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  1. After the Bf.109F "Friedrich" (link), Bf.109G "Gustav" (link) and Bf.109K "Kürfurst" (link), AZmodel is to release a new tool 1/72nd Messerschmitt Bf.109E "Emil" family. Source: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235010228-kpaz-central-discussion-questions-answers/&do=findComment&comment=3565762 First boxings - December 2020 - ref. AZ7658 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-3 "Battle of Britain" - ref. AZ7660 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-3 "Over Spain - ref. AZ7661 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-3 "Battle of France" - ref. AZ7663 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-7 Trop "Over Africa Next batch - 2021 - ref. AZ7659 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-7 - ref. AZ7662 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-4 - ref. AZ7664 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-3 - ref. AZ7666 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-4 box art V.P.
  2. This one came as a complete surprise to me: https://www.specialhobby.info/2020/11/news-from-special-hobby-112020.html
  3. Messerschmitt Bf.109E-7 Club Line Kit (CLK0007) Pilot SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich 1:72 Kovozávody Prostějov With almost 34,000 examples manufactured over a 10-year period, the Messerschmitt Bf.109 is one of the most widely produced aircraft in history and it saw active service in every theatre in which German armed forces were engaged. Initially designed in the mid-1930s, the Bf.109 shared a similar general arrangement with the Spitfire, employing monocoque construction and a V12 engine, albeit an inverted V with fuel injection rather than the carburettor used in the Spit. Initially designed as a lightweight interceptor, like many German types during WWII, the Bf.109 evolved beyond its original brief into a bomber escort, fighter bomber, night fighter, ground-attack and reconnaissance platform. The E variant, or Emil as it was more affectionately known was the first major revision of the original design, including an uprated engine and the attendant strengthening of the airframe that was required. It first saw service in the Legion Condor fighting in the Spanish civil war on the side of Nationalist forces of Military Dictator Franco, and then in the Battle of Britain where it came up against its nemeses the Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane during the critical fight for the survival of the RAF, which was key to halting Operation Seelöwe, the invasion of Britain by the Nazis. As the Spitfire it fought was improved incrementally through different marks, the Emil was similarly tweaked to keep pace, with the E-7 having additional long-range tankage, plus structural improvements and a simpler squared-off canopy with clear frontal armour, but apart from various field modifications and a few low-volume sub-variants, it had reached the end of its tenure, and was phased out in favour of the Friedrich. The Kit This is an Emil from KP Models’ 1:72 line of Bf.109s, which is quite broad already but is still growing steadily. We have seen some of the plastic already, but this is a Club Kit that is intended to be finished as the personal mount of a rightly reviled hard core Nazi, Reinhard Heydrich, who met his end in a staff car in Prague at the hands of a couple of brave but ill-prepared Partisans. The kit arrives in a small end-opening box with a painting of the aircraft on the front, and four-way profiles of the markings on the rear. Inside are two sprues in grey styrene, a tiny sprue of clear parts, two small decal sheets and the instruction booklet, which is generic to the Bf.109E and is intended for most Emil variants, as are the sprues. Detail is good throughout, including sidewall and gear bay roof detail, plus instrument and seatbelt decals to add detail into the cockpit. Panel lines and rivets are finely engraved, as are other raised/recessed details that all add visual interest. Construction begins with the cockpit, with detailed painting instructions provided in colour, giving the modeller plenty of detail plus the decals for the instrument panel and seatbelts, and a clear gunsight. The cockpit and platform for the chin radiator are sandwiched between the fuselage halves after inserting the exhaust stubs from within. The lower wing is a single span, and