Artesania Messerschmitt BE 109G [COMPLETED BUILD]

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As the war progressed, the German fighters had different missions than the Allied fighters. Their main task became more and more the fight against the Allied heavy bombers. Therefore, more and more heavy armament became necessary. The 20mm guns in pods under the wings for example, pianoforte mentioned. However, these pods reduced the performance markedly and the Me109s equipped in this way were no match for the Mustangs. The latter, in turn, had mostly only fighters as opponents, for which the lighter .050 MGs were quite sufficient. Together with the newly developed sights, which could calculate the lead angle, the concentration of firepower was also not such an issue.
But I am going off topic, sorry ;)
 

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Hello Everyone. Thank you to those who’ve taken an interest in my log, Gebirgsmarine your input was very welcome, I’d not considered some of the points that you made, they certainly made sense.

Today’s post is the make up and fitting of the canopy, no issues with that, and the top front part of the metal cowling. I also made up and fitted the manifold shield. I’m preparing to paint the removable engine panels, using Tamiya aluminium. The cowl and panels are secured in place by small magnets, and I mean small! They are 1mm x 1mm x3mm, they are too small for me to hold, my fingers overwhelm them and because of the magnetic nature you can’t use your tweezers, I tried plastic medical tweezers but they were too fat. The magnets were fitted to both the cowl and their adjacent place on the chassis, there were about thirty to fit. I really had issues with them, if you dropped one whilst fitting it would disappear into the bowls of the model, attach itself to some metal part never to be seen again. When I’d fitted them all and attempted to trial fit the panels I found that they had needed the polarity to be correctly aligned, half mine were wrong and instead of holding the panels they repelled some of them. The polarity wasn’t at the ends but radiated from the sides so it was a problem determining when gluing them in place. I think that it would have been much better if they had used some sort of locating pin, although for their size they were quit strong they didn’t feel as if they held the panels tightly to each other.

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Hello Everyone. Thank you to those who’ve taken an interest in my log, Gebirgsmarine your input was very welcome, I’d not considered some of the points that you made, they certainly made sense.

Today’s post is the make up and fitting of the canopy, no issues with that, and the top front part of the metal cowling. I also made up and fitted the manifold shield. I’m preparing to paint the removable engine panels, using Tamiya aluminium. The cowl and panels are secured in place by small magnets, and I mean small! They are 1mm x 1mm x3mm, they are too small for me to hold, my fingers overwhelm them and because of the magnetic nature you can’t use your tweezers, I tried plastic medical tweezers but they were too fat. The magnets were fitted to both the cowl and their adjacent place on the chassis, there were about thirty to fit. I really had issues with them, if you dropped one whilst fitting it would disappear into the bowls of the model, attach itself to some metal part never to be seen again. When I’d fitted them all and attempted to trial fit the panels I found that they had needed the polarity to be correctly aligned, half mine were wrong and instead of holding the panels they repelled some of them. The polarity wasn’t at the ends but radiated from the sides so it was a problem determining when gluing them in place. I think that it would have been much better if they had used some sort of locating pin, although for their size they were quit strong they didn’t feel as if they held the panels tightly to each other.

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Looking good Ken! Growing up I built WW2 plastic model airplanes. I had too many to list, but loved them all. Then later as an adult I built fighter jets in 1/48 scale. Once again I had around 30 airplanes, which I eventually sold. This is making me want to get into building airplanes again. ;) For something different, I may just build one of the wooden airplanes I mentioned before.
 

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Looking good Ken! Growing up I built WW2 plastic model airplanes. I had too many to list, but loved them all. Then later as an adult I built fighter jets in 1/48 scale. Once again I had around 30 airplanes, which I eventually sold. This is making me want to get into building airplanes again. ;) For something different, I may just build one of the wooden airplanes I mentioned before.
Hi Dean, Thanks for sharing a brief insight into your past modelling history, it’s interesting to know how others evolve in their modelling. I agree with you on your choice of model planes, it’s probably better value and building experience than mine, but as I’ve mentioned, I was offered the chance of building this without it costing me anything, I wasn’t going to turn the chance down. It’s been a very different building experience and a very enjoyable one, both my friend and I feel we’re getting the best out of the deal. He’s had on order for a while a Pocher Ducati, seeing how I have made the 109 he’s asked if I would like to make the Ducati for him, not a very difficult decision for me.
 
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Hi Dean, Thanks for sharing a brief insight into your past modelling history, it’s interesting to know how others evolve in their modelling. I agree with you on your choice of model planes, it’s probably better value and building experience than mine, but as I’ve mentioned, I was offered the chance of building this without it costing me anything, I wasn’t going to turn the chance down. It’s been a very different building experience and a very enjoyable one, both my friend and I feel we’re getting the best out of the deal. He’s had on order for a while a Pocher Ducati, seeing how I have made the 109 he’s asked if I would like to make the Ducati for him, not a very difficult decision for me.
I certainly understand, I would build it too, if I were in your shoes. ;)
I built so many planes, cars and motorcycles in my past, that I am now concentrating on ships. But other models still have my interest. I think it’s great to keep your options open, model wise!
 

