Thought I had posted this here before, but can't find it anywhere. I started this in 1996 when the Hobbycraftcrap kit was first released. This gestated on and off until recently when I was trying to figure out what to finish up for the Nationals. Decided it was time to get this one kicked across the finish line.
I was never happy with the Hobbycraftcrap kit and so ended up deciding to build the Hasegawa Bf109G-14 as the S-199 using relevant bits from the Hobbycraftcrap kit. Along the way, I shoehorned in an Aires cockpit, added Brassin underwing gun pylons, stole the centreline bomb rack, ailerons, elevators, rudder wheels and canopy from an Eduard 109G-5, added Master brass barrels, scratchbuilt a lot of small bits and added and AML propellor, port engine intake and undernose radiator.
In service the aircraft I'm building shot down two C-47s that were being used as bombers to drop bombs on the civilians in Tel Aviv, being the first air-to-air kills of the fledgling Israeli Air Force. The aircraft itself, only lasted 10 days in service so stayed pretty clean. The paint finish was glossy and markings were minimal. Here is the state of the kit before I strated paiting and you can see the various parts' origins by the colours of them.
Because the aircraft is mostly a single colour overall, I wanted some subtle tonal variation in the paint finish so did some pre-shading.
Painting underway building up light coats of the final colour, which is based on an Avia S-199 fuel cap recently recovered from an old IAF mechanics attic.
The main colour finished with masks removed from areas already painted white, ready for the Israeli roundels to have the blue painted in.
Progressing this one pretty quickly - I have to as it's supposed to be at AiC this weekend.
Not much left to do now. Just needs the canopy, gunsight, antenna wire and a little exhaust staining and I can finally call it done.
I've kept weathering light and given it a satin coat to reproduce a scale gloss finish, and added a little strategic dust and some oil stains. Nothing too major as the aircraft was only in service 10 days before being destroyed in an accident.
Interesting how much the colour changes between photos. Very elusive colour to capture without proper white balance settings.
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Update In Stash:
Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.
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