is joined to the two upper wing halves after adding radiator details in the fairings and painting the cooling pathway. It is joined to the fuselage, and a scrap diagram shows that the dihedral should result in a 10mm gap between both wingtips and the mat when the model is laid flat on its belly. The narrow-track landing gear is made up from the strut, wheel and captive bay door on each side, locating in sockets in the upper wing halves, while the tail-wheel is a single part that slots into the underside of the rear fuselage. The cannon troughs on the upper engine cowling are a separate insert that receives a pair of cannon stubs from within before it is glued in, a scrap diagram showing that the barrels project asymmetrically from their recesses. The prop diagram is small and could be confusing, but the E-7 sports a pointed spinner that slips over the three-bladed prop, enclosing it by adding the back-plate that has a peg moulded into the rear to attach it to the nose. A squared-off supercharger intake is applied to an outline on the port side of the engine cowling, and the single-part canopy isn’t really single, as it also has a piece of armour added to the windscreen before it is glued down. At the rear the elevators are fixed in their slots and are propped up by a pair of diagonal supports, then you can choose to load a bomb or additional fuel tank on their particular pylons on the centreline, adding a pitot and two horn balances to the ailerons while the model is inverted. A scrap diagram shows the correct placement for each carrier, although the diagram is a little on the small side for us older folks, so don’t forget your spectacles. Markings There are two decal sheets in the box, one pertaining to the stencils, which are detailed on the rear of the instructions, while the other sheet provides decals for the lovely Mr Heidrich, as shown on the rear of the box. From the box you can build the following: The decals are well-printed in good register, with a thin glossy carrier film close to the printed edges for the most part, but with a few that are a little larger. This shouldn’t cause too much of an issue however, as the film is thin and has a relatively soft edge. There are seatbelts and an instrument decal on the sheet, which should add a little realism to your finished cockpit. Conclusion If you’re a WWII modeller and don’t have an aversion to Axis models, the Bf.109 is a staple for your collection, with the personal mount of this notable baddie an interesting decal choice, yet safe in the knowledge that he got his just desserts eventually. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Hobby 2000 is to rebox the Dragon (link) 1/32nd Messerchmitt Bf.109E Emil kit. Source: https://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=105045&start=4635#p2473387 - ref. 32004 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-3 Emil - ref. 32005 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-4 Emil - ref. 32006 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-7 Trop Emil V.P.
  5. Bf.109E-4 SPACE 3D Cockpit Set (3DL48049) 1:48 Eduard The Eduard SPACE sets use new 3D printing techniques that lay down successive layers of different colour resin, creating highly realistic almost full complete panels that are supplied on a decal sheet. They can depict metallic shades, plus glossy, satin and matt colours too, which really increases the detail on everything they print. In addition, a small sheet of nickel-plated and pre-painted Photo-Etch (PE) is included for the aspects of the set that lend themselves better to this medium, such as seatbelts and rudder pedals. The 3D printed decals are on a small sheet, with the two sections of instrument panel covered with brand new printed panels with glossy dials and lots of detail. Each section has an additional layer for extra detail, and they also have some PE levers added later. The port cockpit side has a long rectangular ancillary panel applied over the original after sanding or scraping back of the original moulding, then the pilot’s seat is outfitted with a set of painted PE seatbelts with comfort pads and a nickel-plated oval pass-through grommet where the harness passes through. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. HobbyBoss is to release in late August 2021 a 1/18th Messerschmitt Bf.109E Emil - ref. 81809 Source: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=187&l=en V.P.
