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Bf 109 G-6/R6 Duo Build
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Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2020 - 03:22 AM UTC

Starting a new build log: a duo build this time of Eduards recent release of ‘Wilde Sau Episode I: Ring of Fire’ featuring two Bf 109 G-6/R6’s. I really like the aggressive lines of the Bf 109G and so far, I have built two of Eduards quarter scale Gustav’s. I jumped at the chance of doing a review of this dual combo release. The marking options really appeal. There’s straightforward light blue [RLM 76] overall with splintered camouflaged wings [RLM 74 & 75]. There are three options that I would describe as standard camouflage if you want typical Luftwaffe fighter finish. The rest present a few challenges for anyone’s painting techniques, but the five with the under surfaces painted black, just look downright menacing.






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Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2020 - 03:39 AM UTC
I thought I have enough Bf 109 kits in my stash to last me at least a few years but when I saw this limited edition recently on the Eduard side, I was hooked. I'll get that kit as soon as I'm back from holdidays. These decal options are just too tempting. The Eduard 109 G's in quarterscale are probably the best beside the new Tamiya kit.

So here I am and will look over your shoulder, Tim ....
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Posted: Monday, August 31, 2020 - 11:00 AM UTC
Good to have you onboard Torsten Yes the marking options are pretty mouth watering...

Cockpit is going together really well. The PE rudder pedals are a little tricky to build. A cocktail stick is useful for supporting the strap, whilst trying to thread one end through the other.
The wheel well walls are easy enough to put together. There are ripples in the plastic representing the folds of the leather that made up the walls. The ceilings of the wheel wells are nicely detailed. The fit of the upper wing to the lower wing is good.






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Posted: Tuesday, September 01, 2020 - 10:53 AM UTC
Most of the parts for the cockpit have been added and painted. The photo etched parts add some interest to the cockpit. I did drill a couple of holes for the clear plastic fuel pipe that will be fitted on the right. Eduard indicate the contact point by a couple of small depressions. I’ve found in the past that they need seating in rather than butt joining.
I was going to fit the resin Pfeife [pipes] to the exhausts, but realised they might be vulnerable to damage. So will fit them towards the end of the build.
The white plastic card was added to aid alignment of the fuselage halves.





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Posted: Saturday, September 05, 2020 - 06:16 AM UTC
Fuselage halves have been joined. The plastic exhaust stacks need to be added before joining the fuselage halves. The blisters around the fuselage guns have also been added, note the difference in shape between the G5 and G6



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Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 12:25 PM UTC
The wings have been added. The join at the wing root is not too bad, but I will be looking to improve it. The join at the junction between under the fuselage between the trailing edge needs some attention to blend the join. Holes have been opened up under the wings for the canon gondolas and also under the fuselage for the fuel tank/bomb rack.





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Posted: Monday, September 14, 2020 - 11:42 AM UTC
Attached the tail planes and the various control surfaces: slats, ailerons, elevators and rudder as well as the flaps. Also fitted the distinctive super charger intakes. The under wing radiator fairing will be next…






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Posted: Monday, September 14, 2020 - 12:14 PM UTC
Great work so far Tim, gotta love a dual build!

Interesting that Eduard still don't provide locating pins on the fuselage when the rest of their moulds seem to give such nice fit.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 12:42 AM UTC

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Interesting that Eduard still don't provide locating pins on the fuselage when the rest of their moulds seem to give such nice fit.



Hi Damian it certainly is interesting building two at once, but with the dual combo's of Eduard it seems like a natural thing to do.

Regarding my addition of the plastic tabs on the fuselage, its just a belt and braces approach from me. I think you can get away easily without using them. The fit of the two fuselage halves is excellent. It has been my experience in the past when clamping things together, parts can and do move. So far I have not resorted to using clamps as the extra thin glue I'm using is ideal for this size of project. You can apply the glue, put pressure on the join with your fingers and within 20 seconds or so you have a secure joint. Conversely on some kits I have removed locating pins as they can be a hindrance if they are misaligned.
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Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 06:01 AM UTC
The cockpits have different types of rear armour. There are three types in all, two using clear plastic. The one on the ‘E’ attaches to the rear of the canopy. It’s a mitred but join, but make sure it is flush with rear of the canopy. Otherwise you will need to trim the canopy down to fit the space between the windscreen and clear fairing aft of the canopy. I thought I did, but nope, the canopy didn’t fit. So needed to file down the front of the canopy for it to fit. Not perfect fit, hence the very small area of filler in the gap between the windscreen and canopy..
Applied the masks, always a useful addition to a kit. Primed both models with Ultimate grey primer and then pre-shaded with Vallejo white. Didn’t pre-shade the under surfaces as these were painted black. So will carefully spray a few well thinned coats of black over the primer.





The upper surfaces of [E] is RLM 76 [light blue] with squiggly lines of RLM 74 or 75. My airbrush is a bit too spluttery to trust doing the lines. Also I would be struggling to keep the lines consistent with my shaky hands. So, I am going to use a paint brush to start off with. I might resort to the method illustrated here. I did put a coat of Klear on the test area over the RLM 76, just in case of mistakes. The paint can be easily removed in case of mistakes. Its possible to use masking tape for some of the less complex curves, but I think tape would be struggling with some of the lines on the fuselage.




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Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 08:32 PM UTC
Well experimented with my hairy stick approach to the squiggles on the port wing and I’m really not happy with the results. In fact, I’m not entirely sure I’m happy with my choice of markings. So may start again with another marking option.




Started painting option ‘B’. I painted the fuselage overall with RLM 76 [light blue ]. It will be mostly painted over by other colours. But there are hints of it here and there. A combination of RLM 02, 74 and 75 is being applied around the nose with a small area of RLM 76 showing



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Posted: Friday, September 18, 2020 - 08:02 PM UTC
Tim,

Your dual build is quite interesting so far. I share your opinion/experience regarding glueing the fuselage halves. Using thin liquid glue, patience and careful handling were all I needed to get them bonded with precision.
Options A and E are the most striking and obviously the most challenging to paint. I was wondering why don’t you give it a try with some free hand airbrushing?
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Posted: Friday, September 18, 2020 - 11:13 PM UTC
Hi Pedro thanks for looking in and your comments. I probably should have made it clearer, I am using a paint brush to create the lines. I called it a hairy stick a colloquial term for a paint brush.
Unfortunately I suffer from very shaky hands so the results have been inconsistent and disappointing so far. I practiced a few times on paper, card and a spare model [Airbus 319] as painting lines over a complex shape is entirely different from painting on a flat plain. I am seriously tempted to try another option as I am not entirely happy with the final scheme of option 'E' anyway.
Kind regards
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Posted: Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 02:24 AM UTC
Abandoned trying to do marking option ‘E’ and thought I would go for marking option ‘C’ instead. Its interesting as it was initially used in the role of maritime attack with JG 11. The aircraft was transferred to 8/JG 300 and flown by Oblt. Gerhard Stamp. Interestingly he had the markings of his ship kills painted on the tail as well as a single Lancaster kill



Made some progress with the painting. Sorry I got carried away painting and forgot to take more images






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Posted: Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 01:56 PM UTC
Moving along nicely Tim.

I share your frustrations with the airbrush. I still use my trusty old Paasche-H single action, and it is very difficult to get the right paint/thinner/air mix get those fine lines without the splatter. I've just ordered a new dual-action airbrush which should arrive this week, and I'm going to try basically the same pattern as yours with the lines on one of my current Me262 builds.

The alternative marking options you have are all very good, so nothing really lost there for you apart from a bit of time and a few drops of paint!

Cheers, D