Fine Molds Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 Build Part I

Fine Molds began releasing their Messerschmitt Bf 109 series of kits in 2005. They boxed all the later variants from the F-series through the K, inserting a bewildering variety of combinations of small sprues to portray the versions desired. These were an immediate hit. Tamiya has recently released a G-6, but opinions vary as to how big of an improvement over the Fine Molds release it is (which speaks volumes).
These are the basic sprues in the G-6 boxing. An interesting feature which has been copied by other manufacturers is the engine molded under the cowling. This has allowed Fine Molds to account for additional versions by substituting cowling panels while allowing for the option of displaying an exposed engine.
If you like parts for the spares box and want to build a G-4 or a G-6, the Finnish boxing is the one to get. This one has the maximum number of secondary sprues, and all the original parts are still there on the main sprues. You can basically build any G-6 with the parts in this box with the exception of the tall tail varieties.
The side wall detail in the cockpit is basically raised lines with little depth. This benefits from some basic scratch building to beef up the detail. The large round structure represents the trim wheels. The real trim wheels were spoked, but I find that the spoke detail is largely hidden by the pilot’s seat and difficult to see from most angles in any case so I represent them with disks for closed canopy builds.
The cockpit under a coat of paint and with Eduard PE seatbelts. The yellow tube is a fuel line with a sight glass, a prominent detail which is not difficult to add with a piece of solder.
If you study photographs of Bf 109s it is very difficult to find one on the ground with the flaps in line with the wing, and is almost impossible to find one without the leading-edge slats deployed. These were spring loaded and intended to automatically extend at lower airspeeds to increase lift. A Bf 109 just doesn’t look natural without the slats and flaps repositioned so these were all cut out. If the Fine Molds kit could be improved, separate slats and flaps would get my vote!
The fit of the Fine Molds kit is excellent, and here it is with the flaps and slat re-attached. The inner flaps on the 109 are split to allow for the radiator exhaust, the pilot could control the engine temperature by varying the effective aperture at the trailing edge of the wing.
I made canopy masks from Tamiya tape and using Montex masks as templates. The Montex masks do not adhere well, and this especially true if there are any curves involved. I have had trouble with these, every time I’ve tried to use them they’ve lifted off so I’m going with the Tamiya tape for this build.

Part II here:


15 thoughts on “Fine Molds Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 Build Part I

  1. One day I’ll build a 109. I love them, I really do, but they’re such a rabbit hole; I’m afraid I’ll not emerge if I go down that way. I had a stash of FM 109’s, you can guess who I sold them to. 😉
    Will this one be a Finnish bird from the kit decals, or some other scheme?

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  2. Interesting how they depicted a post-war Finnish markings fighting a german Ju-88 on the box art 🙂 I guess it’s easier like this because of Finnish swastika markings (even if they had nothing to do with Nazi ones), but it certainly ain’t historically correct. Looks like a great kit, but with the amount of projects I have at the moment I’ll just wait for Eduards kits.

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      1. The MMP books stop at the end of the Continuation War. The Squadron book says the Finns changed insignia and dropped the yellow ID panels at the beginning of the Lapland War and made the insignia changes permanent in April 1945. This is not documented very well at all!

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      2. For what it’s worth, the Fine Molds kit provides both types of insignia so you can model your 109 either way. Sounds like the thing to avoid would be the later insignia with the yellow ID panels.


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