  7. Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 Emil (05-07) 1:48 Wingsy Kits The BF 109 has inherited quite a legendary status, and when you look into its service career, it's certainly obvious why. Viewing the design in retrospect, it looks just like a typical fighter of the WWII era, but it was more than that, it was the very platform that the single seat fighter format was born from. Powerful engine, monocoque airframe, all metal construction, enclosed cockpit and retractable gear this was unheard of before hand, it was radical, not typical in the 1930's. Its birth wasn't perfect however, to achieve its performance, some sacrifices were made, particularly in the landing gear arrangement and high wing loading having a negative effect on landing speeds compared to the competition at the time. This inherent design issue was never fully cured and it's estimated that at least 10% of all 109's were lost in take off accidents. Early models (A-D) were powered by the Junkers jumo engine with outputs of around 700hp. The aircraft was first used in combat during the Spanish Civil War where many lessons were learned and these would be later put to good use in battles over France and Britain. The E or Emil model broke the mould in 109 development by changing to the more powerful Daimler Benz DB 601 engine of around 1080hp, a significant step in performance and also in armament due to the introduction of the 20mm cannon. By 1939, all earlier variants had been replaced in frontline service. As the variants progressed, so did the level of armour protection for the pilot. Another critical element to improve survivability was the use of twin radiators with cut off valves meaning that if one radiator was damaged, the other could be used to keep it airborne. The Emil was the primary Luftwaffe fighter until 1941 when the F model became widely available with more powerful engine although a few managed to see combat in the Battle of Britain. For an aircraft that broke the mould with fighter technology and performance in the mid 30's, it's evolution meant that whilst it's design had exhausted improvement capability towards the end of the war, it stayed in operational use until 1965 in Europe in the guise of the Spanish licence built HA 1112 using the Merlin power plant. During its 30 year career, more than 33,000 were built, a record that will probably never be beaten. The Kit This is a brand new tool form Wingsy. It is a shorter run kit in that the production run is not as large as other companies and the sprues themselves are smaller, and there are not as many tiny parts as some kits. The qality of the moulding is first rate though, better in fact than some other 109s in my stash. Construction starts with the cockpit. The rudder pedals are built up and added to the cockpit floor, followed by the seat complete with PE belts. The trim wheels, control column and oxygen regulator are then fitted. The front bulkhead complete with oil tank is fitted. To both side panels detail parts are added. The instrument panel has the gunsight fitted. All instruments are provided as decals. The complete cockpit can now be assembled, Next up a few subassemblies of the propeller, prop boss and main landing gear are built up. The fuselage can then be closed up with the cockpit going between the two sides, the rear deck for the cockpit then going on, the rudder and tail wheel part fitting at the rear, and at the front an engine block, and the front top deck with the two machine guns behind it. At the front the boss for the prop is fitted. The last item to be added here is the engine air intake. We now move onto the wing. There is a single part lower wing, with left/right uppers. Before closing the wings up the wheel wells need to be built up. Once assembled the wing tips can be glued on. The wings can the be fitted along with the front under engine cowling and its oil cooler. The tailplanes are fitted at the rear, and the radiators are fitted to the wings. At the front the engine exhaust stubs are fitted to either side. All of the flying control surfaces are now added with the flaps, slats, ailerons and tail control surfaces being separate parts that the modeller can fit as they want. To finish off the wheels are put on their axles, along with the canopies (the pilots head armour being added from PE and plastic parts), aerials, pitot tubes and balance horns go on, they lastly at the front, the propeller. Markings The glossy decal sheet is printed by Decograf and looks sharp and in register. There are four decal options available from the decal sheet; Stab I./JG51 - Josef "Pips" Priller. Speyer, Germany 1939 WNr. 3356, I./JG51 Heinz "Pritzl" Priller Bar, Early Battle of France, 1939. II./JG26 Staffelkaptin Fritz Losigkeit Werl, Germany 1940. WNr 3413, 5./JG26 Lt Hans Krug, Marquise, France 1940. Conclusion It is good to see a new tool of this most famous aircraft, which should do well for Wingsy. I'm not a 109 experten, but it looks to be a well detailed and engineered kit. Highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of
  8. Hi all and looking forward to joining with this one.. Airfix Bf 109E-4_box by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Decals will be from this lovely sheet produced by Southern Expo for the 70th Anniversary with all proceeds going to a local hospice which is wonderful. Airfix Bf 109E-4_BoB by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr For this build, i'm going with 'White 2' of 4./JG51 from August 1940. According to the notes on the sheet, this a/c flown by Ofw. Johann Illner collided with a Spitfire flown by Al Deere on 9 July 1940 but managed to return to France. Illner was later shot down over England in November that year and spent the rest of the war as a POW. Airfix Bf 109E-4_White 2 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr The notes also mention this model was fitted with an early E-1 canopy which I think I have a spare around somewhere. Thanks for looking and enjoy your builds. All the best, Dermot
  9. Finemolds is to release in July 2020 a limited edition 1/48th Messerschmitt Bf.109E-7 "Emil" kit from Japanese Army with maintenance Scene Set - ref. 48995 Source: http://www.finemolds.co.jp/202006-08NEW.html Plastic Tamiya V.P.
