Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10
by Roger Fabrocini
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This is Fine Molds' 1/72 Messerschmitt Regensburg Production Bf 109
G-10 (kit #FL-11).
It would be foolish of me to comment on the kit's accuracy with my
limited knowledge of the type, though a kit enclosed flyer states Brett
Green's Eagle Files title "Augsburg's Last Eagles" as a reference and
all the panel lines, access panels and bumps line up with the line
drawings from Brett's book.
While not stated in the kit instructions additional parts are included
so presumably one can build alternate versions of the G-10. These
include long and short tail wheel struts, three sizes of main wheels,
both types of wing bulges, three types of elevators, two types of drop
tanks and two types of rudders.
I choose to build "Black <3" of stab II/JG 52 from Eagle Edition's
EagleCals #16. This fit the version I wanted to model. I.E. large main
wheels and wing bulges, short tail wheel and external trim tabs on the
Though the kit supplied cockpit seemed suitable for my planned closed
canopy, I still went ahead and removed the sidewall detail and scratch
built my own. I used Eduard's P.E. set #72-235 (intended for the Revel
kit) for additional detail throughout the cockpit.
I wanted to add a little animation to my G-10 so I cut out the wing
radiator flaps and replaced them with ones from the Eduard fret. Lynn
Ritger's 109 Lair website was helpful in determining the relationship of
the radiator flaps to the landing flap. I carefully cut out the landing
flaps, added a half round piece of styrene rod to their forward edge and
glued them back to the wing.
To add a little more "personality" to my G-10 I lightly riveted the
airframe using the 0.40mm Rosie the Riveter tool. I tried not to press
too hard. My intent was to add texture to the surface that was
perceivable only under close scrutiny.
I found a set of Moskit exhaust that I had for the Bf 109G so I
installed them along with exhaust shields/deflectors from the Eduard
Some additional details added are:
Pitot tube replaced with a hypodermic
needle and wire
Plastic rod added as radiator opening
Wing tip position lights made from
painted wire. The Lenses are CA glue sanded and polished to shape.
Copper wire brake lines
Painting, Markings and Weathering
As is usual for me I primed the airframe with Mr. Surfacer 1200. It
is my understanding that late war Bf 109 sub-assemblies were
manufactured and painted in various locations. I wanted to suggest that
by painting my G-10's wings and fuselage using different paint brands of
the same color. I used Mr. Color lacquers for the wings, #36 RLM74 and
#37 RLM 75. For the fuselage I used Gunze acrylics, H68 RLM 74 and H69
RLM75. As can been seen in the photos the Mr. Color RLM 74 is much
greener, though the RLM75s are harder to tell apart. Mr. Color #117
RLM76 was used for the lower surfaces.
All markings and data are from the before mentioned EagleCal sheet. I
was too lazy to mask and paint the RLM74 in the interior of the fuselage
crosses and used the wrong black filled decals instead. I tried to go
back in and lighten the black with Gunze RLM74 with limited success.
I've been dabbling in armor lately and thought I would try a bit of
paint chipping technique on my 109's markings using Vallejo dark grey.
I'm happy with the way the spinner spiral turned out and I think I went
a bit overboard on the theater band and fuselage crosses. The pics
actually make it look a bit ruff, more then in reality.
A grey wash of artist oils was used for the panel lines, etc. Post
shading was done with a mix of Tamiya Red Brown and Black. Final flat
coat is Mr. Hobby Super Clear Flat.
If you are considering modeling a late Bf 109 in 1/72, Fine Molds
should be your first choice. With a F-2, F-4, G-2, G-4, G-6, G-10 and
K-4 available you will have plenty of options.
As always, thanks for the indulgence.
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Elite Units 6
Author: John Weal
Illustrator: John Weal
US Price: $21.95
UK Price: £13.99
Details: 128 pages; ISBN: 1841762865
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by Roger Fabrocini
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21 February, 2007
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