21st Century Toys 1/32 BF-109G-6
21st Century Toys 1/32 BF-109G-6
Hasegawa windscreen, True Details
For me to attempt to go into a history of
this aircraft or its pilot would be nothing more than vain, repetitious
babblings. If you want some really good reads on this prolific bird Iíll have
to digress to the myriad of reviews on this website, more specifically to Tom
Cleavers sterling review of Hasegawaís 1/32nd , 109 G6 in Eric
This started out as 109 G6, Red 8,
of III./ JG300, Mosquito chaser, a pre-assembled, pre-painted toy from 21st
Century Toys. The reason it caught my attention on the store shelf was the
supercharger intake. I had just completed their F2 model in kit form a year
earlier. One of the numerous modifications I had to undertake to make it an F2
is to reduce the size of this intake. The 21st Century F2/4 kit
supplies an intake for a early F/G model on. Red 8, a G6 came ready to go with
an intake for an early 109 F. Since then on the store shelves Iíve seen F2ís
with G parts and Gís with the early F parts and visa versa. This all makes
perfectly good sense to anyone who bought their A6M2 kit. Thereís a Zero in
there but it ainít no A6M2.
The first order of business is to pop off
the above said intake and switch it with one from a F2/4 kit which has the
correct part for a G model. Six small phillips head screws are primarily what
holds this bird together. Three of these screws are hidden under little plugs
in the fuselage with two on the underside of the wings. The last one is
concealed under the oil cooler housing. There is some gluing along some of the
wing seams and a few other joints but, for the most part they pried apart just
fine. The biggest dummy moment I had was trying to force the windscreen out
before the fuselage came apart due to the instrument panelsí stubborn
adhesion. The end result is going from a two piece canopy to a three. Wheel
to axle adhesion is pretty firm causing the axles to break away with the
wheels. I would later have to fabricate some tiny little axles to hang the
resin wheels on.
After itís all apart itís time to sand
down the insignia and markings and file and sand away the embossed 21st
Century logos. I cut the flaps off with an exacto no.11. The only real shape
issues I have with this kit/toy are that the 13mm cowling gun breach bulges
are too large on the upper forward portion and the shape of the vertical tail
surface. Both of these are easily corrected with a little filing and sanding.
The supercharger intake was too thick from the inside and was therefore
hollowed out. There are some access hatches that need to be filled in and some
that need to be scribed. I recommend going to the 109 Lair website or using a
set of instructions from any 109G Eagle-Cals instructions line drawings for
reference on hatch and panel line placement.
Since this kit was engineered for
mass toy production reassembly is pretty basic and straight forward. Also the
fit for the most part is pretty good. When the flaps are cut away some card
stock was needed inside the back of the wing and trailing edge of the wing
fillet to bring the wings inline with the fuselage. Card stock was also used
to cover the area under the Hadley Page slats. I used the screws to fasten the
wings and fuselage parts together after which glue was applied to all the
joints. At this point it was time to fill in the screw holes and unwanted
seams with some Squadron putty. Since the canopy is engineered to swing open
and closed another strip of card stock was inserted on the right side of the
fuselage where the canopy frame would seat to fill in the gap.
The Mad Trencher from Matchbox has run up
too much credit debt and is now moonlighting at 21st Century Toys.
Most of the existing panel lines are somewhat heavy handed so I filled in
these expanses in with some Squadron grey primer to tighten them up a bit.
Once the excess is sanded away itís off to the paint barn.
After priming the kit with decanted
spray can primer the panel lines were pre-shaded. Testors R.L.M. yellow was
the first color down for the tail band, lower cowling, and wingtips after
which these areas were masked off. My stocks of Floquil R.L.M. 76 blue are
running a bit low so it was time to mix a batch of home brew. For me this is
not the easiest ratio of colors to mix. After a lot hit and miss Iíve ended up
with enough 76 blue to last quite a while. Once the lower surface color is
applied Floquil R.L.M.74 and 75
were shot for the upper surface. R.L.M.74 was
the primary color used for mottling and inside of the fuselage crosses. Wheel
wells, landing gear and inside gear door covers were painted with Testors
R.L.M. 02. The clear coat is decanted spray enamel which lays down fairly
thick and also helps fills in those ravines and gorges called panel lines.
Generally speaking Iíve had good success
with Hasegawa decals. This was not the case with this project. They didnít
want to slide off the paper and when the finally did they often fell apart.
Solvaset snuggled them down after they were pieced back together. Whatís
ironic is the decals from the 21st Century 109F kit were superb and
as good as any kit or aftermarket decals Iíve ever used. The trusty Exacto
no.11 was utilized once again to splice the decals through the panel lines
followed up with another light application of Solvaset to pull them in a
little tighter. Another coat of clear enamel is shot to seal the decals. After
this dries a wash of raw umber oil paint is applied over the entire kit to
dirty it up a bit. This is followed with the last coat of clear to seal it up
good. Floquil dull coat was used to knock the shine right off. The last step
was to mix a bit of raw umber oil paint with some dull coat for a panel line
wash to run along the seams with a fine paint brush.
Now weíre on the downhill slide.
The canopy and mast are glued down with Eileenís craft glue and the flaps
along with the wheels and gear door covers are attached with superglue. Seat
belts and aileron counter balances to be added later.
All in all this was a fun budget builder
project. It would be great if 21st Century would release a G6 in
kit form with both canopies and markings for Hartmanís various aircraft. This
kit/toy needs only minor modifications to bring it into the realm of serious
contenders. If one wanted to go the extra mile I could see one of these in
I.P.M.S. competition. Sure, it doesnít go together like a conventional kit
but, in my opinion thatís not what matters. What does matters is it looks like
a BF109 for which itís suppose to represent. In that I believe it does a
pretty good job.
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