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REVIEW 1:48 Bf 109G-6
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Posted: Friday, April 08, 2016 - 05:20 PM UTC
After the problems with their first quarterscale Bf 109G, Eduard returned to the drawing board to address a number of issues. Two years on, the result has hit the shelves in the shape of a late-series Gustav.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
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Posted: Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 03:34 AM UTC
Rowan,
Thank you for the review. In my limited experience I've yet to deal with kabuki paper masks. What markings are they for?

Gary
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Posted: Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 05:18 AM UTC
THIS FIGHTER IN WW2 IN THE LUFTWAFFE HER SERVICE WAS OVER THE EXPECTATIONS.
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Posted: Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 11:22 AM UTC

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Rowan,
Thank you for the review. In my limited experience I've yet to deal with kabuki paper masks. What markings are they for?

Gary



Hi Gary

In this case they are for the canopy and mainwheels. I'll edit the review to make that clear.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 04:50 PM UTC
Thanks for the review, Rowan. I really enjoyed reading it. Of the first release I have one kit build in 2014 and another one still unpacked in my stash. So when I get the new release I can compare both kits on my own. I found the fitting and the detailling excellent and I really didn't care about the "wrong" measurements. You are right with the moulded on pitot tube and the non existing clear parts for the position lights. That is really annoying and Eduard could have changed that with the new form.
And as I have expected, the price for the new kit has increased .... In Germany the first edition costed about 29 € .... Let's hope for the weekend edition.

Have a nice Sunday!
Torsten
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Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 01:11 PM UTC

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... And as I have expected, the price for the new kit has increased .... In Germany the first edition costed about 29 € .... Let's hope for the weekend edition.

Have a nice Sunday!
Torsten



Hi Totsten

That may be down to regional price variations - Hannants are quoting a little more too. But on Eduard's website it the same 37.45 Euros for both the new kit and the discontinued one.

I made a very tentative start yesterday with my hand still swathed in bandages post-surgery. It felt great (and a relief!) to be modelling again - and although I didn't manage to do very much, I didn't have any disasters, so I was pretty chuffed.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 02:08 PM UTC
Thank you for the well written and fair review Rowan. I buy most of my models from an online retailor in Germany, they are quoting a price of Euro 26,95 which is a very good buy I think.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 03:26 PM UTC
Hi Ernest

Many thanks for your kind words. 26.95 Euros is a great price - Hannants are quoting £28.30 over here!

I'm starting to get a bit more confident each day as my hand comes back to life, and have started painting some of the details:



I should have some proper progress to show before too long.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 06:14 PM UTC
I'm building this new kit right now, I've paid 25,50€ which is really cheap for that kit. That's a great kit,
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Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 02:55 PM UTC
Looks like a great kit. I've sent in my cutout corner from the Royal Class kit to get the "mezking" discount on future purchases that Eduard is offering on their website. It's 15% normally but since I'm a Bunny Fighter Club member it's 27%.

I'll buy the new kit and lots of overtress. That being said, it looks like you may be able to build with the parts in this box a: Bf-109G-5, G-6 early, G-6 late, and a G-14 (early?).

If that's the case then this kit is a good deal if you have spare Bf-109 decals.
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Posted: Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 07:34 PM UTC
Hi again

I've got the cockpit basically complete:



I want to dull down the etched chain-links a bit and glaze the instruments, and probably do a final touch of weathering to pull the elements together. But it's pretty much there. Some of the fiddly stuff has been pushing the limit of what I can manage with a clumsy bandage on, so it'll be nice to move on to the rest of the kit.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 09:37 PM UTC
Hi again

A couple of shots before the closing the fuselage up. I'll add the shoulder harness later - I may drape it over the cockpit sill for a bit of extra "life":







Everything's OOB, but I chose not to use the colour-etched fascias for the floor boxes and circuit box. I think the moulded detail is pretty good, and the etch risks looking a bit too "stuck on". Likewise, the little data-panel on the port sidewall - it's too clunky, so I just painted on a replacement (I would have used an Airscale decal, but forgot to apply it while I had everything gloss-coated. )

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 03:00 PM UTC
Hi again

A little more progress. I've test-fitted the fuselage against the wings and there should be no need for filler at the wing-roots:



You will some on the underside, though, because the way Eduard have engineered things means a seam that doesn't correspond with any panel lines on the real aircraft:



The access panel on the bottom of the fuselage is a bit vague too, so I'll re-scribe that.

I've left the exhausts out for now. They fit neatly enough through the open nose, which will make painting easier. One little bit of surgery to do (depending on which colour-scheme you opt for) will be to remove the mount for the DF loop:



More soon.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 03:11 PM UTC
Very nice work so far Rowan, the cockpit detail looks great and the fit of the major assemblies is very promising.


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One little bit of surgery to do . . . . .


No pun intended?

I am very glad to see that your hand is getting back to full function.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 03:17 PM UTC
Rowan,
Glad to see you back to modelling. ...and on my favorite version of my favorite aircraft! I'll be following cause I really am looking forward to seeing what you nake of her.

Gaz
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Posted: Monday, April 18, 2016 - 02:36 AM UTC
Cheers Damian and Gary

It's a treat to be back and building.


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...One little bit of surgery to do . . . . .



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No pun intended?




I walked headlong into that one!

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 01:13 AM UTC
Hi again

It's probably a blessing that I've managed to get as far as I have with the kit built OOB - or else the temptation to delay everything to incorporate the phenomenal number of upgrade sets that have just arrived courtesy of Eduard via Andy would be overwhelming!





Apparently, there's more to come still, with a full engine and cowl-guns in the works for next month!

So, I'll try not to let the prospect of throwing everything plus the kitchen sink at a second build distract me! Let's finish the current one first! We'll call it a warm-up.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 09:35 PM UTC
Good progress Rowan!

Honestly, you should really build this one oob (keep strong!!!). There is enough kit in the box to make a good looking model and you can always build the 2nd one with all bells and whistles that you'll never finish.

I was ill for over a week so my progress was slim .. but I am almost there



cheers and a speedy recovery!!

Steffen
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Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 12:30 AM UTC
Nice job Steffen!

I hope you're feeling better yourself! I got my stitches taken out today, so my hand feels a lot more like mine without all the bandages wrapped round it.

Don't worry - I won't let all the add-ons deflect me from the standard build. I'll get this finished before even thinking about starting work on a second Gustav.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Friday, April 22, 2016 - 02:26 PM UTC
Cheers Rowan,

well, I am feeling better now thank you!...

and the crate is done.

I already liked the old kit (even though it was not to scale) but the new one has some nice shape corrections that make me happy. I do not want to take over the thread so if someone likes to have a look see here.

I hope you will recover full and speedy from your surgery and that you will finish this model kit .. it is worth it!

all the best

Steffen
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Posted: Friday, April 22, 2016 - 03:58 PM UTC
Many thanks to Rowan and Alpha Tango for their build... a shame I can't understand german, Steffen but the pictorial building process
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Posted: Friday, April 22, 2016 - 04:00 PM UTC
... process is already very useful and convincing...this Gustav should join my stash overcrowded already . Merci to both of you
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Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 02:15 PM UTC
Nice one Steffen!

I hope to make a bit of progress on my build today.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, May 07, 2016 - 10:12 PM UTC
Hi again

A couple of weeks of heavy work got thoroughly in the way and put the Gustav on hold, but I finally got a chance to make a bit of progress today and sprayed the basic colours:



Now I'm back at my workbench, I'll try to keep the momentum going.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, May 07, 2016 - 10:39 PM UTC
Looking sweet so far Rowan.
You are going to have to finish her now, its too far gone to leave.
Andy