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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Werner's Wings Bf 109F/G Photo Recon Conversion
1:48 Scale

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The German Bf 109 was produced between 1937 and 1945 across dozens of primary variants with around 50 subvariants and field modifications.  Some of the more subtly distinctive 109s were the Bf 109G and F photo reconnaissance versions.  They had a downward-facing camera fitted within the radio compartment behind the cockpit.  There was a low-profile fairing on the underside of the aircraft that accommodated the camera gear.  The lower portion of the instrument panel also featured a small camera control panel that had the controls to open the camera cover door and snap the pictures.

However, all aftermarket manufacturers that have ever provided these parts seems to have used the Fw 190 external housing as the basis for their research.  Unfortunately, they are not the same.  The Fw 190’s external camera housing is in fact distinct with squared-off edges, while the Bf 109 housing shape was quite rounded at the ends.  Floyd Werner of Werner’s Wings decided to do something about this and has produced a simple, effective, and accurate conversion set to make a Bf 109G/F recce bird.

Here, you get three cast resin parts:  the camera housing, the camera lens, and the cockpit camera control panel.  Frank Crenshaw of Kokopelli Scale Designs (kokopelliscaledesigns.com) did the CAD work on this set.

The results are excellent.  The cast parts themselves look great and are free of any kind of blemish or error.  The instructions are printed in color on a single sheet and include detailed technical notes on the camera, some original archival reference material, and carefully thought-out guidelines for the conversion itself. 

In all, this is a very well made, accurate, and simple conversion that almost anyone can do.  Hats off to Werner’s Wings for producing an accurate Bf 109G/F photo recon conversion.

Many thanks to Floyd Werner of Werner’s Wings for the review sample.  You can find them on the web at http://www.wernerswings.com.  Their email is info@wernerswings.com and on Facebook, you can follow them at https://www.facebook.com/Werners-Wings.  Also – if you choose get any of these detail sets, please let Floyd know you saw it here on Detail & Scale!

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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