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Bf.109G-6 Resin Update Sets (for Eduard 1:48)

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Bf.109G-6 Resin Update Sets (for Eduard)
1:48 Eduard


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Eduard have worked hard to retool their Gustav series 109 kit, and they have also repatterned their aftermarket sets to fit the newly retooled kit, which is dimensionally different from the original. The sets arrive 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. The larger set is supplied in a rectangular box with foam cushioning protecting the bags of parts, PE and instructions.


Engine & Fuselage Gun Set (648250)
This is the most involved and complex of the sets available, and also the largest, most comprehensive of them. It arrives in an oblong Brassin box, and contains four bags of resin parts, a sheet of PE parts, and a small decal sheet with yellow and white individual serial digits for the engine block. The instruction booklet is quite thick, which is a testament to the complexity of the set.

Construction starts with the engine block and its ancillary parts, such as the reduction gear and oil tank that wraps around it, plus four PE lifting eyes, one on each corner. The small parts plug into corresponding sockets in the engine, and are almost a friction fit, with very fine tolerances. The engine bearers are added next, and the "blower" fitted to the port side, with PE mesh and a small resin hose. Two different gun compartments are supplied to fit over the bulkhead and magazines, depending on whether you are building a G-6 or G-6/U4 variant, both of which have slots for the ammo feeder chutes to the nose guns, and will require some lengths of wire to complete the fit, which differs between the two variants. A host of tiny PE hoses are added around the bulkhead, and then the engine can be attached via five points, and the rest of the hoses made up from wire of various diameters from your own stocks.

Now for the fun part, where you remove the upper cowling and gun bay cover from the kit with your razor saw, following the guide diagrams very carefully to ensure you don't overdo it. If you're using the kit instrument panel and front bulkhead, you'll need to trim those down slightly too, again as indicated on the instructions. The fuselage can be mated around the cockpit before you install the engine parts, which is good, as everyone likes to get the fuselage closed up. A small resin insert goes within the recess left by the Beule humps, and you then build up the new cowling parts from the exquisitely detailed resin parts, plus the intake for the supercharger. A small PE part is used to disguise the plastic edge of the cowling near the prop, and the two resin cowlings are glued to the central brace in a gull-wing pose, after cutting out the flashed-over gun troughs. You can make a pair of support struts from 0.4mm wire to complete the job, and the gun bay fairing can be placed on a wing or nearby for a more candid appearance.

A superbly detailed set, just make sure you have plenty of wire available of 0.3mm, 0.4mm, 0.5mm, and 0.6mm diameters.

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Wheels (648261)
The narrow track of the 109 was well known as a danger during ground handling, and later on a set of wider diameter wheels were fitted with smaller hubs to help with this unwelcome characteristic. These early tyres are fitted with large diameter shallow hubs and thin radially recessed treaded tyres, with the raised manufacturer's data is faithfully reproduced, and the hub detail is superb.

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Propeller (648255)
This is a simple set that is probably aimed partially at those using the engine set above, as it improves on the kit detail, and gives the builder the option of showing the prop without various parts as if it was in maintenance. The set consists of three individual props, a prop boss, drive shaft, spinner in resin, plus a PE ring to finish off the tip of the spinner after liberating it from the casting block. The interior of the spinner is detailed, and the hub is also superb. The props are aligned with the supplied resin jig, allowing you to insert one at a time and get the angle of the blade just right. Plastic backing plate H67 is still used behind the prop.

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Some nice looking resin, I particularly like the engine set.

Duncan B

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It's got some incredible detail engineered in... very :Tasty:

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That engine is something else eh!

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