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kkarlsen posted a topic in LSM Aircraft Finished WorkHi, so here's my last project of 2016, and I wasn't even sure if I would get it done before the end of the year. But here it is: Inspired by the many photos of downed Me 109's in the Libyan desert late 1941. I wanted to depict a scene with a Bf109 being 'pillaged' by british troops in a desert setting. So this is how it turned out: A Bf 109G-2 Trop with the engine and armament covers removed, bend propellers and some of the hatches and the canopy removed. The oil is leaking from the damaged engine that brought the plane down... A British wireless vehicle (Humber 8 cwt) with its crew, has stopped to look for souvenirs from the downed German plane. The driver is taking a break, having a cup of tea, while the two other crew members are looking for interesting parts/objects. One of them has removed the Revi 16 gunsight from the cockpit and is holding it as if he had found a precious 'gem'. The groundwork is done with filler, plaster, sand and cat litter. Figures are various Miniart and Master Box, cannibalized, reworked to make them 54mm, to fit the 1/32 plane and vehicle... Hope you all like it! Kent
A.M.U.R. Reaver Bf 109 G and K Airscrew RC3206 & RC3212 Bf109 G Airscrew available here from A.M.U.R. Reaver Bf109 K Airscrew available here from A.M.U.R. Reaver I for one had not heard of this brand a month ago. Still, upon doing some research, I found some reviews of A.M.U.R. Reaver products dating back to 2013. A mix of modern and ww2 subjects, mostly done in resin and photo etch and either in 48th scale or 32nd scale. Airbrakes, Flare / Chaff dispensers, meshes, etc. But the thing that triggered me was an extensive range of correction sets for the 32nd scale Bf109E, G and K series, offered by both Revell and Hasegawa. LSM Mikester already beat me to the punch by doing a nice review on their Bf109G-10 Erla correction set for the Revell kit, which replaces the entire nose: http://forum.largescalemodeller.com/topic/4201-amur-reaver-132-bf109g-10-erla-correction-sets-for-revell/ Bf109 G and K Spinner corrections The spinner and prop type fitted on the Bf109 G versions was officially registered as 12087 A-type prop (or also VDM 9-12087), whilst the Bf109 K series carried the 9-12159 A-type prop (or also called VDM 9-12159). Here you have the G and K version alongside each other: Bf109G prop: Bf109K prop: You often see the scratch made correction of the spinners on both the Hasegawa and Revell kit, where the modeller will correct the openings for the prop blades by making them more tear shaped instead of U-shaped. This is often done with some greencard and will keep you busy for an hour. But there is more work to be done on these spinners to make them more accurate. As you can see in these photo’s, the A.M.U.R. Reaver ones’ are slightly more pointed and offer far more refined detail on the surface. Also the protruding barrel is delicately replicated and hollow. Correct shape of prop opening: This photo that Mikester posted in his Revell Bf109G10 review shows the slightly pointed shape of the Bf109G spinner: And here you can see the shape difference between the Hasegawa (right) and A.M.U.R Reaver spinners: And this photo (also posted by Mikester earlier) shows the nozzle and prop openings: Note the detail on the business end of the resin upgrade: Another thing A.M.U.R. Reaver correction is the chord and shape of the blades. You can clearly see the difference at the base of the prop blades and along the leading edge, which appears more rounded in the resin versions. The prop blades slide snuggly in the resin spinner. You can even adjust the pitch and you don’t actually need to use any glue. The Hasegawa prop blades have locating pins at the base that glue in the spinner base-plate, whilst the Revell offering have some sort of cross-beam that also force the angle of attack. Not that there’s anything wrong with this per se, but they just do J Check out the blade shapes (Hasegawa Bf109G, resin Bf109G and resin Bf109K): Here's a shot of the resin Bf109G, Hasegawa Bf109G and resin Bf109K props on a row: The resin allows you to instantly replace the Revell spinners and only need a little modification to mount to the Hasegawa plastic. Here's a shot from the A.M.U.R. Reaver website, showing some contrast in the rivets on the Bf109G: Verdict With so many knowledge openly available, so many Bf109 purists around and so many upgrade and corrections available for the Bf109 kits, these spinners are just icing on the cake. Yes, they correct the spinner and prop blade shape slightly and add some delicate rivet and fastener detail at the same time. Also the hollow and delicate gun nozzle adds to the realism. The fit of the prop blades in the spinners is soothing to the OCD’s around and shows craftsmanship on A.M.U.R. Reavers part. At US$ 9,50 these upgrade / corrections are reasonable priced. Do you need them? Well, if you trip over wrong canopy and oil cooler shapes you do! A special thanks to A.M.U.R. Reaver for the review samples. Kind regards, Jeroen Peters