Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
|I joind the seat rails and the rear |
upper decking. I airbrushed
these parts with RLM 66.
|I made a template for the right side console |
Saturday, June 5, 2021
|Dry fitting of parts is actually quite okay....|
|I made a jig for mounting the seat rails |
from MDF and a styrene strip
that slides into the C-profile:
|I cut paper templates of the armor plates |
to get the diminsions right ...
|I then cut the plates from 0.5 mm alu sheet, |
the alu is quite soft which makes it
tricky to cut and drill. Parts need to be
polished and cleaned.
Saturday, April 17, 2021
|Dryfitting of the shoulder armor assembly.|
|Seat rails are placed right in front of the |
|4 holes for the harness attachments drilled.|
Screw detail etc . still mising.
Monday, February 22, 2021
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
I visited the widow of Manfred Dieterle, a former pilot of 3./ JG300 piloting Bf-109G-6/R6 yellow "1", in a Seniorenheim near Stuttgart in 2004 for a short visit.
She showed me some items originating of Manfred´s Luftwaffe carrier. The two most interesting items were his Flugbuch (flight log) and a contemporary wooden scale model of „his“ Gustav of approx. 1/50 scale. This model was obviously finished in the wartime Luftwaffe lacquers as they were used on his real Gustav.
Description of the wooden Bf-109 model
Spinner: semi gloss black (probably RLM 7160.22) with pale yellow (probably is RLM 27) spiral.
Upper surfaces: close to RAL 7031 Blue grey (RAL-K5 color swatch). Finish shows a slight sheen typical to nitro-cellulose lacquers. The blue grey color does not fit a standard RLM color and was probably a mix of available colors at the unit level, probably based on lacquers RLM 7121 or 7122.
Lower surfaces: semi-gloss black, probably RLM 7160.22 with a less dull finish than the blue grey color.
Rumpfband (fuselage band): close to RAL 3005 Wine red (RAL-K5 color swatch) but different to RLM 28(!).
Tactical markings: pale yellow “1” with white outline. The pale yellow shade is probably RLM 27.
National insignias: white outline only Balkenkreuze on fuselage and upper wings. No swastika, probably it was too delicate to be applied by brush (?).
The Messerschmitt Bf-109G/AS
Frau Dieterle also showed Manfred´s Flugbuch and one entry was of particular interest for me: this entry was of a a sortie flown in a Bf-109G/AS with a remark reading as follows: “Geht ab wie eine Rakete!” which translates to “goes like a rocket!”. High altidude performans of the AS version must have been noticeably better than of the stand Gustav powered by the DB605A.
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Saturday, June 8, 2019
|Added the exhaust pipe finished with pigments |
|Airbrushed some dirt, streaks and fumes with |
Tamiya´s redbrown and flat black.
|Exhaust fumes were also airbrushed with thinned|
acrylics from Tamiya.
|More weathering done by airbrush.|
Thursday, May 30, 2019
|Weathered engine cowling. Exhaust is still missing.|
|Left engine cowling. Some final toughes missing!|
|Left upper wing with airbrushed Balkenkreuz.|
|Weathering almost done ...|
|Pale blue undercoat with thin white top coat.|
|White tail plane still needs some weathering!|
Thursday, March 14, 2019
a friend of mine asked me to weather a Köf3 diesel locomotive which was damaged during a workshop fire. I tried to clean the model as good as possible and then started weathering it using washes and stains. Here you go: