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