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Bf 109G-2/Trop

by Cameron Lynch


Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2/Trop
I/JG 77, Fatnassa, Tunisia,
January 1943


Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Bf 109G-2 is available online from Squadron.com




After seeing the box art from a Hobbycraft Bf 109 kit I remembered that the markings for this unusual Messerschmitt were included in an early Aeromaster decal sheet that I had picked up (48-057).

Initially I had planned to use the Hobbycraft kit, but after examining it I elected to use a spare Hasegawa kit instead. I anticipated building the kit largely out of the box but AMS rapidly set in.

A project designed to be a quick break from the latest “magnum-opus” turned into a yearlong ordeal. Before I was done I ended up using an Aires cockpit, Ultracast seat and exhausts, Cooper Details spinner, True Details wheels and some etched parts from a used FM detail set that I picked up in a sale bin at the hobby shop. I opened up the oil coole...

Not surprisingly much of the work was attributed to the unusual paint scheme.

The aircraft was substantially completed, painted with RLM78/79, gloss coated and decaled. After a wash with warm soapy water and a few days to dry off the model was given another coat of gloss to seal in the decals. Liquid mask was used to mask off the decals before painting the “squiggle” of RLM80. The “squiggle” was painted freehand. If I didn’t like the effect I would remove the “squiggle” with a Q-tip dipped in 409 and start over.

It took about six tries before I was satisfied.


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Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2003 by Cameron Lynch
Page Created 18 May, 2003
Last Updated 25 March, 2004

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