Tuesday, 1 October 2013

A greater Gustav? Part 1

The rescue (up to a point) of an old Airfix Bf-109G earlier this year (see parts one, two and three) reminded me just what a dodgy old kit it was.  The earlier versions were well covered by the crisp Matchbox 'E' anf the Frog 'F' but a decent 'G' has (not that I've been looking) eluded me.  It was with interest therefore, that I noticed the Hobby Boss kit of the G-6.  Not a manufacturer familiar to me, I remembered Stephen B's build of the Hobby Boss Mig-15.  That the G-6 kit was cheap clinched the deal.  Obviously to celebrate it being half price I bought two....
The kit goes together in rather a different way to most I have encountered.  Rather than the fuselage being in two (often ill-matched) halves to which the wings then need sticking - hopefully at the correct angle - the HB kit comes out of the box as per the photo above!

So far it's going together nicely.  The kit is designed to be built wheels-down, so to build it with the undercart folded needed some bodging.
There will now be a pause while I decided upon and apply suitable paint schemes...

9 comments:

Stephen Beat said...

I think 'rivet counters' will have problems with Hobby Boss kits, but I found them easy to make and crisp mouldings and, of course, cheap. Yes, some details were omitted, but for young gamers or war-gamers they seem perfectly fine.

I've been tempted to go back and get either their P-40 (my favourite plane) or a French D.520...Having said that I've also had my eye on a Revell Neiuport WW1 fighter (but that may be opening Pandora's Box)!!!

Paul Foster said...

I like the fact that even in a new build kit you manage to fit in a bodge.

Progress report sooner rather than later please!

Wg Cdr Luddite said...

There are lots of potential schemes out there: RSI, Slovak. Rumanian, Finnish, even Japanese.

Pete. said...

A nice simple looking kit.

Had a poke about Wings Pallete on your behalf- push the baot out and go for a Partisan one.

Or else take the good WgCdr's advice and go RSI.

Cheers,

Pete.

Tim Gow said...

Stephen Beat
It seems OK to me - does that mean I'm young?

Tim Gow said...

Paul Foster
Kit quality is no obstacle to bodging Paul! Progress may be delayed due to the Airfix Zero someone just talked me into building....

Tim Gow said...

Wg Cdr Luddite
Call me a heretic, but I was thinking Luftwaffe for these!

Tim Gow said...

Pete
After the dreadful Airfix 109s of my youth I think I owe the world a decent Luftwaffe example.

Stephen Beat said...

...Young at heart matey, young at heart! :)