1/72 AIRFIX Bf109-G6

Just finished this one today
It’s the Airfix 1/72 kit from circa 2009 before they hit their stride with the latest 1/72 detailed models; it’s in the style of the ancient Airfix 109G (basic seat only in cockpit etc.) but with modern fit and panel lines etc.
I brought this specifically to do the Finnish version, this is the story behind the model:
When I was a kid there was a large free flight balsa model of this plane on top of my wardrobe; my dad was a modeller and would have built it in the mid 60s or earlier before I was born. The plane was around 2-3 ft long and hand painted in these markings (the sharkmouth and bat scene, no roundels), whilst it had an IC engine installed I don’t think it had ever been flown as there was no prop installed or cockpit\canopy. I presume it was from a kit of some sort.
I remember being frighted in the dark seeing the mouth on top of the wardrobe! Despite being interested in aircraft from an early age (always piles of model and real plane magazines around in our house) I never realised it was a Finnish version of the 109.
The model knocked around for years and got broken at various points. My dad died 30 years ago so never knew much more about it. I thought it had been thrown out when I left home years ago and had forgotten all about it until a wing turned up in a box of junk that my mum still had; around the same time I realised this kit had the same markings.
This build is therefore some kind of tribute to that old balsa model, I’ve used both the sharkmouth and bat markings but gather its unlikely the real plane had them both at the same time.
The main issue with this Airfix kit is the shell collectors, I am by no means a rivet counter but the ‘saddle’ in this kit is laughable and I used the great article from ArmouredSprue here to reshape them to look a bit better.
I replaced the pilot in the kit (who is in fast jet clobber …) with one from the vastly superior Airfix 109E kit from a few years ago. Only other tweak was to make the round aerial from stretched sprue formed around a cotton bud stick (the balsa model had a wire one, still remember it now).
Paint is all Lifecolor applied by brush with flow improver to keep things smooth-ish, I went for a blue-ish RLM76, Olive Grun and Black. I used Quickshine to gloss before the decals then Lifecolor matt varnish to seal it all in. Bit of MIG cold grey wash to finish with Ez-Line for the main aerial wire.
Work in progress pictures on Twitter here if you are interested
Hope you enjoy.


Calling this one done, just waiting on some etched wipers from USA to replace kit parts. Possibly a bit of touching up needed after seeing these pictures.
One of my favourite road going Ferraris, possibly at top of the list for the day lucky numbers come up.
WIP here on twitter if anyone’s interested: https://twitter.com/search?q=cjhm%20ferrari%20fujimi&src=typd
This is the Fujimi Enthusiast Model range kit from the late 80s and has lots of detail parts; the originals can go for high prices on eBay but my build is for a new boxing from some kind of Manga cartoon but it only cost £15 delivered from Japan.
Parts are well moulded and hold up well to modern standards in my opinion.
I added ignition and battery leads from electronic wrapping wire, otherwise apart from paint detailing it’s pretty much as it came.
Interior is airbrushed in Tamiya desert yellow acrylic with Lifecolor Satin Varnish and permanent marker detail to the seats. Blacks are Tamiya satin and Vallejo model air for interior and chassis.
Body is Tamiya Gloss Red, rubbed down with Micro-Mesh and then rubbed\polished out with Novus plastic polish following the great guide here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234956647-matts-tips-for-painting-cars/.
Window surrounds are Bare Metal Foil and permanent marker. I gave up making the lights and bonnet move so the lights are glued shut and the bonnet is loose.
Wheels had chrome stripped with bleach and then airbrushed with Tamiya Gold acrylic.
Number plates are made on inkjet printer using UK number plate font and photo paper.
I was aiming for a nicely used car, I’ve deliberately left off mirrors for a clean 1970s look.
Hope you enjoy


Calling this one done.
Not one of my best builds but had a bit of fun whilst stuck at home recovering from back op and most of this one was done standing up.
It’s from the box, interior doesn’t sit right but that’s probably me.
WIP on Twitter if anyone is interested: https://twitter.com/search?q=cjhm%20Italeri%20OH-6&src=typd
Brush painted with Vallejo Olive Drab, Quickshine to gloss then LifeColor Matt Varnish to finish. LifeColor and Vallejo for details and the nice Vallejo Light and Dark grey acrylic washes to pick out details.
Bit smaller that the Cobra I did last year http://blog.cjhm.net/172-special-hobby-cobra-2
PSP Base is from Eduard, airbrushed with Tamiya Gun Metal then weathered
Hope you enjoy


Here is my model shunter from 2011, static model from Dapol kit. Tried to make the wheels turn and rods all move but no luck.
Brush painted with Lifecolor\Citadel and weathered with Citadel and MIG washes plus Lifecolor Tensocrom (not impressed with these)
Warning stripes hand painted using moulded guide marks
Looks better in the flesh, pics magnify things !
More here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/71581-dapol-shunter/