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Tulip Collection
Hartmann / JG 51 in 1/72

by Bill Dedig

 

1/72 scale collection of Erich Hartmann's tulip-nosed aircraft

 


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Description

 

This is a collection I started after building the Revell's 1/72 scale F-4 Phantom .

The collection includes a Messerschmitt Bf 109G-14 (white 1),BF 109G-14 (Winter), T-33(JG-71), F-86(JG-71), F-4 Phantom (JG-71).

 

 

This is the Revell F-4 model built straight out of the box. I am of the opinion it was the best  Phantom kit I have ever built. The kit was well engineered and the decals were excellent. A very fun model.

After completion of the Phantom I discovered the F-86 from Heller with the Tulip Markings and my collection began. I choose not to use the Heller F-86 ,but instead used the Hobbycraft F-86 and was very pleased with this kit. Another out of box project and the decals were hand made ,as the Heller markings were to old. I discovered this after the Nose Tulips were installed. My first Alclad finish over Future.

 

 

The T-33 was the Hasegawa kit with a resin interior . (Didnít notice the closed Canopy). This was a nice kit but there are some structure problems. I custom made the nose decals and again used Alclad, but polished Automotive primer for the base.

 

 

The white Bf 109G-14  is the first 109 I have every attempted( Blasphemy to many ). I used the Academy kit and the Eduard Interior Photo etched components. The kit went together very well and I used the kit Tulip markings as guides because the kit decals would not settle down with any solvent. (Handmade again).

I painted the aircraft the standard late Luftwaffe colors and then painted the white over. I was proud of the propeller overspray effect (itís the little things).
 
The last aircraft completed was the 109G-14 short tail. I am aware of the nose stripe possibly being the wrong large version but I used the decal sheet and may have to live with the error. My first attempt at Luftwaffe mottling. I was happy with the results. Again the Academy kit with some Eduard Photo etched interior details

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I am very happy with my collection acknowledging the most successful air ace in the history, Erich Hartmann.


Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2005 by Bill Dedig
Page Created 13 June, 2005
Last Updated 15 June, 2005

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