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Bf.109G-5 Update sets for Eduard 1:48

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Bf.109G-5 Update sets for Eduard
1:48 Eduard


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As is usual with Eduard's new kits, they work in tandem creating aftermarket to enhance their already excellent models, aimed at the modeller that just has to go for the maximum detail when they build. At time of writing there are two sets in the initial batch to go with the new Bf.109G-5 we reviewed here, and I'm sure others will follow shortly, as there are also some new sets just coming out for the Bf.109G-6 we reviewed here a few months ago.



Update Set (48893)
As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, this arrives in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions behind. It contains parts that are more detailed than their plastic counterparts, which will give your model a more in-scale look. The radio compartment door and surround are replaced, as are the covers in the gear leg tunnel within the gear bay. The rear radiator flaps have new parts with folded egses, the flaps with their complex arrangement are replaced by more detailed parts, and the gear bay doors are replaced with a lamination of several parts with detail etched into both sides that far surpasses the styrene parts. A new oleo-scissor, tie-down loop and brake cable are also added to the leg. Finally a base for the underwing antenna and straps for the fuel tank complete the sheet.

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Brassin Cockpit (648263)
The set arrives in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. Inside are four bags of resin parts, two small sheets of PE, a square of acetate, a single decal on a tiny sheet, and of course the instructions. The resin parts create a complete replacement cockpit with highly detailed parts assembled from the resin and PE. The instrument panel can be made from resin and the decal, or a lamination of pre-painted PE for the ultimate in detail. Seatbelts, rudder pedals and other fine parts are made up from PE, while the balance is to be found on the resin casting blocks. To fit the set you will need to remove the detail from the fuselage sidewalls, which can be done using a combination of sanding and scraping with the edge of a blade. Even the head-armour is laminated from acetate sheet and PE parts for scale thickness, and the canopy can be held open with a tiny PE part.



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Conclusion
There's more to come but this initial batch of parts will hit the spot if you're looking to make your model even more detailed, but don't either have the time or inclination to scratch build everything.

Highly recommended.



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