John Irwin Posted April 7, 2014 Share Posted April 7, 2014 I'm posting this over on ARC but having just signed up, firgured I'd post my build here as well. Hope you enjoy it: I'm usually the first one to voice annoyance about the sheer number of WW2 German models being built, as I mostly prefer to build much more obscure subjects. That being said, I've always had an interest in German aircraft and armor, especially late war subjects when you could see some very unique and unusual paint jobs. So when Revell released their 1/32 Bf-109G-6, I started thinking about taking the plunge and building a late war -109.First order of business was to find a subject. As noted, I lean towards subjects that are a bit uncommon. Whilst surfing through a very nice website ( http://theprofilepaintshop.blogspot.se/ ) I came upon a profile of "Yellow 5" a very unique looking very late war G-6 that was captured by US troops in Kassel, Germany at the end of the war. The profile in question is a couple of pages in on the above referenced website. For some reason, I can't post a direct link to it.Yellow 5 is painted in a very unusual (for a G-6) mix of late war colors - brown violet (RLM 81) / dark green (RLM 82) uppers and the yellowish lower color also somewhat incorrectly referred to as RLM 84. What makes the aircraft even more interesting is the mismatched cowling that is painted overall light blue (RLM 76) with some random dark green / brown splotches. After corresponding with the man behind this great website (Anders Hjortsberg, who graciously shared some previously unpublished pictures with me), I discovered that Yellow 5 apparently had a replacement wing added. The starboard wing appears to be painted in standard mid-war colors - green grey (RLM 74) & grey violet (RLM 75) topsides, RLM 76 undersides; while it is believed that the port wing was painted in late war brown violet & dark green topsides with natural metal undersides.This pretty much adds up to a perfect example of a late war German aircraft. Towards the end, the normally meticulous Germans threw out uniformity. Anything that slowed down production was abandoned and many haphazardly / partially painted aircraft were issued to front line units. Most of these seem to have been older aircraft re-issued by specialized repair / refurbishment facilities as the large manufacturers still managed to achieve some degree of uniformity on newly produced aircraft. These small repair facilities tended to simply replace damaged components with whatever was handy in their spare parts inventory, without much thought to repainting them. At the same time, for whatever reason, it appears that the fuselage was often given a quick (and usually crude) paint job using late war colors and then off to the front they went. It is almost certain that Yellow 5, being built during the mid-war period, was originally painted in the standard day fighter scheme of RLM 74/75/76. At some point, the aircraft was either damaged or simply needed refurbishment and was rebuilt by one of those many small rehab facilities. At that time, a replacement cowling / port wing were added and the fuselage given a quick overspray in late war colors. It appears that this aircraft was then issued to JG.53 (hence the black band on the aft fuselage). EDIT- someone more knowledgable than me has indicated that Yellow 5 is not a rebuild but came from the factory in this paint scheme. In matters like this, I defer to the experts!To illustrate how some of these rebuilt aircraft appeared, here are a couple of pictures of another Bf-109G. Note the late war colors crudely applied and the variations in the paintwork. This aircraft is incredibly unique in that it's the last Bf-109 that remains in it's original paint. All of the others that exist today have been "restored" using often inaccurate colors. And lastly, here is the subject of my build, sitting forlornly after capture. At this point, it has already been partially dismantled but you can note the late war colors on the fuselage and the lighter mid war colors on the starboard wing. As mentioned above, I have other B&W pics that show the aircraft in better condition but don't feel that it is appropriate to share them at this time.More to follow.... 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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