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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard Brassin Sets for the Tamiya Bf 109G-6 Kit
1:48 Scale

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Tamiya’s 1:48 scale Bf 109G-6 kit is a thing of beauty – I’d go so far to say that it’s one of the great injection molded kits of our age (see our review HERE).  For all its rich detail, you can always add more with cast resin and photoetched metal parts.  Eduard has recently released a series of detail sets for the Tamiya Bf 109G-6 in their Brassin line.  Here, let’s take a look at three of these sets – which turn out to be just as superlative and breathtaking as the kit itself.

Eduard Brassin #648404 Bf 109G-6 Radio Compartment:  while the Tamiya kit has a lot of great detail, they did not include the radio compartment.  There’s a small access hatch on the left side of the fuselage behind the cockpit about halfway the distance to the tail.  When opened, ground crews could access the communications gear carried by the legendary WWII fighter.

This set contains six perfectly cast resin parts accompanied by five photoetched parts on one small fret.  To use this set, you’ll need to cut open the access hatch and thin the interior fuselage ribs.  The set provides resin interior fuselage details (both left and right sides), the radio gear and gear rack mounted on the compartment’s forward bulkhead, and the mid-compartment rack and radios.  The PE parts include the exterior hatch, hatch frame, some radio cabling, and two pre-painted radio knobs.  Sure, you might not be able to see a whole lot of this set through the small open hatch, but these are cool interior details that will add a great touch to your Tamiya -109 kit.  

Eduard Brassin #648405 Bf 109G-6 Cockpit:  the Tamiya Bf 109G-6 cockpit is quite good, especially for an injection molded plastic kit.  This Brassin set is a complete replacement for the kit cockpit, and its combination of cast resin parts, photoetched metal details, clear acetate parts, and decal sheet represent a rather exceptional step-up in detail.

The Brassin Bf 109G-6 cockpit consists of 22 cast resin parts, 25 pre-painted photoetched metal parts on one fret, 33 unpainted photoetched metal parts on a second fret, a clear piece of acetate containing seven clear parts pertaining to three different styles of gunsight glass, and a decal sheet.  The quality of casting and the rich detail of these parts makes me ponder the possibility that this is the best 1:48 scale Brassin cockpit detail set that Eduard has produced to date. 
The cockpit is completely represented here, from the cockpit tub, gorgeously cast sidewalls, pilot’s bucket seat, stick, rudders, trim wheels, gunsight, instrument panel, and canopy details.  The pre-painted photoetched metal details look great, and if you were hoping to replace the kit’s decal seat belts, look no further.  The pre-painted instrument panel PE parts are very impressive in this scale, though they do tend to be more “idealized” dial face details than accurate representations of the real thing. 

If PE parts aren’t your forte, an alternate resin instrument panel (Part R75) is provided with full relief detail to be used with the decal instrument faces.  It’s hard to say which option will provide a better look.  There are also tiny PE parts for various knobs and control handles…and I mean they’re SMALL.  Handle with care as these parts will be easy to lose.  There’s also a few clear resin parts here, including the section of clear tubing in the fuel line that runs on the right side of the cockpit sidewall (a detail missed in the Tamiya kit).  Do note that this set is not a straight-up, drop-in set.  To fit properly, you’ll need to sand or grind away the kit cockpit sidewalls.

Eduard Brassin #648405 Bf 109G Engine:  If you read these reviews regularly, you know that your reviewer is quite enamored with the exceptional casting seen in the Brassin Fw 190A engines.  In this DB 605 engine set for the Bf 109G, I think Eduard has once again raised the bar.  The casting is exquisite and again technically flawless.  The elegant complexity of this set emerges from the 53 cast resin parts and the 46 unpainted photoetched metal parts.  It’s far more involved than any single casting could ever accomplish.  If you’re like me and enjoy resin detail sets, this thing is a little piece of Nirvana.  

This engine set is above and beyond what I’d call awesome.  It features the in-line engine, engine mounts, firewall, cowling, supercharger, fuel injector pumps, magnetos, gear boxes, oil filters, scavenger oil pumps, pipes, hoses, wires – everything.  I scoured my own references and recent photos I shot of the engine in the Bf 109G-10 on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.  I could not find any perceptible discrepancies or inaccuracies.  The Daimler-Benz 600-series engine is beautifully represented here.  Again, while the kit engine is really nice, it does not come even close to the detail and fidelity of this set.  

Other details in this Brassin offering include the nose-mounted machine guns, ammo chutes, gorgeously cast engine access panels, and two styles of the supercharger’s air intake, including the Trop variant.  The exhaust stacks are each cast as individual parts with nicely recessed exhaust ports.

Any one of these Brassin detail sets will add some great features, complexity, and truly impressive detail to your 1:48 scale Tamiya Bf 109G-6.  In combination, they will add some incredible details to an already gorgeous kit.  And again, that engine set is remarkable with a lot of “wow factor” behind it.  When I build this kit, all of these sets will be incorporated into the project.  You can count on it!
We extend our sincere thanks to Eduard for the review sample. You can visit them on the web at http://www.eduard.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EduardCompany/

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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