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1/48 Hasegawa Me 109G-2 trop (OOB) by Alex Kontiveis
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Alex Kontiveis goes on with another quick OOB BF 109 build...Nice job, Alex.

1/48 Hasegawa Me 109G-2 trop (OOB)

by Alex Kontiveis

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HISTORY

The G-1, produced from February 1942, was the first of the G-series. This was the first production Bf 109 with a pressurized cockpit and could be identified by the small, horn-shaped air intake for the cockpit compressor just above the supercharger intake, on the left upper cowling. In addition, the angled armour plate for the pilot's head was replaced by a vertical piece which sealed-off the rear of the side hinged cockpit canopy. Small, triangular armour-glass panels were fitted into the upper corners of this armour, although there were aircraft in which the plate was solid steel. Silica gel capsules were placed in each pane of the windscreen and opening canopy to absorb any moisture which may have been trapped in the double glazing. The last 80 G-1s built were lightweight G-1/R2s. In these GM-1 nitrous oxide 'boost' was used, and the pilot's back armour was removed, as were all fittings for the long-range drop tank. A few G-1s flown by I./JG 1 are known to have carried the underwing, 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon gondolas.

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The G-2, which started production in May 1942 lacked the cabin pressurization and GM-1 installation. Performance-wise it was identical to the G-1. The canopy reverted to one layer of glazing and incorporated the angled head armour used on the F-4, although several G-2s had the vertical type of the G-1. Several Rüstsätze could be fitted, although installing these did not change the designation of the aircraft. Instead the /R suffix referred to the G-2s Rüstzustand or equipment condition of the airframe, which was assigned at the factory, rather than in the field. There were two Rüstzustand planned for G-2s:

* G-2/R1: had one 300 L (80 US gal) drop tank beneath each wing, plus an ETC bomb rack under the fuselage, capable of carrying a 500 kg (1,100 lb) bomb and an auxiliary undercarriage unit beneath the fuselage. Also could carry a large jettisonable tail wheel, just aft of the cockpit.

* G-2/R2: a reconnaissance aircraft with GM-1 and camera equipment.

The rack and internal fuel lines for carrying a 300 L (80 US gal) drop-tank were widely used on G-2s, as were the underwing 20 mm250 kg (550 lb) bomb. The final G-2 production batches built by Erla and Messerschmitt Regensburg were equipped as tropical aircraft (often referred to as G-2 trop), equipped with a sand-filter on the front of the supercharger intake and two small, teardrop shaped metal brackets on the left side of the fuselage, below the cockpit sill. These were used as mounts for specially designed sun umbrellas (called Sonderwerkzeug or Special tool), which were used to shade the cockpit. MG 151/20 cannon gondolas. Several G-2s were fitted with the ETC 500 bomb rack, capable of carrying one

KIT

The Kit is Hasegawa’s classic one! Everybody knows these 109s kits! The easiest and most well molded kits ever made! Enough detail is provided to build your little pony!!! Hasegawa’s 109 kits…are NOT correct in dimensions…too many faults for those who want to build an accurate 109. But…I don’t care about accuracy. I just want to get off my stock, making just a good model. Nothing more.

CONSTRUCTION

Building a Hase’s 109, is like a Swiss made watch! No problems, EXCELLENT fitting, easy and quick steps. I used an Eduard’s ZOOM cheap set for interior mostly for the instrument panel and seat belts. Extra work is done on trop filter, fixing some necessary points there. Cockpit was painted with various shades of RLM 66 to highlight the monotone look. A homemade spiral oxygen tube is added. The cockpit cabin was weathered by silver dry-brushing, and washed with dark chocolate oil.

Some extra scribing and riveting work were the last steps till painting job. Total time spent for building and painting this kit:

21 hours were spent for completing the Kit!!

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PAINTING

A light coat of Tamiya’s primer was applied. Pre-shading was done using tank Grey.

The colors I used for camo are:

GUNZE RLM 78 (lower surfaces)

GUNZE RLM 79 (upper surfaces)

GUNZE RLM 02 (for painting undercarriage and flaps)

Take a look at RLM 79 border line Height on fuselage. Is lowered than usual, according to Schroer’s 109 profile. Another little but important point is the antenna. Take a look where is located on fuselage.

ADDITIONAL

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CONCLUSSION

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Definitely this kit is highly recommended to everybody! I will build more than 20 of these hase’s kit in nearly future.

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Text & Photos by Alex Kontiveis