  10. Hallo again This is my Me-109 E-3. 1/32 Kit is Eduard. All painting, insignia, and stencils are as explained in: Stencils are wet transfer from HGW. Happy modelling
  11. Hallo again This is my Me-109 E-4. 1/32 Kit is Eduard. All painting, insignia, and stencils are as explained in: Stencils are wet transfer from HGW. Happy modelling
  12. Hot on the heels of my 1/24 Stuka and 1/24 Hurricane, here is the old Airfix 1/24 Bf109E. As with the other two builds this is another one that is being made forty years after the last one I built! Forty years hasn't been too kind to my peepers and fingers but at least the larger scale is much more fun (and less frustrating) than the smaller scales! It was built for the ATF 2017 Messerschmitts Group Build. National markings, swastikas, fuselage markings and "Ace of Spades" were painted using Montex Super Mask Airfix Bf 109 E-3(K2403). Aftermarket items used were Airscale 1/24 Messerschmitt Bf109E Instrument Panel (AS24 MEA), Eduard 1/24 WWII Luftwaffe Seatbelts (23003), Master 1/24 German 7.92mm MG 17 Barrels x 2 (AM-24-002), Aber 1/24 German 20mm Oerlikon MG FF Barrels x 2 (A24 004). I've got the Airfix 1/24 Spitfire Vb, Typhoon and Mosquito in my stash to do but I need to find room to fit them in first before I start on them! Dave
  13. So.. just finished Polikarpov I-152 (I-15bis) http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234992236-polikarpov-i-152-148-special-hobby/ And I decided to start a new project. At this time in the contest "Out of the box" on the site http://scalemodels.ru/modules/forum/viewforum_f_191.html Messerschmitt Bf-109E Airfix on a scale of 1/48. It will be modification Bf- 109E1 of the Legion "Condor" during the Spanish company.
  14. This is the Airfix new tool 109E-4 in 72nd scale. Exhaust are a resin product from Quickboost, along with machined brass guns from Master. No swastikas were provided on the decal sheet, so only stencils and wing crosses were used. Remainder of the markings were from other sources, plus some home made decals for the JG 26 emblem (gothic 'S' on white shield). regards, Jack
  15. Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7/Trop 1:72 Airfix The Messerschmitt BF 109 was one of the best known and most widely used combat aircraft employed by the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. Over 30,000 examples were produced between 1937 and 1945 and the type saw active service everywhere that German armed forces were fighting. Initially powered by the relatively low output Junkers Jumo engine, later variants used the more powerful Daimler Benz DB600 series of inverted V-12 engines and were able to achieve speeds of up to 400mph. In comparison with the early A, B, C and D variants, the E, or Emil, was a significant redesign. It featured the more powerful Daimler Benz engine and better armament consisting of two wing-mounted MG/FF/M 20mm cannon and two MG17 7.9mm machine guns mounted in the cowling above the nose. The E-4 also featured improved armour for the pilot, and improved cockpit canopy which afforded the pilot a better view and was also easier to produce. The E-7 was the first production variant to be factory fitted with provision for a drop tank, thus enhancing the range of an aircraft that was originally conceived as a short-range interceptor and allowing it to be used as a long range fighter or fighter-bomber. Airfix released a new tool Bf 109E-4 last year, so its no surprise thay they have followed it up with a tropicalised E-7. The new kit contains the same two sprues of grey plastic as the standard E-4 and gains an extra sprue which holds the parts necessary for the conversion. It also contains a larger decal sheet than the previous release, containing markings for two options rather than just one. For these reasons it jumps up a step to Airfixs Series 2 range. Out of the box the kit looks nicely moulded. Detail is clean and crisp and the panel lines are, in my opinion at least, crisp and fine. My only criticism is that they tend to fade out around the extreme top and bottom of the fuselage, which means some rescribing may be needed. The plastic has a smooth, glossy sheen to it too, which contrasts with the textured finish of earlier Hornby-era kits. There are a couple of faint sink marks on the outside of the fuselage just below the cockpit opening, but these should be easy to deal with. There are a few ejector pin marks here and there too, but the only ones that will need to be filled are those on the cockpit tub. The soft detail that plagued the wing-to-fuselage join of the E-4 has been fixed too, which is good news. The cockpit is well detailed without being overly complex. It is made up of a tub (which includes the front and rear bulkheads but not the