Messerschmitt 109G-2 3 Squadron RAAF

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Messerschmitt 109G-2 3 Squadron RAAF

Postby Michael Louey » Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:41 pm

Hi,

Recently after purchasing the Kecay book "Captured 109's", I decided to finally build the Me 109F-4 captured by 3 Squadron RAAF. It was repainted in RAF Desert Colours and given the serial HK849. At the same time, it was a good chance to redo the famous Me 109G-2 "Black 6" also captured at a similar time. I modelled this plane a number of years ago but was never happy with the paint job due to trouble with the Xtracolour paints used. This time around I decided to use mainly Gunze lacquers with some Testors instead. It was also a chance to make some updates to the paint scheme based on addtional reference.

There are numerous interpretations of the "Black 6" as operated by 3 Squadron RAAF with none of them agreeing though there are some common agreements. A list of the references I had at hand were -
1. IPMS Modelcraft (Article by Peter Malone and Fred Harris)
2. IPMS NSW News & Views
3. Dave's Decal Instructions
4. H Model Instructions
5. Kecay "Captured "Me 109's"
6. "Black 6" by Russell Snadden
7. "War Prizes" by Phil Butler
8. Photos from ADF Serials
9. Photos and observations from Peter Malone.

The main areas of agreement from all references were that the plane had a red spinner and most of the original RLM 78/79 finish was left intact. Other than that the views on overpainting the original Luftwaffe markings varied markedly.

The interpretation I finally worked with is as follows:
1. The spinner and undercowl were painted red (This is the view of Refs 1 and 2 who I believe would have talked to 3 Squadron members including Bobby Gibbes who flew the plane)
2. The rear fuselage band was painted over in yellow - Ref 2 has this as well as another Czech book I recall viewing. Discussions with Peter show this likely by matching the band with the yellow in the roundel. Note the yellow band appears slightly wider than the original white one.
3. The wing overpaints appear to cover the tips and crosses, the latter in a square pattern. This can be seen in one photo of the underside and the wing walk stencils can be seen in Ref 6 so the overpaint is likely to have matched the underside pattern. Colours are likely to have been mid stone upper and Azure Blue lower as these were the closest match and were available as standard RAF paints. I expect they would the flying surfaces (ailerons, flaps) to have been left as is as there were no markings on them and practice was not to paint flying surfaces if not needed.
4. The fuselage markings and fin were likely overpainted in mid stone and some azure blue. The actual sections for each paint are hard to tell. It is possible that only the swastikas were overpainted on the fin however I decided to follow the full fin overpaint of Ref 5. It is possible that Dark Earth was used however its always hard to really interpret colour from black and white and if they had mid stone, I expect they wouldn't have bothered with a 3rd colour in addition to Mid Stone and Azure Blue.
5. The tail plane was replaced from an F version due to damage as was the canopy (other than the windscreen). I've actually painted the tail plane using a different brand of paint (Humbrol) but this is just being pedantic. Patches on the rudder where access to replace the tailplane was performed are likely to have been primed in red oxide primer.
6. Gibbes is reported to have practiced gunnery in the plane - Ref 6 so the guns can be retained.
7. The head armour was lost with the original canopy so this can be omitted.
8. All roundels are non standard. Neither the Dave's Decals or the H Model Decals were really correct and the later were out of register so a bit of customising work and a bank of generic roundels (Xtradecal and Aeromaster) will help. Note the roundel on the starboard side is smaller than the one on the port side. The H Model codes seemed ok as was their fin flash (which is also non standard).
9. You'll have to trim a part of the original fuselage Balkenkreuz to cover the First Aid hatch as this was not overpainted. (Note this was later overpainted when the airframe was taken over by the RAF but while the RAAF codes were retained - Ref 6)
10. Some original Luftwaffe stencilling is retained though all the items near the number 6 and fuselage crosses were overpainted. The wingwalks were still in place.

Hope all this will help others who are planning on building this subject. It is a popular one as I saw a 1/48th one at Model Expo last year and I know Paul Gloster built one the same year I entered my original one at Model Expo. Noel Barnes has one on this site and he based his markings on the Dave's decals instructions. Please note that this is just my personal interpretation and it's quite possible (and likely) that there are still some errors in it.

Regards

Michael

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Re: Messerschmitt 109G-2 3 Squadron RAAF

Postby _BlackHawk_ » Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:15 pm

Looks good mate.
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Re: Messerschmitt 109G-2 3 Squadron RAAF

Postby qfa_tsv » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:53 am

Lovely, saw it at Expo, good to see an underside view though
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Re: Messerschmitt 109G-2 3 Squadron RAAF

Postby bell209 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:47 pm

Looks great.
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Re: Messerschmitt 109G-2 3 Squadron RAAF

Postby DesTROYer » Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:25 pm

Great Job. Now I can see a reason to build a German plane.
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Re: Messerschmitt 109G-2 3 Squadron RAAF

Postby RAAFBrat » Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:39 pm

Looks great. Though there's no German in me at all, I don't need any reason to build a Luftwaffe subject :D . They had some nice aircraft. ;)
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