I built this plane purely because
I wanted to build a plane with Hartmannís signature all over it, but couldnít
decide which of his 109ís to build. The hypothetical aircraft with small
snipits of info on it is a Bf-109G-10 from I Gruppe JG52 flown as the
Gruppenkommandeur April 1945. There isnít a whole lot of proof that he even
flew this plane with this WrkNr, and even worse, he might not have flown a G-10
with the cowl bulges on it to make room for the new DB 605D powerplant. There is
a single picture showing him by the cockpit showing a smoothened out refined
I built the kit right out of the
box, with the exception of a small piece of craft wire for the fuel line inside
the cockpit and after market decals from Aeromaster.
I used sheet # PAF 48-04.
I used Model Master Acrylics and
painted the kit using shades of Panzer Red-Brown as RLM 81 (MM RLM 81 looked too
green for me) and RLM 82 for the upper surfaces/mottle and RLM 84 for the lower
fuselage and under surfaces. I say the word shades because I mixed a ľ portion
of flat white with the base colors.
I used shapes of stiff bonded
paper for the camouflage and a template with cut out holes in different shapes
for the mottle. I used RLM 04 for the fuselage band, under the cowl and
underside of the wing tips. I had to strip the paint scheme twice before I got
it the way I wanted it. I should have followed the paint up with a coat of
gloss, but thought that the semi-gloss MM paint would be enough to apply the
decals. Boy was I wrong. All the stencils showed silvering which would probably
wreck any chances of this model competing in a show. After the decals, I applied
a coat of clear flat, which toned down the aircraft from looking new, but it
still wasnít quite where I wanted it. After 24 hours of drying time, I looked
to find a way to fade the paint. After asking many a question of my modeling
buddies, I took a very, very thinned paint cup of flat white and carefully
misted this on with my airbrush at a low airflow pressure as possible. This
seemed to work.
I am not great at weathering, so
I left that alone, but did use a wash of burnt umber oil paint to all panel
lines, wheel wells, doors and struts. I also used pastels for the exhaust and
the underside of the cowling.
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This was only my third attempt at
modeling with an airbrush and as you can see, anyone can do it. I really enjoyed
the build of this model, as frustrating as it was at times. I wish to thank
Steve Bamford who took the awesome pictures. Steve.....you are da man..!
Editors note: You're quite
welcome Brad!!! SB