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Fine Molds Bf 109 K-4; Not OOB this time.
Topic Started: Jan 5 2015, 04:14 AM (8,919 Views)
Barry Numerick
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Next on the 109 assembly line is the excellent Bf 109 K-4 from Fine Molds. This kit shares all of the outstanding attributes of the other FM 109s, but also has the soft cockpit detailing. The inspiration for this model comes from the very excellent book by Krzysztof W. Wotowski, Bf-109 Late Versions-Camouflage and Markings. If you have even a passing interest in late war Bf 109s, get this book. It is inexpensive, comprehensive, and in some cases, groundbreaking. It is one of my favorite references. Here is a review which includes sample pages:

http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/bf-109-lat...ge-and-markings

First comes the deconstruction phase. The flaps and slats are removed with a razor saw.


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Since the cockpit of the K-4 is decidedly different than the G models, the search for aftermarket begins. The only resin option is the AML set, which I believe was originally included with their 109 K kit. I sprayed the floor and sidewalls with Mr. Surfacer to check the quality of the resin.


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The set could provide a reasonable start, but the quality is not the best. So I will probably scratchbuild the starboard sidewall and take the unique parts from the floor to graft onto a better resin alternative. I have the MDC 1/32 K-4 cockpit set which is superb. It will provide a good 3d pattern.There are photo-etched sets from Eduard, but I prefer resin when available.
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Big Kohona
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I'll be looking forward to watch this build progress Barry ^_^

Too bad Aires did not produce a Bf.109K cockpit set. AML does have some interesting sets but as you point out, the quality could use some attention at times.

In this picture from internetmodeler, that same cockpit doesn't look too bad at all:
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Ruudster
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Cool Barry!

I too love that book. It differs in opinion with other books (like the Japo one) but i think all books on late war Luft camo seem to disagree on some things (sometimes even the basics). The first chapter (where it breaks down the late war 109 versions and changes) is very well laid out and easily understood. The line drawings and profiles of the "standard" camouflage from each producer are also great. I only wish that the pictures would be of more of the planes covered in the profiles. Not a knock on this book, many books seem to do this. I'd just like to see the picture and the profile and learn a bit more.
Ruud van der Salm
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OMS-IPMS, Portland OR
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dixieflyer
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I always love your 109 builds Barry. I wish you'd just do a nice book : All The Cool Things You Can Build Using a Fine Molds Bf-109 Kit. ^_^
Looking forward to watching this one, and thanks for the book recommendation. Saved!

Warren
"History is the lie we all agree upon."
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dknights
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Will be watching this one. I also find that spraying resin with a light gray of some sort really allows you to see the details. I think a bunch of resin out there is of pretty poor quality.
David M. Knights
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14 Finished: Special Armor V-2, Airfix P-51
15 Finished: SBS Gladiator engine
16 Finished: Brengun C2 Wasserfall, Merit SS-N-2 Styx, World's smallest diorama, Airfix Hurricane.
17 Finished: Japanese Carrier Deck, Belcher SS-4, Italeri AB41, PLAN Type 039A (not 72nd scale)
18 Finished: Tamiya A6M2
The bench:Platz T-33, Trump. T-34/85, Meng F-106, Airfix P-51 #2, Airfix P-40
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Barry Numerick
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Progress has been frustratingly slow on the 109 K, primarily due to the difficulty in replicating the circuit breaker panel. Here are the five attempts (with at least 3 clear failures):


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On the first (top row left), I forgot how easily Testors liquid glue will mely .005" plastic card. The second was an unholy alliance of the Eduard center panel with Evergreen card. After that fail, I attempted to remove the photo-etched center panel. Well, that didn't work. The Eduard panel base is seen lower left. Not even close. The third panel in the top row will be used. It is a combination of .005" card, slices of stretched sprue and unimaginably awkwardly angled end pieces. They were cut with a straight edge razor blade and sanded to something resembling the original if you squint while observing in incredibly poor light while under the influence of a few adult beverages. It is rather small anyway, as demonstrated by the enormous toothpick (cocktail stick).

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The cockpit foor is an old Cooper Details item intended for a Bf 109 G. To bring it to 109 K specs, I removed the boxes on the right side of the floor and added the gizmos from the AML 109 K set. The foot plate is much simplified from the prior 109 G item. This one was made from bits of .005" Evergreen sheet. There is still some cleaning up to be done, but at lease I've jolted forward from the starting gate.

The last photo is of a sister build that will be concurrent with the Karl. It is a conversion of a Fine Molds Bf 109 G-6 to a proper Avia S-199. When it progress a bit more I'll give it its own thread.



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More soon.
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Big Kohona
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Barry Numerick,Jan 21 2015
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The last photo is of a sister build that will be concurrent with the Karl. It is a conversion of a Fine Molds Bf 109 G-6 to a proper Avia S-199. When it progress a bit more I'll give it its own thread.

Can't wait to see that one ^_^
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dknights
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Barry, you should cast your work. Talk to Roy Sutherland.
David M. Knights
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14 Finished: Special Armor V-2, Airfix P-51
15 Finished: SBS Gladiator engine
16 Finished: Brengun C2 Wasserfall, Merit SS-N-2 Styx, World's smallest diorama, Airfix Hurricane.
17 Finished: Japanese Carrier Deck, Belcher SS-4, Italeri AB41, PLAN Type 039A (not 72nd scale)
18 Finished: Tamiya A6M2
The bench:Platz T-33, Trump. T-34/85, Meng F-106, Airfix P-51 #2, Airfix P-40
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Big Kohona
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Barry Numerick,Jan 21 2015
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The last photo is of a sister build that will be concurrent with the Karl. It is a conversion of a Fine Molds Bf 109 G-6 to a proper Avia S-199. When it progress a bit more I'll give it its own thread.

Barry, I came across this build a while back. Can't read a lick of what's printed, but perhaps with will be of use to you as you work on your conversion.
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Barry Numerick
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Many thanks for this, Cliff. I have seen photos of the completed model on a Czech site, but not of its construction. Google translate is a great tool here. Just copy and paste for a reasonably good translation of the Polish text.
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Barry Numerick
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I'm finally making some progress with the cockpit. The right sidewall was completely scratchbuilt using plastic card and stretched sprue.


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The instrument panel is the Eduard preprinted item, which is excellent. It is a three layer affair which did require a little attention. Some background areas had to be painted black and the instruments were covered with Future before assembly. The quality of the printing can't be appreciated without magnification.


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Here's the right sidewall after painting and some detailing. The white wires are Detail Master fine coated wire while the oxygen hose is .020" solder.


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The left sidewall is Cooper Details without alterations.


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Finally, I've adjusted the cockpit floor to 109 K standards. The AML console has been added and an intercom lead wire was made from very fine copper wire.


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There are still quite a few items to be added, trim wheels, rudder pedal straps, cannon breech cover, etc. It's actually a lot of work for about 1/2 cubic inch of area and much of it will be difficult to see due to the angle of the open canopy. But it is both fun and a challenge.

More soon and thanks for looking.
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Great work Barry. That IP does look great.
Ruud van der Salm
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OMS-IPMS, Portland OR
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Barry Numerick
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Just about ready to close up the fuselage. Here's the state of the cockpit. The Eduard preprinted instrument panel fits very well but some of the other items needed to be shoehorned into place. I used the kit firewall since it contained an instrument panel mount. It required some shimming, but nothing too extensive.

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Big Kohona
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Wow, talk about an eye popper! Absolutely fantastic cockpit Barry. ^_^
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Really enjoying the quality of your workmanship in this wip.
Rob
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I'm always keen to learn more.
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