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Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6

by Xavier Lena

 

Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6
III./JG53, Major Franz Goetz, Italy, 1944


 

  D e s c r i p t i o n

 

My latest project is a 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 finished using Kommandeur decals sheet KD4807Ff.

In the last fantastic release of Kommandeur decals, Brown Ryle issued one Me-109 scheme that I found really interesting. It is a G-6 from III/JG53, in Italy, early 1944, piloted by Major Franz GOETZ.





 

What I found particularly interesting is that, instead of the usual rather dull RLM74/75/76 scheme, the aircraft features some colourful patches of RLM 70 and RLM 71 greens.





 

I used Hasegawa's excellent 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6, almost out of box.

The only modifications to the cockpit were some wires and an Eduard harness:






 

The cockpit was painted with Gunze RLM 66 (H416). I then added a black wash of oil paint diluted in lighter fluid. Some areas were highlighted with a cloud of Gunze H 305 (Gray FS36118). then drybrushed with white Humbrol enamel and finally some silver on the seat bottom. Dials are represented with a drop of clear Aeromaster varnish.

Some extra details were added to the exterior:





 

The aircraft is painted with Gunze acrylic paints, diluted in isopropyl alcohol.

The mottling is sprayed with very diluted (90%) Gunze paint at a low pressure (1 bar or 7 psi), very close to the surface. The needle of the airbrush must be almost closed to restrict paint flow. This way you can slowly design every mottle one by one.

A coat of Gunze clear varnish is then sprayed before decaling.

Kommandeur decals were a pleasure to use. They are really thin - the film is almost invisible. They are easily moved around on the glossy kit surface provided you use extra water to help them. They reacted very well to AeroSol solution.

A coat of Gunze Matt varnish was then sprayed to seal the decals and blend everything in.

Weathering includes a black wash in all panel lines, some extra post-shadowing on panel lines and exhausts stains made with Gunze soot (H343) very (very) diluted.

All in all a very pleasant project for my first, but certainly not my last, Bf 109.




 

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Model, Photographs and Article Text Copyright 1999 by Xavier Lena
Image From KommanDeur Decal Sheet Used With Permission of E. Brown Ryle III
Page Created 17 May 1999
Last updated 26 July 2007

 

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