sidewalls), an instrument panel, gunsight, control column, rudder pedals and seat. The seat harnesses are moulded in place and there is also some nice raised detail on the insides of the fuselage halves. The instrument panel does not feature any raised detail, but a decal is provided instead. Unlike the previous kit, the decal does not look oversized another plus point for this version! The top half of the inverted Daimler Benz engine is moulded in place and is just about nice enough to merit leaving the cowling off, although you will need to add some extra details such as the machine gun barrels. The chin mounted oil cooler intake is moulded in two parts, which allows for a more realistic finish. The tropical air filter is included on the extra sprue. The wings follow the usual format for a model of this type, with a single span lower wing and separate port and starboard upper wings. As mentioned above, the soft starboard wing root detail has been fixed for this edition. Landing flaps are moulded separately and can be posed in either dropped or raised position. The horizontals stabilisers are moulded as solid parts, but the rudder is moulded separately to the vertical stabiliser and can be posed in the deflected position if desired. In the usual Airfix style there are different parts provided for you to pose your model with landing gear up or down. The landing gear legs are delicate but nicely detailed. The wheel wells feature some basic structural details and the wheels themselves have subtle flat spots moulded in. The canopy is thin, clear and moulded in three parts so it can be finished in the open position. This is an improvement over other kits in Airfixs lower ranges which have been designed with one-piece canopies. A drop tank and a bomb are provided on the additional sprue, along with the appropriate fixtures for the lower fuselage and a choice of two replacement spinner hubs. Two decal options are provded: Bf 109E-7/Trop flown by Fw. Franz Elles, 8./Jagdgeschwader 27, Western Desert, April 1941. This aircraft is finished in RLM 79 and 80 with RLM 78 lower surfaces; and Bf 109E-7 flown by Stoyan Stoyanov of 3 Orliak, Royal Bulgarian Air Force, Karlovo 1942. This aircraft is finished in RLM 71 over RLM 65 with a distinctive yellow flash running from nose to tail. The tapering part of the flash is provided on the decal sheet, meaning you have to paint the nose part yourself. I would strongly recommend painting the whole thing in order to avoid the problem of having to match paint to decal. The decal sheet itself is printed by Cartograf and features a full range of stencils, but no hakenkreuz. Conclusion It looks like this kit should be straightforward to build and will result in a pleasing, well-detailed model. In other words: classic Airfix. There are a couple of minor things to watch out for such as the ejector pin marks in the cockpit, but most of the glitches from the E-4 have been fixed. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. Eduard Bf109E-1 Weekend Edition 1:48 Eduard We’ve reviewed several of Eduards Bf109E’s here on Britmodeller so the base kit is probably one that you’ve become familiar with if not in person, then in internet review sections at least. I reviewed the E-4 Profipack last September which was my first introduction to the series and I was mightily impressed. In the constant fight for the skies, the 109 went through many evolutionary improvements, the E series or more affectionately known Emil being designed based on the lessons learned fighting for the Condor Legion in the Spanish civil war. Infact a few saw service in that era although towards the final stages. The Emil received a much more powerful power plant in the shape of a Daimler Benz DB601 giving nearly 40% more power than its predecessor in the earlier models. The first models were the E-1 and E-3, the only difference between them being that the E-1 had Mg-17 machine guns in the wings, the E-3 having 20mm Mg FF cannon. The E-1/3 were the main fighter aircraft operated by the Luftwaffe until shortly before the Battle of Britain when the E-4 began to replace them. Settling on canon in the wings, a number of other improvements resulted such as improved cockpit armour and a more ‘squared off’ canopy. The kit Again, because we’ve done several reviews on the 109E series produced by Eduard, one can have a tendency to skip information out, however I’m sure not everyone has come across the kits and that’s the way I must approach the review. Eduard have developed a pattern of providing two formats of their kits. The first is the Profipack version which normally includes an extensive decal sheet, usually with 4 or 5 options, an etch fret and paint masks. The second is the budget series known as the Weekend