Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6
by James Kelly
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6
Finnish Air Force, 1948
Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Bf 109G-6 is available online from
I have wanted to do a project involving a Foreign Bf 109 for some
time. Recently, I came across some photos of Finnish Bf 109Gs and knew
this would be the subject. In particular, the colorful nightfighter
Post-War scheme of HLeLv 31’s Yellow 4 (MT-452) caught my eye.
I have no desire to provide a dissertation of the research I did on
this project; let it suffice to say that Finnish Bf 109Gs shot down a
total of 663 enemy aircraft while losing 32 fighters in combat or to
anti-aircraft fire. This kill ratio approaches 27:1, which is impressive
to say the least (Hellcats in the PTO achieved a 19:1 kill ratio.). 16
aircraft were lost in accidents and 8 were destroyed on the ground. 23
FAF pilots were lost.
I am providing the links to some excellent websites that cover this
topic much better than I could, as I’m more interested in building than
I am re-writing previously covered histories anyways!
FAF Finnish Air
Finnish Night Fighters
Finnish Fighter Aces
I used Hasegawa’s excellent 1/48 scale Bf109G-6 kit, with a few minor
I added a fuel line in the cockpit made from fine solder, including
an “observation port” made from stretched, clear sprue. The seat harness
was made from lead foil, and Waldron buckles were attached.
I also added some “hydraulic” lines on the main gear for the brakes,
made from fine gauge wire. These were secured with a few brackets cut
from the same sheet of lead foil.
After I was finished with the sanding and filling of the fuselage
seams, I rescribed the line along the dorsal and ventral fuselage.
The corrected propeller spinner was the Eagle Editions resin
I also added a length of fine solder on the ventral fuselage to
replicate the small antennae, and 6-0 nylon suture was used for the
radio antennae wire. Finally, the gun barrels and exhausts were drilled
The daylight camouflage scheme of 74/75/76 was airbrushed with
Gunze-Sangyo acrylics using an Iwata HP-C. I preshaded the model with
Testor’s Aircraft Interior Black. I was not able to find any reference
material that spoke to the issue of Post-War Finnish Air Force wheel
well colors, so I went with RLM 02.
A friend of mine suggested that they may have been the same color as
the underside color, which would make them RLM 76….you be the judge! It
would be interesting to know, so if you have this info I’d love to hear
from you... (Be careful what you ask for, right?).
The decals used were from the Aeromaster 48-352: Augsburg Eagles, Pt.
All in all, this was a very enjoyable project which resulted in an
unusual, colorful addition to my collection…hope you enjoy it!
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
|Messerschmitt Bf 109
Modelling Manuals 17
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
January 25, 2002
Details: 64 pages; ISBN: 1841762652
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2005 by James Kelly
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