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:

Monday, December 16, 2013

Aircraft walkaround vol.34: Junkers Ju87G Stuka

Subject: Junkers Ju87G-2 Stuka, serial number 494083
Location: RAF Museum, Hendon U.K. 2013
Comments: The Ju87 was one of the most feared aircraft during World War Two. Its fixed undercarriage and cranked wing gave the Ju87 an evil appearance and the scream of its 'Trumpets of Jericho' sirens as it dived helped to spread terror amongst both soldiers and civilians. Widely known as the 'Stuka,' from the German word for dive-bomber (Sturzkampfflugzueg), the Ju87 first saw action in the Spanish Civil War (1936 to 1939). The campaigns in Poland and France added to its legendary reputation. With little aerial opposition it was able to attack targets with great accuracy. After the fall of France it was used to attack shipping in the Channel. The Ju87 went on to sink more ships than any other aircraft in history. 'Stuka' units then turned their attention to coastal airfields and radar stations, but by August 1940 heavy losses from defending fighters resulted in their withdrawal from operations. This poorly armed, slow and highly vulnerable aircraft found it impossible to operate without air superiority over the battlefield. Later in the war a specialist anti-armour version was produced which brought havoc to the tank armies on the Russian Front.