Bf 109 in the Russian mud (1/48)

Steven000

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Hi guys,
I already did 2 Bf109F-kits from ICM in the past (link), although these are cheap kits they can be turned into nice models with a bit of extra work.

I still had this one in the stash, it's the R6 version with canons under the wing...
Box-art :
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I would like to make a small dio with the model, based on these pictures :
This would be a G2 'white 6' with wing canons in the Russian autumn mud,
I assume this 109 was parked for cover into a bomb-crater which got flooded overnight...
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I don't have to worry about the cockpit interior or canopy-masking :thumb2: ...
The bottom engine cowling and spinner-front-disk appears to be yellow, the rest of the spinner is a black&white.
Some nice mottling on the nose...
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Sprue-shots :
Same soft sprues as last time, all parts need a bit of cleaning-up...
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This sprue wasn't included in the other ICM kits, a nice set of bombs, 2 external fuel tanks and the R6 wing-canons...
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Clear parts.
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That's all for now,
Thanks for reading, have fun, stay safe & kind regards!
Steven
 

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Hi Steven, That looks like a very interesting topic for a Dio. In looking at the pictures, I'm thinking that the 109 might be parked in a man made revetment. The height from both camera angles seems too uniform in appearance. just a thought.
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... In looking at the pictures, I'm thinking that the 109 might be parked in a man made revetment. The height from both camera angles seems too uniform in appearance. just a thought ...
Thanks Rick!
Yes, you might be right, I can image there would be lots of shovels around too :smiling6: ...



I've put the model together this week, no need for a cockpit or engine :thumb2:...
As before there is some scraping needed and the nose was build up with the engine panels...
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Again I drilled out the solid-molded nose-canon and replaced it with a plastic tube...
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Under the tarp I still need the basic shape of the canopy,
so I glued the clear-parts in place but replaced the box-shaped piece with plastic-card, this way I have an extra spare one for future builds.
Based on the images the radiator-flaps were opened 'full' and the middle-flaps lowered 'minimum'...
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In the picture I noticed that the model has two missing air-intakes,
so I shaped a piece of sprue into a 'suppository' (1), then cut that into fragments (2) and glued them onto the nose (3)...
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The tarp was made from a layer of tissue...
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Then the tissue was soaked in diluted wood-glue and put onto the fuselage, a bit tricky...
I wasn't able to replicate the image exactly because the wet tissue was too fragile to manipulate further, but I think it will work ok...
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Because the kit has these 'soft-plastic' parts the wing-canons were too flexible to work with. (1)
So I've cut them off, drilled out the plastic (2) and glued some steel-rods in place with the same thickness :thumb2:...
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Some separate parts on wooden-sticks for painting...
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This evening I sprayed a coat of black primer, the tarp will be better visible in the end though ...
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Thanks for reading, kind regards & keep safe!
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A well thought out approach Steven, I think that tarp is just right and a good bit of insight to save the canopy for a spare.
I knew JR would be along when "mud" was mentioned. I hope there is plenty of coffee as he always gets a little "whiney"
if there are no refreshments. :crying:
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Thanks guys!

Some slowly progress on the 109,
I sprayed the underside in an Rlm76 and highlighted some panels roughly...
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Then I added some freehand camo with rlm74/75 on the wings and I tried a few different things on the fuselage as well...
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I tried to draw and cut out a mask from Tamiya-tape, based on the '6' visible in the images. A bit too 'bold' (font) but it is what it is...
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Here I masked the yellow band and white six, the yellow panels on the underside are masked too...
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Underside-parts sprayed in yellow...
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Here I had some paint chipping off when removing the '6' mask, the mask was a bit fragile so I didn't remove the tape-stickiness on my skin...
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Underside...
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Some masking of the spinner, based on the images...
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Spinner painted...
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At the moment I got this, the tarp is painted in an rlm02 color, it was probably a darker color in the images, but I don't know what would work best...
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Next is a gloss coat and some decals...

Thanks for reading and keep it safe!
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That is just right Steven. The camo. is top drawer and you are on your way to a great looking diorama. I am anxiously awaiting the next phase of this project. Rick H.
 

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Wow, an excellent build so far, really love how you've got the sit of the tarp looking spot on.. :thumb2: :thumb2: :thumb2: :thumb2:
 

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That's looking brilliant, wish I could cut out as good as that Steven. Tarp is the dogs !
 

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Late in Steven but when I read "dio" I got interested. Nice idea and the tarp looks wicked man. :thumb2:

Cheers,
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Great work Steven. I would have loved to see that engine start in the first picture - just me being silly.
 

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Many thanks for the comments guys! :thumb2:



This week our washing-machine broke down, it didn't want to drain and gave an error like 'drain filter full'...
But the machine is only 1 year old and the filter was still shiny and clean!
I decided to take a look inside to disconnect the drainage-hose connected to the drum,
so we could drain the machine (because the door remains locked when water is inside :astonished:)...
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About 10 liters of water ran out (yes that plastic box could only take 2 liters... :poop:)
and guess what... A D*MNED SOCK was stuck inside the drain-hose !!!
I was happy to find the problem but I'm not planning to lay down under the machine every week :thinking:...
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So with that resolved I could get back to my desk :relieved: ...
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Here's another update :
I've added some decals, sprayed another gloss coat and just finished the panel-wash...
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When wiping off the panel-wash excess I always use a paper-tissue or a cotton swap, but those don't last long...
Anyone here who knows a better alternative ?
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I used a swastika from a 'swastika-sheet' and also added a 'horizontal white stripe' on the yellow band, based on the images...
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Here I just added the panel-wash, next is a matt-coat...
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Next is a matt-coat...
Thanks for reading and keep it safe!
Steven
 

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That is looking the bomb....glad you were able to sort that sock eating washing machine! Damned unruly thing if you ask me! :thumb2:
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