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If these models ever become your life's passion there are non-magnetic tweezers... :)
Hi Paul, Thanks but fiddling with minute magnets is never going to grab me. If ever needed I’ll do what I ended doing, and that was gluing the magnets using contact glue to toothpicks, then a dab of cyno on the magnets, a touch of accelerator on the other surface and then put them into place, worked a treat.
 

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Hello everyone. Thanks again for your likes and comments. It’s officially finished so this will be my final post. I’m delighted with the result, better than I’d expected.

I finished preparing the engine panels ready for painting then had another go at the magnets to get as close a fit as I could. The fit was influenced by the flow of the magnetic field, when in place they moved slightly to align with the natural flow of the field, only a very small amount but enough not to be a tight butt against each other. What I did was remove the magnets from one panel and placed them against the magnets on the other panel and let them find their natural position. I fitted this panel into place, I put a dab of cyno on the opposite panel then fitted that one pressing it onto its magnet holding it tightly into place until the glue set. Now when the panels are put on they settle into the natural pull of the magnets which is tight against each other, I hope you understand that explanation.

The next job was painting. I use an airbrush and for the paint I chose Tamiya acrylic aluminium and for the primer I used Vallejo, again acrylic. I got a good surface but the colour looked wrong, it was light and too bright. I rummaged through my old stash and found a tin of silver Humbrol enamel which must be about 25 years old but after a good stir it looked ok. I’d never sprayed with enamel before, I only ever use it with a brush but thought that I had nothing to loose so I gave it a try. I thinned it with an enamel thinner about 50/50 and gave it two light coats leaving about four hours in between. I was surprised at the result, I ended up with probably the most perfect finish that I’ve ever had, it’s the right shade, not shiny but not matt either, don’t you feel good when you get something exactly right that you hadn’t quite expected.

This has been a very different type of build for me and an enjoyable one. It is a very good kit and Artesania must be congratulated on taking on what must have been a risky and expensive project to give the modeling fraternity something like this.

Anyway this will be my last post, I’m going to now take a short break.

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Hi Ken,.
It was a pleasure to follow this build. I had not sean such a building technic. Your friend would be delighted. Building a Ducati will give you also much pleasure.
And old paint never ever d(r)ies ;).
Regards, Peter
 
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Thanks for sharing. I looked forward to your almost daily articulate posts, now I will miss them. :confused: Good job.
 
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Congratulations on this awesome model it's been a very informative build. If it wasn't for the fact I've been making aircraft parts for the last 20 years I would seriously consider buying one. Here's hoping AL will follow up with a Spitfire.
 
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Hello everyone. Thanks again for your likes and comments. It’s officially finished so this will be my final post. I’m delighted with the result, better than I’d expected.

I finished preparing the engine panels ready for painting then had another go at the magnets to get as close a fit as I could. The fit was influenced by the flow of the magnetic field, when in place they moved slightly to align with the natural flow of the field, only a very small amount but enough not to be a tight butt against each other. What I did was remove the magnets from one panel and placed them against the magnets on the other panel and let them find their natural position. I fitted this panel into place, I put a dab of cyno on the opposite panel then fitted that one pressing it onto its magnet holding it tightly into place until the glue set. Now when the panels are put on they settle into the natural pull of the magnets which is tight against each other, I hope you understand that explanation.

The next job was painting. I use an airbrush and for the paint I chose Tamiya acrylic aluminium and for the primer I used Vallejo, again acrylic. I got a good surface but the colour looked wrong, it was light and too bright. I rummaged through my old stash and found a tin of silver Humbrol enamel which must be about 25 years old but after a good stir it looked ok. I’d never sprayed with enamel before, I only ever use it with a brush but thought that I had nothing to loose so I gave it a try. I thinned it with an enamel thinner about 50/50 and gave it two light coats leaving about four hours in between. I was surprised at the result, I ended up with probably the most perfect finish that I’ve ever had, it’s the right shade, not shiny but not matt either, don’t you feel good when you get something exactly right that you hadn’t quite expected.

This has been a very different type of build for me and an enjoyable one. It is a very good kit and Artesania must be congratulated on taking on what must have been a risky and expensive project to give the modeling fraternity something like this.

Anyway this will be my last post, I’m going to now take a short break.

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Great job Ken!
 

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Congratulations for this very interesting model and also your detailed log - Many Thanks for sharing with us
 
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