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First attempt at Luftwaffe 'washable winter' camouflage: Eduard 1/48 Bf-109G-2

June 19, 2022 · in Aviation · · 16 · 1.6K

This is my first attempt at a Eastern Front camo scheme, and I chose another of 's lovely 1/48 scale Bf-109 kits as a test subject...

Faced with the prospect of the Russian winter and without having plans in place for standard camo schemes, the Luftwaffe used a hastily daubed on temporary white paint for its aircraft on the Eastern Front in winter, which wore thin and flaked in layers rapidly leaving an increasing amount of the underlying camouflage pattern showing over time.
As such, I painted a standard factory RLM 74/75 scheme first, then layered on matt white in thin layers over chipping varnish to try and simulate the chalky paint flaking in layers.

I'm not 100% happy with this finish, but it was a fun first attempt with regular paints. Kind of sad that none of the underlying camouflage was visible at all in the end, but ah well. I think next time I might try one of the specially formulated wash-off white paints made by Mig or AK to give a more convincing effect close up.

As usual, short build video here for any interested:

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16 responses

  1. I think this looks great, especially considering that it is your first attempt- Well done! Congrats on trying something new and I think you've been rewarded with a very very nice result. Thanks for sharing!

    • As I don't get the chance to model that often now, I find it surprisingly difficult to force myself out of my modelling comfort zone these days... so thanks very much for the kind words David!

  2. Great looking 109!

  3. Damn, your BF-109 looks real. It's an incredible piece of work!

  4. Amazing result, Justin! Looks totly realistic, with the "non-visibility" of the underlying camo being no issue at all!
    Great video with thecstep by step construction pics. Also, great collection of 109s!

  5. This camo looks great, Justin @britflyer
    Although the original scheme is not entirely visible, which is no problem at all, I do like this winter scheme a lot.

  6. Looks excellent! And a beautiful collection of 109's - I'm working my way forward to having a collection...

    • Thank you Greg! I'll admit that I'm tempted to buy a G-6 or G-14 kit just to have an excuse to make yet another 109 for the collection... with such a small airframe, the changes over different variants are much more noticeable than many comparable warbirds IMO

  7. Terrific work, Justin (@britflyer). A single color finish is always tough to get right, but you have managed to make it perfect. Well done.

  8. Great model and great article. And I love the group shot with your other (excellent) 109s. Thanks for posting.

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