editions. You still get the same great plastic kit, but usually a single option decal sheet and no etch or masks. That is what we have here. My first observation is the fact that rather than the normal beige plastic, the four sprues of this kit are moulded in a medium grey colour which is great for taking review pictures !!! Obviously, you get a different set of instructions because there’s no etch to consider. Whilst the Profipack ones are printed in colour on gloss paper, the Weekend edition instructions come on standard paper in black and white. Construction starts with the cockpit. Now whilst the kit lacks the etch of its Profipack brother, the injection moulded detail in the cockpit is not something to be sniffed at. Finesse of the detail is superb with plenty of small details to keep you out of mischief. Trying to produce trim wheels that look scale accurate in 1/72 in injection moulded plastic is difficult, but Eduard have done as a good a job as we’re likely to see. The front panel is a little less traditional in that it’s produced in two parts, upper and lower. The lower part fits to the cockpit tub, bit the upper part fits to the nose section behind the engine and the two sub assemblies come together afterwards. The seat looks a little plain in comparison with the rest of the kit in general and lacks seatbelts, so unless you have an etch kit to use in your collection, making some from your scratch build materials is necessary if having a bare seat concerns you. The engine is another source of finesse, however it also presents a challenge which I’ll pick up later. There’s considerable detail within the engine and nose gun arrangement that allow you to leave the cowlings off to reveal it all. With the assembly built, it fits between the fuselage halves in the usual manner along with the cockpit tub. The Mg-17’s are beautifully moulded and with the right painting skills will look quite exquisite sat above that chunk of Db601. The exhausts are individually formed again showing off what Eduard have managed to do with their moulding process. The ends of the exhausts are slightly and cleverly hollowed and there’s weld lines along each one, so don’t assume this is flash and sand it off ! Now if you choose to have the cowlings closed, you still need to use the engine block as the exhausts are fitted to it. This is where the challenge comes in. You need to fit the engine / exhaust assembly before fitting the cowlings, but that then makes painting a bit of a challenge. The fit of the exhausts in the cowling opening is very snug, so there’s very little room to mask the exhausts if you paint them before fitting. I’d be interested to hear how people have dealt with this challenge as to the best way of dealing with it. I suspect fitting the individual parts through the opening after painting will be too fiddly. With the fuselage zipped up, next is the wings. As with the fuselage, the detail on the wing surfaces is simply stunning. Very restrained panel lines are supplemented by ultra-fine rivets, quite literally leading the market in this respect. A great feature of the kit is all separate surfaces, flaps, ailerons, rudder and elevators are all individual and nicely moulded. The fabric surfaces have a nice sag effect, however I appreciate that this produces mixed opinions. If it bother you, a few extra layers of primer or similar with a light sand afterwards should tame it down somewhat. With the flying surfaces attached, attention turns to the smaller bits. The wheels have separate hubs that fit from either site of the tyre in two halves. The detail in these is excellent and give the option to pre-paint the parts before fitting eliminating the usual hassle of getting a neat demarcation line around the tyres. The canopy has a rear armoured glass panel that care will be needed to fit without getting glue marks on your canopy. Some reserved dabs of PVA might be the best option. The clarity of the transparencies is superb, very little distortion. For some reaon, three of the clear parts had detached from the sprue upon inspection of the kit. Construction finishes with the fitting of balance tabs , prop and mast. The decals I have to say, this is my only real disappointment with the kit. Having been spoilt with the Profipack a few months ago, I appreciate that it’s good business practice to differentiate them with the Weekend editions, but none of the stencils are included in the Weekend edition (unless mine are missing). You get one decal option as listed below which I can understand, but as the artwork on the box clearly shows the stencils on the aircraft, it’s disappointing that they are omitted from the kit. The decal sheet provided whist very simple, do look to be of good quality, rich print and very