particular camouflage patterns associated with particular factories as regards the 109. (google: "Bf-109 camouflage patterns" and you can get them in 3-view) You've got a combination here of the MTT-Regensburg scheme (wings and horizontal stabs) with the WNW (Wiener-Neustadt Werke) scheme for the fuselage. Certainly not a "fatal error" - who knows, it could be a repaired/rebuilt airplane that joined the fuselage of one airplane to the flying surfaces of another - certainly the Germans could have done such a thing (To which you now say, "that's my story and I'm sticking to it"). But finding out these schemes is interesting, and leads to Fun With Your Airbrush. There's also the MTT Erla scheme, with the "pinking shears" patterns on the wings and tail.

    More generally, the best way to do mottling is to thin the paint at least to 50-50, then tighten the airbrush tip waaaaay down and spray at no more than 15 lbs psi. You don't get "overspray" that way and you can shape the mottles better. Remember though, these things were not "planned" they were just a guy pressing the spraygun trigger, and no two are really alike in detail.

    Again, you're off to a great start here. "Mottling Messerschmitts" can become addictive. 🙂

  6. That is one nice 109 you got there! As Tom said, they did a lot of repairs, putting wings from one plane on another and so forth. I have spend countless hours searching for interesting 109's I want to build, but must admit it is mostly foreign 109's that so far caught my attention. There are a lot of interesting books and magazines, and the one I have had most use of is the two-part from Valiant-Wings, byt sadly the one of them is sold out. Geramond has re-issued the three bookazines on 109's that Flugzeug classic made, and that one is full of useful information too - and a lot of colour profiles.

    That said, I really like your mottling - looks great!

  7. A beautiful model in all respects. Love the paint work and weathering. Well done!

  8. Impressive work, everyone has said - "...nice job..." !

  9. Hi, George!
    Very nice camo, really.

  10. Thank you, Craig and Shun!

  11. Wow! Great job. Really like your photos. Well done as well

  12. Thank you for impressive paint work! Very inspirational!

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