Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6
by Chris Wauchop
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6
"Black 14" 8./JG 1, February 1944, Detmold Germany
images and text by Brett Green
scale Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 is available online from
Here is Chris Wauchop's most recently completed commission,
Hasegawa's Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 in 1/48 scale.
Chris has built many of Hasegawa's Bf 109s over the years, but it has
been a while since the last one.
The model was built basically out of the box,.
In the cockpit, harnesses were added from strips of lead foil.
Buckles were folded from fine wire.
The fuel line on the starboard cockpit sidewall, the oxygen hose and
the seal for the retrofitted Erla canopy were all added using stretched
sprue. Chris finds that stretched sprue remains malleable for a few
minutes before it completely cools, and is much easier to glue in place
that non-plastic material.
The access hatch for the pilot's stowage behind the headrest was
scratchbuilt from thin styrene card. The canopy release handle and grab
handles on the corners of the windscreen were added from scrap plastic.
Forward radiator flap actuators, the dribble pipe in the centre of
the oil cooler housing, and the FuG 25 IFF antenna were fabricated
from stretched sprue. Holes were drilled into the lower surfaces after
the parts were secured, then the sprue was pushed into the hole and
The DF loop was bent into a circle from a fine staple.
Tyres were flattened with a bastard file and solder was used for the
Aerial wire was added from monofilament (smoke-coloured nylon
invisible mending thread), and the resistors were built up from white
glue. These were painted when dry using Gunze RLM 02. This material was
also used for the canopy retaining wire.
model was painted using the Testor Aztek A470 airbrush.
Camouflage colours were Gunze acrylics (RLM 02, 74, 75, 76). The red
RV band and yellow lower cowl were also Gunze paints - RLM 23 and RLM 04
respectively. Tamiya paints were used for weathering the exhaust stains,
panle lines and shading.
Chris employed his usual method of post-shading the panel lines for
the model. This method comprises airbrushing a very thin mix of brown
and black along the panel lines. This is followed by a thin semi-gloss
Black heavily thinned with water, applied directly to all panel lines
using a 10/0 brush.
The back of the propeller blades were first painted silver, then
Tamiya Black Green was sprayed from the base of the propeller blades,
not quite to the tip. This represents the typical wear pattern seen on
the back of Bf 109 metal propellers.
The paint chipping effect was entirely achieved with a
silver artist's pencil. Even the heavy wear on the wing roots was
applied by gradually building up tiny dots from the tip of the silver
The canopy frames were masked with Tamiya masking tape.
EagleCals' decal set EC#40 were used for this Bf 109. They performed
flawlessly - even the spinner spiral!
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Model by Chris Wauchop
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Page Created 08 June, 2003
Last Updated 25 March, 2004
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