Grand Messerschmitt project: Cockpit detailing

The FineMolds’ Bf 109G kits have very nice cockpit details and really the only thing one could/should add are the seat belts. However, for my G-2 I wanted to try the Aires resin and photo-etch cockpit set, primarily because I intend to leave the canopy open. For the Premium Hobbies’ kit I am using an Eduard photo-etch set originally designed for the Academy kit. The other two G-6s will just use FineMolds’ parts, and the Airfix E-7 will also be out-of-the-box, except for photo-etch seat belts.

I started construction by airbrushing all G-models’ interiors with the dark gray RLM 74; I used Mr.Color semi-gloss enamel #36, a good match, but also an experiment for me since I normally use Tamiya acrylics. Mr.Color was a positive experience, easy to spray without any additional thinning. I used a Badger Patriot airbrush at approx. 20 PSI. Note that I also sprayed the photo-etch instrument panels which now will have to be assembled.

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In the above picture you can see all the G-models. Note that I originally considered the True Details’ resin cockpit set for MT-452, but came to the conclusion that it does not really add any value, particularly because the canopy will not be open. So the FineMolds’ cockpits (on MT-431 and MT-452) were finished with the only modifications being the addition of Eduard seat belts and moving the instrument panel backwards, towards the seat, for about 1 mm (this modification is described in the build report of a G-6 I completed a few years ago).

FineMolds’ cockpits finished, except for gunsights

The “Carpet Monster” ate the Premium Hobbies’ control column, so I had to scratch-build a new one. My friend Mike Hirsch offered the advice that “Albion Alloys is your friend”, and indeed I used three different thicknesses of aluminum tubing to construct the new part. In fact, I did it twice, since the Carpet Monster also ate the first one I constructed. 😦

Scratch-built control column the for Premium Hobbies’ kit
Control column installed, the bottom still needs to be snipped off
Premium Hobbies’ cockpit completed; shoulder belts are installed once the fuselage halves are closed

After all the interiors were complete, the fuselage halves of each of the 4 G-models were closed. For the G-2 with Aires’ resin interior, the panel behind the pilot’s head is a separate photo-etch part; it was superglued on, and the shoulder belts were attached last. The picture below shows the current state of the project.

The Airfix E-7 interior was sprayed with RLM 02, and for this I used Tamiya XF-22. Retrospectively, the “Emil” is too different from all the “Gustavs”, so including it in this project does not offer the “economies of scale” you gain with the others.

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4 thoughts on “Grand Messerschmitt project: Cockpit detailing

  1. It will be interesting to see how well this works for you as you continue. I’ve done multiple builds like this in the past- a quartet of Academy P-39s several years ago, and more recently I had 4 of the eventual 9 Dr.1s all on the bench at the same time. I found that doing a max three in parallel was the best- when I did four, I started to make mistakes – like somehow only painting 7 wheels in a session, forcing a later set up and paint prep for the last wheel when I later found it in the bottom of the box.

    And as I progressed the P-39s, I got to a point near the end where it became more efficient to finish them serially, as the color schemes were all different— and I was glad not to have to mask all 4 canopies at the same time!

    This will be a fun series to follow!

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    1. Interesting… I have already realized that doing 4 Bf 109Gs has some economies of scale, but the 5th, a Bf 109E-7, is already too much different. I am trying to take copious notes and also keep the different airframes in different boxes so as not to make mistakes.


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