Messerschmitt Bf 109G-14 in 1/48...
...a new Profipack series kit from Eduard
Kit reference 82111 is another release from Eduard in their Profipack series of kits. Eduard have a variety of 109 variants in their catalogue now, and this is a neat addition to the range. The best indicator of the various kits is indicated by the number of unused parts greyed out on the sprue layout diagrams in the instructions. The 109 was really a remarkable design. It entered service in the 1930's, fought in the Spanish Civil War and from the beginning to end of WW2. For many other aircraft types that was the end of their careers, but not so the 109. After the war it went on to see service with Finland, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Israel and of course Spain, who didn't retire their re-engined examples until the late 1960's.
The kit is moulded in a grey plastic and comes with both masks for painting the canopy and undercarriage, along with an etch metal fret that carries their delightful pre-printed instrument panel and seat-belts, along with other details for the cockpit and airframe. There is also a choice of rudders, one of which looks quite different to usual. So the kit itself is very nicely done, and they assemble very neatly. If you want to add even more detail, then check out their series of Brassin accessories for additional elements such as super detailed cockpit and full engine if you want to add them.
There are 5 alternative colour and marking options included. -
W.Nr.160303, flown by Hptm. Friedrich Eberle, the CO of 111./JG 1, based at Volkel in November 1943. A disruptive scheme on the upper surfaces, mottle sides while the spinner is a red/white spiral, a yellow panel under the nose, a red fuselage band and a white tail.
W.Nr. 15729, flown by Obstlt. Hermann Fraf, of Stab./JG 11 based at Jever early in 1944. Slightly unusual camouflage for this later stage in the war as it is in an overall light grey, plus a yellow underside to the nose and rear fuselage band.
W.Nr. 411960, flown by Hptm. Franz Dorr, CO of III./JG 5 based at Gossen in Norway during May 1945. A pilot with a final score of 122 enemy aircraft, and with a disruptive scheme on the upper surfaces, mottle sides and pale grey underside. Yellow undersides to the wingtips and yellow and black rear fuselage bands.
The personal aircraft of Oblt. Kurt Gabler, of 8./JG 300, flying from Juterbog-Waldlager air base in Germany during July 1940. It is unusual for being largely in bare metal, stripped of most paint to reduce drag and weight so it was faster and better able to catch the fast Mosquito's.
W.Nr. 165350, flown by Lt. Anton Hafner, CO of 8./JG 51 at Tilsit-Ost (then in East Prussia) in August of 1944. In a fairly standard scheme of disruptive pattern on the upper surfaces, and mottle sides. There are yellow panels under the nose, the wing tips, a rear fuselage band and rudder.
To finish off the markings, and with a back page of the instructions devoted to their positioning, all the airframe stencils.
Thanks to Eduard for this example.