Trumpeter 1/32 Bf-109G-2
|NOTES:||2 photo etched frets and rubber tyres included in the kit. Aftermarket accessories used: Techmod TM32024 Decals Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 in Finnish Service; Aires AIRE2142 Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 Cockpit Set; Quickboost QB32026 Bf 109G Gun Barrels, True Details TD32002 Bf 109G-1/Bf 109G-2 Wheels and Airscale 1/32 Generic WWII Luftwaffe Instrument Dial Decals.|
Negotiations between the Finnish government and
Majuri O. Ehrnrooth and a team of 17 pilots of LeLv 34 (Squadron 34) left
On the 06th March 1944 five more aircraft were acquired through
The 48 Bf 109G-2’s of the Finnish Air Force served with Lentolaivue 34 (becoming
Hävittäjälentolaivue 34 on
Lentolaivue 34 was established on
The order of battle for LeLv 34 on
First contact for the Finnish Bf 109G-2 came on
Three days after LeLv 34’s first kill its Squadron Commander Maj. Ehrnrooth was accidentally killed in a PY-25 Pyry trainer on the 27th March whilst performing aerobatics at Utti. Majuri Eino “Eikka” Luukkanen took command of the squadron the same day.
By the late summer of 1943 most of the “older” Soviet combat types such as the
Polikarpov I-16 and I-153 fighters had been replaced by more modern fighter
aircraft such as the LaGG 3 and the La-5. Air combat predominantly ranged over
At the beginning of 1944 the Finnish fighter control system was re-organised in
The Finnish fighter control system co-ordinated intercepts with fighters
deployed in groups of 8 to 20. The Finnish fighters were directed in two
elements, one flying top-cover to deal with the Soviet fighters and one at
low-level to intercept the incoming bombers. Whilst the Finns were not able to
repulse the large scale Soviet bombing raids, they were able to inflict
considerable damage and reduce the Soviet Air Forces ability to effectively
prosecute their campaign.
In addition to fighter intercept duties the Bf 109G-2’s were also tasked with
the equally important role of escorting bombers on raids at the front. The
bombers were assigned to attacking massed Soviet troop formations; usually
formations of 30-40 bombers escorted by 12-18 Bf 109 fighters divided into 3
groups would escort bombers in a 3 tiered formation. The lower tier typically
consisted of Blenheim bombers; the middle tier Ju 88’s and the top tier flew
fighter cover for the whole formation.
Between the 24th March and
In August of 1944 the Soviet air offensive over
I started the construction process by washing and priming the resin and photo
etched parts from the Aires 1/32 Bf 109G-2 cockpit set. The moulded detail was
removed from the cockpit walls and primed before they were airbrushed with
Humbrol Hu 67 representing RLM 66 as were the inside of the fuselage halves. I
used a Bf 109G cockpit photo from flightgear.org as a reference guide in
painting the interior.
The pipework and cables were painted using acrylics from the Citadel paint range and the etched seat straps were given two coats of Humbrol hu 94 sand, any more and the process of threading the seat-straps through the buckles would have been extremely difficult. The instrument panel was supplied with an acetate instrument film; I found the instrument dials to be too dark and elected to replace them with Airscales 1/32 WWII Generic Luftwaffe instrument dial decals. Once the cockpit was completed it was placed to one side and work was started on the engine.
The DB 605 engine supplied in the kit is quite simply superb. It contains 46 parts with each exhaust stub separately moulded. The only addition that I made were a pair of MG 131’s over the engine in resin by Quickboost as the kit supplied MGs were very basic. Unfortunately the effect of the detailed engine would be lost as I had elected to model the aircraft with the engine covers closed. Nevertheless, should you wish to display the Bf 109G-2 with the engine covers open the kit supplied DB 605 is excellent.
Once the engine block and MG mount had been married to the Aires cockpit the fuselage halves were sealed. Construction of the wings and propeller assembly were straight forward and the fit to the fuselage was very good. The slats, flaps and radiators are separate items and can be moulded open and down which adds to the realism of the kit. Very little filler was required in constructing this kit; in fact it was only needed on the join seams.
I fitted the front and rear canopy sections next and here was my only criticism. In an effort to market this kit as a Bf 109F and Bf 109G-2, trumpeter has moulded the deep ‘F’ style windscreen. This is despite the fact that this particular moulding is inaccurate if you want to make a Bf 109F. Therefore I had to fill the front quarter panels of the windscreen which took some time to adequately sand down until the fuselage was flush. Once sanded using 1500 grit wet and dry paper, the aircraft was primed using auto-primer from a rattle can and prepared for airbrushing.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
Two colour options are available in the kit, however I decided to finish the kit as a Finnish Air Force example. I chose Techmod’s 1/32 Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 in Finnish service decals. There are three options available on the sheet: “Yellow 2” MT-222, WNr 13528 of 1/LeLv 34, flown by W/O. I. Juutilainen, July 1943; an example in delivery scheme DL+IC, WNr 13528, arrived to Malmi on 16th May 1943. Repainted as MT-222 and the example that I chose, “White 3” MT-213, WNr 14754, 2/HLeLv 24, flown by Luutnanti Eero Riihikallio, May 1944.
The decal set includes a full colour 3-view booklet. Wheel, spinner and “Russian front” band masks and a vinyl canopy mask.
On the 26.08.40 the Finnish Air Force adopted a standardised camouflage for all
of their military aircraft as directed by the Finnish Air Depot known as “Warpaint”.
This homogenised scheme was further amended on
Using references from the IPMS Stockholm website, I composed Finnish Air Force olive green (Oliivin Vihreä) from the Continuation war by mixing: Humbrol hu 116 (6 parts) + hu 117 (6 parts) + hu 163 (1 part). Top-surface black was similarly matched as: Humbrol hu 33 and 0.5ml of a pipette of Humbrol hu 64 added to lighten the hu 33 black.
The undersides were painted DN-Väni (blue-grey) using Xtracolor X202 RLM 65
Hellblau, in accordance with the Finnish Air Depot Directive of
White Ensign Models ACLW21 RLM 04 Gelb was used to paint the yellow tactical markings applied for operations on the Eastern Front at the time of the Continuation War.
This makes a well detailed example of the Messerschmitt Bf 109G. The comprehensive engine, cockpit and the inclusion of the slats, flaps and radiators coupled with the ease of construction builds a fine example of this iconic aircraft. Highly recommended.
· Suomen Ilmavoimien Historia 6A, Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 by Kalevi Keskinen & Kari Stenman, Stenman Publishing.
· Suomen Ilmavoimien Historia 18, LeR3 by Kalevi Keskinen & Kari Stenman, Stenman Publishing.
· Suomen Ilmavoimien Historia 23, Sotamaalaus/Warpaint by Kalevi Keskinen & Kari Stenman, Stenman Publishing.
· IPMS Stockholm Magazine, Finnish Air Force camouflage and markings 1940-44 2004/05 edition.
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