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James Kelley
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Hasegawa 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6

September 1, 2019 · in Aviation · · 11 ≡

After a nearly 2 1/2 year hiatus from scale modeling, I chose this project to blow the dust off of my creativity. All told, I spent about a month from start to completion. This model depicts a Bf 109G-6 of 7./JG3 -White 10 + Black I, Bad Worishofen, 1944.

The venerable kit speaks for itself, and there is no issues with assembly. In fact, there was no filler needed anywhere on the airframe. The only aftermarket I added was an Eduard PE seat harness.

Chrome Bare Metal Foil was wrapped around the hydraulic oleo struts. The markings were from an 18 year-old Cutting Edge (Meteor Productions) sheet. Back in the day, Cutting Edge decals were my go-to for aftermarket markings. This sheet, however, gave me fits. The spiralschnauze would not lay down, so I substituted it with one from an old Eagle Strike sheet. After, of course, sanding the spinner clean and repainting/glossing. The meteors fractured in several spots, necessitating touch-ups with white paint. But, the strangest thing was the fuselage Balkenkreuze-both sides, after being set with Mr. Mark Softer, and clear coated, weathered, and semi-gloss coated-lifted from the plastic and bubbled up!
Granted, the Mr. Mark Softer was maybe 6 or 7 years old, and there was not much left in the bottle, so that may have played a factor. So, I stripped the fuselage of those two decals, cleaned up the areas, re-painted the areas, re-glossed the areas, and used the kit's markings. These performed well.

The antennae wire is stretched sprue. Having not completed (or really worked on anything for that matter) for nearly three years made this project a humbling experience. There's a lot of room for improvement, and I have a lot of work to do in the future.

Thanks for looking…

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11 responses

  1. a very nice looking aircraft

  2. James, Very nice 109, and I have to admit I'm still a fan of the Hasegawa 109 kits.
    This old kit still builds into a nice example of this aircraft, as we see here. Well done !

  3. The Quintessential 109. It captures mystique, élan, and villainy of the bird with both power and understatement. Very fine work.

  4. Thank you guys. I appreciate it.

  5. It's obvious your hiatus hasn't diminished your talent(s) - nice work. 🙂

  6. Well dusted, James, well dusted.

  7. Hello James. Just got back myself. That is a damn nice looking gunboat. I am a fan of the Udet outfits' Buele markings too.

  8. For all the issues, you ended up with a really nice 109! Welcome back - looking forward to more.

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