Academy's 1/48 Bf 109G-14 as
Part 2 - Painting and
by Peter Kormos
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6Y
Academy's 1/48 scale Bf 109G-14 is available online from
Part One of this article
dealt with basic construction and detailing the kit. Now, let me show
you the steps of painting the kit.
First I painted yellow ID
markings. Yellow was sprayed on top of white base coat, so I could make
the yellow as bright as I wanted.
Then came the standard German
camouflage of RLM 74/75/76.
Then the German and "old" Finnish national insignias were painted on
with home made masks.
Then, the markings were
overpainted with Finnish light blue (Gunze RLM65) on the lower surfaces,
and olive green (Gunze US Interior green + olive drab) on the upper
Next, I prepared the fusealge
and the left hand side wing for painting the white of the air racer
markings. I used Blue-tac, Tamiya tape, kitchen foil and home made masks
to cover areas that remained intact.
Once the white was on the
plane, I made a side profile of "MT-508" on my PC and I used that
profile to cut out the masks for the blue checkers. I paid attention not
to make uniform checkers, as the original markings weren't perfect
All colors I used were Gunze acrylics, except for the "air race
blue", that was a Revell enamel. After all airbrush work was done, I
applied a cote of gloss varnish to the model in preparation for the
decals. I used Aeromaster Finnish insignias, some of the original
Academy stenciles, but the custom decals for Finnish stenciles and
"MT-508" markings were made by my friend, Péter Tóth. Then I sprayed
another coat of clear varinsh over the decals, so that I could proceed
to weathering. Panel lines were enhanced with highly diluted Tamiya
black enamel, oil spills and drains were reproduced with a mixture of
black and burnt sienna artists' oil paints. The same kind of black +
brown cocktail was used for the exhaust stains.
Once the weathering was done, I carefully brush painted over the air
racer "checkerboard" and "eye lashes" with Revell white and blue enamel
in order to give a hint of "hand painted" effect. I didn't apply any
kind of weathering to these markings, since these were new to the plane.
Finally I glued in the fragile parts, such as the main and tail gear,
antennas, canopy, etc. and a new model was finished after 10 months of
I'd like to thank my friend Péter Tóth of
Toff decals for the custom decals, and
Sándor Fülöp, Chris Sherland and Károly Brassai for the help and
informative conversations on "MT-508". Special thanks goes to my friend,
Ödön Horváth for the replacement Hasegawa windshield.
I enjoyed learning about Bf 109 in general and I liked to build this
kit - although it wasn't a constant joyride. Probably sometime in the
future I'll build another Messerschmitt, but until then I'm gojng to
finish some other models... I would really like to say something nice
about this Academy kit, but I just
cannot do that. The newer Tamigawa kits fall together so much
easier and offer much more detail, that it's better to build some
"professional" kits than fiddle with some old stuff, especially for
those guys who have little time for modeling...
name is Peter Kormos from Hungary and I work as a software developer. I
was born in 1977 and have been building model kits from about the age of
10. I like to build WWII era US and German planes, usually in 1:48
scale. I have about 60+ finished kits at home, but only few of them make
me really proud. My stash is/was deliberately kept at a minimum, that
currently measures 3 in-progress and 3 in-box kits... On the other hand,
I have a to-do list of different model subjects with 15-20 items in it.
From time to time, some new models are added to the list, then some
others fall out that I'm not interested in any more...
Proud owner of the Hungarian Master Modeler award from the autumn of
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Modelling Manuals 17
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: Ł12.99
January 25, 2002
Details: 64 pages; ISBN: 1841762652
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