Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 Wnr 163248, Swiss, Eduard 1/48

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  • 1/48, Bf109, Eduard, swiss
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  • Erik Gjørup said 7 months, 1 week ago:

    Nearing 1st anniversary!

    What do you know – this build was started one year ago!

    Keeping build-logs can be good to remember what you are doing – but in this case, I just realized that it is soon 1 year ago that this build was started.

    So as not to keep you in the dark – this is the status as of today!

    Now – rewind to September, and the cockpit is finished, and navigation lights fashioned from clear sprue are installed.

    More on how to make these in numerous other builds.

    Fuselage/wing assembled, filler and finish here and there.

    There are a few service-hatches that are not in use on Swiss examples.

    Ejector tubes installed

    Fashioned from aluminum-sheet from a candle.

    On its own legs

    The black paint will be explained next.

    next up will be wingskin and masking

  • Erik Gjørup said 7 months ago:

    Whats with that black wing?

    Well – just thinking that the skin on almost any aircraft is seldom smooth and straight, and as this one is going to be red and white I thought I might try and add some interest to the surface on top of that

    All the panels were scrabed lightly with a roundtipped knifeblade.

    Then some sanding, black paint to check

    Wingtips received doped strips of fabric, fashioned from filler between tape,

    They were then sanded not to be too visible

    The coolers got the copperwirepushrod/strengthening rod

    At least they are visible for the interested onlooker

    And then some homemade maskng

    Needs some tape and a fresh blade, then it is actually not that difficult – but take care not to scratch the glass! (don’t ask)

    next up I will be up to speed and painting commences

  • George R Blair Jr said 7 months ago:

    Wow! A lot of work on those wings. I’m interested to see how it looks with paint and decals.

  • Erik Gjørup said 7 months ago:

    me too 🙂

  • Erik Gjørup said 6 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Into the paintshop

    And once again were off to do some painting and masking and etc etc – you get the picture

    First off some Tamiya German Grey for the RLM66 insides of the canopy

    Followed by a testrun on some 30+ years old Humbrol 22 Gloss White – could have spent more time thinning and stirring, but overall it behaved nicely!

    A bit on the thick side, and large blobs appeared.

    Fast forward, after masking first some RLM75 (xtracolor)

    that was followed by masking with tape and maskol, and then RLM 74

    Once again Xtracolor used, thinned with their own brand thinner.

    Getting there – now some mottling and brown and green!

    next up a bit of painting and masking and..

  • Erik Gjørup said 6 months, 1 week ago:

    unmasking, masking, painting, unmasking, masking

    Detailing the paint

    Masks coming off in order to mask other areas.

    The mottling could be better I think, and hopefully I can soften those hard edges a bit.
    After more masking, the rudder is painted brown!

    After the brown, some green patches are added by brush

    And more masking taking place – this time in preparation for red!

    Top of wing first;

    The crosses will be painted on as I do not really expect decals to look that good on a red background.

    And now off to do add some more masking

    in the next post red has been added – and perhaps a first reveal without masks? comments are welcome

  • Erik Gjørup said 6 months, 1 week ago:

    Seeing red. . .

    After a lot of masking, the red paint comes on

    First round of red applied to the plane;

    Looks rather orange after the first thin layer!

    A layer more took care of that, and the masks comes off after just a short dryingtime.

    Taking care not to peel off some of the fresh paint, the promises of a bright future comes to light!

    What’s next? – suppose it may be some pictures after detailing, or perhaps no more until the finished plane. Time will tell.

  • Erik Gjørup said 5 months, 2 weeks ago:

    Prepared for decals

    Gloss clear all over

    In preparation for decals, the entire plane got 2 layers of Testors Gloss Clear Acrylic.

    This was the first time I airbrushed Testors Acrylic, and I have to say it worked just fine! Thinned 50:50 to enable it to dry faster it was very easy to use, and with their cleaner it was easy to clean the airbrush!

    Does anybody know if this is the one that will be discontinued? If so, I may have to stock up 🙂

    Hopefully this will be finished soon, next time I hope to have the last post before making the headlines

  • Erik Gjørup said 4 months, 2 weeks ago:


    Nothing at all has been happening for a month on this build

    As life has intervened, the build came to a grinding halt. With the autumn now over us here, It seems like things may be proceeding again. Today I got to add the swiss-specific decals, and hopefully I will be able to finish that part this week-end.

    The white text is not that good – something to do with manufacturing processes I guess?

    I spent an evening mid-week in the spraybooth, spraying a lot of exhausts (had to finish the Yugoslav E posted in headlines earlier today), and a pair was fitted to J-705.

    Still need some wear-and-tear, but at least they are installed now.

    I do think there may be one more post here before hitting the headlines – stay tuned

  • George R Blair Jr said 4 months, 2 weeks ago:

    The Swiss markings are certainly striking. Model Master paints seem to be a big mystery right now. I once used them exclusively, both enamels and acrylics, but they seem to be getting harder and harder to get here in Central Texas. One hobby shop I talked to said Model Master was purchased by one of the big paint manufacturers and was doing away with the line. I talked to another hobby shop who said the line would continue but the supply was slow. Take your choice on which story is true. I got tired of not being able to get the colors I needed, so I shifted to Tamiya and AK Real Colors, both of which I like a lot. Looking forward to seeing your finished Swiss 109. We just had the annual model show in Austin, Texas this weekend, and I managed to get several Hasegawa and Tamiya 1/48 109s for $10 each. Mine will never rival yours, but they look fun to build. Cheers, Erik.

  • Erik Gjørup said 4 months, 2 weeks ago:

    Thanx for the info on the paints – appreciated!

    And I shall be looking forward to be following your 109’s 🙂

  • Erik Gjørup said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    Not so shiny now!

    approaching the 2nd anniversary of starting this build!

    I finally got to give this long build a coat of Tamiya matt clear acrylic. The propeller and spinner have had their paint, and now it only lacks the wheels, antennas, pitot and other small items.

    Even though there is a long way remaining it felt good to put it back in the box to dry for at least a week before revisiting it.

    As promised earlier there is a closeup of the wingskin after paint

    Not as pronounced as I feared – after all the skin of a 109 did not wrinkle that munch! But it was a great lesson into how to do it on later builds.

    Well – still scope for another post or two before it is ready to fly the headlines – stay tuned

  • Erik Gjørup said 3 weeks, 6 days ago:

    Out in the sun

    Not that any visible progress is here, but the sun was out – and so was J-705

    The merciless light showed a need for more matt clear to hide all the ridges created by a heavy layer of paint.

    Now, the sun also gave an opportunity to brag a bit about the homemade nav-light

    Suppose there may be one more post here with some last-minute details before hitting the headlines – stay tuned

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