sharp. The markings are provided to represent Bf109E-1 6./JG 52 based at Husum, Germany in 1940. Paint scheme is the infamous yellow nose / rudder of the period with usual RLM 70/71 upper and RLM 65 lower mottled along the sides. Conclusion This is a great kit in most respects. The detail and quality is superb for the very reasonable retail price that the weekend editions sell for. The profipack does spoil you with the etch and very useful paint masks, so if you are looking to get an Eduard 109 kit, you should weight up the pro’s and con’s of each before making your decision. Whist the decal sheet is somewhat disappointing, I cannot commend highly enough on the quality of the plastic, I couldn’t find any flash and you really have to look hard to find anything that resembles a sink mark. Built up kits indicate that the lines are pretty accurate with no major issues. Review sample courtesy of
  17. Bf.109E Cockpit & Radio Compartment 1:48 Eduard Brassin The new Eduard 109 is (for me) the definitive 109 in 1:48, so I won't witter on about how good it is too much. It raises the level of detail to new levels for an injection moulded kit, but as always you can improve on the detail with some carefully moulded resin parts. The set arrives in Eduard's standard box for the larger Brassin sets, and once you've pulled out all the foam blocks and that usual bright-blue pan scourer (why?), you're presented with four bags of parts. Three of them contain finely crafted resin parts in two shades of grey, while the final bag contains two small (5cm x 3.6cm) Photo-Etch (PE) frets, one of which is pre-painted. The instruction booklet is a little more involved than the usual sets, due to the number of parts and relatively complex build process of this one. As usual with Eduard's resin, the casting blocks are sensibly placed and minimalistic, with the exception of the main cockpit tub, radio boxes and the front bulkhead. You will need a razor saw to liberate these chunks from their parts. Construction starts with the pre-painted seatbelts being built up and added to the superbly fine pilot's seat. This is then installed in the cockpit tub, and a pair of braces added in PE to each side. The control column is resin, while the perforated rudder pedals are supplied as PE parts with foot straps to fold into place. The cockpit sidewalls are thin resin sheets, curved to the shape of the fuselage, with ribbing and instrument detail moulded in. The O2 bottle, shroud and regulator are cast in one piece, but don't think that this means less detail. The part is very fine, and looks superb as it is, with only a short curved length of hose added to finish it off. The front bulkhead slots into the front of the cockpit floor, enclosing the area nicely, and the bottom section of the instrument panel is made up from two laminated PE parts, extra levers & switches, attached to a resin backing piece. The radio bay is next, and this is mostly complete, in a C-shaped 3cm section of the fuselage, complete with ribbing and wiring detail. To this is added the radio gear, on the floor of the fuselage, as well as suspended by a pair of mounts in the top and bottom of the fuselage. You will of course need to remove the radio bay access panel from the fuselage, and Eduard have sensibly provided a replacement made from two PE parts - the outer skin, and strengthening framework. The two sections are then installed in the kit fuselage, after the moulded in cockpit sidewalls have been scraped away to accommodate the resin replacements. Two different upper instrument panel sections are supplied for an open or closed nose, with the open nosed option having the choice of exposed instrument backs, or a cover protecting them from the rigors of being so close to the nose armament. The closed nose part is simply a flat backing piece, and all options receive the two-part laminated panel, and the kit gun-sight to finish them off. PE details are also included for the canopy, to replace the head-armour, adding some fine support brackets and resin head cushion, finishing off with a cockpit opening lever on the port side. Colour call-outs are given throughout in Gunze codes in acrylic or enamel, which are in turn converted to simple colour names and RLM numbers where appropriate. Conclusion This set is perfect for the super-detailer or the diorama builder, as it takes the cockpit to the highest level of detail, and adds detail in the fuselage that would normally be unseen in most models. The small door in the side of the fuselage to access the radio gear will lead to a rarely glimpsed area of the 109, and I only hope it lets in enough light to do it justice. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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