A New Aircraft Project

I have been wanting to start this new aircraft kit for a while now, but wasn’t too sure what kind of scheme I wanted to go with, hence my delay on moving forward.

The kit, which I obtained from my oldest son, is the 2015 release of the Revell of Germany, 1/32 FW190 F-8, kit number 04869.

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When the kit came out in 2015, the reviews were generally positive, and after having (mostly) built the Bf109 G-10 that was released in 2013 by Revell, I figured it would be a good kit. My son bought it for himself, but decided he was going to pass on it for now and gave it to me.

Once I cleared the bench of most of my lingering projects, I started looking for a particular aircraft I could build. Usually, when I build a kit, I like to go for something unique, or with an interesting backstory. After a bit of searching I came up with a solution.

On May 8, 1945, A feldwebel in the Luftwaffe named Eugen Lörcher, decided, with the Russians closing in, to “get out of Dodge,” as the American saying goes. Like most German military personnel, the idea of being captured by the Russians was not the least bit acceptable. So, Fw Lörcher rounded up his fiance, packed her into the fuselage via the radio access panel, and headed for home from his base in Czechoslovakia. Flying at low altitude to avoid enemy fighters, but leaving himself open to ground fire, he eventually made a successful belly landing near his parents home. He and his fiance were unharmed, and eventually got married. I have also read that he and his wife returned every year to the crash sight to toast their successful escape with champagne.

After I decided on this scheme, I had to find a decal set for this particular subject. After a short search, I found a set from EagleCals.

Eaglecals FW190

The markings I will be using are for Black 3 at the bottom. Another reason I chose this particular aircraft, is the somewhat unique paint scheme. The fuselage sides and lower surfaces are bare metal, with a very faint mottling on the upper sides and tail, with camo colors on the top of the fuselage and the tops of the wings. The elevators and rudder are coated with red oxide primer.

Another interesting tidbit on this project: I have never painted a bare metal finish model of any kind.

Should be interesting.

At this point of the build, I have built and painted the cockpit components, assembled the aftermarket seatbelts, and started painting the inside fuselage parts for assembly.

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I will be painting this plane with Tamiya paints for the most part, with the exception of the bare metal which will be Vallejo brand metal paint.

So, stay tuned if you want to follow along. This won’t be a blow by blow build log, but more of an occasional update as I progress.

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More Progress On The Bf-109

I got a bit more done over the last couple of weeks… in between the ultimate honey-do project… a living room/dining room remodel.

Now that the fuselage and wings are all together, I started on the next steps, namely the gear struts, stabilizers and control surfaces.

The struts are kind of different on this kit. On past kits I have built, the struts are usually molded as one piece, or at least the main strut is one piece with the scissor part and maybe a brake line molded separately. On this kit, the main part is molded in two halves. Many reviews have lamented this fact, stating fear of a weak strut due to the way it is molded. And then there are seam lines to deal with. I have to say, this really didn’t bother me. After test fitting and taking care of the ejector pin marks on the inside of the two halves, I found the fit to be quite good. With careful alignment I was able to get a near seamless join. A very light scrape of the hobby knife and I couldn’t even tell it had been cemented together.

The only real cleanup I had to do was on the inside where the ejector marks are. Instead of being recessed, as is often the case, they protruded a bit. After a quick trim with the knife, problem solved. (and yes, I realize I spelt “elector.)

Next, I moved on to the rear stabilizers. I cut the parts off and cleaned them up and cemented them together. Again, very nice fit and very light sanding on the edge was all that was needed. However, when I went to test fit them to the fuselage, I noticed something. As you can see in the photo below there are supposed to be holes in the tail of the plane that allow the rear ailerons to move up and down. These holes were not present on my parts.

So, I got out the handy-dandy pin vise and drilled the needed holes. Voila! ready to go.

And here is an overall shot so far. I won’t be attaching the control surfaces until after I do the painting.

Until next time…

More Progress On The 109

I hadn’t realized until today how long it’s been since I posted any updates about this project.

For starters, I am not getting quite as much done as I would like due to a major remodeling project in my house, but I am getting some done.

So far, this kit is going together nicely. I have to say that aircraft model kits are a far cry from my former forays into model building. In the ’80s, when I was building with some regularity, I avoided aircraft kits at all costs. I do NOT like filling and sanding and all of that, and it seemed that aircraft kits of yore were quite needy in this area. Not so anymore. Kit manufacturing has come a long way.

First up is an exhaust comparison photo. On the left is the kit part, and on the right is the Barracuda resin replacement. Not too much of a difference from this angle.

From this view you can see that the resin part is a little broader, especially at the curved, base section… a little truer to the real deal.

And here it is looking at the exhaust opening. The kit part is sold and needs to be hollowed out to look right, whereas the resin part is already hollow at the tips. Once painted and the inside of the exhaust blackened, it will look a bit more realistic.

Here is the exhaust installed. Also note in this photo the resin supercharger intake. The kit part isn’t too bad and would be usable, but this one is molded in one piece, thereby eliminating a seam mark on the inside of the opening that would be a little more difficult to correct.

During this assembly step, I made a note (hopefully as a help to others) indicating the sequence in which to assemble the landing gear bay parts. I dry fitted the parts a few times and it seemed this way worked the best.

Here are the parts I am working with now. I primed the portions of these parts that I am going to paint prior to further assembly.

And, finally, here is a closer shot of the installed cockpit.

Construction Has Begun

As the title says, construction has begun on the Revell Bf109 G-10.

I have been working on the first few steps which involves putting together and painting the cockpit and instrument panel. So far, so good. There are a few minor things that need attention and I will deal with those in the following photos.

The first thing to do is cut the parts off the sprues. One of the first items, are the rudder pedal. As you can see below the parts aren’t molded all that great. Quite poorly in fact. But, with a samll bit of work they look fine after they are cleaned up. And I discovered they look quite good with paint. More detail than I first thought.

the floor of the cockpit is molded very nicely. Somewhere along the line one of the pegs that the rudder pedal attaches too, was broken off, so I had to get creative. Those extra Panzer IV spare road wheel brackets came in handy.

There are a few small, finely detailed parts that attach to the cockpit sidewalls, but all of those were perfect. After all of that was assembled, I turned to the instrument panel. First I painted it then brushed a fine layer of Future on it in preparation for the decals then gathered up everything I need.

Here is the result after a few coats of Solvaset.

So, there it is so far. If the kit continues on as is, it should be a fun, pleasant build.

Aircraft Time Again.

Now that the Panzer is done, it is time to shift gears. This time it will be the Revell 1/32 scale Bf 109 G-10.

From all I have rad and seen about this kit, it should be a fun build. And 1/32 scale is a scale that I haven’t built for a very long time.

Here is a video showing the kit and what I intend to do.