Quoted TextHi Doug
I'm loving this build!
A couple of points I'd make (no - don't worry - it's NOT blue uniforms! ) - it's all cable-related:
The Bf 109's aerial. The part that's still attached to the mast looks very stiff and unrealistic; without the tension at the other end, it would just drop loose over the fuselage. I used lead wire on Eduard's Fw 190D-9 - the thinnest I could find was till a tad heavy, but it mimicked the slack droop reasonably convincingly.
Similarly, you need to add a little damage on the fin to show where its attachment's been shorn off.
The last cable is very different; it looks like you need to add the canopy restrainer - without it, it would fall down against the side of the fuselage (and possible rip out its hinges?).
Minor points in a stunning build. I'd love to see this full-sized - although whether the '109's notoriously weak undercarriage would stand more than a few hundred yards down a rough dirt road could be amusing - until the Party Commissars arrived asking questions...
All the best
OK Rowan I think I have addressed all of your concerns, made the aerial droop almost straight down, installed the canopy bungee so it won't fall down, and made the tail spike with a hole where the aerial was attached, as far as the landing gear giving way I have always had a plan to tie the two gear together with rope to stop the problem of them collapsing so this will be done soon. Now as far as the entire idea goes, well what can you do when a bunch of soldiers have a great idea and a truck, and perhaps a little Vodka there was at least one 109 captured and kept in a museum in Russia so this is not that far from reality, and I have seen aircraft recovered in this manner.
Thanks for your suggestions Rowan.
all the best
That sounds great - and many thanks taking the suggestions on board. I imagine most aircraft were recovered by being dismantled and loaded onto a flat-bed to cross rough terrain, but adding the rope around the undercarriage sounds a brilliant idea, because it shows you've really thought through the scenario. It's all to easy to just dot figures around for a sense of scale, but you tie everything together to focus the viewer's attention and tell a story.
On that note - don't forget items like the pilot's parachute and any personal items - e.g. one of the Soviet soldiers could have "relieved him" of the firearm that many carried, and they might be sharing out a trophy addition of Scho-Ka-Kola or cigarettes to their rations.
All the best