Thursday, December 26, 2013

Work in progress vol.8: Messerschmitt Bf109G-10

Messerschmitt Bf109 G-10
Mostly out-of-the box construction.
Seat belts made of Tamiya masking tape and photo-etched small parts.
Some instrument dials made with Aeroscale dials decals set.
Seat belts harness made from etched parts.
Aeroscale instrument dials decals generic for Luftwaffe aircraft in WW2 (AS24LUFT).
See detailed construction

1) The sprues and painting guide:

1) Cockpit: After gluing the floor with the rear panel of the cockpit, i started some painting to give it just a little bit of wear. The base color was Tamiya XF53 neutral grey. Some areas were highlighted with Tamiya XF19 Sky grey. Then everything was blended with Tamiya XF24 dark grey.

Small details were the highlighted with an edge painting with 0,3mm pencil and vallejo acrilics aplied with brush.

The instrument panel was painted as the cockpit parts. Dials were made with the film provided by Trumpeter and they look nice. Some instrument faces received a color painting much like i´ve seen in some pictures of Bf109 fighters.

However, some smaill parts miss the sma e detail. I then used the nice  set of Aeroscale instrument decals in 1/24 scale with generic WW2 luftwaffe instruments.

2) The engine: I painted the engine block XF-1 flat black. Then i drybrushed Testors aluminium metalizer. To give back the black tone but still leaving some metallic finish, i used XF-1 flat black with 90% of thinner and airbrushed the the engine block. A light coat of Future sealed and gave the engine a nice final look.

The engine bearings were painted in XF23 light blue, with a highlight by adding white to the base color. Some edging with 0,3mm pencil and Light coat of Tamiya X19 smoke gave a worn aspect to the engine.

3) Fuselage: Some dry-fit showed that fit is nice of the two sides of the fuselage. The cockpit and engine go together as one piece:

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