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PostPosted: Fri 28 Jul 2017 05:51 am 
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This GB was already underway when I joined the ATF so instead of being a late starter and failing to finish my first GB within the time frame, I thought I'd be a really late starter and do my build under GB-Plus 'rules'. :D

So here it is. The new tool 1/72 Bf109G-6 which I'll do in the Swiss markings supplied with the kit.
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PostPosted: Sun 30 Jul 2017 04:40 am 
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I've read a few reviews of this kit and while some people seem disappointed at the lack of cockpit detail - and it is very lacking for a modern kit - for modelers like me who enjoy a little scratch-building I think Airfix have got the balance about right. Here's the result of a couple of very enjoyable hours at the workbench: :D
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I've cut off the head armour that was moulded onto the seat but I'll scratch-build some new armour, with a transparent panel, as the Swiss aircraft seem to have had this fitted.

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Aug 2017 09:48 am 
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Cockpit has been painted and new head armour & seatbelts added. I've test fitted the canopy and almost none of my work is visible - but at least I know it's there. :)
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However I've also done some further mods that will be visible:
Under-wing radiators have had mid-supports added;
Under-nose oil cooler has had front locating pin removed and mid-support added;
Supercharger intake above the exhaust has been opened up and filed down further back to make it a little less like a banana;
Exhaust covers have been extended down to cover about 2/3 of the exhaust stubs;
Cannon in prop spinner has been drilled out;
Prop blades have been filed down to make them a little more pointy;
Fuel tank mount has been removed (was behind the oil cooler) and some holes on this panel were filled (some photos show these holes, some don't, and I can't see them in photos of Swiss Bf109Gs, but it's a bit hard to tell - so I've filled them in);
Slots for the under-wing cannons have been filled;
And I've also separated the cowling bulges so they aren't a 'saddle' shape.
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Very good attention to detail, you have far more patience than me. Well done!

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good start and i like the extra work you have put into your build :nod:

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PostPosted: Sun 13 Aug 2017 04:29 am 
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Thanks guys. :thumb:
Main assembly is complete and canopy has just been masked. I'll spray medium grey around the canopy to represent the inside colour - then prime the rest light grey - Tamiya XF-80 is my latest favorite primer. If I was doing the top coats with Tamiya or Humbrol I'd probably skip the prime coat, but I'll be using Italeri water based acrylics which need a primer coat to stick to and clear coats between masking to protect them. It's a bit of extra work, but I'm in no rush to finish. :D

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